"- Of course, Mako-chan likes Haru-chan~- For Haru-chan, there’s Rin. In a true sense, they’re rivals." how is it meant to be interpreted when they said that Haru has Rin? I don't like the way it sounds, especially after they say Makoto likes Haru
In that tweet, there were a few lines in between that were missing, so I’ll try summarizing it the best I can:
The question was about Haru and Makoto’s race in ep 6, and then Zakki asked Akeno what she thought about Makoto in this ep.
She started off by saying stuff like she didn’t really understand why he challenged Haru at first, and that it must be a ‘thing between boys’. That’s when the first quote about them clicking together came, as per her own interpretation.
Zakki asks what she means by that, that’s when she says Mako-chan likes Haru-chan. Then there’s a part I don’t really understand well, but something about gender?
Then she clarifies that Mako-chan likes him as a person. And that there’s Rin. She uses kind of vague phrasing next? She uses Rin and Haru’s name in the sentence but it’s not really clear to me what she means by it. Then comes the quote about them being rivals.
Then comes the last two quotes of Makoto wanting himself to be there, but more precisely she said that he wanted to be there closest to him.
And then she said a little more how boys in their youth might have this side to them, too, but she was still surprised about why they’re doing it now.
Then Zakki tries explaining it from his side, that ‘there are times when boys have to do what they have to do’ and that it was for the sake of settling things once and for all so that Makoto can keep going forward.
Then there’s another part that I don’t really understand (and gender comes up again), but eventually she said she sort of understood once she saw Zakki acting out. In the end they both agree that it’s ‘because they’re boys’ or something like that.
And now I’ll try to explain how I interpreted it as actually hearing the conversation:
I think the point is that Haru and Rin share a bond as well, and that bond is rivalry. So on one side, you have Makoto who likes Haru and they click with each other, but Haru also has a bond of a different nature with Rin, and that Makoto wanted to see what that was like, being rivals with Haru. Like, he wanted to be even closer to Haru by being a rival, too.