|Also known as||Hana-chan (by Gou)|
|Occupation||3rd year High School Student|
|Clubs||Iwatobi High School Calligraphy Club|
Chigusa Hanamura (花村 千種 Hanamura Chigusa) is a minor character in the anime series Free! beginning with Free! She is a a third-year high school student at Iwatobi High School and Gou Matsuoka's friend.
Chigusa has pale skin and light blue-green eyes. Her tawny-colored hair is styled in a high bun held together by a pink barrette adorned with three small roses. Her fall and winter uniform consists of a light-brown skirt, white shirt with a red bow tie, beige long sleeved jumper, dark gray button-up blazer, dark gray socks and black shoes. Her spring and summer uniform consists of a gray skirt, white shirt with dark gray collar, red dotted bow tie, beige sleeveless jumper, white socks and pink shoes.
She seems to be a very curious and inquisitive individual, since she cares a lot about Gou's relationship with Haruka Nanase, Makoto Tachibana and Nagisa Hazuki. She always forgets to address Gou as "Kou," which results in Gou getting upset and correcting her. Chigusa is also athletic. She runs much faster than Gou and she often has to stop and wait for Gou to catch up with her.
Chigusa appears for the first time as she runs towards the school building and Gou runs after her. Later, the two eat their lunch on the roof and talk. The next day, the two watch Haruka, Makoto and Nagisa sitting on the grass which is when Chigusa learns that Gou knows the trio, though she does not reveal her relationship to them.
Chigusa and Gou attend a summer festival together where they wear yukatas.
Chigusa is a close friend of Gou and they occasionally hang out with one another.
- Her first name "Chigusa" (千種) means "wide variety." Her last name "Hanamura" (花村) means "village of flowers."
- Her Japanese voice actor, Satomi Sato, also voices young Nagisa Hazuki.
- She is a member of the school's calligraphy club.
- Her English voice actor, Tia Ballard, also voices young Kisumi Shigino.