|Character Design||Futoshi Nishiya|
Nico Nico Douga (stream)
|Original Run||July 3, 2013|
July 7, 2013 (BS11) - September 26, 2013
Free! (フリー！ Furii！) is the first season of the Japanese anime television series Free!, directed by Hiroko Utsumi and produced by Kyoto Animation and Animation Do. The season aired in Japan from July 4 to September 26 in 2013. The opening theme for this season is "Rage on" by OLDCODEX and the ending theme is "SPLASH FREE" by STYLE FIVE.
Plot (Season One)
Free! revolves around members of a high school boys' swimming team. Haruka Nanase, Makoto Tachibana, Rin Matsuoka and Nagisa Hazuki are members of the same swimming club in elementary school before parting ways, when Rin moves to Australia for schooling and specialized training in swimming. Years later, they reunite when Rin returns to Japan in order to attend Samezuka Academy, a swimming powerhouse.
Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa form the Iwatobi High School Swim Club, persuading track athlete Rei Ryugazaki to become a swimmer and join them. The story focuses on how the Iwatobi boys seek to reconcile with a seemingly changed Rin while also developing the reinvented swim club. Things come to a head when Rin loses a prime spot on Samezuka's relay team during a crucial tournament and the Iwatobi team makes a critical decision that impacts one and all.
Free! (フリー！ Furii!) is a Japanese anime television series produced by Kyoto Animation and Animation Do. The anime is a sequel to the light novel, High☆Speed！, written by Kouji Ohji, which received an Honorable Mention in the second Kyoto Animation Award contest in 2011 and was published in July 2013. Season 1, titled Free!-Iwatobi Swim Club- for international distribution, aired in Japan in 2013. Season 2, titled Free!-Eternal Summer-, aired in 2014. A third season of the anime series titled Free!-Dive to the Future- aired in 2018. Hiroko Utsumi directed the first two seasons, while season three was directed by Eisaku Kawanami.
An animated film adapting the second volume of the light novel, High☆Speed！－Free! Starting Days－, was released in December 2015. A film trilogy titled Timeless Medley was released in 2017. The first two films are compilations of seasons one and two of the anime series, focusing on the friendships between Haruka and Makoto in Free!-Timeless Medley- the Bond, then Rin and Sosuke Yamazaki in Free!-Timeless Medley- the Promise. The third film in the trilogy, titled Free!-Take Your Marks-, features a quartet of new stories featuring the ensemble cast. Following season three, a compilation film titled Free!-Road to the World- the Dream debuted in July 2019.
The next film in the franchise, Free!–the Final Stroke–, was slated for release in Q3 of 2020, but was postponed following the 2019 arson attack on KyoAni's Building 1, where much of the artwork for the series was created. At the Free! Series ORCHESTRA CONCERT 2020, the studio revealed that the film will debut during Quarter 3 in 2021. On the series' eighth anniversary a special livestream was held, revealing the films finalized title, release date, and the fact the film will release in two parts (Zenpen & Kouhen). Zenpen will release late 2021 and Kouhen in early 2022.
- Haruka Nanase (CV: Nobunaga Shimazaki (Japanese), Todd Haberkorn (English))
- Makoto Tachibana (CV: Tatsuhisa Suzuki (Japanese), Johnny Yong Bosch (English))
- Nagisa Hazuki (CV: Tsubasa Yonaga (Japanese), Greg Ayres (English))
- Rei Ryugazaki (CV: Daisuke Hirakawa (Japanese), J. Michael Tatum (English))
- Rin Matsuoka (CV: Mamoru Miyano (Japanese), Vic Mignogna (English))
- Gou Matsuoka (CV: Akeno Watanabe (Japanese), Jamie Marchi (English))
- Miho Amakata (CV: Satsuki Yukino (Japanese), Caitlin Glass (English))
- Aiichiro Nitori (CV: Kouki Miyata (Japanese), Josh Grelle (English))
- Seijuro Mikoshiba (CV: Kenjiro Tsuda (Japanese), Robert McCollum (English))
- Goro Sasabe (CV: Hiroshi Yanaka (Japanese), Christopher Sabat (English))
List of Episodes
|1||S1E01 Reunion at the Starting Block!
(再会のスターティングブロック！ Saikai no Sutaatingu Burokku!)
|July 3, 2013|
|2||S1E02 Memories in the Distance!
(追憶のディスタンス！ Tsuioku no Disutansu!)
|July 10, 2013|
|3||S1E03 Theoretical Dolphin Kick!
(理論のドルフィンキック！ Riron no Dorufin Kikku!)
|July 17, 2013|
|4||S1E04 Captive Butterfly!
(因われのバタフライ！ Toraware no Batafurai!)
|July 24, 2013|
|5||S1E05 Trial in Open Water!
(試練のオープンウォーター！ Shiren no Oopun Uootaa!)
|August 7, 2013|
|6||S1E06 Shocking No Breathing!
(衝撃のノーブりージング！ Shougeki no Noo Buriijingu!)
|August 14, 2013|
|7||S1E07 One Style Final!
(決戦のスタイルワン！ Kessen no Sutairu Wan!)
|August 21, 2013|
|8||S1E08 Revenge in the Medley!
(逆襲のメドレー！ Gyakushuu no Medoree!)
|August 28, 2013|
|9||S1E09 Hesitant Loosen Up!
(迷いのルーズンアップ！ Mayoi no Ruuzun Appu!)
|September 4, 2013|
|10||S1E10 Irritated Heart Rate!
(苛立ちのハートレイト！ Iradachi no Haato Reito!)
|September 11, 2013|
|11||S1E11 Furious All-out!
(激情のオ一ルアウト！ Gekijou no Ooru Auto!)
|September 18, 2013|
|12||S1E12 Distant Free!
(遥かなるフリー！ Harukanaru Furii!)
|September 25, 2013|
Studio: Kyoto Animation, Animation DO
Director: Hiroko Utsumi
Script, Series Composition: Masahiro Yokotani
Character Design: Futoshi Nishiya
Art Director: Joji Unoguchi
Director of Photography: Kazuya Takao
Music: Tatsuya Kato
Sound Director: Yota Tsuruoka
Musical Production: Lantis
Production: Iwatobi High School Swimming Club
ABC: 3 July 2013, 26:44 (4 July 2013, 02:44)
TOKYO MX: 3 July 2013, 24:30 (4 July 2013, 00:30)
TV Aichi: 3 July 2013, 26:05 (4 July 2013, 02:05)
BS11: 7 July 2013, 24:00
AT-X: 10 July 2013, 22:00
Animax: 20 August 2013, 22:00
Nico Nico Douga: 8 July 2013, 22:00
ABC Video Club: 8 July 2013, 22:00 ※The dates and times are in accordance with Japanese time zone.
- "Free! Series Portal Site" (Japanese) Free! Official Portal Website
- TVアニメ『Free!』公式サイト (Japanese) Free! Season 1 Official Website
- TVアニメ『Free!-Eternal Summer-』公式サイト (Japanese) Free! Season 2 Official Website
- 「映画 ハイ スピード！－Free! Starting Days－」公式サイト (Japanese) Free! -Starting Days- Official Website
- 『劇場版 Free!-Timeless Medley-』公式サイト (Japanese) Free! -Timeless Medley- Official Website
- 『特別版 Free!-Take Your Marks-』公式サイト (Japanese) Free! -Take Your Marks- Official Website
- TVアニメ『Free!-Dive to the Future』- 公式サイト (Japanese) Free! Season 3 Official Website
- 『劇場版 Free!-Road to the World-夢』公式サイト (Japanese) Free! -Road to the World- Official Website
- TVアニメ『Free!』 (iwatobi_sc) (Japanese) Free! Official Twitter