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Free!-Road to the World- the Dream
Updated Road to the World poster.jpg
Product Information
Director Eisaku Kawanami
Character Designer Futoshi Nishiya
Production Kyoto Animation

Animation DO

Release Date July 5th, 2019
Running Time 99 min

Free!-Road to the World- the Dream (劇場版 Free!-Road to the World-夢 Gekijou-ban Free!-Road to the World- Yume), initially referred to as "Road to 2020," is a 2019 animated film produced by Kyoto Animation and Animation DO. The movie is a compilation/rebuild of the events of the Free! anime's third season, Free!-Dive to the Future-. It debuted in Japanese theaters on July 5th, 2019.


This latest compilation film regarding Haruka Nanase and his companions includes footage from Free!-Dive to the Future-, as well as new footage, in similar fashion to previous compilation films. The story focuses on the "dreams" of the main characters of the anime from childhood to the present, as well as those of the newest Iwatobi High School Swim Club members. Free!-Road to the World- the Dream represents yet another milestone for one of Kyoto Animation's most successful franchises and includes many of the characters fans have come to know and love.


Their dreams--

Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa, and Rin, who formed very young bonds as their first team.

Haruka draws a fish for What I want to be when I grow up "because I want to swim freely," he says. Rin speaks of his dream to compete out in the world. Nagisa speaks joyfully of the feeling of wanting to continue swimming. And Makoto stares, dazzled at the two who can put their dreams so straightforwardly into words.

Time passes. Haruka and Makoto have gone on to university. The pair reunites with their teammates from their middle school days: Asahi and Ikuya. However, the bonds that were once tied change form and heavily tie down Ikuya. Haruka decides he wants to rescue Ikuya. Makoto, too, again comes into contact with the hearts of various swimmers.

There's hope ... for Ikuya that Hiyori harbors ... a chance reunion with Sosuke ... that which his student Misaki has given him ... and the feelings of Haruka who learns of the wall to the world that will give Makoto a certain determination.

Meanwhile, a new spring arrives for the Iwatobi High School Swim Club. The bond that Rei and Nagisa tied together with Haruka and Makoto becomes a new bud and is about to blossom. They want to show "that sight" that they saw to their kouhai, too. The goal is to advance to the national tournament in the medley relay.

What the bonds have spun together are “dreams.”

Facing the swift current, they will dive into in the days ahead, securing their "dreams" and the story of the young ones who continue to swim, heading towards the next stage.




Production Staff

Original: 「High☆Speed!」 Kouji Ohji
Director: Eisaku Kawanami
Script, Series Composition: Masahiro Yokotani
Character Design・General Director: Futoshi Nishiya
Art Director: Shingo Kasai
3D Art: Joji Unoguchi
Color Design: Yūka Yoneda
Prop Design: Seiichi Akitake
Director of Photography: Kazuya Takao
3D Director: Yuji Shibata
Sound Director: Yota Tsuruoka
Music: Tatsuya Kato
Animation Production: Kyoto Animation/Animation DO
Distribution: SHOCHIKU
Production: Iwatobi Neighbourhood Committee 2019



「Free!」Road to 2020 イベント特報ムービー

Kyoto Animation teaser for the upcoming compilation film, then known as "Road to 2020"


「劇場版 Free!-Road to the World-夢」特報

Kyoto Animation first full advert for "Free!-Road to the World- the Dream"

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  • The official title of the film, as well as the film's poster and first full length ad, were released on the 6th anniversary of the series (April 26th).
  • The film was originally scheduled to be released before the Kyoto Animation arson attack happened.