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05.26.24 Free! 10th Anniversary birthday image for Kisumi

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04.27.24 - 05.26.24 Kyoani Anime Exhibition

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04.26.24 Free! Haruka birthday event 2024 promo

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04.18.24 Free! 10th Anniversary birthday image for Asahi

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03.06.24: Video of the Free! series 10th Anniversary celebration released.
03.03.24 Free! 10th Anniversary birthday image for Ikuya

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02.02.24 Free! 10th Anniversary birthday image for Rin

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01.20.24 Free! 10th Anniversary birthday image for Hiyori

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01.04.24 Free! 10th Anniversary birthday image for Aiichiro

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12.06.23 Free! 10th Anniversary birthday image for Rei

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12.06.23 Free! 10th Anniversary birthday image for Momotaro

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11.17.23 Free! 10th Anniversary birthday image for Makoto

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10.20.23 Free! 10th Anniversay birthday image for Kaede

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09.14.23 Free! 10th Anniversary birthday image for Sosuke

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08.27.23 Free! 10th Anniversary birthday image for Nao

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08.20.23 Free! 10th Anniversary birthday image for Natsuya

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08.13.23 Free!'s seiyuu pose for an anniversary tribute photo.

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Front row: L→R Tsubasa Yonaga as Nagisa Hazuki, Mamoru Miyano as Rin Matsuoka, Nobunaga Shimazaki as Haruka Nanase, Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Makoto Tachibana, and Daisuke Hirakawa as Rei Ryugazaki.
Back row: L→R Kenichi Suzumura as Momotaro Mikoshiba, Kouki Miyata as Aiichiro Nitori, Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Asahi Shiina, Koki Uchiyama as Ikuya Kirishima, Kenji Nojima as Natsuya Kirishima, and Satoshi Hino as Nao Serizawa

08.13.23: DAY 2 of Kyoani's Free! 10th Anniversary celebration. Kudos!

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08.12.23: DAY 1 of Kyoani's Free! 10th Anniversary celebration. Congratulations!
08.01.23 Free! 10th Anniversary birthday image for Nagisa

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07.08.23: Timeless Blue official art

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07.06.23: Early promo of the 6th annual Kyoani Music Festival Thanks Event to be held November 11th and 12th, 2023.

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07.03.23: The official 10th anniversary date of the Free! series when S1E01 (Reunion at the Starting Block) aired.
06.30.23: Free! 10th Anniversary birthday image for Haruka

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06.05.23: "Nanase Haruka Birthday Night!" (6/30) held a viewing of High☆Speed!the movie -Free! Starting Days- as the film that received the most fan votes in the "screening vote" contest. The film was accompanied by appearances by Nobunaga Shimazaki (Haruka Nanase), Shinichiro Hatta (Kyoto Animation "Free!" series producer), Iwatobi-chan and Samezuka-chan.
05.15.23: Promo celebrating the 10th anniversary of the series.

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Free! (フリー! Furii!) is a Japanese anime television series produced by Kyoto Animation and Animation DO. Its premise is based on the novel High☆Speed! written by Kouji Ohji.

Haruka Nanase, Rin Matsuoka, Makoto Tachibana, and Nagisa Hazuki used to be members of the same swimming club in elementary school. They win a tournament just before graduation, parting ways thereafter. Nagisa reunites with Makoto and Haruka in high school and Rin, thought to be studying in Australia, also reappears, but attending a different high school.

After an informal swim race between Haruka and Rin, Nagisa suggests re-establishing the Iwatobi High School Swim Club with Makoto and Haruka, drafting in Rei Ryugazaki as their fourth member with Gou Matsuoka as their manager and Miho Amakata as their advisor. Rin joins the Samezuka Academy swim club and the two schools' teams compete against one another until both reach the national level in competition.

Free! (July 2013) focuses on the formation of the Iwatobi Swim Club, Rin's estrangement from his former friends and their subsequent reunion. Free!-Eternal Summer- (July 2014) focuses on developing a larger cast of characters, following their ups and downs in sport, friendship and future plans.

High☆Speed!the movie -Free! Starting Days- (December 2015) is a prequel film highlighting Haruka Nanase's first year of middle school and his friendships with the swim team therein, which includes Makoto Tachibana, Asahi Shiina and Ikuya Kirishima.

A film pair titled Free!-Timeless Medley- is released in 2017. The first film titled Free!-Timeless Medley- the Bond (April 2017) features the bond between Makoto and Haruka through a compilation of scenes taken from existing footage, with a focus on the Iwatobi Swim Club members, and newly added animation. The second film titled Free!-Timeless Medley- the Promise (July 2017) features the friendship between Rin and Sosuke Yamazaki in a similar style as the Bond, with the film focusing on the Samezuka members instead of Iwatobi.

The same year the Timeless Medley films release, a third standalone film titled Free! The Movie -Take Your Marks- (October 2017) also releases. This film features four new vignettes focusing on both the major and minor characters of the franchise, and sets the scene for all major characters storylines and settings in the third anime season that releases soon after.

Free!-Dive to the Future- (July 2018) follows Haruka's continued progress as a competitive swimmer at a Tokyo university where he and Makoto are reunited with their former middle school teammates, Asahi and Ikuya, though not without some bumps in the road. In this new environment, Haruka faces the challenges of tougher competitors, including Albert Volandel and Kaede Kinjo. Other cast members from Starting Days make appearances in critical roles and Rin shows up to compete in the All-Japan Invitational, qualifying for global competition.

Another compilation film titled Free!-Road to the World- the Dream debuts in July 2019 depicting events heretofore unseen in the ongoing story. Free!–the Final Stroke– the first volume debuts in Japanese theaters in September 2021. Part two (the second volume) releases in April 2022. Both films cover Haruka's experience with global competition.


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Kisumi Shigino (鴫野 貴澄 Shigino Kisumi) is one of the supporting characters of the anime series Free! and the second volume of the light novel High☆Speed!. "You're the only ones who can change my brother. If you're willing to have me, I can serve as your manager and help you out!"

- Gou Matsuoka to Makoto Tachibana.

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Episode 12: Dive to the Future!

(Season 3) The All-Japan Invitational hosts swimmers hoping to reach global competition. Following a lacklustre finish in his first heat, Haruka makes a critical decision about his future.

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Poll Results
Last poll results are:

Why do you watch "Free!"? What is the main appealing factor?

1. Character development = 869 (76.43% of all votes)
2. Animation = 155 (13.63% of all votes)
3. The plot = 71 (6.24% of all votes)
4. Sports genre = 42 (3.69% of all votes)

Total votes: 1137