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08.15.2020: The next film in the Free! franchise, Free! 2021 Gekijou-ban, was originally slated for release mid-2020, then postponed. At the August 2020 Free! Series ORCHESTRA CONCERT 2020, it was confirmed that the film is now scheduled for a 2021 Q3 release.

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04.26.2020: Today is the 7th anniversary of the Free! series!
04.22.2020: Release date for the Blu-ray disc/DVD of Free!-Road to the World- the Dream.
11.11.2019: Kyoto Animation announces an official postponement for the premiere of the next film in the Free! series originally slated for release mid-2020. Fans are assured that work on the film continues.
11.09/10.2019: The 4th KyoAnI & Do Fan Appreciation Event! ~Sound from Kyoto to the World~ Joint Concert (KYOANI & DO FAN DAYS 2019), was held at the ROHM Theater in Tokyo, Japan.
08.18.2019: Kyoto Animation posts an online message of thanks to its supporters with an update on future projects.
07.18.2019: Kyoto Animation, the studio behind the Free! series, was the target of an arson attack at their Studio 1 building in Kyoto, Japan. Out of respect for the victims and their families, this wiki went "dark" on July 20th. Please keep the KyoAni "family" in your thoughts. The status of the 2020 project was temporarily suspended as a result.
07.05.2019: A new compilation film entitled Free!-Road to the World- the Dream debuted in Japanese theaters.

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Cover of the Blu-Ray/DVD for Free!-Road to the World- the Dream

English translation here courtesy of albatross muffin

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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 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!-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 trilogy titled Free!-Timeless Medley- was 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 some 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. The third film in the trilogy titled Free!-Take Your Marks- (October 2017) features four new vignettes focusing on both the major and minor characters of the franchise.

Free!-Dive to the Future- (July 2018) follows Haruka's continued progress as a competitive swimmer at a Tokyo university where he, along with 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 Kinjou. 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 debuted in July 2019 depicting events heretofore unseen in the ongoing story. A new film depicting Haruka's experience with global competition was slated for Quarter 3 of 2020, but is now scheduled to release at some point in 2021.


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Asahi Shiina
Asahi Shiina (椎名 旭 Shīna Asahi) is one of the main characters in the movie High☆Speed!-Free! Starting Days- and Free!'s third season, Free!-Dive to the Future-. "How many people get to say they were part of something larger than themselves? Isn't that what this is all about? Who cares if it's all off the table tomorrow, we can give it all we've got today!"

- Momotaro Mikoshiba to Rin Matsuoka.

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Episode 18: Prime of Invincibility!

With regionals fast approaching, Makoto decides to talk to Haru about something that has been on his mind.

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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

March 4th
Free!-Dive to the Future- Official Fanbook Release
March 20th
Free!-Dive to the Future- Creator's Cross Talk Part 2 Release
March 20th - April 7th
Kyoto Animation Special Artwork Exhibition in Kagoshima
April 18th
Asahi Shiina's Birthday
April 28th
Toshiyuki Toyonaga's Birthday
July 5th
Free!-Dive to the Future- Recap Movie + New Episode Release

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