|Q3.2020: Haruka's continued journey in the world of professional swimming to be covered in a feature film.|
07.05.2019: A new compilation film entitled Road to 2020 will debut in Japanese theaters.
|Free! (フリー！ Furī!) is a Japanese anime television series produced by Kyoto Animation and Animation Do. Its premise is based on the novel High☆Speed! written by Kōji Ōji.
Haruka, Rin, Makoto, and Nagisa 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 forming the "Iwatobi High School Swimming Club" with Makoto and Haruka, drafting in Rei 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 national level.
Season 1 (July 2013) focuses on the formation of the Iwatobi Club, Rin's estrangement from his former friends and subsequent reunion. Season 2, Free!-Eternal Summer-, focuses on developing a larger cast of characters, following their ups and downs in sport, friendship and future plans. Season 3, Free!-Dive to the Future-, debuts in July 2018 and focuses on the lives of the characters in their first year of university.
High☆Speed！－Free! Starting Days－ (December 2015) highlights Haruka Nanase's first year of middle school and his friendships with the swim team there which included Makoto Tachibana, Asahi Shiina and Ikuya Kirishima.
A film trilogy 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 in a similar style as 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.
With regionals fast approaching, Makoto decides to talk to Haru about something that has been on his mind.
Who is your favorite seiyū?
|Last poll results are: |
Why do you watch "Free!"? What is the main appealing factor?
1. Character development = 869 (76.43% of all votes)
Total votes: 1137