High☆Speed!-Free! Starting Days-
Product Information
Director Yasuhiro Takemoto
Character Designer Futoshi Nishiya
Production Kyoto Animation
Animation Do
Release Date December 5th, 2015
Running Time 110 minutes

High☆Speed!-Free! Starting Days- (ハイ☆スピード!-Free! Starting Days- Hai☆Supīdo!-Free! Starting Days-) is a 2015 animated film produced by Kyoto Animation and Animation Do. The movie is based on High☆Speed! novels by Kōji Ōji and serves as a prequel to the original Free! which aired in summer 2013. It aired on December 5th, 2015 in Japanese theaters. It was released on DVD on July 20, 2016 in Japan.


Haruka Nanase feels something special when he touches water. The medley relay was the last competition he was able to participate in during elementary school. Haruka, along with Makoto Tachibana, Nagisa Hazuki, and Rin Matsuoka, saw something they'd never seen before. In spring, with the cherry blossoms in full bloom. Haruka moves on to Iwatobi Junior High School  with Makoto and starts a new life. Both enter the swim team, and plan to compete in the medley relay together with Asahi Shiina and Ikuya Kirishima. All four students have different objectives and ways of thinking, and different baggage they're carrying, and so their practice for the relay hasn't been going well. What is required to make a team? What does Haruka, whose heart is trapped in the medley relay of the past, think during this new event?


Character Illustrations
Character Chart
"Another story on the border between the past and the future"

Character Design

Haruka Nanase
Makoto Tachibana
Asahi Shiina
Ikuya Kirishima
Nao Serizawa
Natsuya Kirishima

Teaser Trailers

「映画 ハイ☆スピード!-Free! Starting Days-」特報-0

「映画 ハイ☆スピード!-Free! Starting Days-」特報-0

「映画 ハイ☆スピード!-Free! Starting Days-」特報第1弾

「映画 ハイ☆スピード!-Free! Starting Days-」特報第1弾



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  1. High Speed! Free! Starting Days Film's New Teaser Shows Brief Animation
  2. High Speed! Free! Starting Days Film Reveals Character Designs, Descriptions