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Kaede Kinjou
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Kanji 金城 楓
Rōmaji Kinjou Kaede
Description
Gender Male
Professional Status
Occupation

University Student

Education Naribusawa University

Suda East High School (former)
Sugahayashi High School (former)

Clubs

Naribusawa University Swim Club
Sugahayashi Swim Club (former)

Swim Style Freestyle

Butterfly (former)

Personal Status
Debut
Anime Free!-Timeless Medley- the Promise (mentioned only)
Episode 37
Voice Actors
Japanese Daisuke Ono


Kaede Kinjou (金城 楓 ー Kinjou Kaede) is a main character in the anime series Free!'s newest duology, Free!–the Final Stroke–. He currently attends Naribusawa University and is a member of their swim team where he swims freestyle, breaking multiple tournament records.

Appearance

Kaede is a muscular young man with hooded chartreuse eyes and swept back, messy amber-colored hair. He wears the standard Naribusawa swim team uniform - yellow with dark and light blue accents. When swimming, he wears a blue cap, purple goggles and jammers patterned with varying shades of blue.

Personality

From what is seen of Kaede's behavior, he is either oblivious to or uncaring about how those around him perceive his actions, as seen when he appears at the All-Japan Invitational. This is evidenced during the scene where Asahi Shiina and Hiyori Tono banter as they head toward the pool for their heat. Kaede appears from behind, knocking into Asahi's shoulder as he strides between them, causing Asahi to wonder about the swimmer's manners.

Kaede often maintains a condescending smirk on his face, even when swimming. His speed and power as a swimmer are noted by Ryuji Azuma as having been attained and maintained by keeping a singular focus on swimming to the exclusion of everything else in life, including relationships with others. He is also noted to be a rising star in the swimming world by sports journalist, Kon Kurimiya.

History

Free!–the Final Stroke– the first volume provides insight into Kaede's childhood and swimming background. Kaede was originally a butterfly swimmer, but in switching to freestyle, his times improved significantly. In a practice race, his time beat the national record.

Story

Main article: Kaede Kinjou/Story

Relationships

Main article: Kaede Kinjou/Relationships

Trivia

  • Kinjou's goggles and jammers appear to be of the brand Mizuno.[1]
  • At a staff talk event for Free!–the Final Stroke–, one of the character designers discussed the main characters' body types in terms of musculature. Kaede was listed as being "type 4:" noticeably muscular, but still not quite as large/strong as the final two types.[2]

References

  1. https://twitter.com/soukatsu_/status/1045558138869616640
  2. Free!–the Final Stroke– staff talk event, translated by denkimouse on Twitter


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