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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.
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.
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.
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.
- Main article: Kaede Kinjou/Story
- Main article: Kaede Kinjou/Relationships
- Kinjou's goggles and jammers appear to be of the brand Mizuno.
- 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.