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Rei Ryugazaki
Rei Dive to the Future.jpg
Kanji 竜ヶ崎 怜
Rōmaji Ryuugazaki Rei
Also known as Rei-chan (by Nagisa)

Speedo Glasses (by Rin) Big Brother Butterfly (by Ren and Ran)[1]

Description
Gender Male
Sign Sagittarius ♐
Birthday December 14th
Age 15-16

17 (Dive to the Future)

Height 177 cm (5'10") (Free!)

179 cm (5'10") (Dive to the Future)

Weight 65 kg (143 lb)
Professional Status
Occupation

University Student


Education Shimogami University

Iwatobi Badge.png Iwatobi High School (former)
Junior High School (former)
Elementary School (former)

Clubs Iwatobi High School Swim Club (former)

Track and Field Club (former)

Position

Captain
(Iwatobi High School Swim Club; former)

Swim Style

Butterfly[2] (specialty)

Events 100 m butterfly

4×100 m medley relay

Personal Status
Relatives Father

Mother
Tsukasa Ryugazaki (older brother)

Debut
Anime Episode 2
Voice Actors
Japanese Daisuke Hirakawa

Yoko Hikasa (child)

English J. Michael Tatum

Rei Ryugazaki (竜ヶ崎 怜 Ryuugazaki Rei) is the main character in the anime series Free!, beginning with Free!, and the light novel High☆Speed! written by Kouji Ohji. [3] He is a butterfly swimmer and a third-year high school student at Iwatobi High School. Rei is a former member of the Track Club before being recruited by Nagisa Hazuki for the Iwatobi High School Swim Club. After Haruka Nanase and Makoto Tachibana graduate, he becomes the new captain of the Swim Club.

Following high school graduation, Rei attends Shimogami University.*[4]

Appearance

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Rei is a muscular young man with purple eyes and short, dark blue hair. He wears crimson-framed corrective lenses because he is near-sighted. His fall and winter high school uniform consists of light brown trousers, a white shirt with red necktie, a dark gray unbuttoned blazer, and black-and-white sneakers. During the spring and summer, his summer uniform consists of gray trousers, a white shirt with a dark gray collar, red dotted necktie and black-and-white sneakers. His uniform as a 3rd-year would change only in the color of his necktie being green. While pole vaulting, he wears a pair of orange lens sports glasses, white sleeveless sports top with yellow and black stripes, shorts, black short-legged tights, and blue spike sneakers. While swimming, he wears black, long-legged swimskins with a blue pattern. The most developed muscles of his form are his tricep and abdominal muscles (upper arms and abdomen).

Personality

He is an intelligent and logical individual with a penchant for beautiful things, the thought of exuding anything but beauty through his actions causing him to dramatically lose his cool.[5][2] He is also quite comical when he lets his self-doubt get the better of him. He is, however, a hardworking and determined individual, as seen in his relentless drive when learning to swim despite several failed attempts.[2][6][7]

Rei has a theoretical approach when it comes to sports,[5] as he usually calculates distance, angle, and other factors in his mind before actually making an attempt. Because of his rigid nature, he has a tendency to overlook the fun and enjoyment that comes with the activity. As Haruka told Rei, he needed to be "free" in order to swim properly, because he is constantly calculating and underestimating the water.[2] He has a unique laugh that is easily identifiable.

History

Rei meets Asahi Shiina when they are both in elementary school, but do not meet again until Rei is competing as a high school senior and Asahi is in college attending the high school tournament as a spectator. They accidentally pass one another and suddenly remember their early encounter.

Story

Main article: Rei Ryugazaki/Story

Skill

Is that supposed to be butterfly? Pathetic!
Rin Matsuoka, about Rei's stroke.[8]

Current stats (season one):

Stamina
4/5 REI STATS.png
Body
4/5
Mental Strength
4/5
Water Repellency
5/5
Logic
4/5
Swim
2/5


Expected stats:

Stamina
5/5 REI STATS.png
Body
5/5
Mental Strength
5/5
Water Repellency
5/5
Logic
6/5
Swim
5/5


Relationships

Main article: Rei Ryugazaki/Relationships

Music

Main article: Rei Ryugazaki/Music

Creation and Conception

Various hairstyles of Rei.

Hiroko Utsumi said in an interview that Rei initially felt cool like Haruka, but as soon as he opened his mouth and started to frolic, that similarity ended immediately. She added that he was the type of person girls would complain, "he looks so cool, but it's such a shame he had to open his mouth...". He's said to be a quibbler in the theory side of things, but have a problem in the heart of things. His face immediately expresses whatever he feels, so he's easy to read. He loves beautiful things, so his appreciation of beauty is very high. His sense of beauty overdoes it to the point where he always tucks his shirt in. Utsumi said to look closely and you will see he does everything properly, even ensuring the straps on his backpack are perfectly tight around his uniform.

Trivia

  • His motif animal is a butterfly, a unique creature when compared to the other characters' as his is the only non-aquatic animal. This is commonly interpreted to be due to the fact he was not originally a swimmer but, like a butterfly, changed his "path" during his development.
  • Like all members of the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club, Rei has a feminine name.
  • During a school sleepover in fifth grade, Rei accidentally left his underwear in the locker room.[7]
  • Rei wears red eyeglasses, a color commonly chosen by girls in elementary school, although he says he just likes the color.
  • Rei is the only member of the Iwatobi Swimming Club that has his body hair shaved (by Nagisa).[9]
  • Rin described Rei's stroke pathetic.[8]
  • Rei owns a black and white mobile phone.[10]
  • Rei likes eating sushi.[11]
  • Rei likes reading, running, calculating and pole-vaulting.[11]
  • Rei's best subjects are Math and Chemistry, while he's bad at Art and Music.[11]
  • According to Rin, Rei has horrible English pronunciation.[1]
  • According to Rei, the Ryugazaki family has been pairing melon bread with barley tea since his grandfather's time.[12]
  • He suffers from motion sickness.[13]
  • 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. Rei was listed as being "type 3:" definitely above average muscles, with more noticeable definition. It was also specified that despite similar builds, Rei's muscles were "hard" compared to Rin who has "soft" muscles.[14]
  • Those born under Sagittarius are generous and idealistic, possessing a great sense of humor, but can also be impatient, undiplomatic, and overly confident in their abilities. They enjoy philosophy and being outdoors, and dislike being constrained and off-the-wall theories. Those born on Dec 14 need grounding and boundaries that allow them to distinguish their personal goals from those of other people. Traits are affected by the position of the moon and other planets at the time of birth.[15]


*Translation Note: This information is gleaned from unofficial translations of media still in cinemas, as such, all related facts may be subject to change/corrections in the future when official translations are released.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Episode 11 Preview
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Episode 4
  3. High☆Speed! Official Website (Japanese)
  4. Free!–the Final Stroke– the second volume summary translated by denkimouse on Twitter.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Episode 3
  6. Episode 5
  7. 7.0 7.1 Episode 6
  8. 8.0 8.1 Episode 8
  9. Iwatobi High School Swimming Club's Diary 1: Track 1
  10. Episode 9
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Free! TV Animation Guidebook
  12. Episode 11
  13. Episode 30
  14. Free!–the Final Stroke– staff talk event, translated by denkimouse on Twitter
  15. https://www.astrology-zodiac-signs.com/zodiac-signs/sagittarius/


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