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Rin says you only swim free. Haru...you only swim free?
— Russell to Haruka Nanase
Russell
Russell
Kanji ラッセル
Rōmaji Rasseru
Description
Gender Male
Professional Status
Occupation

Swimming Coach

Clubs Unnamed Australian swim club
Personal Status
Relatives Lori (Wife)
Debut
Anime Episode 24
Voice Actors
Japanese Andrew Bongiorno
English Christopher Bevins


Russell (ラッセル Rasseru) is a minor character in the second season of Free! Along with his wife Lori, he is the home-stay parent of Rin Matsuoka while he is training in Sydney, Australia.

Appearance

Russell appears to be a solidly build, middle aged man. He has green eyes and short, light brown hair that is slightly receding and parted on the left. He is seen wearing blue jeans and a green top underneath a light brown button up shirt.

Personality

Both Russell and Lori are kind and hospitable people. Russell is quite perceptive, as he notices Rin becoming depressed during his initial home-stay. He is also playful, teasing Rin about whether or not he has a girlfriend back in Japan and laughing about the fact that Rin appears to be a "late bloomer." He is also shown to be considerate of Haruka Nanase, making efforts to include him in conversation while accommodating his limited English.

Relationships

He and his wife Lori appear to have a stable, happy marriage. He and Rin have a close to familial relationship. Russell also takes on a mentoring role for Rin in relation to his swimming.

Story

Russell is one of Rin's host parents during the years he spends in Sydney, Australia attending school and a special swimming club. He meets Rin when he arrives at the airport and works as a coach at the swimming club Rin attends. He and his wife Lori make sure Rin feels welcome in the foreign country by providing a warm and fun family atmosphere for the young boy. He is also the first person to realize that Rin is becoming somewhat depressed when his swimming performance begins to hit a wall.

Several years later, when Rin unexpectedly returns with Haru in tow, Russell is thrilled, welcoming both young men to stay for dinner. He engages both in conversation about old times and continues to tease Rin, as before. That evening, he and Lori drop the two swimmers off at a hotel in the city with an open invitation for them to return for a visit at any time.

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Trivia

  • Owns a black dog named Winnie.
  • In the Japanese dub, all Russell's lines are in English and performed by a real Australian voice actor. Despite this, the English dub has him voiced by an American actor.

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