Butterfly of Farewell!
Episode 15-168
Episode Information
Kanji 別れのバタフライ!
Rōmaji Wakare no Batafurai!
Air Date July 16, 2014
Staff Information
Director Ai Yukimura
Script Masahiro Yokotani
Storyboard Hiroko Utsumi
Animation Director Nobuaki Maruki
Music Information
Opening Dried Up Youthful Fame
Episode 14 Episode 16

Butterfly of Farewell! (別れのバタフライ! Wakare no Batafurai!) is the third episode of Season Two of the Free! anime and the fifteenth episode of the overall series. It aired on July 16, 2014.


Rin Matsuoka changes dorm rooms, moving in with Sosuke Yamazaki, while Momotaro Mikoshiba takes his place as Aiichiro Nitori's roommate. Meanwhile, Iwatobi High School holds a culture festival, where the Iwatobi Swimming Club participates in a relay race against the other clubs, though their victory does little to attract new members.

As the group turn their attention towards the next national tournament, Rei Ryugazaki worries about whether it is okay that he can only swim butterfly. His worries increase when one of his upperclassmen from the track team asks if he would like to return to the team. Nagisa Hazuki becomes concerned when Rei starts going off on 'errands' after school, with the others soon becoming suspicious, as well. Spotting Rei speaking with Tadanori Sera, the track team captain, they gather and beg Rei not to quit the swim team. After Rei reveals that he has no intention of quitting, the group follow him to his 'errand,' where they learn that Rei has been secretly taking swimming lessons from Rin to learn other strokes besides the butterfly.


List of characters in order of appearance:


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