|Somersault Turn of Promise!|
|Rōmaji||Yakusoku no Samaasoruto Taan!|
|Air Date||July 23, 2014|
|Animation Director||Kayo Hikiyama|
|Opening||Dried Up Youthful Fame|
|← Episode 15||Episode 17 →|
Somersault Turn of Promise! (約束のサマーソルトターン！ Yakusoku no Samaasoruto Taan!) is the fourth episode of season two of the Free! anime and the sixteenth episode of the overall series. It aired on July 23, 2014.
With the prefectural approaching, Gou Matsuoka takes it upon herself to make balanced nutritional bento lunches for the team. Meanwhile, Sosuke Yamazaki recalls a promise that he had yet to ask of Rin Matsuoka since he left for Australia. Sosuke asks Rin what happened while he was away, and hears about how Haruka Nanase and the others helped him pick himself up.
When Gou's attempt at a nutritional bento proves to be effectively inedible, she compensates by putting together a tough training regime.
Later that night, Sosuke tells Rin he should give up on relays in order to focus on his dreams, but Rin states his determination to accomplish both. Despite having always preferred swimming individually, Sosuke asks to join Samezuka Academy's relay team in order to find something that he is missing, challenging Rin to a butterfly race to earn his spot. Admiring Sosuke's passion, Rin changes the way swimmers are selected for relays, asking for only those who are serious about being in a relay team to step forward.
List of characters in order of appearance:
- Prior to Eternal Summer's English DVD release by Funimation the episode was called 'The Somersault Turn of Promise!' in English