Forming of Disruption!
Episode 21-165
Episode Information
Kanji 失速のフォーミング!
Rōmaji Shissoku no Foomingu!
Air Date August 27, 2014
Staff Information
Director Eisaku Kawanami
Script Masahiro Yokotani
Storyboard Eisaku Kawanami
Animation Director Kayo Hikiyama
Music Information
Opening Dried Up Youthful Fame
Episode 20 Episode 22

Forming of Disruption! (失速のフォーミング!Shissoku no Foomingu!) is the ninth episode of season two of the Free! anime and the twenty-first episode of the overall series. It aired on August 27, 2014.


On the day before the regionals, both Iwatobi High School and Samezuka Academy end up staying at the same hotel. While Aiichiro Nitori is chosen to swim in Samezuka's relay team thanks to his own effort and training from Sosuke Yamazaki.

Haruka Nanase, who is in deep thought about scouting, ends up sharing an elevator ride with Sosuke, confirming his shoulder injury.

The next day, Rin Matsuoka places first in his heat for the 100m freestyle. However, Haru becomes overwhelmed by the pressure of performing in front of scouts which resulted in him stopping dead in his tracks in the middle of the race.

When Rin confronts him afterwards, Haru snaps at him, telling him that he does not have a dream or future. Rei Ryugazaki, Makoto Tachibana, and Nagisa Hazuki overhear their fight. Haru assures his friends that he will swim in the relay with them.

Sosuke continues to experience more pain from his shoulder injury.


List of characters in order of appearance:


  • Prior to Eternal Summer's English DVD release by Funimation the episode was called 'Stall Forming!' in English


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