|Six-Beat of Tears!|
|Rōmaji||Namida no Shikkusu-Biito!|
|Air Date||September 3, 2014|
|Animation Director||Seiichi Akitake|
|Opening||Dried Up Youthful Fame|
|← Episode 21||Episode 23 →|
Six-Beat of Tears! (涙のシックスビート！ Namida no Shikkusu-Biito!) is the tenth episode of season two of the Free! anime and the twenty-second episode of the overall series. It aired on September 3, 2014.
Rin Matsuoka becomes aware of Sosuke Yamazaki's shoulder injury and learns that all his talk of being scouted was a lie. As the two take their conversation outside, unaware that Haruka Nanase is nearby, Sosuke reveals that he had been constantly training so that he could one day compete against Rin, injuring his shoulder in the process.
Resolving to quit swimming, he wanted to see Rin swim one more time but ends up witnessing his breakdown. However, Sosuke found a new dream after he saw Rin picked himself up thanks to his friends. Sosuke decided that he would only quit swimming after he becomes true friends with Rin.
Having heard the whole conversation, Haru asks his team to give everything they've got in response to Sosuke's dedication. As the match gets underway, Sosuke's shoulder acts up, but Rin encourages him to make it to the end of his leg. This leads to the final showdown between Haru and Rin, with Iwatobi winning by a fraction of a second.
List of characters in order of appearance:
- Prior to Eternal Summer's English DVD release by Funimation, the episode was called 'The Six-Beat Kick of Tears!' in English.