Backstroke Turn of Fate!
Episode 23-161
Episode Information
Kanji 運命のネバーターン!
Rōmaji Unmei no Nebaa Taan!
Air Date September 10, 2014
Staff Information
Director Takuya Yamamura
Script Masahiro Yokotani
Storyboard Takuya Yamamura
Animation Director Kazumi Ikeda
Music Information
Opening Dried Up Youthful Fame
Episode 22 Episode 24

Backstroke Turn of Fate! (運命のネバーターン! Unmei no Nebaa Taan!) is the eleventh episode of season two of the Free! anime and the twenty-third episode of the overall series. It aired on September 10, 2014.


As both Iwatobi High School and Samezuka Academy continue to train for the nationals, Rei Ryugazaki worries about Haruka Nanase, who is unable to participate in the freestyle event.

Later, Haru is approached by Sosuke Yamazaki, who tells him to move forward so that Rin Matsuoka can improve alongside him.

As Obon arrives, Makoto Tachibana and the others confront Haru about him not being his usual 'free' self, expressing their desire to help him find a dream. However, Haru refuses to hear Makoto out and becomes further upset when Makoto reveals that he plans to go to a university in Tokyo after graduation.

As Haru starts to seclude himself, he is approached by Rin, who decides to take him with him to Australia.


List of characters in order of appearance:


  • Prior to Eternal Summer's English DVD release by Funimation the episode was called 'The Open Turn of Destiny!' in English


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