Ranked #915


Alternative Titles

English: Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club
Japanese: Free!


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 4, 2013 to Sep 26, 2013
Premiered: Summer 2013
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Original
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.751 (scored by 113,040 users)
Ranked: #9152
Popularity: #124
Members: 193,430
Favorites: 5,302
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The story revolves around Haruka Nanase, a boy who has always loved to be immersed in water, and to swim in it. Before graduating from elementary school, he participated in a swimming tournament along with his fellow swimming club members, Makoto Tachibana, Nagisa Hazuki, and Rin Matsuoka. After achieving victory, each of the boys went their separate ways.

Time passed, and in the middle of their uneventful high school lives Rin appears and challenges Haruka to a match, showing Haruka his overwhelming power. Not wanting it to end like this, Haruka, gathers together Makoto and Nagisa once again and brings a new member named Rei Ryugazaki to create the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club in order to defeat Rin.

(Source: ANN)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Tachibana, Makoto
Tachibana, Makoto
Yukino, Satsuki
Yukino, Satsuki
Suzuki, Tatsuhisa
Suzuki, Tatsuhisa
Matsuoka, Rin
Matsuoka, Rin
Miyano, Mamoru
Miyano, Mamoru
Watanabe, Akeno
Watanabe, Akeno
Nanase, Haruka
Nanase, Haruka
Matsumoto, Megumi
Matsumoto, Megumi
Shimazaki, Nobunaga
Shimazaki, Nobunaga
Hazuki, Nagisa
Hazuki, Nagisa
Yonaga, Tsubasa
Yonaga, Tsubasa
Sato, Satomi
Sato, Satomi


Nakamura, Shinichi
Nakamura, Shinichi
Utsumi, Hiroko
Utsumi, Hiroko
Tsuruoka, Yota
Tsuruoka, Yota
Sound Director
Yokotani, Masahiro
Yokotani, Masahiro
Script, Series Composition

More episodes Episodes(12/12)

Episode Title Aired
1 Reunion at the Starting Block!
Saikai no Starting Block! (再会のスターティングブロック!)
Jul 4, 2013
2 Memories in the Distance!
Tsuioku no Distance! (追憶のディスタンス!)
Jul 11, 2013
3 Theoretical Dolphin Kick!
Riron no Dolphin Kick! (理論のドルフィンキック!)
Jul 18, 2013
4 Captive Butterfly!
Toraware no Butterfly! (囚われのバタフライ!)
Jul 25, 2013
5 Trial in Open Water!
Shiren no Open Water! (試練のオープンウォーター!)
Aug 8, 2013

Opening Theme

"Rage on" by OLDCODEX

Ending Theme

#1: "SPLASH FREE" by STYLE FIVE (Nobunaga Shimazaki, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Mamoru Miyano, Tsubasa Yonaga, Daisuke Hirakawa) (eps 1- 11)
#2: "EVER BLUE" by STYLE FIVE (Nobunaga Shimazaki, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Mamoru Miyano, Tsubasa Yonaga, Daisuke Hirakawa) (ep 12)

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Nov 14, 2015
I can't believe I'm writing my first review for a series that I don't like, but I will, and here is why:
1) There is this overwhelming misconception/misunderstanding that all (or most) women/girls/females like the show. And this, is very misleading and (slightly) offending.
2) I cannot understand how some people can compliment the show because of its *developed* characters and *interesting* plot. If you watch/like it for entertainment purpose, fanservice or whatsoever, that's totally fine. Please just don't slip in misleading points by labeling show to be some kind of deep, well-thought plot or overly complex characters that is mostly non-existent.

What you will get from read more
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Nov 8, 2015
Let me start off by saying this anime was an abomination. A sadistic tease to any and all romantic anime connoisseurs. And the very reasons this anime made me so utterly livid, was for two simple facts:

Firstly, the aesthetic was simply phenomenal. The artists in charge were undoubtedly meticulously planning these sketches. A swimming anime where the main setting is water. The character's trapeziums flexed with elegant ease, droplets of water acquainting themselves with the crevices of their bodies. Their builds—particularly Makoto Tachibana's, were impeccable. Not overly sculpted, but the perfect amount of chisel. Haruka Nanase's slim, but not overly thin, supple body which danced read more
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Nov 23, 2015
This anime about swimming with homoerotic undertones is aight, I guess.

I guess I should write a bit more about it, the animation is great, if that's your thing you really oughta check it out. As far as the rest goes it's slightly above average. Some nice friendship moments and stuff, but as I said in the beginning, it's aight.

Appearantly that's not long enough for MAL so I'll continue, the anime is about swimming, there are swimmers in the anime and they do a lot of swimming. And then they enter some tournaments where they also swim.

What more do you want from me MAL?
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Feb 28, 2015
Feminism is the idea that women are intellectually equal to men and should have equal rights and respect. I fully support this ideology, which is why I will give "Free" just as much of a vicious bashing as I would to a series aimed at males with NOTHING going for it but fanservice.

Free is the tale of a men's swim club that has REALLY hot guys with no personalities. The purpose of the series is to provide female anime fans with LOTS of fanservice and visual aid for writing terrible yaoi fanfics. The guys never actually bang in this series, although you expect them read more
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Anime: Kuroko no Basket
Surely these two series have a lot in common to begin with the main focus being the sport genre, one focused on basket and the other on swimming.
Both Free! and KnB have a gorgeous art style and colors, which doesn't let "indifferent".
Plotwise, as a few other person mentioned already, the main charas Kuroko and Haruka are both the quite type; also both titles share a curious thing that somewhat "uniforms" them, in KnB they have color-related names for the GenMir, while in Free all the important charas have a girly name.
Being team sports genre focused, obviously both series see the team of  read more 
reportRecommended by EtnaEraclea
Anime: Tsuritama
Water-themed slice of life shows bursting with colour where attractive boys bond over water-related activities, such as fishing or swimming. Tsuritama is the wholesome one, the one you wouldn't mind introducing to your grandma. Free!, however, positively delights in showing you just -how- attractive these boys are. Blushy blush. 
reportRecommended by Noellage
Anime: Chihayafuru
Both have a protagonist who is extremely passionate about one particular sport and are about a group of childhood friends who meet again in high school. 
reportRecommended by EdenBaggins
Anime: K-On!
These two are pretty much the same (the first few episodes are extremly similar) with K-On! being about a group of girls trying to form a band and Free! being a group of guys trying to form a swimming club. Both are very light hearted and simple shows and the characters are extremly cliched and moe in both. They also share the same producers. 
reportRecommended by PokeL
Anime: Haikyuu!!
SPORTS + BROMANCE: Both shows passion for sports, Swimming and Volleyball, for only high school students.
Lots good humour, bromance, beautiful men, and badassery.
Both main characters start off as rivals in both shows, but in the end, good teamwork and friendship empowers all. You'll learn to love all the characters as well. :3 
reportRecommended by knightdreaming
Anime: Kuroko no Basket 2nd Season
Both series is about sports (Free is swimming, knb is basketball)
and both has this group of guys, and some rivilary going on between them.
KnB is definetly more into the shounen-genre where Free! is more of a fanservice anime, but if you liked Free! you'll probably like Kuroko no basket as well! 
reportRecommended by MyuuMyuu

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