English: Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club
Jul 4, 2013 to Sep 26, 2013
24 min. per ep.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisThe 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.
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Characters & Voice Actors
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)
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 this review -
An honest, non-biased opinion. I won't bash it just because I'm butthurt to be told all females got the hot for the show because of the half-naked boys. I also won't just say "oh the show is for entertainment so chill..." or something along those lines to support it.
I will treat it as an anime produced by a decent studio, serving some purposeful reasons to be aired, and reasons for the audience to watch.
So with that long-winded introduction, here is the actual review.
Now, I have mentioned before the word "fanservice." I'm trying VERY hard not to be biased, that is why I'm giving this show a score of 5 and not lower. Why? Because most expectedly, I started watching the show for entertainment, you know, a typical light-hearted sporty anime with eye-catching characters. Yes, I DID watch the show for entertainment. And that is why I do NOT mind all the fanservice whatsoever in this series.
That being said, I could still NOT understand all the enjoyment from this show, except maybe seeing a bunch of *hotties* getting (unnecessarily) half-naked most of the time and some (poorly-written) humor.
Does Free! have no or absolutely garbage plot? No, it does have a plot, it's just a really linear, silly, and boring story where nothing really happens.
I will (shamefully) admit that I watched Haikyuu, Ace of Diamond and a few others sport series, so I (slightly) hoped to see some sporty element to it. But of course I was wrong, because guess what? the story IS NOT the focus of this anime. To remain non-biased, I have to constantly remind myself that "look at the poster and the trailer of this show, nothing really screams sports doesn't it?"
So yes, the story IS poor, but that is much anticipated. But even when I try to look past all its obvious flaws, I cannot comprehend how silly, disconnected the story goes. Every now and then, we are introduced to new *interesting* characters with some problematic/traumatic past that do...not really mean anything. It's just there to add a tension that is almost non-existent.
What I found inexplicable is how people can compliment on the "plot." What plot? You mean that virtually non-existent tension that got solved in like, 2 episodes? It makes me wonder have you actually watched a decent show with commendable plots? Or maybe your judgement and mine on what a "good" plot is, is way too contradicting.
ART & SOUND -
I will just skip it because there really is nothing too extraordinary or dreadful about it. It is just fine.
Now characters are what really killed the enjoyment of the show.
I understand, this show is supposed to be entertaining. No deep, breath-taking or complex story. And I totally agree that simple, light-hearted, entertaining shows can be very captivating as well. However, you at least need CHARACTERS to keep the show going. And this series' cast has very little CHARACTER. No kidding.
Haru is hardly interesting with his stripping habit (which I get it - is supposed to be funny) nor his (supposedly complex) personality - being stuck/hung up in the past with Rin. He just seems like a very empty person to be honest.
Rin - oh boy, where do even I start... Everyone has different opinions, and here is mine. I will describe Rin to you in my most honest language. Rin is your typical character who got butthurt because he lost in some competition and decided to come back "strong." Now, there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with this cliche. Just because something is a typical trend doesn't make it bad. What makes it bad is the showcase/development of the character in the show. We are talking about a guy who holds a strong type of emotion namely jealousy/inferiority complex for his childhood friend. He lost to his friend in grade school (yes, grade school) then all the way to high school, he's bottled up that emotion. Then BOOM, after some competition, he's just ...opened his eyes to see something completely different, something absolutely amazing and inspiring. Yup, that's how complex his emotion (and the plot) is.
As for the other boys, honestly I feel like they were added because the shows just need ....some more characters. The dudes hardly do anything meaningful other than ...being there and adding to that whole fanservice thing, WHICH, mind you, I get it. But still, I cannot say these kinds of characters would make the show any less boring than it already is.
Bottom line, if you look for fanservice, look no further, there is a bunch of half-naked men frequently showing off their abs and jumping in the pool for you. But if you really want to enjoy that aspect, you will still have to watch the show disregard everything else. Because if you actually care to know/hope to understand where the story is going, or how certain characters to actually get some character.... you will just be very disappointed.
And NO, this is NOT a sport anime. Just because it's about swimming doesn't make it a sport anime.
And if I forget to mention, no I do not like the show nor do I find it enjoyable, and this is an honest, non-biased opinion.
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 with suave movements throughout the water. Nagisa's lolita appeal which contrasts with his subtle dominance and Rei's awkwardly charming butterfly-like essence. The appeal was perfect! Which served as its biggest downfall in my scoring due its staunch contrast with the lack of ANY remote plot besides the shallow childhood conflict over "free swimming".
Romantic anime is not simply having angelic characters with the bodies of Greek Gods. The only female suitor who had any chance of penetrating the tightly woven bond of these friends was Gou, but she understood better than anyone who the real romantic interests were...
EACH OTHER. Which leads me to my second biggest issue with the anime. Intentional or not, how could the creators produce these four flowery boys, and neglect to provide the audience with any relief?? No kiss, no bodily fluid exchange, nothing. The closest they came to intimacy was friendly shoulder touching, or the rare occasion of a hug.
Maybe romance was not the big focus, which I can respect. But the plot was so stupidly uneventful. It would be more fitting to categorize it as slice of life rather than sports, because the majority of each episode was monopolized by pointless banter. At this point all the audience can think is "F**** KISS HIM ALREADY!", which as you can imagine, is extremely frustrating.
I do not recommend this anime for anyone looking for resolve or substance. It was as pointless as a male prostitute with erectile dysfunction. read more
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?
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 to at any given moment. If you thought Hetalia was bad, you aint seen nothing yet! What makes me upset is that this piece of shit manages to have a 7.8 rating here on MAL, but purely fanservice series aimed at guys usually have ratings in the 5-6 range. This series isn't any better than Ikki Tousen, yet it is rated as highly as Serial Experiments Lain!? That is completely unacceptable!
Male anime fans no longer consider it acceptable to give good ratings to purely fanservice bullshit! You will never see a serious male anime critic give anything above a 4 to something like Eiken or Plastic Little. I call on all women who wish to be taken seriously to give this series the 2s, 3s, and 4s it deserves rather than 7s, 8s, and 9s. It isn't equality for men to be shamed for giving high ratings to mindless fanservice like Ikki Tousen, but women are given a free pass to give high ratings to absolute schlock like Free! That is called double standards and hypocrisy of the highest order! Fuck Free right in the ass! read more
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 main characters that will aim to the first place in competitions, and as any respectable serie the main chara/s will have to face, at some point, their rival, being a "long lost friend".
Both show you the beauty of their sports to the point to let you all bumped up and make you say "let's play basket/let's go swimming!"
So yes, indeed, if you liked one of these already, you might really want to check the other, as you'll probably love it too!
They both have old teammates meeting again as rivals. Though neither are shounen-ai, there are some moments that make you question whether or not the characters are straight.
Both series are about a group of boys trying to accomplish something sports-related. Though Free! is more slice-of-life and Kuroko no Basket is more typical shounen, they have some similarities. Both Kuroko and Haruka (the main characters) have the same "kuudere" way of interacting with people. If you enjoy the humor of Free!, the humor in KnB will surely amuse you. While Free! has a lot of fanservice, KnB has little of the sort, but if you like bishounens, both series will appeal to you!
Haruka and Rin are somewhat like Kuroko and the other players of the Generation of Miracles.
Both are about old teammates who meet again in high school as rivals.
I’m going to try to compare very much things in both shows. So maybe it’ll look like I am searching similarities too far… Anyways, sorry for my English...
Let's get started... So.
Both have (how could it be else), their main focus on sport (swimming and basketball). Even though Free! is more slice of life and KnB is more fixated on the real sport, they have very much in common. First of all they both have a nice, enjoyable art style, with characters, considered as beautiful (it's all a matter of tastes though, but I hella like all of them). Both of them tell a story about a team that’s trying to ‘achieve’ something (and let’s not forget that both teams were not really ‘spectacular’ before the main characters joined/formed the team). There’s this rivalry between old friends, that used to be in the same team together. Also, something that I noticed was the fact that they’ve ‘theme names’ (yeah, idk how to call it), what I mean is… ehm, the Free! characters all have female names(Rin, Rei, Haruka, Nagisa and Makoto) , while the generation of miracles have all color-themed names (AOmine, MIDORIma, AKAshi, KIse, MURASAKIbara and KUROko, let's not forget NIJImura and MOMOi). Both have a great voice cast imo (even though they don’t have many va’s in common, there’s Shimazaki Nobunaga and Tatsuhisa Suzuki). Oh, and there are lot’s of similiarities between certain main characters? Lot’s of people seem to compare Rin with Aomine, because they once worked together with the protagonist and are now are rivals, but I think Rin and Taiga have a lot in common as well. Both used to live in a Western, English speaking country (America and Australia), in the second season, one of their childhood friends pops randomly up (if I am right, but I might be mistaking, they even had both an injured arm, shoulder and wrist), they both seem to be rude and arrogant at first and their colorsheme is similar. For the other characters… I think you can compare the protagonists Haruka and Kuroko a lot? Because both have a calm, introvert personality, maybe even a little weird. Their voice type is the same and their expressions, such as deadpan faces are sometimes similar as well. The biggest difference between the two of them is that I have the feeling that Haru is taken too serious, by having literally almost everyone kissing his feet, while Kuroko is lot’s of times mistaken as a bad basketball player. The other main characters have less in common but I think you could compare Kise’s rather friendly personality a bit with Makoto his? Only a bit tho. And let’s say that the megane-guys are both a bit weird, haha. But still… I wouldn’t say there is a amazing similarity between those. Oh, let’s not forget there’s a stroking similarity between the High Speed (Free! novels) characters and certain KnB characters. Serizawa and Murasakibara, Ikuya and Tatsuya, Asahi and Akashi… Even their names… Just look at this piece of fanart (http://static.zerochan.net/Free%21.full.1715331.jpg ) and judge for yourself.
Oh, and both have lot’s of shippings…
I think the biggest difference between the shows is that KnB focuses way more on the sport itself and is sort of more serious. The cast is waaaay bigger then Free theirs and honestly the characters are better developed. KnB takes the time to introduce you to other characters that aren’t the main team, while Free! focuses 90% on Haruka and his relationship with the other (ex)teammembers .
I’d say, watch KnB if you’re searching for someone with a ‘deeper’ plot and if you feel like watching a 26+ episode anime. Watch Free! if you’re more looking for fanservice, a ‘lighter’ storyline and just something to relax.
I don’t think one is better then another. Some people say KnB is too slow and boring and others say Free! is too rushed. It’s all up to you. In the end opinions are different…
I preferred KnB, but as I said. That’s all a matter of taste.
Well, if you are looking for some cool guys, both Kuroko no Basket and Free! are series to check out.
In fact, both series consists of a cast of male characters that are dominant in their perspective sports. They also have rivalries with certain other characters that brings out some of the intensity of both shows. There's some fan service for the female audience. Additionally, both series also seems to have a building of friendship between certain characters. Of course though, there is that sense of rivalry that can be traced back through flashbacks that brings out some animosity. Both series also has a manager/coach who is female but also becomes involved with the teams/clubs that consists of the male dominant casts.
Kuroko no Basket and Free! are both shows about bishounen boys that were good friends before high school until one becomes a rival (Aomine in Kuroko no Basket and Rin in Free! ).In both shows the more quiet main characters(Kuroko and Haruka) has to defeat their rivals before they can reach their ultimate goal.Both shows also have a female coach who are just as entertaining as the male leads,show the development of their friendships and the training proses they go through before facing their rival.However Free! is a bit more on the slice of life side than Kuroko no Basket.
•Both are an anime focusing on a sport throughout the whole show. Both are shrouded with immense testosterone from all the male characters, with a few females added in to not overwhelm the show with its manliness.
•Both plots focus on the concept of rivalry from old friends they use to compete with in their sport category.
•Both anime seem entirely different with the animation and quality of the soundtracks, yet they give each anime the same type of feelings as the audience watches as the story progresses—angst, eagerness, determination, etc.
•Both are similar in the competitive-sport-rivalry sense so you might like one if you like the other.
Rin's peronallity is kinda looks like Aomine Daiki
Rin & Haruka's friendship are like Tetsuya & Daiki's friendship... so as his talent, Rin is an athlete who had been practicing since he was a kid, and Haruka is someone who don't care about but love swimming so much
those two are really similar with Kuroko & Aomine
Both about sports although KnB is way more focused on it than Free!, whose purpose is also show the relationships between the main characters and the character development. I want to highlight the fact that I'm talking solely about the anime adaptions of these two series so.
The target audience of Free! is mainly females, of course, and probably those who are fond of shipping.
In KnB's case it's a way more open one, since girls and boys could watch it and enjoy it equally. BUT If you really are a "fujoshi", believe me, there are a LOT of characters you could ship so no worries.
Anyhow, I would like to say that if you've watched Free! you probably will like KnB, but it doesn't necessarily apply the other way round.
-both are sport-themed anime
-both have bishounen characters
Sports. Bishounens everywhere (fanservice too; although Free! takes it to a different level). Good comedy. Somewhat unrealistic skills. Rivals. Childhood friends. You name it.
Both are extremely good sports anime, though one is swimming and the other is basketball. Both have memorable characters and awesome opening theme music. Both have memorable moments that will leave you stunned and wanting to swim and/or play basketball!
I'm sorry for making such an obvious rec. Free! = Kurobas plus water. They both have a strong, silent protagonist and a crappy sports team determined to make it to the top. Old friends become rivals whom go to elite sporting schools. The uniformity in names of team members (colors in Kuro and girly names in Free!) is also similar. And of course, the *coughs* pretty boys. The only thing is, Free! has a bit more fan service.
Both are sports anime that have a lot of good looking bishounen guys (fan service for girls, lol). Both have old teammates compete with each other in high school.
Both have all male main characters except for the fact that both Seirin and Iwatobi's teams are coached by a female student. The only differences are in terms of genre - that whereas Free! is more "Slice of Life" combined with sports, Kuroko no Basket is more "Shounen" combined with sports.
Both of them are very sports-centric and have many different characters (with various hair colors) that are namely, males. They both have that feel-good kind of sensation that comes along with watching teamwork, friendship, and all of that nice stuff. And they also are bother rather funny and slice-of-life themed animes, though KuroBasu is focuses a bit more on the sports (basketball).
If anything, I find KuroBasu a lot more exciting and fun to watch :)
- Some second years get together and form a club for practice.
- The club is also in a school who never did well at tournaments
- The antagonist is also talented and connected to the main character's childhood
- There's also a female coach who's talented at her work.
The plot is also rather similar: Train at a not-so-popular highschool to meet their rival from middle school at a tournament later.
All in all, it gives off the same sports-anime aura with competitive athletic spirit that gets you excited just like Free! does.
Both shows are focused on the changing of relationships over time, more specifically friendships becoming rivalries, with the rivalries being over sports. In Free!'s case, Haruka and Rin become rival swimmers, while in Kuroko no Basuke, Kuroko butts heads with his former basketball team.
Kuroko no Basuke and Free! are both mostly composed of a bishonen cast, with some obvious parallels between them, such as having significantly calmer protagonists (Kuroko and Haruka) and their more competitive rivals (Aomine and Rin).
Both shows are fun to watch and although they focus on sports, are well-written and interesting. The mostly male casts are fairly diverse and interesting, and their interactions really bring the "Growing Up" theme home.
Sports with a lot of fanservice and perfect boys who everybody loves.
Both are sports anime and deal with the friendship of the team. They both look into the depths of teamwork and how they strive to reach their goals.
If you enjoyed sports genre type of anime then Kuroko no Basuke and Free! is for you. Both will let you experience what it's like to swim/play basketball. After watching both of these anime, you will probably think "I want to swim/play basketball. Plot-wise, both involve the main characters (Nanase Haruka and Kuroko) enjoying the sports they are in. Later on, they will overcome difficulties with their teammates. Kagami and Rin are also kind of similar. Both have red hair, are arrogant, and in love with their sport to the point that that they will do anything. Teamwork wins the game.
Both sports shows are filled to brimming with endearing, good-looking high school boys, though Free is more slice-of-life, while Kuroko is more high-energy hype. And, of course, magnificent voice acting performances by some of the best seiyuu boys in the industry today.
They involve hot guys playing sports.
These anime are of the sport and bishounen genres. The characters are likable, funny, and cute in some form. Teenage boys in high school who are in a sport team compete with other schools and use teamwork. They have some girls involved who are reliable.
Both anime are sports related.
they both have a lot of match related drama and rivalry
Free has better animation but kuroko no basket has a better storyline and more suspense and detail when it comes to the sport being played
(switch the two anime around) Despite the obvious similarities of both being sports anime and have manservice, both have solid stories, that while cliché, are entertaining and great to watch. Kuroko has a more stronger cast of colourful characters and while they both have good animation, Kuroko is done by Production IG which makes the matches all the more better.
Action stories and fantasy, both are Funny and have interesting plot .
Sports anime, do I have to say more.
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.
Cute guys doing cute things. The shows are water-themed and generally light-hearted and fun
The characters are somewhat alike but both in common have water, one of the main characters are trying something new and trying to be good at it. They are in the daily lives in high school. Mostly male cast and the both animation's are well done.
Lots of guy characters with a water themed story. In tsuritama it's about fishing and more laid back while Free! has more a hardcore like sports anime feel about swimming.
Both include a group of teen boys that bond over a hobby (swimming in Free! and fishing in Tsuritama) Both have homoerotic undertones, colorful, and water theme.
Both are water themed and are about a group of teenagers who bond over swimming/fishing.
Both shows feature 4 male leads, 1 of whom is a kind of rival/outsider of the group. They both center around water and have gorgeous animation.
Two great summer shows about about friendship and cute boys doing cute things.Both Tsuritama and Free! are funny and relaxing slice-of-life shows that are sure to put you in a good mood.
These anime are both water-themed, and leaves the same feel. The drawings and some of the characters are similar, and they're both generally positive, colorful slice of life series revolving around friendship.
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.
Both are about a team of childhood friends who used to participate in an activity together until one of them left. They meet back up and try to get the friend to play with them again. So far the plot is the same excpet with karata instead of swimming. Incredibly similar anime.
•Both are only similar in the way that a bunch of old friends start a club/group in their high school and along the way run into an old childhood friend that they hang out with, who is not the same person anymore.
•Both compete in competitions to see if they will meet that old friend of theirs and play "their" sport like they used to when they were just kids.
•Both have protagonists who are passionate about their favorite "sport" and it is always on their mind, ignoring all other logical reasons. I wouldn't say if you like one you'd hate the other but, Chihayafuru is on a completely different level than Free!.
•They are only similar in the "old friend from elementary school, rekindling the friendship between the bunch of friends, where everyone is in high school now, surrounding a sport that has changed their lives."
Both are similar in that they center around a sport that the main character(s) enjoy and have enjoyed since they were kids. As time progresses, the characters in both Free! and Chihayafuru lose a bit of interest in their respective sports. However, the love for the sport is rekindled in high school when old friends meet up again.
Both are categorized as Sports animes, where close friends are separated after elementary school and drastically change. Both follow the changes that occur after they join their individual school teams, and continue to compete and share their love for the sport. Both Nanase and Arata had quit their sport because they had a hurt a loved one, but found it impossible to deny their passion for swimming, and in chiyafuru's case, karuta.
Big focus on character backstories, character development and sports. When Free!'s drama starts getting heavier, it gives off a reminiscent feeling comparable to Chihayafuru's.
they both have to do with getting a lost childhood friend back , being passionate about your hobby , and the struggles of building a new club.
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.
Both are about group of highschool girls/boys enjoying afterschool-club activities. Both are very light-hearted and extremely moe. Both are by KyoAni.
K-On! and Free! are pretty much the same thing but with the genders reversed and one being a music club instead of a swim club.Both show involve the main characters finding members for there club in the beginning to help reach their goal,hanging out and doing cute things and becoming good friends.
Free! is about a bunch of cute boys in a swimming club, while K-On is about a bunch of cute girls in a light music club. Both have characters which are rather cliched characters, but are more than their cliches. They are both also about working hard towards being the best at something, but K-On does have more messing around. They both also have excellent animation straight from the studio of KyoAni.
Instead of cute girls doing cute stuff it has cute boys doing cute stuff and in both series there is a group friends that bond over a common hobby in one is music and in the other it's swimming.
Ladies and gents, don't let the negativity of certain immature people keep you away from either anime.
If you like one, you're very likely to enjoy the other.
Both have similar, fun humor that relies on characterization.If you like essentially good-natured characters interacting and a peaceful type of atmosphere, I can recommend both anime highly.
The struggles of establishing a club, great comedy, variety of characters
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
The art in both is similar. They are both about sports and have two main characters who are friends and rivals at the same time. There is a LOT of bromance in these two anime.
If you love the up-beat feel and adorably hilarious characters of Free!, you will enjoy the close friendships and on-point comedy of Haikyuu!!
Haikyuu!! has significantly less fanservice and little more focus on the team as a whole, and overall is the best sports series I've seen to date.
I'm pretty new to Anime and especially MAL, so this is my first recommendation but I honestly cannot stress it enough. I came straight into Anime and Free! was one of my first choices, I loved it, especially the whole slice-of-life and friendship story lines, they're really relatable. I told my friend I was desperate to find another Anime just like it with the same ideas of coming together as a team and breaking down walls to salvage and build new friendships and she recommended Haikyuu!!
If I'm being honest when I first started watching it, I wasn't too sure if it was my kind of thing, the artistry let me down a little but now I'm nearly caught up on the series and it's filled that gap that Free! left. Haikyuu!! is based around young boy, Hinata, striving to become an "Ace" in Volleyball and he faces many obstacles but as he joins the team, finds his place in his group of friends their power as a group strengthens, similar to the story of the swimmers in Free! Both Animes show that you can start from the very bottom and work your way up to the top when you have a group of friends helping and supporting you along the way. In addition, Haikyuu!! has wonderful humour and the characters (especially Tanaka) have made me laugh a lot through out the episodes.
Don't let anything put you off, I honestly recommend this Anime as a breath of fresh air, filled with the teamwork, friendship, hardships and humour just as in Free! but with it's own unique story and style.
Sports and a bit of comedy.
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!
Free! and Kuroko no Basket are both shows about a group friends competing against an old friend in the show's respective sport .However is that Free! is a bit more focused on the friendship between the main characters while Kuroko no Basket is more focused on the show's respective sport.Free! also has more female oriented fanservice(the majority of it is just them taking their shirts off)though seeing how it's a show about males swimming it's really expected.It also has a bit more shounen ai undertones than most sports anime but at the same time it's poking fun at it.Despite that show isn't filled with an overwhelming amount fanservice that would distract you from the story.Nonetheless both are great sports shows filled with funny moments while watching the cast trying to obtain their goals.
Both are shounen-sports anime about boys competing with each other, and the characters are similar, comparing how they feel.
Several characters that very handsome,friendship,sport tournament, rivals that confronted fiercely and similar art are the properties of both anime that shared commonly.
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