Ranked #966

Free!

Alternative Titles

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

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 4, 2013 to Sep 26, 2013
Premiered: Summer 2013
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: Discotek
Studios: Kyoto Animation
Source: Original
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 7.731 (scored by 120,828 users)
Ranked: #9662
Popularity: #125
Members: 206,417
Favorites: 5,705
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Synopsis

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

Staff

Nakamura, Shinichi
Nakamura, Shinichi
Producer
Utsumi, Hiroko
Utsumi, Hiroko
Director
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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literaturenerd
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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Fear_the_Reefer
Feb 11, 2014
About two weeks ago, I went into Gaia’s AMC forum to post a poll, asking the community what 2013 anime I should watch next. I expected Silver Spoon or Gatchaman Crowds to win, and they received 7 and 10 votes, respectively placing in second and third place. The winner, with 24 votes, was Free! Iwatobi Swimming Club, the notorious #SwimmingAnime that came into existence thanks to a viral animation sample, and an almost revolutionary ‘give us this show’ petition.

So, with almost half of that poll’s 60 voters daring me to dive head first into manservice oblivion, what was I supposed to do? Was I supposed read more
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bitchin_free
Jan 26, 2014
Ok, first, a straight, young guy talking here. I've watched this anime in about two days, about 6 episodes per day. That's how captivating this anime was for me. It's probably the highest number of episodes of an anime I've ever watched in such a short time, but anyways, let's get to the actual review:

I am aware of all the hating coming from one side of the anime community, I mean, I hate fanservice myself. But firstly: I usually am capable of ignoring it if the story/action/characters of the anime are good; and secondly: interestingly enough I didn't have much of a problem with the read more
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lemonenby
May 10, 2015
So, lets get this out of the way, it says the genre is sports, but its really just fanservice. Its like listing Queens Blade under simply action. Sure there are battles, but its really about the tits. And sure, Free has swimming, but its really all about Kyoto Animation spending a hundred million Yen simply to show legions of fangirls how perfectly they can animate really sexy guys swimming through really sexy water and hugging each other in totally platonic yet still extremely sexy ways. So, KyoAni, congratulations on succeeding greatly in your effort. The art was fucking amazing, the story moved along just fine, read more
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Recommendations

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: Prince of Stride: Alternative
This both have bishounen, sexy animation, and great music.
The guys look great too. So give this a watch. This even get something for the yaoi fan girls and boys. 
reportRecommended by UnknownDepth
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: 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: 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

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