Ranked #870


Alternative Titles

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


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 4, 2013 to Sep 25, 2013
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.781 (scored by 92350 users)
Ranked: #8702
Popularity: #130
Members: 157,860
Favorites: 4,449
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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)


Episodes  0 / 12
Aired  Jul 4, 2013 to Sep 25, 2013
Status  Finished Airing
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Related Anime

Other: Kyoto Animation: Suiei-hen
Side story: Free!: FrFr - Short Movie
Sequel: Free!: Eternal Summer
Prequel: High☆Speed!: Free! Starting Days

Characters & Voice Actors

Hazuki, Nagisa
Hazuki, Nagisa
Yonaga, Tsubasa
Yonaga, Tsubasa
Sato, Satomi
Sato, Satomi
Matsuoka, Rin
Matsuoka, Rin
Miyano, Mamoru
Miyano, Mamoru
Watanabe, Akeno
Watanabe, Akeno
Nanase, Haruka
Nanase, Haruka
Matsumoto, Megumi
Matsumoto, Megumi
Shimazaki, Nobunaga
Shimazaki, Nobunaga
Ryuugazaki, Rei
Ryuugazaki, Rei
Hirakawa, Daisuke
Hirakawa, Daisuke
Hikasa, Yoko
Hikasa, Yoko


Utsumi, Hiroko
Tsuruoka, Yota
Sound Director
Yokotani, Masahiro
Script, Series Composition
Miyano, Mamoru
Theme Song Performance

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Feb 15, 2015
First of all, I am a boy, and I love girls.

This anime came from Kyoto Animation, studio that already made Clannad, Lucky Star, K-On, Kyoukai no Kanata and Hyouka. Like it's predecessor, Free! has great quality of art. Nice opening and ending, dynamic movement, cute character, and perfect triceps. I just can't forgot the last one, because it was repeated so fuckin many times in this series. And here we go, my review!

Story: 7/10

Sport. One thing I can say about this genre is, competitive. If it isn't competitive, than it isn't sport anime. But, this one word doesn't fit our main character, Nanase Haruka. He read more
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Jul 2, 2014
"For the team..." - from the director of Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, K-On, Clannad and Lucky Star comes a show about swimming. And you know, I like it. The story follows 5 swimmers, four from middle school to the present (Nanase, Hazuki, Tachibana, Rin), the other a track and field club member who eventually gets won overbfrom Hazuki (Rei) and Rin's little sister, who is also the coach/support for Nanase, Hazuki, Tachibana and Rei. Without spoilers, Rin... Moves on in life without Nanase, Hazuki or Tachibana and this is of course fully explained, and I like how the story shows the guys experiences from both read more
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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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Dec 29, 2014
I can't tell you how much I enjoy reading sports manga and watching sports related shows. I was also a competitive swimmer way back in highschool, so when I saw that an anime was coming out about SWIMMING?! Oh yeah, I just had to watch it. Right from the get go I was mortified, the first episode was pretty much showing off the 'eye candy' cast and establishing the background that sets up the premise of Free! It was a major struggle to get through most of it, but I made it through and here I am to tell the world about it.

Story: 6/10

Man, if read more
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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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 focus of both series is on slice-of-life and the daily lives of high school boys. They have similar humor and characters and the same "feel."

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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