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Free!


Alternative Titles

English: Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club
Synonyms: フリー!
Japanese: Free!

Information

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

Statistics

Score: 7.691 (scored by 141,298 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #10632
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #128
Members: 241,723
Favorites: 6,427
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Ranked #1063Popularity #128Members 241,723
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Episodes: /12

Synopsis

Haruka Nanase has a love for water and a passion for swimming. In elementary school, he competed in and won a relay race with his three friends Rin Matsuoka, Nagisa Hazuki, and Makoto Tachibana. After claiming victory at the tournament, the four friends went their separate ways. Years later, they reunite as high school students; however, Rin couldn't care less about returning to the way things used to be. Not only does he attend a different school, but the sole thing important to him is proving that he is a better swimmer than Haruka.

After the bitter reunion, Haruka, Nagisa, and Makoto decide to form the Iwatobi High School Swim Club, but they will need a fourth member if they hope to take part in the upcoming tournament. Enter Rei Ryuugazaki, a former member of the track team whom Nagisa recruits. As the time to compete draws near, the four develop a close bond while training intensely to come out on top and settle things between Haruka and Rin once and for all.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Background

Episode 1 was previewed at screening in Marunouchi Piccadilly 3, Tokyo on June 26, 2013. Regular broadcasting began on July 4, 2013.

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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


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"Rage on" by OLDCODEX

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#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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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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Waldy565
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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