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Free!

Free!

Alternative Titles

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

Information

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

Statistics

Score: 7.861 (scored by 54099 users)
Ranked: #6722
Popularity: #179
Members: 95,812
Favorites: 2,775
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

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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)

Related Anime

Adaptation: High☆Speed!
Other: Kyoto Animation: Suiei-hen
Side story: Free!: FrFr - Short Movie
Sequel: Free! 2nd Season

Characters & Voice Actors

Hazuki, Nagisa
Hazuki, Nagisa
Main
Yonaga, Tsubasa
Japanese
Yonaga, Tsubasa
Satou, Satomi
Japanese
Satou, Satomi
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
Ryuugazaki, Rei
Ryuugazaki, Rei
Main
Hirakawa, Daisuke
Japanese
Hirakawa, Daisuke
Hikasa, Yoko
Japanese
Hikasa, Yoko

Staff

Utsumi, Hiroko
Director
Tsuruoka, Yota
Sound Director
Yokotani, Masahiro
Script, Series Composition
Suzuki, Tatsuhisa
Theme Song Performance



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Feb 11, 2014
Fear_the_Reefer
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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Sep 25, 2013
Flume
After receiving universal acclaim on their short preview which showed Kyoto Animation (the same company that likes to churn out shit that panders from young, jailbait girls to old hairy virgin men such as myself) waving their ever-increasing sum of money in front of faces screaming how good they can animate water and delicious biceps which they then decided to finally animate it. It is shocking to see them come out with something new that they intended to aim only at a female audience and had many males turn their noses in disgust. However, being a male myself, if enjoying this is a crime, other read more
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Recommendations

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.

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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