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


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


Score: 7.601 (scored by 191,960 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #13332
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #148
Members: 335,648
Favorites: 7,643
Ranked #1333Popularity #148Members 335,648
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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]


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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Tsuruoka, Youta
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Yamada, Naoko
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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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Feb 11, 2014
Fear_the_Reefer (All reviews)
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
Jan 26, 2014
bitchin_free (All reviews)
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
May 10, 2015
lemonenby (All reviews)
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
Aug 3, 2015
_Megami (All reviews)
(This is a review for all of the Free! series, including Free! Eternal
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