Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club

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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 00:30 (JST)
Source: Original
Genres: Slice of LifeSlice of Life, ComedyComedy, SportsSports, DramaDrama, SchoolSchool
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.421 (scored by 287426287,426 users)
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Ranked: #18292
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #188
Members: 523,903
Favorites: 9,218


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  read more 
report Recommended by EtnaEraclea
I love these two anime because I practiced both sports Both series shows passion for sports, Swimming and Volleyball. They value friendship and teamwork its important to win. Both have a lots of humor, beautiful men and bromance.  
report Recommended by xana14
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. 
report Recommended by UnknownDepth
Free! and Tsurune have the same sort of atmosphere. Both tell of 5 guys working together to learn and improve at a sport (swimming in Free! and archery in Tsurune). The animation is well done and very similar style from KyoAni. They both have a high emphasis on friendship. If you enjoyed getting a glimpse of what goes into a sport, and how people can bond together from one of these shows, you will have a very similar feeling watching the other. 
report Recommended by Pokey26
Both series are focussed on the athletic development of males with a passion for their chosen sports. They take you on a journey with many obstacles to overcome with help from friends and rivals. Also, let your fangirl mind fill in the blanks left by shounen ai vibes throughout the episodes.  
report Recommended by Lilviscious
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. 
report Recommended by Keirik
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. 
report Recommended by PokeL
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. 
report Recommended by InesFidalgo
Both of these shows involve a group of high school students organizing their own club. They are equally hilarious comedies. 
report Recommended by kyorika
A bunch of cute guys who do sports together in a high school club. Cheer Danshi animation isn't Kyoani's but it's still great. 
report Recommended by Ritshiro
Both series is about sports (Free is swimming, knb is basketball) and both has this group of guys, and some rivilary going on between them. KnB is definetly more into the shounen-genre where Free! is more of a fanservice anime, but if you liked Free! you'll probably like Kuroko no basket as well! 
report Recommended by MyuuMyuu
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." 
report Recommended by renchan
Both Love Live and Free! explore the assembling of a club that does not exist in the school. One for the sake of the school to not disband, and the other just for the sake of competition. Both strive towards a common goal (winning Love Live/swimming tournament) and explore the friendships between the characters in their journey to achieve their club goal.  
report Recommended by alysael
BOTH have cool guys and full of friendship and a little bit of comedy (fun). They have different stories behind the main characters and most of the character have high-spirited about sports. And how they faced the challenges too. A lot of emotional parts will love it by having goosebumps . After watching this, you might have the feeling of wanted to play or try the sport (if you know me ;)  
report Recommended by lucky321
Protagonist for both shows are quiet and are also very talented in what they do. Both are about sports but more importantly a friendship of two great athletes.  
report Recommended by El_Roaddd
Free! is also about a very talented athlete taking a break, but then decided to come back due to his love for the sport. Free! is aslo really well animated, even the emotions are well shown through the animation.  
report Recommended by Animexing
Both anime focus on a group of boys and their development together as a team. While Starmyu is about music and Free! is about swimming, both focus on the teamwork and friendship between the main characters. They can both be cheesy and overdramatic at times but if you enjoyed the friendship in one of them, you will probably like the other.  
report Recommended by tearbender
Aimed mainly toward the female audiences. Both include a Male strong cast; with most of the characters obsessed with water and their respective water sport. Both include a lot of fan-service for the ladies as well as a lot of BL as to be expected.  
report Recommended by symbiotic
For a music anime, hibike also has a lot of elements of sports anime such as Free: competitions, friendships, hardships, teamwork, the relationship between club life and life in the outside world, and a drive to improve, not just for yourself, but for the rest of your clubmates. Some of the main cast also display similar traits and tropes, albeit on different genders, and although Hibike takes it easier on the fanservice, there is still the same quality art/animation style and attention to detail Kyoto animation is known for. 
report Recommended by Snorxal
You wanna see a bunch of boys being gay, but not in a sexual way? You wanna see a bunch of intense boy-on-boy scenes that gets EXTREMELY homosexual but nothing good comes out of it? Do you want to watch something that's actually good after watching this god-awful adaptation of a BL visual novel? Then watch Free!, because it's a hell of a lot better than this garbage that was SUPPOSED to be a bunch of dudes being gay but didn't deliver. Also, the animation/plot/music/characters, well, everything is so much better in Free!. 
report Recommended by LolliGo
Cute guys and tones of manservice + fujobait. 
report Recommended by Ritshiro
Both anime have a intense rush of excitement and suspense revolving around sports. 
report Recommended by misa98765
Both about team sports and close friendship, where the plot revolves mostly around characters than plot. Cute feelings and both anime are quite happy and enjoyable, with little touching moments. 
report Recommended by MssZenzy
Two slice of life shows about handsome male school students. A lot of very similar characters. Also, both have Nagisa. 
report Recommended by Stray-Fukurou
If you like this one anime about a high school swim team, you might like this other one! ...Hey, it's not like there's a lot of swimming anime. 
report Recommended by lithiumflower
Physical character of his eyes a bit under his black lips it is not able to sleep because of the pleasure of reading a book or also wear glasses it's a problem can not sleep  
report Recommended by Yukisa-Nanase
Yeah I know that Free is sport anime but please hear me out. Free does some decent character development and builds nicely around a lost friendship and making new friends also tackling how to deal with fears 
report Recommended by Anime_Lover_JR
Series exploring a professional sport with close up with details regarding practice and techniques. You will want to get up and try what they do. 
report Recommended by Niveen_Sleem
both of these anime has backstory about the characters and how there are times they wanted to give up, but persevered and fight on. they are also both sports anime and both anime guys are hot!  
report Recommended by aienn
Dear my friends. Don't say goodbye quickly. If possible, always with you forever. Because of you're big important existence. Both main characters relationship, setting, personalities are very...very similar. Atmospheres are quite lighthearted. Rin likes game as same as Misaka. They have high pride and adorable Tsundere. Anyways cool and cute. Other characters also attractive. Friendship is one of both shows theme. At the same time, main characters past affect each future. Free! tends to it. Genres are different. Railgun is Action show which have solid story. Free! is swimming sports show which have beautiful visuals. Both are enjoyable, comedic, and sometimes deep. Definitely you like both shows if you have  read more 
report Recommended by Xnovazero
Come here for your cute guys with sad backstories. Of course Weiß is much edgier, in terms of backstory and actual story, but if you're watching one for the characters and the bl subtext (no actual text) you'll probably be happy with the other. 
report Recommended by prepare4trouble
If you love slightly gay bishounen swimming then you're gonna love slightly gay bishounen samurais saving the history. 
report Recommended by mecha_tea
Just trust me on this one. IDOLiSH7 is basically a sports anime with singing, and the exact same kind of sports anime as Free!: boys forming a team and working to reach their goals while also working through their personal issues (one of which involves one of their rivals who won't even have a normal conversation with them). Oh yeah, and let's throw in a bit of ship baiting for good measure. 
report Recommended by android_catboy
The character complex, the team complex, goals, they are quite similar.  
report Recommended by Annie_Law
if you enjoyed free, dakaichi is like the perfect 'what if' fan fiction. the protagonists bare striking similarities with Haruka and Makato, except in Dakaichi their personalities couldn't be more different. Dakaichi is a very enjoyable series by it self, about two episodes in I did realize how close their appearances are to Haruka and Makato.  
report Recommended by doradoradoraemon
- charackters are very similiar - rin/ haruka and ayano/nagisa have identity issues or have personal reasons to abondon their biggest passion - the relationship between the charackters and the sports itself are similiar balanced then to other sports anime - both have a focus on friendship which they handle very authentic and enjoyable - watching hanebado give me the same feeling like watching free! 
report Recommended by afg1930
-both anime are about water sports -the main characters are both somehow obsessed by the underwater world -both have a few female cast  
report Recommended by Hiru_Napyeer
Two anime about a group of teenagers who are part of a club about a sport that have to do with water. (Diving for Amanchu, swimming for Free) Their characters have unusual personalities and they're both about finding your way to become happy or even "free". 
report Recommended by MONOII
Both shows are about young boys, all of them are targeting big goals. Haruka is talented like Tsubasa, also there is Rin who is same like Misaki, he changed schools and went to train to Australia. Similarities: - sports anime - rivalry - friendship - training and experiencing first losses 
report Recommended by junmisugi
It was Sanrio's beach episode that made me make a connection between that show and Free. On the surface, it might seem that both shows are very different (and honestly, they are), but what makes them similar to each other is the same basic premise - how a group of boys become closer to each other emotionally, based on a mutual passion that they (and only they) share. Initially, the boys aren't taken seriously and are even ridiculed for their passion, but they persevere and while doing so, they become even closer to each other. So if you enjoy seeing 17 year old boys bond  read more 
report Recommended by Sonal1988
Both are about students creating a club for something they love. One of the main characters in both anime has something holding them back from fully embracing their love and joining the club initially. The depth as well as the club aspect are similar in the two anime. 
report Recommended by misa98765
Both are sports anime where the main characters seek to be free through their respective sports. They are both anime that are considered to have an overabundance of fan service. Both of them revolve around a certain group of friends trying to reach the top of their fields. They are both initially considered a gag anime at the beginning, but that idea begins to quickly dissolve as the story line changes its tone to one of seriousness.  
report Recommended by Allice84
An abandoned Club, Lost Friends, Flashbacks, Hopes and Dreams! Not to mention they're catagorised as sports! I feel that Saki and Free really provides similar Atmosphere, Everyone has their own special Characteristics, and forms a perfect Team! Provided that their artworks are very similar! 
report Recommended by whomarg
Well, it's kinda easy. -They both have a cast mostly comprised by males. -They both have bishōnens and bishōjos -They both have ships who aren't technically canon but still... -They both are very popular amongst shippers -They both are very colourful You get the point. Free! has a bit more drama and it's mainly about sports while Hetalia it's more of a 'history' anime and it's 90% (weird) comedy. They both are lovely, really. 
report Recommended by shokikita
Both have some handsome bishouen boys and awesome openings and ending theme songs  
report Recommended by OtomeXOtaku
Both stories revolve around water. 
report Recommended by Hstar
Both are very wonderful heart-warming animes with a little melancholia and deep personalities but also with many funny and lovely moments. Both protagonists are male and good-looking, also both series have light hints of Boys'Love atmosphere. 
report Recommended by Salvina
Bishounen hanging around together and having adventures. Free is slice of life while Hakkenden is fantasy. Both are wonderful, heart-warming animes which are made beautifully and with a lot of wonderful efforts by the producers. Both animes have a shounen-ai touch.  
report Recommended by Salvina
The relation between Hinohara/Kadowaki are very similar to Haru/Rin. Both rivals in a sporting competition. In Free: Haru understood Rin's situation. In Arata: Hinohara's action caused Kadowaki's predicament. His action had a negative affect and now their friendship is on the line.  
report Recommended by AnimeFan500
Highschool boys spending their daily lives doing what they love.  
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Both are involved with sport genre and also group of guys doing something together to improve their ability on their own sport. Free! - swimming Kuroko no Basket - Basketball And both also involve with rivalry and with the same aim! That is to become number one on their sport!! Both worth to watch if you enjoy sport genre. ^^ 
report Recommended by NajSuarez94
Both shows have a character named Rin (Kakashi's childhood friend) and Rin (rival of Haruka). Haruka's calm and nonchalant personality is similar to that of Sasuke Uchiha's. Finally, both main characters are very inspirational. 
report Recommended by UnjustNine
These two anime both focus on a group of boys making a club. In Free! however, the school has male and female attendants. But I think the art is kind of similar. Kind of. 
report Recommended by miki2003
Both are related to sports- Free is dominate by swimming where as Diamond no Ace features baseball. The sports genre of Anime is truly amazing! It all comes down to those few seconds of you leaning into the screen with sweat on the edge of your seat wondering who will win and who will lose. The action makes you want to scream in anticipation on both sides. However a contrast between these two Anime is that Free! is a very fast pace sport because of swimming coming down to the winners being distinguished by a mere millisecond. With baseball however the games can get drawn out  read more 
report Recommended by HoruDEyorokobi
A "light" anime with a group of guys trying to "accomplish" something. For Uta no prince-sama, it's music. But for Free, it's swimming. There are very few girls involved in the main plot other than the main character in Uta no Prince-sama. Also a good female fanbase.  
report Recommended by InvisibleMelody
Mostly male cast competing in a competitive sport. 
report Recommended by dmuse
Both talks about a group of friends, that have the same passion, a sport, wanna be the best. Have that popular character good-looking that everyone wanna be, not very friendly, just wanna be better and better. And have that character with hair with a unusual color, and teeth with pointed, that everytime is challenging the other, one wanna be better then the other, looks that they are rivals, but they like each other. 
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