Free! Dive to the Future

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Synonyms: Free! 3rd Season
Japanese: Free!-Dive to the Future-


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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 12, 2018 to Sep 27, 2018
Premiered: Summer 2018
Broadcast: Thursdays at 00:00 (JST)
Licensors: Funimation
Source: Original
Genre: SportsSports
Theme: SchoolSchool
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

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Score: 7.611 (scored by 7753577,535 users)
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Ranked: #13752
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Popularity: #1258
Members: 171,468
Favorites: 615

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Synopsis

With the seniors having graduated from high school, the determined swimmers eagerly take on their futures with a dream to fulfill.

Now attending Hidaka University in Tokyo, Haruka Nanase unexpectedly runs into Shiina Asahi, an old teammate and friend from his middle school days. Consequently, the troubling memories regarding his middle school swim team resurface, as it was a time when Haruka's views on swimming became negative and led him to quit the team. Haruka later reconnects with his other middle school classmates; all except for Ikuya Kirishima, who still resents Haruka for quitting the team, resulting in its disbandment. Aware of the issues between them, Haruka resolves to improve his friendship with Ikuya. However, he quickly realizes that making amends with an old friend isn't his only obstacle.

Facing the reality and challenges of encountering higher calibre swimmers, Haruka must work hard to establish himself if he dreams of competing on an international level.

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Staff

Kawanami, Eisaku
Director
Tsuruoka, Youta
Sound Director
Yamada, Naoko
Episode Director, Storyboard
Takemoto, Yasuhiro
Episode Director, Storyboard


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"Heading to Over" by OLDCODEX (eps 1-11)
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Ending Theme

2 conti.: Asahi Shiina (Toshiyuki Toyonaga), Ikuya Kirishima (Kouki Uchiyama), Nagisa Hazuki (Tsubasa Yonaga), Rei Ryuugazaki (Daisuke Hirakawa) (ep 12)
1: "Gold Evolution" by STYLE FIVE (eps 1-11)
2: "Blue Destination" by Haruka Nanase (Nobunaga Shimazaki), Makoto Tachibana (Tatsuhisa Suzuki), Rin Matsuoka (Mamoru Miyano),



Oct 7, 2018
Mixed Feelings
If Free's second season was an improvement for the series, its third season is its all-time low.

Free, in its best moments, may not have been anything more than mildly enjoyable (if teetering the line between 'fanservice' and outright pandering), but in this case it has fallen below even being tolerable. Nonstop, incessant melodrama, focused not on the main characters but split between the dozens of irrelevant side characters around them who nobody watching the show actually cares half a dingdong about. Any humor or relaxing little moments are gone, with an endless barrage of melodrama from opening credits to ending credits. Yes, if that sounds ...
Sep 26, 2018
Mixed Feelings
The second season was a great comfy experience. Eternal Summer was what it was called and it was H O T just like the name suggests. However, it was much more than that and left several different factors unanswered, for example, In s02e09, Haru said: "What dream? What future? I have nothing of that sort!" Other questions it rose were: The traumas behind our transfer student (not wanting to swim on the behalf of team, only on individual level), Haru's lack of motivation, and the disappearance / solitude phase of the best boy. Essentially, this 3rd season is exactly as the title promises: Dive towards ...
Sep 26, 2018
Free!: Dive to the Future is an amazing sequel to an already amazing series. We get to see Haru and Makoto lives after finishing high school, which we don't see a lot of, as they face new challenges and problems that come with the higher competitive world of swimming.

This season we get introduced to Ikuya, a childhood friend of both Haru and Makoto, and he is shown to be very cold to others at the start for certain reasons which are then told later into the series, Haru, Makoto and everyone else has to help him get over his past trauma and worries so he ...

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