Free! Dive to the Future

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


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


Score: 7.601 (scored by 8329483,294 users)
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Ranked: #15222
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Popularity: #1327
Members: 182,451
Favorites: 623

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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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Characters & Voice Actors


Tsuruoka, Youta
Sound Director
Yamada, Naoko
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
"Heading to Over" by OLDCODEX (eps 1-11)

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),

Episode Videos


Apr 5, 2024
(Spanish review below).

Dive to the future is my favorite season of Free. There are too many things happening at the same time and they all excite me in the same way. The characters from the first two seasons, the OVAs, Take your marks and High Speed all come together in the same season and the connections between them intertwine and come to life.

Even having seen it so many times, it never bores me, especially the first chapters, which focus on Ikuya. Ikuya is my favorite character on Free and one of my favorite characters overall and I really like how his dilemmas come to life ...
Jul 15, 2022
Mixed Feelings
Honestly, this was the worst of all 3 seasons of this show.

I thoroughly loved this show in the first two seasons and it made me really happy, and it was very lighthearted and cute and had fantastic characters.

This season kind of let me down as it barely had any screentime of some of the best characters in the show Rin, Nagisa, Rei, and the Iwatobi swim club. This session felt out of context somewhat. Including what I just said it also just stopped showing the close relationship between the whole swim club and they kind of just went their separate ways. I also found ...
Sep 5, 2022
Since Utsumi left, the franchise has not been worth watching. They are milking a cash cow without a single iota of understanding of what made the series successful or what the fans liked about it. Everything that it has going for it now comes down to sound and visuals, and even though the animation continues to be impressive it isn't enough to make this season worth suffering through.

This was twelve episodes of obnoxious melodrama punctuated with only a few short cute moments with characters I've grown attached to. Humor is gone. Fun is gone. Having coherent character arcs with motivations that make sense and ...

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