Episode 0 of Free!: Dive to the Future was shown at a special Free! event. Episode 1 also pre-aired during this same event. Episode 0 will eventually be included in the BD/DVD release of Free!: Dive to the Future.
It was an more hilarious episode than usually, and you can feel the emotions of everyone about the new start that they all are living , it brings you the sensation that something big its coming. In this special like in the previous movie "Take your marks" the element of funny confussions and coincidence again as ingredient,was perfect!
It really deserves your chance, the ED was the best of all! Hope to see more sexy's dance of the boys like this!
MUSIC: Like I said, the ending was the best of the OST that they used it here to me. As well, the sounds
and melodies applyed for the moments of fight and tension fit very well.
ART: Like always in the previous presentations of Free! Its a really pretty art and animation too. Just on the point.
STORY: Here, its not about anything so important or tracendent about de main story of the destiny of our characteres but its a sweet and fun episode like we know, the essence of Free!
CHARACTERES: All of them have something beautiful to show and enjoy. I was just concerned and confused because of the similarities between Haruka and Ikuya, even I was thinking that their seiyuu's were the same, but thats not the case. However, they are so similar,I hope that this change in a certain future.
ENJOYMENT: So funny, nothing hard to see if you like rythm-storyline of Free.
OVERALL: An 9 because of I enjoyed a lot and laugh.
So, this episode was... weird. I still liked it a lot, but it felt different from the normal Free! It was closer to something from a comedy than from a drama. It isn't anything like the last special of Free! that we got for Eternal Summer.
This episode takes place between Take Your Marks and the main Dive to the Future storyline. So, it's before everything in Dive to the Future happened. Ikuya isn't yet a part of the friend group again, Asahi hasn't reunited with everyone, and Rin has just gotten to Australia. You're not really gonna get any Rin in this episode, which
is a shame, but since it's a prequel to season three, it's difficult to fit Rin in. You'll get a couple chunks here and there of Ikuya with Hiyori and Asahi with Kisumi, as well as an appearance by Mikoshiba. For the most part, though, this episode shows Haru, Makoto, Sousuke, and the guys from Iwatobi and Samezuka.
It's a fun little episode with Makoto dressing up as Iwatobi-chan and participating in a sumo match while everyone back home watches. It's out of character for Makoto to be in an embarrassing situation like this, so I love that about this episode. Also, you get to see a little more of Haru being the nerdy about mascots, which is always welcome.
It doesn't have any story substance, obviously, because it's an extra episode. However, it does end with a nice nod to the story to come. Personally, I would've preferred to see a special that took place after the events of Dive to the Future, but considering how season three ended, I understand why they chose to go for something that happened beforehand.
I don't know, you'll enjoy this if you enjoy Free! It's not quite as fun and unique as the previous special, but I still got A LOT of laughs out of it. Check it out!