High☆Speed!: Free! Starting Days Episode 1 Discussion
Oct 16, 2016 2:30 PM
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Joined: Apr 2014
Movie that gives nice feeling. Quite calm and fresh. Good soundtrack esp, during lunch time.
things I noticed: nanase drinking milk in box, the characters bags and p.e. bags, their bentos and coloured chopsticks, Ikuya and Asahi modern home vs Nanase and Tachibana traditional home, they are just 12 but able to express their thoughts quite easily.
Meeting Nanase's demand.
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Joined: Jun 2020
ah the art & animation were stunning as expected of kyoani
asahi was amazing, what a character! i loved watching him, if only he had as much screen time in dive to the future, he's so underrated! i would totally even watch a spin-off with him as a MC, he's really interesting.
i also really liked the little details that added depth to ikuya's character, the joke/diss he made while roasting asahi as a monkey (LOL) really showed his immature/boyish side, the way he "imitates" & is pretty similar to haru, the way he did the freestyle strokes & gestures while they were waiting to be timed during their sets, i wish we saw more of these in the usual series, really adds to their characters instead of them just being angsty & brooding all the time. that back story of him feeling like a bother to natsuya was great as well. i loved that huge cry that he let out, i really liked ikuya in this, uchiyama kouki also managed to show more range in this, his character was really flat in dive to the future lol.
omg rin's letter at the end, uwu my boiiiiiiiiiiiii
everyday is full of painful things. i think i'll get used to it, and that the painful things won't feel as painful anymore but...i'm scared of that.
on hindsight, damn - i totally should have watched this before the first season, or at the very least before dive to the future. it really added a lot to the narrative & their characters.
ꕤ but i’ll probably remember over and over again
you were there and everyone else was there
— the day we all searched for just one thing ꕤ
Oct 27, 2020 1:44 AM
Joined: Apr 2017
Only read the novels, but from the tumblr spoilers it seems they removed probably the most important scenes. Makoto's plotline suffered the most. Not sure about Nagisa's, because I haven't seen the mentions of his plotline in the spoilers. So it seems that, unfortunately, they were devoid of character development - which is a shame, because Makoto gets a big one, and we come to understand his fears, his personality and his relationship with Haru on a much deeper level than it's even shown in Free! The same is with Sousuke, as I can already suppose, his character remains flat, though in the book he shows different sides of him.
Plus they took one moment from the 1st novel and kinda changed it to fit into the plot of the movie. Interesting, but still not as impactful as it would've been if they had preserved original 2nd novel's events.
They only kept a few things from the novel, but for the most part it's an original plot inspired by the book. I loved the novel, but the movie was good in a different way and tbh the main 4 characters had great development and fair treatment on the screen and have their own lives and depth that Nagisa and Rei sorely miss and even Makoto didn't get to show that often.
The rest of the characters were only support, with Nagisa, Rei reduced to cameos. Rin and Sousuke mostly kept true to the novel but didn't take much of the focus, and they don't in the book either so it's fine; the only thing is Sousuke who gets a little of his own development and sort of appreciation for Haru in the book, is only in the movie as Rin's voice and doesn't really have anything beyond that which is sad, but it sets him better aligned with his S2 entrance, which didn't correspond that well with his book version.
The movie is much more balanced and positive than the novel. There's lots of comical moments, but not over the top crack and characters aren't reduced to jokes or gag fillers. The comedy is woven so well with the unfolding drama, which really impressed me, especially as I disliked the episode this writer wrote for the show (Nagisa's episode in S2).
As for Makoto's important development; maybe we don't get to see his fears, but that I guess for kyoani was already dealt with in S1. His connection not just with Haru, but also swimming is brought up to front and center and he accepts himself and who he is, which is a great refreshment since Makoto is a character that usually doesn't tell how he really feels and hides behind his smile unless in a stressing situation.
Asahi and Ikuya are much better in the movie than in the books and unlike the book, Kyoani develops their friendship with Haru and Makoto, and do it in a natural way that really makes me feel pain when I remember it all ends in winter when Haru quits competitive swimming and the club.
Anyway, don't base your opinion of the movie based on spoilers, wait until you watch and see for yourself. For kyoani's rushed writing and magic fixes, this movie was really amazing and well-paced. It's not as deep as a novel can get due to the medium's restrictions of course, but I often prefer books over the film adaptations so I'm kind of glad in retrospect (they would've ruined the book!). I do hope the novel will get a manga (with a different artist than HS1 tho..), it would be nice to see it in a visual medium too.
I am bit confused about the chronology of the series rn. So this movie took place in summer and Haru had his race with Rin in the winter of the same year ? That really does make me sad for the team, they were getting along so well, and makes me wonder why wasn't anyone able to convince Haru.
Nov 25, 2020 11:14 AM
Joined: Jul 2020
I enjoyed this movie so, so much and feel absolutely heartbroken right now. Ikuya seems like such a nice, loud kid who is very emotional, and look at him now :( People might argue that this has to do with him maturing, but the fact that he had no friends all his childhood and his first three friends left him is truly heartbreaking ;(
I really wanted to see Haru's mom's face.
Nagisa is the cutest bean ever^^^^^
bruh his fit reminds me of Dora lmaooo
Asahi is so relatable. I've seen many people complaining about the fact he brought himself up due to Haru's "downfall".... honestly I would do the same.
I had no clue Souske knew Haru before he went to Samezuka!?!
My husband looks cute af in middle school <3333
Omg when Makoto said, "I love swimming and Haru-Chan. So I'm going to swim with him!!" AHAHHHHH
Natsuya Kirishima is a gay boy. I totally forgot about his relation with everyone else until I watched this.
Rei, thanks for helping out Asahi :) We'll see you soon in the story line
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