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Oct 29, 2017 6:45 PM

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The official site for Free! revealed that the series will be getting a new season to premiere in Summer 2018. A new episode 0 special screening has also been announced.

The franchise received its first season in Summer 2013 followed by a second season in Summer 2014. In addition, the franchise also received a prequel movie in 2015, two Timeless Melody movies in 2017, as well as a special screening episode that just premiered on October 28, which a teaser illustration has revealed at the end.

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Oct 29, 2017 6:47 PM

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great More time to postpone watching this


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Oct 29, 2017 6:48 PM

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Kyoani wasting their talents

4 movies 3 seasons just end this franchise please
 
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Oct 29, 2017 6:52 PM
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Why have a new season of gay swimmers when we can have a new season of gay musicians?
 
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Oct 29, 2017 6:54 PM
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KyoAni is loaded next year. 3 Series (Evergarden, Tsurune, Free S3) and 2 Movies (Chunnibyou and Liz). Definitely a step up towards their path to redemption, although they are producing more content than expected.
 
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If they have to do sacrifices like that to get more money and do stuff like Violet Evergarden, so be it.

Also, i wonder if it's going to be the same director since she's working on Banana Fish somewhere in the second half of 2018
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Oct 29, 2017 6:56 PM

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OMG WHAT?? I love Free! so much but I’m not a fan of copy paste series. I hope it will be the same characters with continuation.

Like, the ending was awesome, why would they make a sequel?
PLS KYOANI DONT FUCK IT UP T_T
 
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Oct 29, 2017 6:58 PM

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Kyoto Animation has quite a bit of projects next year by the looks of it now. First time they produced a third season from what I remember. Interesting..
 
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Oct 29, 2017 6:59 PM

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Kyoani wasting their talents

4 movies 3 seasons just end this franchise please
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As long as people keep throwing money at them KyoAni is going to keep milking Free!. How are they wasting their talents when they produce something every season that isn't Free! related? Violet Evergarden looks fucking beautiful and could very well be AotS for the Winter.

As for me while I'm not much into the series anymore I will still watch this cause I really love the characters.
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Oct 29, 2017 7:02 PM

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Looks like dragon maid was a one time thing. Kyoani back to their antics.
Mirai Nikki is TRASH
Angel Beats is horrible.
Charlotte is a dumpster fire.
Shinsekai Yori has no characters.
Oreimo's S2 specials don't actually exist.

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I live to see the day where Hidamari Sketch or Little Witch Academia get another season.
 
Oct 29, 2017 7:12 PM

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YES! THANK GOD.
I'm so happy i'm alive today.
Now i can say: 2018 seems P E R F E C T.
Please KyoAni, give all your MakoHaru couple power!
 
Oct 29, 2017 7:16 PM

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I'm so ready for this! I'm so glad this is getting another season, I wonder who's story they're going to follow with the third years going to college and how they'll go about it, I can't wait! I'm so excited :D!
 
Oct 29, 2017 7:18 PM

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BUT

BUT

SEASON 2 ENDED SO PERFECTLY?????
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Oct 29, 2017 7:23 PM

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I'll always welcome more Free, it was the anime that got me into anime. I should probably get round to watching the prequel movie at some point.
 
Oct 29, 2017 7:25 PM

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Well gotta throw a bone to the fuji's some times I guess.
 
Oct 29, 2017 7:34 PM
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To be honest this is around my Top 10 KyoAni shows, so having more and trying to focus on the other characters wouldn't be a bad idea. But they need to cool down with that stuff for a bit Lel. Just saying ^^
 
Oct 29, 2017 7:35 PM
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Protaku said:
Well gotta throw a bone to the fuji's some times I guess.

throw a bone? have you seen how much fujo stuff comes out each season?

as far as fujo stuff goes, free isn't that bad though, so it's whatever.

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Oct 29, 2017 7:36 PM

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YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS I SAW IT ON TWITTER JUST NOW AND I WAS JUST CRYING I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!! T______T THE FEELS ARE RUSHING BACK!

I'm curious as to how they will continue the series after S2's ending though :DD can't wait to find out T_T!!
 
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*sigh* They Could've made a new season of Dragon Maid or Hibike. But instead they are making this ー_ー
 
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ItsXolo said:
Protaku said:
Well gotta throw a bone to the fuji's some times I guess.

throw a bone? have you seen how much fujo stuff comes out each season?

as far as fujo stuff goes, free isn't that bad though, so it's whatever.


Just this season alone:

https://myanimelist.net/anime/35818/Love_Kome__We_Love_Rice_2nd_Season
https://myanimelist.net/anime/35923/Ame-iro_Cocoa_Series__Ame-con
https://myanimelist.net/anime/34771/Dynamic_Chord
https://myanimelist.net/anime/34411/Taishou_Chicchai-san
https://myanimelist.net/anime/34474/Tsukipro_The_Animation
https://myanimelist.net/anime/34915/The_iDOLMSTER_SideM
https://myanimelist.net/anime/35251/Sengoku_Night_Blood
https://myanimelist.net/anime/31456/Code_Realize__Sousei_no_Himegimi

There's probably more, that's just the stuff that's immediately obvious from the cover art.

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Yeah but none of those are noteworthy lol. Nothing on Yuri on Ice or Free level at least.

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Oct 29, 2017 8:27 PM

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Great news. Looking forward to it!
 
Oct 29, 2017 8:30 PM
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With this announcement my 2017 has been saved...

The wait isn't too long, either.
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Oct 29, 2017 8:31 PM

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Yeah but none of those are noteworthy lol. Nothing on Yuri on Ice or Free level at least.


You realise how dumb that sounds, right? That's like saying Tsuki ga Kirei isn't noteworthy because it's not as popular as Clannad.

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Oct 29, 2017 8:32 PM

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Yay! Although I have yet to finish season 2, there can never be too much Free!

Shibusu said:
KyoAni is loaded next year. 3 Series (Evergarden, Tsurune, Free S3) and 2 Movies (Chunnibyou and Liz). Definitely a step up towards their path to redemption, although they are producing more content than expected.


Actually three movies. Both Hibike movies (Liz and 2-nensei) are scheduled for 2018. I think I was the first person to mention in MAL that either Tsurune or Manzaisenka or both would get TV anime sometime late last year going by the trend of KyoAni. I guess I got it half right (at least for now).

I am curious about Robot Heart Update. Looks more interesting. The upgrade of the official website with a lot of features, including downloadable contents, promotions in their online shop, along with redesigning the characters more closer to anime adaptation from previous designs (originally for the LN) mean that it is more likely to get an adaptation over Manzaisenka or even Kono Hoshizora ni wa Kimi ga Tarinai.

Who knows, maybe it would be announced as well following the footsteps of Chuunibyou, Kyoukai no Kanata, Tamako Market, Free!, Phantom World, Violet Evegarden and now Tsurune. I am looking forward to whatever KyoAni plans to adapt. The only one KyoAni messed up was Phantom World, turning a dark story into an ecchi fest which is thankfully reflected on how poorly it was received even amongst avid and loyal KyoAni fans.

 
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Omkar_Nagwade said:
*sigh* They Could've made a new season of Dragon Maid or Hibike. But instead they are making this ー_ー

This is very popular in Japan and is always included the top ten anime series that need a sequel list among Japanese otaku. You are already getting a new hibike movie next year.
I'd love to see a new dragon maid season too btw.

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Oct 29, 2017 9:18 PM
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KyoAni please stop. Give us some more Hyouka, Nichjou, or even some more K-ON.
 
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Omkar_Nagwade said:
*sigh* They Could've made a new season of Dragon Maid or Hibike. But instead they are making this ー_ー


You have to understand that unlike Free! neither of the two titles are owned by KyoAni. Besides Free! is one of the biggest franchise of KyoAni. It's anime like Free! or Chuunibyou that would generate the revenue to take up projects like Maid Dragon in the future. Although I adored Maid Dragon, I was actually worried that it might enter red. Luckily it didn't.

To put it into perspective, compare the discs sold per volume for first season:
Free! 29.1 K
Chuunibyou 15.7K
Hibike! 8.3K
Maid Dragon 3.5K

Although there are other factors involved which are often disregarded, for instances production budget, manpower used, third party/ outsourcing (not usually applicable for KyoAni as they produce anime in house), IP, TV airing slot, TV stations involved, online broadcasting, licensing, merchandises, events, theatre releases and so on.

Sales aside, Free! and Chuunibyou are owned by KyoAni. The entire profit goes to their pocket. Hibike! is owned by Takarajima. Maid Dragon is owned by Monthly Action. That itself is a bigger reason for KyoAni to go for Free! and Chuunibyou over Hibike! and Maid Dragon. However, Hibike! actually had a significant profit margin. On top of that, all of the events were basically sold out. Also, the production value allowed KyoAni to add 5 mins of new content and release recap movies in the theatres, adding more monetary values to the franchise. I think these prompted KyoAni to announce not only one but two new movies in 2018, excluding the fact that the people involved with the production of Hibike!, including a couple of renowned ones, said they loved working on it like nothing else in their career.

Unfortunately for Maid Dragon, none of these apply. I doubt whether there would ever be any sequel. But I would be happy to be proven wrong.

Faederwulf said:
KyoAni please stop. Give us some more Hyouka, Nichjou, or even some more K-ON.


Basically the same as above.

 
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Oh goodness, I can't believe this. But yes, please! It's been a while since I've seen the Free! boys in action.

As for the people complaining, just stop. There are lots of shows for males too, plus you have shows like Inuyashiki, The Reflection, Garo Vanishing Line and the like (I love these shows btw).

Just.stop.complaining.
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shanimebib said:

Faederwulf said:
KyoAni please stop. Give us some more Hyouka, Nichjou, or even some more K-ON.


Basically the same as above.

From the statistics I've been checking, KyoAni seems to always have a decent net income during each fiscal year (143 mil yen in 2013, 165 in 2014). Unfortunately whoever owns KyoAni puts profit before quality. I can't say Kyoto Animation has ever been one of the most incredible studios, but they've certainly taken a dip in quality.
 
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Basically the same as above.

From the statistics I've been checking, KyoAni seems to always have a decent net income during each fiscal year (143 mil yen in 2013, 165 in 2014). Unfortunately whoever owns KyoAni puts profit before quality. I can't say Kyoto Animation has ever been one of the most incredible studios, but they've certainly taken a dip in quality.


Dude, 90% of all entrepreneurs of a profit-seeking organisation will put profit before quality. Of the remaining 10%, 9% will put profit before quality so long as the the product does not actively harm its consumers. That's not a KyoAni thing. It's a business thing.
 
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OMG at last :D Cant guess at how long I’ve been waiting for this, my gateway anime to the bishe world will keep on serving <3
 
Oct 29, 2017 10:33 PM
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Excited; looking forward to it.
 
Oct 29, 2017 10:41 PM

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I.AM.SO.HYPED

It was good to wake up to these news
The best thing is that it’s finally a TV anime and not yet another movie. I have high hopes for this, hopefully it’s good
 
Oct 29, 2017 10:45 PM
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i'm pretty gay for Makoto so I don't really mind this otherwise KyoAni is mostly a pass
 
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Lovely! Always a blast to have an Anime in summer season that's already confirmed to be good and fitting for the season!

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shanimebib said:
Omkar_Nagwade said:
*sigh* They Could've made a new season of Dragon Maid or Hibike. But instead they are making this ー_ー


You have to understand that unlike Free! neither of the two titles are owned by KyoAni. Besides Free! is one of the biggest franchise of KyoAni. It's anime like Free! or Chuunibyou that would generate the revenue to take up projects like Maid Dragon in the future. Although I adored Maid Dragon, I was actually worried that it might enter red. Luckily it didn't.

To put it into perspective, compare the discs sold per volume for first season:
Free! 29.1 K
Chuunibyou 15.7K
Hibike! 8.3K
Maid Dragon 3.5K

Although there are other factors involved which are often disregarded, for instances production budget, manpower used, third party/ outsourcing (not usually applicable for KyoAni as they produce anime in house), IP, TV airing slot, TV stations involved, online broadcasting, licensing, merchandises, events, theatre releases and so on.

Sales aside, Free! and Chuunibyou are owned by KyoAni. The entire profit goes to their pocket. Hibike! is owned by Takarajima. Maid Dragon is owned by Monthly Action. That itself is a bigger reason for KyoAni to go for Free! and Chuunibyou over Hibike! and Maid Dragon. However, Hibike! actually had a significant profit margin. On top of that, all of the events were basically sold out. Also, the production value allowed KyoAni to add 5 mins of new content and release recap movies in the theatres, adding more monetary values to the franchise. I think these prompted KyoAni to announce not only one but two new movies in 2018, excluding the fact that the people involved with the production of Hibike!, including a couple of renowned ones, said they loved working on it like nothing else in their career.

Unfortunately for Maid Dragon, none of these apply. I doubt whether there would ever be any sequel. But I would be happy to be proven wrong.

Faederwulf said:
KyoAni please stop. Give us some more Hyouka, Nichjou, or even some more K-ON.


Basically the same as above.


In fact, Maid Dragon was never that much of a big hit in Japan and it didn’t make as much of a fuss as it did overseas. So it’s not that surprising. Popularity is a thing they will always focus on in Japan lol
 
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Faederwulf said:
shanimebib said:



Basically the same as above.

From the statistics I've been checking, KyoAni seems to always have a decent net income during each fiscal year (143 mil yen in 2013, 165 in 2014). Unfortunately whoever owns KyoAni puts profit before quality. I can't say Kyoto Animation has ever been one of the most incredible studios, but they've certainly taken a dip in quality.


well, if they really want to put profit before quality KyoAni would have had adapt popular franchise that hasn't get an anime yet and make its TV series to make a lot of money. They wouldn't take a bigger risk of adapting something from their IP into an anime. But I also don't deny that KyoAni is likely to think about profit like every business should do. I guess you're just mad because the shows they've put in recent years is not to your liking or not very good and you might be right. but you're wrong to make conclusion only based on the argument "Puts profit before quality"
 
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Wow, I never expected this franchise to end up being so big. I guess fanservice does sell. Still, it feels about enough... Will it ever end?
 
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Faederwulf said:
shanimebib said:



Basically the same as above.

From the statistics I've been checking, KyoAni seems to always have a decent net income during each fiscal year (143 mil yen in 2013, 165 in 2014). Unfortunately whoever owns KyoAni puts profit before quality. I can't say Kyoto Animation has ever been one of the most incredible studios, but they've certainly taken a dip in quality.

free! is quality, what are you talking about? smh

edit: this isn't sarcasm, i actually mean it. an anime about reaching your dreams with a dash of sports and with a loveable cast of characters. it's rare to have that especially with a huge fanbase that is fueling it's sequels and movies. i appreciate this series for how far they've come.

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Oct 30, 2017 12:09 AM
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Free! is great but how about a s2 of Maid Dragon instead.

Where else can they take this story exactly?
 
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YAS YAS YAS OMG! So happy to see more of my bb Rin. T.T ♥ plot after highschool pls

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shanimebib said:
Omkar_Nagwade said:
*sigh* They Could've made a new season of Dragon Maid or Hibike. But instead they are making this ー_ー


You have to understand that unlike Free! neither of the two titles are owned by KyoAni. Besides Free! is one of the biggest franchise of KyoAni. It's anime like Free! or Chuunibyou that would generate the revenue to take up projects like Maid Dragon in the future. Although I adored Maid Dragon, I was actually worried that it might enter red. Luckily it didn't.

To put it into perspective, compare the discs sold per volume for first season:
Free! 29.1 K
Chuunibyou 15.7K
Hibike! 8.3K
Maid Dragon 3.5K

Although there are other factors involved which are often disregarded, for instances production budget, manpower used, third party/ outsourcing (not usually applicable for KyoAni as they produce anime in house), IP, TV airing slot, TV stations involved, online broadcasting, licensing, merchandises, events, theatre releases and so on.

Sales aside, Free! and Chuunibyou are owned by KyoAni. The entire profit goes to their pocket. Hibike! is owned by Takarajima. Maid Dragon is owned by Monthly Action. That itself is a bigger reason for KyoAni to go for Free! and Chuunibyou over Hibike! and Maid Dragon. However, Hibike! actually had a significant profit margin. On top of that, all of the events were basically sold out. Also, the production value allowed KyoAni to add 5 mins of new content and release recap movies in the theatres, adding more monetary values to the franchise. I think these prompted KyoAni to announce not only one but two new movies in 2018, excluding the fact that the people involved with the production of Hibike!, including a couple of renowned ones, said they loved working on it like nothing else in their career.

Unfortunately for Maid Dragon, none of these apply. I doubt whether there would ever be any sequel. But I would be happy to be proven wrong.

Faederwulf said:
KyoAni please stop. Give us some more Hyouka, Nichjou, or even some more K-ON.


Basically the same as above.


I heard that KyoAni bought rights for Euphonimum from the previous publisher actually. Was this information incorrect?
 
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Faederwulf said:
KyoAni please stop. Give us some more Hyouka, Nichjou, or even some more K-ON.

I agree with Hyouka..it should have second season too!

Well,I didn't expect Free get new season..good news for the fans,I guess..
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Yes, totally looking forward to this!
 
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Oh cool,another sequel, looking forward to it.

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Faederwulf said:

From the statistics I've been checking, KyoAni seems to always have a decent net income during each fiscal year (143 mil yen in 2013, 165 in 2014). Unfortunately whoever owns KyoAni puts profit before quality. I can't say Kyoto Animation has ever been one of the most incredible studios, but they've certainly taken a dip in quality.


Dude, 90% of all entrepreneurs of a profit-seeking organisation will put profit before quality. Of the remaining 10%, 9% will put profit before quality so long as the the product does not actively harm its consumers. That's not a KyoAni thing. It's a business thing.

I'm well aware of this, but it's a modern and greedy approach to business. History has known many eras where creators of entertainment put quality before profit.

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Faederwulf said:

From the statistics I've been checking, KyoAni seems to always have a decent net income during each fiscal year (143 mil yen in 2013, 165 in 2014). Unfortunately whoever owns KyoAni puts profit before quality. I can't say Kyoto Animation has ever been one of the most incredible studios, but they've certainly taken a dip in quality.

free! is quality, what are you talking about? smh

edit: this isn't sarcasm, i actually mean it. an anime about reaching your dreams with a dash of sports and with a loveable cast of characters. it's rare to have that especially with a huge fanbase that is fueling it's sequels and movies. i appreciate this series for how far they've come.

It's just boys and fanservice. Even K-ON at least had a comfy atmosphere.

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