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Sep 26, 2018 10:09 AM

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At the end of the final episode of Free! Dive to the Future TV anime on Thursday, it has been announced that the story will continue in 2020. It does not yet indicate if the continuation will be another TV series or in other formats.

Free! series was originally based on High☆Speed! light novel series that released in July 2013 to July 2014. Free! received three series that broadcasted in Summer 2013 to this summer by Kyoto Animation and Animation Do. High☆Speed! later received movie adaptation, which premiered in December 2015. Before third season, the series received two recap Timeless Melody movies and one special screening last year. A prequel episode to the third season was screened this June, and first volume, released on Wednesday, includes it along with first two episodes. "Blue Destination," a special ending theme song that was played in the final episode, will be included in the soundtrack titled Deep Blue Harmony releasing on October 10.

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KyoAni's gonna flog this horse to death, I swear.

Loved 1st season, thought 2nd was unnecessary but still serviceable, and this latest season has been super underwhelming.
Won't be coming back for anymore swim bois, this franchise has run its course
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I mean, why not ? If mindless ecchi can get one season after another why not this mindless fanservice ?

It's not like people are watching either for actual plot.
 
 
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Sep 26, 2018 10:47 AM

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Really happy that there'll be another sequel. Free often gets bashed as "manservice" or ecchi for girls. But especially Dive to the Future had barely anything and was just a really well written (at least for the most part) sports drama. Imo the seasons just get better and better so I'm really excited for an Olympic setting (I mean there has to be involvement with the Tokyo Olympics when it's airing in 2020)
 
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Sep 26, 2018 10:53 AM

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Great news! I really enjoyed s3 and I really appreciated the focus on competitive swimming. Looking forward to this sequel! <3
 
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KyoAni this is not Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid Season 2. What seems to be the issue here ?
 
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Sep 26, 2018 11:33 AM
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they have unlimited fund for this kind of anime.
 
 
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Sep 26, 2018 12:06 PM

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Kyoto Animation, what are you doing? I don't want this from you guys. I want a second season of Dragon Maid (RVIOLI RAVIOLI!! AME AME AME!!!) or a K-On!!! season 3 (you know, the Highschool/College arc).

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Sep 26, 2018 12:27 PM
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What's this anime's secret? Getting one season after another.
 
Sep 26, 2018 12:31 PM

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A_silent_Being said:
What's this anime's secret? Getting one season after another.

Never underestimate the power and money of thirsty yaoi fangirls.
 
Sep 26, 2018 12:38 PM

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two more years in swim hell i guess?? we'll never be free of free! and i couldn't be happier about it

 
Sep 26, 2018 12:40 PM

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Sigh, they should just animate a 3rd season of K-on! with ~50% original material like before if they've the time for thousand seasons of Free!

Not going to watch.
 
Sep 26, 2018 1:03 PM

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"Gets sequel after Season 3"

lol ok but Dragon Maid still needs a Season 2
 
 
Sep 26, 2018 1:47 PM

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it deserves it, Every season of Free up until now has been finna lit for me, Quite enjoyable overall! Gonna be looking forward to that new season...
 
Sep 26, 2018 2:33 PM
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Is the image a Cowboy Bebop reference? lol
 
Sep 26, 2018 2:42 PM

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We can certainly hope the next installment will be better than s3. I expected this considering how much they've teased the Olympics and also the fact that the Olympics in 2020 take place in Tokyo.

Still really bummed that they skipped Haru and Rin's race though :/
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Sep 26, 2018 3:32 PM

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Yessssssssssssssss! Almost fell of the chair at the end of the episode when saw the announcement, THANK YOU KYOANI!!
 
Sep 26, 2018 4:29 PM
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Hatsuyuki said:
KyoAni this is not Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid Season 2. What seems to be the issue here ?

Nothing, Free! sells much better than Dragon Maid.
 
 
Sep 26, 2018 4:40 PM

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RamenShiko said:
"Gets sequel after Season 3"

lol ok but Dragon Maid still needs a Season 2

Maid Dragon still didn't sell its way to Season 2, though.

Gotta give to get, y'know.
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Sep 26, 2018 5:08 PM
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Uhh I'm seeing the comments here and I'm asking... are there really people asking for a sequel for K-On? I mean, the movie pretty much ended the series entirely, so I don't really see any much of a point in making a sequel when there's a closure to it.

As for Dragon Maid I can somewhat see it but either:

1. Not enough manga chapters at the moment to warrant a sequel (and if they go on and make it then they will have to do fillers which, Idk how that will work).

2. Maybe they're waiting for a chance to go and make it?

Either way not like KyoAni is completely at helm over Dragon Maid since if I remember right part of it is connected to Animation Do. Their sub-studio. So if anything, maybe ask them? Idk.

I think it would make sense for something like Haruhi or Hyouka or Nichijou... ya know, shows that do leave more space for a continuation and/or have more content to cover?

With that being said I can't really comment on the news of the sequel, but considering I don't have anything against the fact of Free getting a sequel and from what I've gathered the only issue is like two characters, I HIGHLY doubt that will deter my enjoyment.
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Oh damn, I need to start this series now.
 
Sep 26, 2018 9:05 PM
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we don't need more Free! but we certainly don't need anymore K-On! or Dragon Maid
of course some idiots will never let K-On go, it's D E A D
 
Sep 26, 2018 9:08 PM

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Yessss more Rei screentime plz
 
Sep 26, 2018 9:09 PM
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Lol, wow another season
hope i get some motivation to start season 1
 
Sep 26, 2018 10:15 PM

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I will be waiting eternally for my second season of Amagi Brilliant Park........I need more Sento :/
 
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I need my kanon after story with the same concept of clannad as
I need my 24 air remake
I want my rewrite remake
 
Sep 27, 2018 5:32 AM
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This is getting a continuation, huh? Well, OK. I've only seen the first 2 seasons of Free! so far.

I wish KyoAni would consider giving a continuation for Nichijou too. ._.
 
 
Sep 27, 2018 5:38 AM

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I'm so glad this is getting another project, I hope it's another season.
 
Sep 27, 2018 6:47 AM

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Ugh. Seriously???
Why not do a Haruhi sequel or a Hyouka movie? You know, somethin that isn't just fujoshi fodder? I mean I can understand that it's popular, but it's had SO much media already, it feels like a huge waste of Kyoani talent at this point. :[
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Sep 27, 2018 7:24 AM

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GOOD. great news~~ need more free!

 
Sep 27, 2018 8:03 AM

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GOOD give me more fanservice
 
Sep 27, 2018 10:06 AM

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please let it be better than season three...!!!
at the very least i'm excited for more rin
 
 
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More gay stuff? Sure why not, yet i've dropped the serie long time ago!
 
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THANK YOU BASED GOD KYOANI??? IM SO HAPPY IM GENUINELY REALLY HAPPY

i've grown up loving these boys !!!!!!!! i'll be in college by the time the new season comes out, and i started watching free! when i was in middle school :00
 
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At this point, not surprised. I hope they have families soon :3
 
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Hatsuyuki said:
KyoAni this is not Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid Season 2. What seems to be the issue here ?
That one of those series makes 5x more money than the other.
 
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Tbh, I don't think it'll be another season...

I think it's just a greeting/invitation for 2020 Tokyo Olympics (as this is a sports anime lol)

 
 
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all of these salty people in the comments here, lmao
I' super happy and super hyped. BTW, how about the 3rd season of K-ON? :D
It'd be great.

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I dont even watch free anymore (all i could take was season 1) but it pains me to see so many stupid people that dont want there to be more seasons of an anime that a lot of fans do like. If they are making a new season is because free is currently what they make that is selling more and you hypocrites want them to use it all on new seasons of anime you like, disregarding from what it came from in the first place. Just respect the fans without attacking the anime, ffs..

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@64BitRatchet said:

Nothing, Free! sells much better than Dragon Maid.


Unfortunately male sexism/objectifion of men sells


Dafuq, go see the amount of ecchi and harem anime there is in comparison to reverse harem or ""fujobait""and then say something, lmao.
        
 
 
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I dont even watch free anymore (all i could take was season 1) but it pains me to see so many stupid people that dont want there to be more seasons of an anime that a lot of fans do like. If they are making a new season is because free is currently what they make that is selling more and you hypocrites want them to use it all on new seasons of anime you like, disregarding from what it came from in the first place. Just respect the fans without attacking the anime, ffs..

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Unfortunately male sexism/objectifion of men sells


Dafuq, go see the amount of ecchi and harem anime there is in comparison to reverse harem or ""fujobait""and then say something, lmao.

Thank you, so fucking much! That's something that I wanted to say in this thread because, crud... this is just, a bit ridiculous.

Now granted one has every right to say what they have to say but hey it's kind of a condesending attitude when you think about it.
 
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AyumiVk said:
I dont even watch free anymore (all i could take was season 1) but it pains me to see so many stupid people that dont want there to be more seasons of an anime that a lot of fans do like. If they are making a new season is because free is currently what they make that is selling more and you hypocrites want them to use it all on new seasons of anime you like, disregarding from what it came from in the first place. Just respect the fans without attacking the anime, ffs..

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Unfortunately male sexism/objectifion of men sells


Dafuq, go see the amount of ecchi and harem anime there is in comparison to reverse harem or ""fujobait""and then say something, lmao.
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Except There’s over double amount of reverse harems, shoujo,Josei,Yaoi coming out every season then harem and ecchi series
 
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ecchiharemgeek said:
AyumiVk said:
I dont even watch free anymore (all i could take was season 1) but it pains me to see so many stupid people that dont want there to be more seasons of an anime that a lot of fans do like. If they are making a new season is because free is currently what they make that is selling more and you hypocrites want them to use it all on new seasons of anime you like, disregarding from what it came from in the first place. Just respect the fans without attacking the anime, ffs..



Dafuq, go see the amount of ecchi and harem anime there is in comparison to reverse harem or ""fujobait""and then say something, lmao.
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Except There’s over double amount of reverse harems, shoujo,Josei,Yaoi coming out every season then harem and ecchi series

Uh no?

Harem and everything else gets the same amount if not more than the former. Reverse Harem only happened to be more transparent recently, it's a coming trend that happens every once in a while.

Ecchi series got the same treatment back then, same goes to recent time. No exceptions to it.

And besides, Yaoi aren't that recurrent nor Josei. There's not even that many that are remotely considered as those two, and if there's any it's rare. The only series that got multiple seasons for Yaoi for example are Junjou Romantica and Sekaiichi Hatsukoi. Other than that, no. Yaoi also isn't something that's been recurring as a whole.

Free isn't one of them btw.

So your point in regards to those demographics particularly is not true in the slightest amount since it has a niche audience when it comes to the anime medium.

Reverse Harems are only recent, and Shoujo has been a recurring demographic since day-fucking-one. So what's your problem then?

If you are complaining about not getting ecchi series or harems as much then there's enough when it comes to the season. 2015-2016 are the prime example of this case in particular with the genres.
 
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ecchiharemgeek said:
@Swagernator said:
I mean, why not ? If mindless ecchi can get one season after another why not this mindless fanservice ?

It's not like people are watching either for actual plot.



Actually it’s rarely happens
More often sexist garbage like this show and sexist shoujo,
reverse harem, Yaoi series get multi seasons

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Nothing, Free! sells much better than Dragon Maid.


Unfortunately male sexism/objectifion of men sells


I personally don’t think you should be criticising Free! with a name like that.
 
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I used to adore Free! but hasn't it run its course?


I will most likely still watch out of curiosity, maybe it'll be fresh and thought-provoking after all!
 
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I used to adore Free! but hasn't it run its course?

Does it ever had one ? I mean wasnt it always about shipping boys ?
 
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Swagernator said:
TinyTabun said:
I used to adore Free! but hasn't it run its course?

Does it ever had one ? I mean wasnt it always about shipping boys ?


Aside from the fanservice, I found the first season to be a novel and fresh take on sports anime, the plot, background, character development/reveal, and slice-of-life aspects made it really enjoyable. Over time, it became redundant, though I need to watch the current season before I make a final judgement. But yeah, I do think it originally had viability.
 
 
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Wasshio said:
ecchiharemgeek said:
@wasshio

Except There’s over double amount of reverse harems, shoujo,Josei,Yaoi coming out every season then harem and ecchi series

Uh no?

Harem and everything else gets the same amount if not more than the former. Reverse Harem only happened to be more transparent recently, it's a coming trend that happens every once in a while.

Ecchi series got the same treatment back then, same goes to recent time. No exceptions to it.

And besides, Yaoi aren't that recurrent nor Josei. There's not even that many that are remotely considered as those two, and if there's any it's rare. The only series that got multiple seasons for Yaoi for example are Junjou Romantica and Sekaiichi Hatsukoi. Other than that, no. Yaoi also isn't something that's been recurring as a whole.

Free isn't one of them btw.

So your point in regards to those demographics particularly is not true in the slightest amount since it has a niche audience when it comes to the anime medium.

Reverse Harems are only recent, and Shoujo has been a recurring demographic since day-fucking-one. So what's your problem then?

If you are complaining about not getting ecchi series or harems as much then there's enough when it comes to the season. 2015-2016 are the prime example of this case in particular with the genres.


2015-2016 was a slow year for harem and ecchi
Not sure what your smoking
 
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ecchiharemgeek said:
Wasshio said:

Uh no?

Harem and everything else gets the same amount if not more than the former. Reverse Harem only happened to be more transparent recently, it's a coming trend that happens every once in a while.

Ecchi series got the same treatment back then, same goes to recent time. No exceptions to it.

And besides, Yaoi aren't that recurrent nor Josei. There's not even that many that are remotely considered as those two, and if there's any it's rare. The only series that got multiple seasons for Yaoi for example are Junjou Romantica and Sekaiichi Hatsukoi. Other than that, no. Yaoi also isn't something that's been recurring as a whole.

Free isn't one of them btw.

So your point in regards to those demographics particularly is not true in the slightest amount since it has a niche audience when it comes to the anime medium.

Reverse Harems are only recent, and Shoujo has been a recurring demographic since day-fucking-one. So what's your problem then?

If you are complaining about not getting ecchi series or harems as much then there's enough when it comes to the season. 2015-2016 are the prime example of this case in particular with the genres.


2015-2016 was a slow year for harem and ecchi
Not sure what your smoking

>Slow year for ecchi and harems

>A total of 3-5 harem/ecchi shows per season around 2015
>One season had around 5 harems in total and one ecchi-based series in Winter

Granted 2016 was definitely slow but you can't tell me that there's not a lot when those years had enough. All I'm saying is that your point about the Yaoi and Josei stuff aren't as big... because they're niche. It's a rare case to get them and even to this day it's only one.

At most the stuff that are available are just undertones, meaning that they're not actually yaoi. And as for Josei it's rare compared to Seinen. So, yeah. Got any pointers to give?

I'm fine with ecchi and harem stuff as long as they don't get me on my nerves, but hey even I can admit that there's an abundance amount of them by comparison. It's ridiculous. It's called a trend so.
 
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