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New 'Free!' Anime Announced

by Snow
Aug 15, 2016 3:17 AM | 132 Comments
In an event held on August 14 to commemorate the Blu-ray and DVD release of High☆Speed!: Free! Starting Days, it was announced that the Free! series will receive a new animated series. The type and length will be announced at a later time.

The Free! series is based on the High☆Speed! novel series written by Kouji Ohji and illustrated by Futoshi Nishiya. It has received various anime adaptations by Kyoto Animation, with the latest one being the prequel movie High☆Speed!: Free! Starting Days, which premiered on December 5, 2015.

The first season of the series is currently licensed in North America by Discotek Media, while the sequel is licensed by FUNimation. Anime Limited and Madman Entertainment have licensed the sequel for UK and Australian release, respectively. The series was also simulcast by FUNimation and Crunchyroll, with the latter licensing the dubbed version of the first season. The Blu-ray and DVD charted in last week's rankings, selling a total of 16,245 and 10,933 copies.

Source: Official Twitter

Free! (Shinsaku) on MAL

20 of 132 Comments Recent Comments

Please let there be a new and really good seme character

*writing a thousand letters to Santa*
*lighting incense and praying to Asian gods*

Jan 4, 8:47 AM by yamurama

I'd really like to see a season about them as young adults! I enjoyed watching both seasons and the movie so I guess I'll enjoy whatever they are making now too

Jan 3, 8:24 AM by NiallHoran

oi oi oi oi oi oi oi oi oi

Looks like Now its as famous as Kuroko and Haiykuu !

Dec 31, 2016 2:35 AM by HaanFrost

I am kinda scared how this would play out, but I should trust the writers. They did a great job so far, and they never failed to deliver. I loved the movie so much, and it cleared up so many things, however I can't see how they can add up to the story of the movie. Maybe they'd show us the results of what happened during the winter, and how Haru quit the club? Or how Haru drifted apart from his newly made friends?
I am kinda really curious about them, to be honest. They DID go through some terrible angst during the movie. I wanna know what happened to them, and how are they living their lives. Also, for Sousuke, too. I wanna know what happened to him. It is really sad that he can't swim anymore.

Dec 30, 2016 5:40 PM by Reee_no

PLS LET THERE BE REIGISA CO-CAPTAINS

Sep 27, 2016 9:45 PM by gay-swimmers

I like free! but please no more sequels! that Olympics ending was final for me!

Sep 22, 2016 7:09 PM by vilmarbf

PLEASE let it be a series!!! It's always good to get new free content but I need more than just a movie or things of this sort....

I need them especially Rin.. you don't understand...

Sep 17, 2016 4:54 AM by Sakuya82

I only care if Nagisa's in it. Unfortunately he was really pushed to the side before so I doubt he'll even show up this season tbqh.

Sep 5, 2016 10:42 PM by Claptrap

as long as Rei is in it i'm not so bothered about a possible new season or movie.

Sep 5, 2016 1:24 AM by milkhoney

Scuzza said:
So, Free gets another anime, and K-on, which WAS vastly more popular and profitable doesn't? KyoAni sure has it's priorities straight.


You got this one right. It's barely mentioned now.

Aug 29, 2016 2:31 AM by Tenshi_Shura

Scuzza said:
So, Free gets another anime, and K-on, which was vastly more popular and profitable doesn't? KyoAni sure has it's priorities straight.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed Free, and I am intrigued that it's getting another anime, but that fact that people who enjoy K-on have been begging for anything new for 5 years and have been ignored is kind of a slap in the face to fans. I don't know, I guess I am just being salty.
There's probably a reason why they can't make a sequel for it. Or because there's enough Manga? Or because Euphonium got a sequel?

Aug 28, 2016 12:06 PM by Mayuka

Keitaro004 said:
I would not want a new show about the Free gang as kids, I think the movie did that as good as possible. But I wouldn`t mind a sequel put into the future somewhere, taking a peek into their lives as adults.

....then again, that would make them less attractive for girls and all the semi-gay scenes and buff nudity in akward poses for the sake of fanservice would be ruined. Help us all .-.


Personally, I enjoyed the movie far more than the first season of Free so I wouldn't mind seeing the kids again but then again, the movie did as much as it could and I can't think of any other scenario for a sequel.

Hoping it's an OVA or mini-series depicting their lives after highschool.

Aug 28, 2016 7:18 AM by Tenshi_Shura

Hope it's a sequel, a college-olympic-competitive swimming kind of sequel. It would be cool with all the hype for the Tokyo Olympics.

Besides, there aren't much sports anime/manga based on college-olympics preparation life, are there?

Aug 28, 2016 4:13 AM by monocolor

I personally think a third season would be boring, I mean, 12 more episodes of what?? Rin and Haru being rivals and competing against each other in the Olympics? Wasn't that what the the first and second seasons were all about? So, I'm hoping it's going to be an OVA or a movie. But thats just me and what I think, I'm probably going to watch it whatever it is.

Aug 27, 2016 10:52 PM by en-ex4

KyoAni will milk the shit out of this series till Haru is 50 and can't swim without breaking a hip.

Aug 27, 2016 2:22 PM by Bowie

So, Free gets another anime, and K-on, which was vastly more popular and profitable doesn't? KyoAni sure has it's priorities straight.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed Free, and I am intrigued that it's getting another anime, but that fact that people who enjoy K-on have been begging for anything new for 5 years and have been ignored is kind of a slap in the face to fans. I don't know, I guess I am just being salty.

Aug 27, 2016 2:15 PM by Scuzza

Aand that's how you make dreams come true. It is something that many people have been waiting for for a long time , and whatever it will be (sequel or an extention) it would be amazing . The anime is outstanding , the film is , and so shall it be the new project . I am only wishing for a Free! series as long as Naruto's, or Bleach. Can't wait!

Aug 27, 2016 11:48 AM by Sir_Adrian

I can't wait to see the Free gang at it again, being angry and dramatic about literally nothing, yelling and crying about nothing, and standing around while explaining the plot to each other.

Aug 27, 2016 8:52 AM by Red_Keys

OMG I am so excited for this! I still need to see the movie!

Aug 27, 2016 8:52 AM by stephtastrophe

larsisten said:
So is it going to be a college sequel?

I hope so. It would be super cool.;;

Aug 27, 2016 8:50 AM by thatPinkSpider

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