Swimming, good music and nice-looking, fit boys – this is what the Free! anime promotional videos and images present the show with. However, will this be all about it? Everybody’s questions will be answered once episode 1 airs on 4th July 2013.
Nagisa Hazuki, Rin Matsuoka, Haruka Nanase and Makoto Tachibana are four best friends and members of the swimming team of their elementary school. All strong, they lead their squad to many victories. After the last one, however, they all go their different ways.
Now in high school, after quite the boring and idle experiences and daily lives by far, Haruka finds out that Rin had returned to town and the first thing Matsuoka does is challenge his old friend. Not to anybody’s surprise, as Rin has been spending his time abroad, training and working on his swimming abilities, he wins the race with a huge difference. But Haruka hasn’t been as idle as it might have seemed, will not leave things like this.
Haruka founds a new swimming club where it’s not only Rin from his swimming friends, but also Rei and Nagisa. The team is complete. In this sports school anime we will learn all about the link between these boys and their bonds with the waters.
Rin Matsuoka to be played by Mamoru Miyano (Death Note’s Light Yagami)
He is Samesuka Academy (all-boys school) 11th grade student. Due to his being abroad for long, his character is much different than when he was in Japan.
Haruka Nanase to be played by Nobunaga Shimazaki (Date a Live’s Shido Itsuka)
He is Iwatobi High School 11th grade student. He is a crawler, but appreciates freestyle a lot.
Makoto Tachibana to be played by Tatsuhisa Suzuki (Kuroko no Basuke’s Kazunari Takao)
He is an 11th grade student in Iwatobi High School and Haruka’s best friend. He is kind, but a coward.
Nagisa Hazuki to be played by Tsubasa Yonaga (Storia della Arcana Famiglia’s Nova)
He is a first year student in Iwatobi High School and Haruka’s ‘kouhai’. He’s a person who first acts and then speaks or thinks. He is fascinated by Haruka and entered Iwatobi because of him.
Rei Ryugazaki to be played by Daisuke Hirakawa (Beelzebub’s AlexIchirou Shinjou)
Another first-year student in Iwatobi High School. He is Nagisa’s classmate. Originally a track-team member, he then changed his preferences for the swimming club. He is intelligent, but often manipulated by Rin.
Gou Matsuoka to be played by Akeno Watanabe (Code Geass’s Viletta Nu)
Rin’s younger sister and Nagisa’s classmate. Constantly worrying about Rin.
Miho Amakata to be played by Satsuki Yukino (Bleach’s Yoruichi)
Homeroom teacher for Haruka and Makoto as well as a classic literature teacher. She has an enchanting personality and often speaks in figures.
Here is the longest available promo video for the anime:
(you can see more trailers on the official website)
Director: Hiroko Utsumi
Series Composition: Masahiro Yokotani
Music: Tatsuya Katou
Original Concept: Kouji Ouji
Character Design: Futoshi Nishiya
OP: “Rage on” by Oldcodex
ED: “Splash Free” by main characters (seyuu song)
Official Free! Website
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