Free! (12 episodes)
The story revolves around Haruka Nanase, a boy who has always loved to be immersed in water, and to swim in it. Before graduating from elementary school, he participated in a swimming tournament along with his fellow swimming club members, Makoto Tachibana, Nagisa Hazuki, and Rin Matsuoka. After achieving victory, each of the boys went their separate ways. Time passed, and in the middle of their uneventful high school lives Rin appears and challenges Haruka to a match, showing Haruka his overwhelming power. Not wanting it to end like this, Haruka, gathers together Makoto and Nagisa once again and brings a new member named Rei Ryugazaki to create the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club in order to defeat Rin.
Daisuke Hirakawa as Rei Ryugazaki
Mamoru Miyano as Rin Matsuoka
Nobunaga Shimazaki as Haruka Nanase
Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Makoto Tachibana
Tsubasa Yonaga as Nagisa Hazuki
Free!’s premiere on July 3, 2013 for many was long-awaited since many anime fans throughout the web expressed great huge anticipation for the airing of this new Summer 2013 anime series.
Free! is one of the rare anime series for the season that sets itself apart with having a mostly male cast with a sports theme.
Free! had quite a first episode. With the PV’s on the web while the animation was telling of it being high quality the first episode further cemented the PV’s effort. Haruka is a boy who’s into swimming deeply for the feel and the joy it brings him in life. Unlike one of his skilled swimmer friends, Rin, who is more competitive.
Rin obviously is more ambitious with what swimming means to him. Coming off as elitist. With the pass of the years Rin has changed. Though he and Haruka, Makoto, and Nagisa who were all swimmers together in school we were once close, he seems to now regard them below him. Apparently,now that he has improved by attending schools where they have swimming with high focus.
The Free! OP Theme Song will surely draw any one’s attention with its rough and smooth sounds. The animation sequences are a good choice in the background.
The Free! ED Theme Song found to be extremely catchy. STYLE FIVE have such wonderful voices.And just found out the voice actors that voice the cast of Free! are singing ” SPLASH FREE”.
Voice actors Nobunaga Shimazaki, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Mamoru Miyano, Tsubasa Yonaga, and Daisuke Hirakawa not only are voice actors for the main male characters but amazing singers too! Free! sure has a lot to offer.
Free! has many wonderful qualities good animation (well actually amazing and beautiful animation), some good OP and ED theme songs, solid story development, and yes some good voice acting. Tatsuhisa Suzuki’s voicing of Makoto is so cute! Or at least stood out the most. The other voicing for the characters are pleasant enough.
Free! doesn’t seem to throw everything at you at once instead it relies somewhat on flashbacks and from there allows us to experience new challenges and the circumstances of our characters.
The relationship between Haruka and Makoto comes to be the most compelling. Makoto has a sharp sense to Haruka’s moods which emphasizes how supportive their friendship is. Even though Rei Ryugazaki has yet to be introduced yet we can tell that he is going to be a big game changer for Haruka, Makoto, and Nagisa in next week’s episode.
Opening Theme Song
“Rage on” by OLDCODEX
Ending Theme Song
“SPLASH FREE” by STYLE FIVE – Nobunaga Shimazaki, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Mamoru Miyano, Tsubasa Yonaga, Daisuke Hirakawa