Free! Eternal Summer (13 episodes)
Director: Hiroko Utsumi
Animation Studio: Kyoto Animation, Animation Do
Genre: Slice of Life, Comedy, Friendships, Swimming, Sports, Bishonen, Fanservice
Licensed streaming and home video rights in North America: FUNimation Entertainment
A brief review/recap for Free! Eternal Summer Episode 1. Please take care in reading since it may contain some minor spoilers, so if your spoiler sensitive make sure you use caution while reading posts on this blog.
Free! Eternal Summer has returned and seeing as in the past followed Free! Iwatobi Swim Club back before 2014 never thought we would be seeing a Season 2. I mean the first season was a true masterpiece but the conclusion when it comes to anime was one that was actually pretty well concluded. Still that said Free! Eternal Summer is still back and this episode sure cemented the fact you can never get enough Free! Your still getting that fun care-free yet sometimes serious slice of life anime series that keeps you very much addicted.
I have to point out as a fan of Free! considering I actually watched Free! Iwatobi Swim Club,the season opener, was very nostalgic. Haru’s opening “don’t fear the water” is one of the most memorable lines of Free! and the usage of it to reminisce of the first season is actually a very nice addition as a way to give a nod of the first season to the fans of Free! Iwatobi Swim Club. Free! Eternal Summer is truly for all the fans of Free! Iwatobi Swim Club. What a real treat we are getting! Free! Eternal Summer still has us back at the very beginning of what we saw of the main cast of gorgeously animated guys in Free! Iwatobi Swim Club that consists of: Haru, Makoto, Nagisa, Rei, and Rin but as always we get equal balanced development with the other characters of Gou (Rin’s adorable sister) and the teachers who help out the guys and Gou with the Iwatobi Swim Club. Iwatobi and Samezuka’s swimming club are still competing against each other, of course, but this time around you can totally tell that is on much more friendly terms. Seen very much in the present relationship between Haru and Rin.
Still now that seen the first episode just today have to say that it is obvious that the story’s direction would be this: Haru, Makoto, Nagisa, and Rei’s almost aimlessness in knowing what to with themselves after graduation. Rin has an idea of what he plans to do with his future but the rest of the swimmer buddies do not. Not sure how it will be developed but that is the fun in continuing to watch the series now. There would surely be some tension between the characters because of this. Now the OP and ED seem very telling with their names: OP-“Dried Up Youthful Fame” and ED-“Future Fish“.
As always Free! Eternal Summer has perhaps one of the most distinct and gorgeous to the eyes animation when it comes to anime. The music is also carefully handled and the streak of season 1 is followed with OLDCODEX performing the OP while Style Five performs the ED. Both of which are just as creative in reference to animation sequencing and music. The ED is very. While all the voice actors as well voice as voice actresses continue their highly talented performances. Everything was very up to standards when it came to the return of more Free! Fans most of which are girls although it has comes to my attention ,the Free! anime franchise, is a sort of phenomenon where there are male anime fans who will also surely enjoy seeing more of it. The first episode to Free! Eternal Summer succeeded perfectly in what it first teased but it has also shown you can only expect more good things to come.
But for now. A nice adorable closing message from Free! Eternal Summer. These ending messages are adorable!
Free! Eternal Summer-[OP] Opening Theme Song
Dried up Youthful Fame by OLDCODEX
You also listen to the OP on Youtube courtesy of Kagayaki Channel #2.
Free! Eternal Summer-[ED] Ending Theme Song
Future Fish by Style Five (Nobunaga Shimazaki-Character: Haru, Tatsuhisa Suzuki-Character: Makoto, Tsubasa Yonaga-Character: Nagisa, Daisuke Hirakawa-Character: Rei, and Mamoru Miyano-Character: Rin)