Since the day I started reviewing one new series per season, we’ve seen two romance series and a psychological one. The summer season had a lot of interesting shows, and my Impressions gave me five for the season: Sliver Spoon, Danganronpa, Watamote, Blood Lad, and this series I would like to talk about today. Why did I pick Free!, you may ask? Let’s just say I needed some hot shirtless men this time.
Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club is an original 12 episode Sports series from studios Kyoto Animation and Anime Do and was directed by Hiroko Utsumi. Free! aired during the Summer 2013 season, with a light novel released just a week after the premiere episode. As of this review, Free! has not been licensed, however it is available for legal streaming on Crunchyroll.
Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa and Rin, before graduating from elementary school, participated in a swimming tournament. After winning in the relay, they parted ways. Years later, Haruka, Makoto and Nagisa reunite when they enroll into high school. Not long after, Rin, who was thought to be in Australia, turns up and challenges Haruka to a race and wins. Afterward, Nagisa mentions creating a swimming club and cleaning up the run-down outdoor pool to use. Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa and, later on, Rei, form the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club and work together in making the club a success. Rin's victory over Haruka means nothing to him as he realizes that Haruka has stopped swimming competitively and is not in top shape. He claims that he cannot get over the fact until Haruka competes against him for real.
|How can you not like the ending theme?!|
|And then all the fan fiction was born!|
|S*** just got real, man!|
|See? Totally fabulous!|
|You think I'm kidding? I will cry if this doesn't happen.|
Final Rating- 8/10 A fun summer day at the best pool ever!
Next time, we take on another recent show and fight for Humanity’s survival. Until then, otaku on my friends!