Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club (anime)

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club (anime)

Sports have always had a place in the world of anime, with shows such as Attack No. 1 (1968), featuring women's volleyball, Captain Tsubasa (1981), the epitome of football anime, and the Prince of Tennis (1999), about, erm, tennis. Now a swimming anime joins the ranks: Free!- Iwatobi Swim Club.

The story revolves around a group of boys who love to swim. Before they leave primary school, the gang takes part in a swimming relay contest to create a special memory and bond. After winning the competition, they go their separate ways. But they are reunited a few years later, in high school.

Unfortunately the reunion is not a harmonious one, as Rin, who has returned from studying in Australia, seems to be a completely different person. He now views protagonist Haruka as his swimming rival rather than a childhood friend.

The new show is produced by Kyoto Animation and Animation Do and is based on the award-winning light novel, High Speed!, by Koji Oji. Directing the series is Hiroko Utsumi, who animated K-On! and Lucky Star.

What will happen to the pair? Will their love of swimming become the thing that comes between them? Keep an eye out for Free! to hit Animax or J2 some time soon.

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Tung Yu Lau


Dear James,
Your introduction is superb, I have been watching this anime, too. I would like to ask have you introduced the anime called "Anohana: The flower we saw that day", I think it is a amazing and touching anime, which is suitable for many anime lovers. If you did not introduce it before, I h