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New “Free!” Media Project In The Works


Get ready, Free! fans, because the show’s sexy swimmers are coming back!

Earlier today, a short teaser video was shown at a fan event for the High☆Speed! – Free! Starting Days release announcing a new media project in the franchise. As of press time, details on the format, medium, and release window are still unknown.

A stage event featuring the Free! anime cast is currently planned for March 19, 2017.

Free Anime Announcement Visual - 20160814

High☆Speed! – Free! Starting Days is based on Hiroko Utsumi’s light novel High Speed!, which was loosely adapted into the original Free! Iwatobi Swim Club anime series. The film was directed by Yasuhiro Takemoto (Amagi Brilliant Park) and animated by Kyoto Animation. Free! character designer Futoshi Nishiya returned as character designer on the project.

High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- hit theaters on December 5.

Free! Iwatobi Swim Club hit Japanese TV on July 7, 2013. The series was directed by Hiroko Utsumi at Kyoto Animation, with character designs by Futoshi Nishiya (Hyōka, Nichijou – My Ordinary Life). The team of Masahiro Yokotani and Reiko Yoshida wrote the show’s scripts.

Crunchyroll is currently streaming the show on their digital platform. They describe the show as follows:

Nanase Haruka loved to be in the water – loved swimming. In elementary school, Nanase Haruka, Tachibana Makoto, Matsuoka Rin, and Hazuki Nagisa attended the same swimming class together. Time passed, and as Haruka was living an uneventful high school life, he suddenly encountered Rin again. Rin challenged Haruka to a race and showed him how much stronger he had become. Soon enough, Makoto and Nagisa also rejoined the group, and along with a new classmate, Ryugazaki Rei, they established the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club.

Source: Otakomu

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