Get your bathing suits ready and prepare for excitement. The boys of Free! are making their way to the silver screen!
Earlier today, Funimation announced that they acquired the rights to Free! -Take Your Marks- in North America. The publisher will give the movie a theatrical run in the United States.
The film will be shown in select theaters as a one-night-only show on March 14. The screening will also feature an animated introduction greeting and introduction to the film by the Free! cast, which previously ran as a Japanese theater exclusive.
Advance ticket sales will begin on February 13, via the film’s official website.
Free! Take Your Marks hit Japanese theaters on October 28. The feature is the third in a trilogy of compilation movies, which covers the following episodes:
- Unmei no Choice! (The Choice of Destiny!)
- Hitou no Cooling Down! (Cooling Down at The Secret Hot Spring!)
- Yakusoku no Butterfly! (Butterfly of The Promise!)
- Tabidachi no Eternal Blue! (Eternal Blue of The Departure!)
Eisaku Kawanami was tapped to direct the film at Animation Do and Kyoto Animation, with Futoshi Nishiya (Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club, Nichijou – My Ordinary Life) providing character designs. Masahiro Yokotani (Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club, The Devil is a Part-Timer!) was in charge of the film’s script.
Other confirmed crew members include:
- Music: Tatsuya Katou
- Character Design: Futoshi Nishiya
- Art Director: Joji Unoguchi
- 3D Director: Yuji Shibata
- Sound Director: Yota Tsuruoka
- Director of Photography: Kazuya Takao
- Color setting: Yuka Yoneda
- Prop Design: Seiichi Akitake
Style Five opens opening theme song Free-Style Spirit.
The confirmed voice cast includes:
- Haruka Nanase: Nobunaga Shimazaki
- Makoto Tachibana: Tatsuhisa Suzuki
- Nagisa Hazuki: Tsubasa Yonaga
- Rei Ryugazaki: Daisuke Hirakawa
- Rin Matsuoka: Mamoru Miyano
- Sosuke Yamazaki: Yoshimasa Hosoya
- Aiichiro Nitori: Kouki Miyata
- Momotaro Mikoshiba: Kenichi Suzumura
- Asahi Shiina: Toshiyuki Toyonaga
- Ikuya Kirishima: Kouki Uchiyama
Funimation describes the film as:
Haru and Makoto are prepping to move to Tokyo, which means finding a place to live! While they’re off searching, Nagisa, Rei, and Gou are left coming up with something big to enlist new Iwatobi club members. But can they fill the pool or is the club’s future sinking fast?
Then, the boys of Samezuka are having their own time getting ready for the future! While Rin prepares for his move to Australia and Sousuke moves out of the dorm, Nitori and Momo want to do something big to thank their senpais. A visit to the hot springs should do the trick, right? But a misunderstanding about Gou could leave Rin unsettled and only a challenge in the water can set his mind at ease!
Source: Funimation (Press Release)