Sanity’s Other Side: KyoAni’s Swimming Anime “Free!” Is a Reality!

Cue the fangirls. 

Free! promotional poster

So for the past few months, Kyoto Animation has been teasing an anime about high school students doing things. Seems up their alley? You bet. Moe, moe girls all around, but that’s the rub, it’s an anime about high school boys instead! This week the trailer was released set to premiere in July, so what did it tell us? Let’s find out.

Free! promo Rei

Firstly, the cast can all be projected to the main four of “K-On!” but now we have a new character. A glasses wearing boy who appears to be the swimming team’s rookie member, Rei Ryugazaki, so he’s like Azusa, someone with a lot to prove.

Free! promo Rin

We also have names for the rest of the main characters. The very confident looking guy from the PV, Rin Matsuoka, is the upstart rival to the stoic one, Haruka Nanase, who is the most passionate about swimming. The moeblob, Nagisa Hazuki, is also a first year who is very honest and greatly admires Haruka since middle school, so he has Yui’s wide-eyed-ness but is more upfront. Finally we have Makoto Tachibana, who is Haruka’s childhood friend, and has the look of a gentle giant, especially if you catch that one scene of him cowering behind little Haruka.

Free! promo Haruka

With many of the direction and writing credits out as well as the cast list, Kyoto Animation went all out with the unveiling of what many fans wanted and seems to be an incredibly smart anime to make. To really nail things home, the studio even released a character relation chart. And thus, a thousand ships set sail:

Free! promo chartMy thoughts on all this is that I’m very much looking forward to  this anime. Yes, it targets a demographic that not many associate KyoAni with, but it treads very familiar concepts so it shouldn’t be too much of a stretch. At the very least it’s bound to be animated well, what with all that water. Now to brace myself for the critical mass of doujinshi at this summer’s Comiket. Join me next time when I eat a whole cake all by myself.

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