Now i did a few Free! episode review here and there but now that the whole series is over let me take the time to review the series as a whole.
Kyoto ani know what works and what doesn’t and well when it came to free manservice was the talk of the town but in free case it was the talk of the pool. It was a double edge sword however, when it came to FREE! while the anime was good visually and the scene and the character were well animated you just can’t ignore the shonen ai borderline yaoi tones that it has.
(IT FUCKING GAY)
Now im not saying that this was a bad show nor am i saying that all shows that feature all boys or have a mostly boy cast are like this but with FREE case “im going to show you a sight you never seen before” ” you are going to swim for me” and other quotes like that can be easily misconstrued as something else.
Let talk about the characters
Haru is a non nonchalant easy going swimmer who Lives for the pool and will LITERALLY DIE IF HE ISN’T IN A POOL OR SOME TYPE OF WATER every day(if not he fucking act like it) His best friends are Makoto and Nagisa and Rei. As the anime develops we learn the reason behind the rivalry between Him and Rin. When Rin came back from Australia rin challenge haru to a swimming contest to see who was the fastest. Rin lost and quit swimming and this made haru quit for a while until he join the swim club with Makoto and Nagisa.
Makoto is Haru and Nagisa best friend from middle school. He is the oldest of three children. During episode 7-8 we learn that he has a fear of swimming in larger bodies of water (the fucking ocean). We learn his reasoning why when he was little he was friends a fisherman who turn out to be rin father and one day he heard that the fisherman was killed during a storm out at sea. He and haru seen people caring the fisherman coffin.
Nagisa- really much nothing to say but he does act like sort of the comic relief during “high tension” moments of the show and i guess he was ment to be the cute character of the group.
Rei- we are first introduce to rei in episode three but he says he joined the track team but due to lack of memeber on the swim team and forced with almost having to shut down before they get started nagisa tries to convince rei to join and rei only end up joining after watching Haru swim. During the Relay arc of the series he start to feel exculed because everybody in the group keep mention Rin. Rei being the person that he is decide to meet Rin and have a word with him (which almost ended up looking like a “fucking kiss him already” scene) during the night of the second relay Rin call out Rei and they talk some more and thing happen really it was stupid.
Rin- the bad guy, the main antagonist for the whole series well as the series progress we learn his reason for acting like a dick. His father went to the same middle school him, Haru, nagisa and makoto went to and was the best swimmer around. His father was training to be a Olympic swimmer but was in a accident in high school which force him to put that dream on hold and become a fisherman(the one that makoto was friends with) during a terrible storm his father went out to if i remember correctly fish but was caught in the eye of the storm and died. Rin went to Australia to a swim school so he can fufill his dad dream of becoming a Olympic swimmer but soon came back to japan after realizing he wasn’t good for that school. he challenge haru to a swim race but when he loose he quits swimming but during episode 12 he realize his whole reason for swimming was not only to be with(his gay lover)Haru but to swilm with his old team.
Plot-If you ignore the yaoi overtones this show clearly give off this show main plot is about a swim team and swimming and Rin and Haru trying to re connect their friendship and the power of friendship overall.
Sound–I would just like to take a moment and talk about the dubstep tract they would use whenever Rin would step on the screen or whenever Rin was on the screen. Along with that ending..Splash Free man, Splash Free. It was like magi mix with this show in a sexy horrible way. song catchy and all but yeah im just going to leave it at that
I mean if you can get past the shonen ai and yaoi over tones this show clearly flaunts it is a very good show with a decent plot about friendship and swimming. Its more of a Slice of life anime to me than a sports anime like Kuruko no basket. Some of the characters in this show have substances while other fall flat (fucking Gou/kou don’t give a fuck). Apparently from the way it ended its is now getting a season 2
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