Remember that one Spring back in 2013 where a commercial with anime boys throwing water at the camera went viral? Remember how it turned into an anime called Free! loosely based on the light novel High Speed! and went on to have 3 seasons, 3 compilation films, and 2 additional films documenting the journeys of swimmers from childhood to adulthood? Remember a few years ago, Kyoto Animation announced that a film was coming in 2020 to coincide with the Tokyo Olympics, but it was delayed due to the tragic arson attack on the studio?
Well, Kyoto Animation has been hard at work at rebuilding what was lost, and it now presents the latest chapter in the journeys of these swimmers on the Olympic stage! In April, the Free! Official Twitter announced that two new films will be released in the next year. The first film is set to release on September 17, 2021 with the second film set for April 22, 2022.
The news was first revealed as part of the livestream held for the Free! series’ eighth anniversary, and many speculate that the events of this series will be a set-up for a potential fourth season of the series, much like how the 2017 film Free! Take Your Marks was a set-up for the plot of the 3rd season, Free! Dive To The Future.
So far, we have very little information as to what the films will touch upon, but judging based on where the series left off, we will most likely have a storyline involving Haru, Asahi, Ikuya, and Rin swimming against each other on the Olympic stage, as well as an introduction to the international swimmers that were teased and/or had little screen time in Free! Dive to the Future. It is also likely we get to see Makoto finding his path as a professional sports trainer; Nagisa and Gou graduating high school and finding their way in the world; Rei taking charge as the high school’s swim team’s captain, and Sousuke trying to get back into swimming after his surgery. Fans are excited to see what the future holds for the Free! cast.
Check out the official trailer!