The story revolves around Haruka Nanase, a boy who has always loved to be immersed in water, and to swim in it. Before graduating from elementary school, he participated in a swimming tournament along with his fellow swimming club members, Makoto Tachibana, Nagisa Hazuki, and Rin Matsuoka. After achieving victory, each of the boys went their separate ways.
Time passed, and in the middle of their uneventful high school lives Rin appears and challenges Haruka to a match, showing Haruka his overwhelming power. Not wanting it to end like this, Haruka, gathers together Makoto and Nagisa once again and brings a new member named Rei Ryugazaki to create the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club in order to defeat Rin.
What most people don't understand
Is how much character this anime gains as the series goes on. At first it may seem like it's a shallow and nothing but fanservice anime... but as you get farther in you start seeing different depths and emotional traumas beginning to emerge. A lot of these were already understood by the readers of High Speed!! which is the light novel that Free! was based off of and sort of a prequel type viewpoint to the series. As it shows the cast as children (or at least shows Nagisa, Haru, Rin, and Makoto as kids. Also mentioning Gou as well.) and formentiones things of importance. Like Makoto's fear of the ocean, it also has to do with Haru getting a fever and nearly drowning as a child. The light novel also details issues that Haru has dealt with too, a main one being how he has abandonment issues and that he's afraid of saying the wrong thing to where he might hurt someone. Which leads to the reason for his Stoic nature in general. Theres really a lot of things that people miss out on if they just go by the first episode, episodes 5, 6, and 7 bringing some major character insights to those who haven't read the Light Novel themselves. All and All, Give this show a chance and make your own opinion about it, don't let the negative reviewers stop you from missing out on one amazing anime that should definitely have more than just thirteen episodes.
Run-of-the-mill glossy sports anime. Characters are predictable and are as deep as spilled milk. The writers shy from giving substance to the subject matter instead relying on paper-thin character "development". It's a shame as there is alot to say for an anime that explore the dynamics of its sport (Big Windup, Prince of Tennis),
"Free" sinks as a Sports Anime, doesn't hold water as a drama and can't even float as a comedy.
Though it did get me to go swimming again.
Stupid moment of the series: Dubstep awkwardly getting in the way of serious dialogue.
So you definitely got to watch that one! The setting and the ambient is different from what we're used to, more tropical like. Kinda feels refreshing too, the story is light and fun. I do watch Highschool DxD, but I can say one thing: there is times when the fanservice don't interfere with the quality of the anime. Finally, we don't watch animes because of boobs, do we?
Então você definitivamente tem que assistir este! A ambientação é diferente do que estamos acostumados, mais tropical. É também refrescamte, a história é leve e divertida. Eu assisto Highschool DxD, mas eu posso dizer que algumas vezes o fanservice não altera a qualidade do anime. Finalmente, nós não assistimos animes por causa de peitões, assistimos?
Ok, i know this is pretty much a fanservice anime made popular by kyoto animation's 30 sec preview on tumblr. And man is it fanservice. Moe male voices who have girls names. A guy who blushes at a chance to swim! wooooo for yaoi fangirls*
Having said that. The animation style is actually asdfgasndkjn. It seems as if every water molecule is animated and this makes it so beautiful and the drawing style of the characters is also very nice. Hopefully the quality of animation won't drop because it is absolutely stunning!
tbh at the beginning i thought their voices were like all girls, and then i realised there was a timeskip and was like... oh, they were 10 years old xD fair dos. So the voice acting is pretty good, but they are still a little high pitched - i guess they were meant to for the girls names thing...
In terms of character, the main character is really weird and his friends aren't that normal either - which makes it all the more fun - (i think they were trying to go for the kuroko no basuke type expressionless character with haru)
This is at the first episode so this review will probably not stand for long :P
Anyways, i can see that this anime has potential to be good but will most probably just be a honey dripping manservice for the ladies - *cue yaoi fan girl screams*