“The swimming sport anime with athletic men is back for their third season”
Kōji Ōji swimming sport anime will be returning this year July for their critically acclimated third season
Free! Iwatobi Swim Club is set in the town of Iwatobi, Japan, which is based on the real town of Iwami, Tottori. Iwami has since used Free! to promote tourism to the town. Free! tells the story of four members of a local swim club—Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa and Rin—before they graduate from elementary school.
They participate in a swimming tournament relay and win, thereafter parting ways. Haruka and Makoto reunite with Nagisa when he enrolls at their high school. Not long after, Rin, who was thought to be in Australia, turns up and challenges Haruka to a race. He loses, but regains his desire to swim competitively, as does Haruka. At that point, Nagisa suggests creating a swim club using the school’s run-down outdoor pool. Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa, and later on, Rei, create the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club, working together to make it a success.
Rin joins Samezuka Academy’s swim team and finally wins an official race against Haruka, but finds it means nothing to him when he learns Haruka isn’t in top, competitive shape. He claims he cannot move forward in his personal quest for Olympic glory until Haruka competes against him as an equal. Rei eventually confronts Rin on his bad attitude and learns that the swimmer is bitter about his poor performance record in Australia as well as not being able to swim with his former friends. Rei gives up his spot on the team for a single relay competition in order for Rin to reunite with his former teammates, a move that restores Rin’s confidence and their friendships. They win the relay, but are disqualified. Nonetheless, all is well.
Date published: 07/05/18
Written by: Joseph Opoku
Source: (1) Anime Trending [FREE SEASON 3)
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