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How to Watch Free! Anime? Easy Watch Order Guide

On the surface, Free! comes off an anime that serves no other purpose other than catering to male fan-service. The lean physique of the swimmers, their well-defined torsos, and perfect swimming strokes are just the flashy cover of an otherwise toned-down slice of life sports anime.

The plot revolves around a high-school swim team, competing in various tournaments, and making you have conflicting thoughts about teen anime boys.

Swimming is a sport that is extremely tedious to animate because of the synchronized hand-feet movements and occasional breathing pauses. The transition from a normal stroke to a summersault to a stroke again is quite impressive with no delay.

If you miss swimming in during this pandemic, then dive into the refreshing world of Free! Even if you don’t just watch it for the amazing story and characters!

1. Release Order

I. TV Series

  • Season 1: Free! (2013)
  • Season 2: Free! Eternal Summer (2014)
  • Season 3: Free! Dive to the Future (2018)

II. Movies

  • Free! Starting Days (2015)
  • Free! Movie 1: Timeless Medley – Kizuna (2017)
  • Free! Movie 1: Timeless Medley – Kizuna – Character Butai Aisatsu (2017)
  • Free! Movie 2: Timeless Medley – Yakusoku (2017)
  • Free! Movie 2: Timeless Medley – Yakusoku: Character Butai Aisatsu (2017)
  • Free! Take Your Marks (2017)
  • Free! Take Your Marks: Character Butai Aisatsu (2017)
  • Free! Movie 3: Road to the World – Yume (2019)
  • Free! (Movie) (2021)

III. Specials

  • Free! FrFr – Short Movie (2013)
  • Free! Eternal Summer – Kindan no All Hard! (2015)
  • Free! Dive to the Future Episode 0 (2018)

2. Chronological Order

  • Free! Starting Days
  • Season 1: Free!
  • Free! FrFr – Short Movie
  • Free! Movie 1: Timeless Medley – Kizuna
  • Season 2: Free! Eternal Summer
  • Free! Eternal Summer – Kindan no All Hard!
  • Free! Movie 2: Timeless Medley – Yakusoku
  • Free! Take Your Marks
  • Free! Dive to the Future Episode 0
  • Season 3: Free! Dive to the Future
  • Free! Movie 3: Road to the World – Yume
  • Free! (Movie)

3. Conclusion

The recommended order to watch Free! is its release order.

The following movies are just summary movies, so you can skip them. Character Butai Aisatsu are character stage greeting manner specials shown before the main movie, so you can skip them as well.

  • Free! Movie 1: Timeless Medley – Kizuna
  • Free! Movie 1: Timeless Medley – Kizuna – Character Butai Aisatsu
  • Free! Movie 2: Timeless Medley – Yakusoku
  • Free! Movie 2: Timeless Medley – Yakusoku: Character Butai Aisatsu
  • Free! Movie 3: Road to the World – Yume
  • Free! Take Your Marks: Character Butai Aisatsu
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Free! Trailer

4. Quick Review

I. Story

Free! revolves around Haruka Nanase and his friends and their adventures that revolve around swimming. The story isn’t very unique since it follows the standard high school kids participating in tournaments by overcoming various obstacles. However, what sets it apart is the slice-of-life elements present throughout the show.

II. Characters

The relationships that the characters share, their friendships, and the way they interact make them seem very real and memorable. Sure, there are typical anime archetypes thrown in with over-the-top antics, but that doesn’t affect the show’s breezy theme at all.

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III. Animation

Kyoto Animation is well known for its beautiful animation. Needless to say, Free! doesn’t disappoint. From smooth and perfect swimming strokes to beautiful character design, everything in Free! is eye candy!

IV. Sound

The soundtracks in Free! are quite generic but extremely catchy! The opening and ending themes will make you not want to skip them because you just can’t resist yourself from listening to them!

5. About Free!

Free! is an anime franchise produced by Kyoto Animation. First released in 2013, it has three anime series and three anime films to its name yet.

Free! watch order Guide
Haruka Nanase | Source: Fandom

Free! portrays the story of Haruka Nanase and his friends and rivals through swimming. Set in the town of Iwatobi, Japan, the story is centered on swimming and different swimming tournaments.

Haruka faces rivalry and finds friends who understand him even if he has difficulty in expressing himself. In the three seasons, the anime follows the journey of Haruka from high school to university.

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