The official website of the anime Free! (Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club) has revealed that a second season is on they way. The anime, produced by Kyoto Animation and Animation Do, originally aired in July last year. In addition to the new season, a new necklace inspired by the anime has been created. Season 2 of the anime is due to air this July.
The website has also revealed the first visual for the second season.
The first promotional video for Free! season 2 was released at AnimeAnime 2014.
The pendant based on the series, features a silver linked chain necklace and a tear drop shaped pendant. The pendant itself is decorated with Swarovski crystals, with 5 coloured crystals representing the main characters of the anime. The center of the pendant itself is a light blue Czech glass bead.
The pendant itself is being sold by the Japanese clothing franchise 2PM Works, in conjunction with their jewelry division Palma Gioiello.
Here are some close up images of the pendant:
In addition to the pendant, the back of the necklace has a charm. There are five charms to choose from each a different animal representing a different character from the series. They are: Dolphin (Haruka), Orca (Makoto), Shark (Rin), Penguin (Nagisa) and Butterfly (Rei).
The entirety of the pendant, charm and necklace will retail for ¥12,000 (~ $120 USD) at 2PM Works stores.
Free! (Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club) is an anime adaptation of Kouji Ohji light novel High☆Speed!, which is illustrated by Futoshi Nishiya. The light novel received an honourable mention in the 2011 Kyoto Animation Award contest, where it was eventually published by the studio in July 2013. The anime itself aired in July, and is animated by Kyoto Animation and Animation Do – with the latter’s animation debut. There was also a radio show and two drama CD volumes released to promote the anime.
Here is a synopsis of the anime from MAL:
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.
Season 2 of Free! will be airing in July this year. Additional information, images and video will be released in the leading weeks and months.
In the meantime, you can visit the anime’s official website: http://iwatobi-sc.com/
Source Article and Images – 2PM Works
Source Article – Anime News Network
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