Kyoto Animation (Hyouka, Clannad) has revealed a brand new promotional video for the Blu-ray and DVD release for their Free! anime film prequel High☆Speed! -Free! Starting Days-. The video itself has announced a brand new Free! anime project in production.
Not many details were revealed for what the new anime project could be about and what format it will be. There will also be a stage event for the series on March 19, 2017.
Here is the promotional video for the home release of the film:
The High☆Speed! -Free! Starting Days- film adapts the original High☆Speed! light novels, whereas the Free! and Free! Eternal Summer anime were lightly based on the novels and are set after its events. The novel itself focuses on Haruka and friends in Elementary and Middle school, whilst the Free! anime features them in High school.
The main cast of the Free! and Free! Eternal Summer anime includes:
- Nobunaga Shimazaki (Shidou Itsuka from Date A Live) voices Haruka Nanase
- Tatsuhisa Suzuki (Hiroomi Nase from Kyoukai no Kanata) voiced Makoto Tachibana
- Tsubasa Yonaga (Aichi Sendou in Cardfight!! Vanguard) voicing as Nagisa Hazuki
- Daisuke Hirakawa (Makoto Itou from School Days) as Rei Ryugazaki
- Mamoru Miyano (Rintarou Okabe in Steins;Gate) voices the role of Rin Matsuoka
Free! (Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club) is a TV anime series based 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, and to date a total of 2 volumes have been published by Kyoto Animation. The anime adaptation aired from July 2013 for 12 episodes, animated by Kyoto Animation (Hyouka, Clannad) and Animation Do – with the latter’s animation debut. The second season of the anime, Free! – Eternal Summer, aired in Summer 2014. A prequel film titled High☆Speed! -Free! Starting Days- was released in late 2015. There were also radio shows and drama CD volumes released to promote the two anime seasons.
Here is a synopsis of the series 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.
A brand new Free! anime project is in production. Not a lot of information about its format and what it will be about has been revealed. More information will be revealed at a later date.
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