The official website of the Free! anime franchise has revealed that Japanese rock band OLDCODEX will return to perform the main theme song for the upcoming film, Free!-the Final Stroke- Part 1.
OLDCODEX performed the opening of the anime’s first season, as well as the main themes of all the theatrical Free! films. The band has also performed the theme songs for Kuroko’s Basketball (Kuroko no Basket).
Free!-the Final Stroke- will be a two-part film series, with the first part set to release in theatres across Japan on September 17th. Part 2 is set to release on April 22nd, 2022.
Here is the latest trailer for part 1 of Free!-the Final Stroke-:
In celebration of the film, the site has also announced that all previous anime films will be available on Animax’s video-on-demand platform. The films are:
- High Speed!: Free! Starting Days
- Free!: Timeless Medley – Kizuna
- Free!: Timeless Medley – Yakusoku
- Free! -Take Your Marks-
- Free! Road to the World – The Dream
The films will be available for streaming from August each Sunday from the 15th.
Nobunaga Shimazaki (Shidou Itsuka from Date A Live) will return to voice Haruka Nanase.
Director Eisaku Kawanami (Free! and Hyouka Episode Director) will return for the two films with Kyoto Animation (Hyouka, Clannad) animating once again.
Free! (Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club) is a TV anime series adaptation of Kouji Ohji and Futoshi Nishiya’s High☆Speed! light novel. 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, with two compilation films releasing in Summer 2017 and a new original film in October 2017. There were also radio shows and drama CD volumes released to promote the two anime seasons. A third anime season, Free!-Dive to the Future-, aired during the Summer 2018 anime season.
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.
The first part of the Free!-the Final Stroke- film will release across Japan on September 17.
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