A new visual poster and teaser for first part of the upcoming duology anime film titled Free! -The Final Stroke has been released.
The first part of the film is scheduled to open in Japanese theaters on September 17, 2021 and the second part on April 22, 2022. This two-part movie serves as the final chapter of the entire series. The film was originally scheduled to premiere in Japanese theaters in 2020 alongside with the Tokyo Olympics but was later postponed due to the postponement of the Olympics.
The film is animated by Kyoto Animation with Eisaku Kawanami returning to serve as the series director for both films. He has previously directed the Free! Timeless Medley films, as well as the third season of the series Free! Dive to the Future anime.
OLDCODEX, is returning to perform the theme song “Heading to Over – Version:Free -” for latest film. The band also have performed many of the franchise’s opening theme songs previously.
Synopsis (Season 1)
Haruka Nanase has a love for water and a passion for swimming. In elementary school, he competed in and won a relay race with his three friends Rin Matsuoka, Nagisa Hazuki, and Makoto Tachibana. After claiming victory at the tournament, the four friends went their separate ways. Years later, they reunite as high school students; however, Rin couldn’t care less about returning to the way things used to be. Not only does he attend a different school, but the sole thing important to him is proving that he is a better swimmer than Haruka.
After the bitter reunion, Haruka, Nagisa, and Makoto decide to form the Iwatobi High School Swim Club, but they will need a fourth member if they hope to take part in the upcoming tournament. Enter Rei Ryuugazaki, a former member of the track team whom Nagisa recruits. As the time to compete draws near, the four develop a close bond while training intensely to come out on top and settle things between Haruka and Rin once and for all. (Source: MAL)
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SOURCES: Free! Official Twitter, MAL