Please welcome the first ever guest blogger on KAB, Atashi (@wordsofsongs)! For this Summer, Atashi will be guest blogging KyoAni’s latest show, FREE! for my blog. Hope you all will enjoy something new and different, I will also be adding my thoughts whenever I can.
Summer 2013 season begins with, appropriately enough, KyoAni’s much-anticipated swimming anime Free!, which is touted to make ovaries explode and vice versa.I’ve always been a fan of KyoAni’s skills, so this show is a must-watch for the fluid animation alone and the half-naked men are just added bonuses.
MC-kun is Nanase Haruka, a man who loves swimming and water so much that no female can ever compare. Given his Yui-level devotion to the wet stuff, I half-expected him to blurt out “Because swimming things are swimming”, but KyoAni might be saving that for a later episode.
Swimsuit X apron ｷﾀ━(ﾟ∀ﾟ)━!
Definitely vulnerable. Just look at the subtle bump of his gluteals, almost hidden by the apron straps.
Go for his hind while his hands are preoccupied!!
Pen…Penguin boxers… I must obtain a pair.
While other things…do?
Haruka’s body is ready.
So the series is shaping up to mainly revolve around the rivalry between Haruka and Rin, but let’s not forget his three merry friends (Makoto, Nagisa, Rei) who will support the MC in his quest and show him the true strength of friendship.
The token female character of the series is Matsuoka Gou, little sister to Rin. Fear not, for she is not a rival for any male character’s affections but rather the character for viewers to self-insert.
Hopefully the Iwatobi Swim Club (+ Rin) will fare better than the Light Music Club in achieving their grandiose goals. I suffered through two seasons of K-ON! fancifully anticipating that the girls might get that Budokan concert in. The Free! boys might not become Olympic champs, but here’s to another trophy by the end of the show!
I love KyoAni, I really do. The boys’ shirts flap up during their dance to flash their toned abs for split seconds oh god
And the boys are all symbolized by animals. Haruka = dolphin, Makoto = orca, Nagisa = penguin, Rei = butterfly, Rin = shark.
End card by KyoAni, just like their Chuu2 end cards
Kurogane says: Haha oh wow, KyoAni. They really didn’t hold back at all for their target demographic for this show. I grew some proverbial ovaries watching this episode which promptly started exploding by themselves. Never knew I was capable of that.
On a more serious note, yes… this is not your usual KyoAni show for sure. The amount of fanservice that went in this one single episode is rather unheard of. I think I counted no less than 5 stripping events…. which is not helped by the fact that the animators really, really love their abs. Also, possibly the flattest chests ever in a KyoAni production too. I can only wish for a male-oriented fanservice show with this level of quality.
My interest is piqued enough to keep on watching this, if only to see how far can KyoAni go in their creative abilities. I’m still not very confident with their track record on original works, so my expectations are appropriately set. This is not definitely a show in my comfort zone… but hey, gotta shake things up sometimes!