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Free! (フリー! Furī!) is a Japanese anime television series directed by Hiroko Utsumi and produced by Kyoto Animation and Animation Do. It is based on the light novel High☆Speed! by Kōji Ōji. Free! aired in Japan between July 4 and September 26, 2013. A second season came out and was under the name of Free! Eternal Summer aired in July 2014.

Plot

Free! revolves around members of a high school boy's swimming team. Haruka, Rin, Makoto, and Nagisa were members of the same swimming club in elementary school before parting ways, with Rin moving to Australia. Years later, they reunite when Rin challenges Haruka to a race and wins. Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa and then later on Rei form the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club. Rin, meanwhile, joins the swim team at Samezuka Academy, a swimming powerhouse.

Characters

Nobunaga Shimazaki (Japanese), Todd Haberkorn (English) as Haruka "Haru" Nanase
Tatsuhisa Suzuki (Japanese), Johnny Yong Bosch (English) as Makoto Tachibana
Tsubasa Yonaga (Japanese), Greg Ayres (English) as Nagisa Hazuki
Daisuke Hirakawa (Japanese), J. Michael Tatum (English) as Rei Ryugazaki
Mamoru Miyano (Japanese), Vic Mignogna (English) as Rin Matsuoka
Hosoya Yoshimasa (Japanese), Ian Sinclair (English) as Sousuke Yamazaki
Akeno Watanabe (Japanese), Jamie Marchi (English) as Gou Matsuoka

Ships

Het

HaruGou - the ship between Haruka Nanase and Gou Matsuoka
MakoGou - the ship between Makoto Tachibana and Gou Matsuoka
MomoGou - the ship between Momotaro Mikoshiba and Gou Matsuoka
NagiGou - the ship between Nagisa Hazuki and Gou Matsuoka
ReiGou - the ship between Rei Ryugazaki and Gou Matsuoka
SeiGou - the ship between Seijuro Mikoshiba and Gou Matsuoka
SouGou - the ship between Sousuke Yamazaki and Gou Matsuoka

Slash

AsaHaru - the ship between Asahi Shiina and Haruka Nanase
AsaMako - the ship between Asahi Shiina and Makoto Tachibana
AsaIku - the ship between Asahi Shiina and Ikuya Kirishima
AsaKisu - the ship between Asahi Shiina and Kisume Shigino
Harugisa - the ship between Haruka Nanase and Nagisa Hazuki
HaruRei - the ship between Haruka Nanase and Rei Ryugazaki
HiyoIku - the ship between Hiyori Tono and Ikuya Kirishima
IkuHaru - the ship between Haruka Nanase and Ikuya Kirishima
KisuMako - the ship between Makoto Tachibana and Kisumi Shigino
Makogisa - the ship between Makoto Tachibana and Nagisa Hazuki
MakoHaru - the ship between Makoto Tachibana and Haruka Nanase
MakoIku - the ship between Makoto Tachibana and Ikuya Kirishima
MakoRei - the ship between Makoto Tachibana and Rei Ryugazaki
MakoRin - the ship between Makoto Tachibana and Rin Matsuoka
MakoTori - the ship between Makoto Tachibana and Aiichiro Nitori
MomoTori - the ship between Momotaro Mikoshiba and Aiichiro Nitori
Nagitori - the ship between Nagisa Hazuki and Aiichiro Nitori
NatSou - the ship between Natsuya Kirishima and Sousuke Yamazaki
Natsunao - the ship between Natsuya Kirishima and Nao Serizawa
NatsuRin - the ship between Natsuya Kirishima and Rin Matsuoka
Reigisa - the ship between Rei Ryugazaki and Nagisa Hazuki
Ringisa - the ship between Rin Matsuoka and Nagisa Hazuki
RinHaru - the ship between Rin Matsuoka and Haruka Nanase
RinIku - the ship between Rin Matsuoka and Ikuya Kirishima
RinRei - the ship between Rin Matsuoka and Rei Ryugazaki
RinTori - the ship between Rin Matsuoka and Aiichiro Nitori
Sougisa - the ship between Sousuke Yamazaki and Nagisa Hazuki
SouHaru - the ship between Sousuke Yamazaki and Haruka Nanase
SouKisu - the ship between Sousuke Yamazaki and Kisumi Shigino
SouMako - the ship between Sousuke Yamazaki and Makoto Tachibana
SouMomo - the ship between Sousuke Yamazaki and Momotaro Mikoshib
SouRei - the ship between Sousuke Yamazaki and Rei Ryugazaki
SouRin - the ship between Sousuke Yamazaki and Rin Matsuoka
SouTori - the ship between Sousuke Yamazaki and Aiichiro Nitori

Femslash

AyuGou - the ship between Ayumu Kunikida and Gou Matsuoka
IsuGou - the ship between Ishu Mikoshiba and Gou Matsuoka
MihoGou - the ship between Gou Matsuoka and Miho Amakata

Poly

MakoKisuRin - the ship between Makoto Tachibana, Rin Matsuoka and Kisumi Shigino
MakoHaruRin - the ship between Makoto Tachibana, Haruka Nanase and Rin Matsuoka
MakoSouHaruRin - the ship between Makoto Tachibana, Sousuke Yamazaki, Haruka Nanase, and Rin Matsuoka
SouMakoHaru - the ship between Sousuke Yamazaki, Makoto Tachibana and Haruka Nanase
SouRinTori - the ship between Sousuke Yamazaki, Rin Matsuoka and Aiichiro Nitori

Family

RinGou - the family ship between Rin Matsuoka and Gou Matsuoka

Cargo

HaruH2O - the ship between Haruka Nanase and Water

Fanon

The fandom seemed to come out of nowhere, the show being an instant hit. In fanfiction, one common trope is to explore the world of the end credits theme's.

YouTuber Octopimp created an abridged series called "50% off". The abridged series pulls jokes from the fandom, as well as confirming some fan favorite pairings. Many consider it to have its own fanbase.

Fandom

FAN FICTION

Free! tag on AO3
Free! on FanFiction.Net

TUMBLR

Free! tag on Tumblr

WIKIS

Free! on Fanlore
Free! Wiki

List

TOP 10 AO3 SHIPS
# portmanteau characters type
4478 MakoHaru Haruka Nanase/Makoto Tachibana slash
3209 RinHaru Rin Matsuoka/Haru Nanase slash
2314 Reigisa Nagisa Hazuki/Rei Ryugazaki slash
1696 SouRin Rin Matsuoka/Sousuke Yamazaki slash
1217 SouMako Makoto Tachibana/Sousuke Yamazaki slash
1012 RinTori Rin Matsuoka/Aiichirou Nitori slash
1006 MakoRin Rin Matsuoka/Makoto Tachibana slash
488 SouHaru Haruka Nanase/Sousuke Yamazaki slash
336 SeiGou Gou Matsuoka/Seijuro Mikoshiba het
201 HaruMako Haruka Nanase & Makoto Tachibana slash

Navigation

Free! - Logo1
SHIPS het SeiGou
slash HiyoIkuIkuHaruMakoHaruNatsuRinReigisa
RingisaRinHaruRinReiRinToriSouMakoSouRin
cargo HaruH2O
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