What anime's gotten fangirls everywhere all warm, wet and excited? It's the announcement of Kyoto Animation's latest title - FREE!
Existing initially as a mere teaser trailer showcasing 5 fluidly animated young men swimming about, the infamously named "Swimming Anime" gained an insanely amount of popularity and demand!
Kyoto Animation has since finally responded with not just a title, but also news of the character details, voice actor casting, and even opening theme song performers, dispelling rumours of the teaser being nothing but a mere promotional tool.
FREE! tells the story of Haruka, Rin, Makoto and Nagisa; 4 friends who were in the same elementary school swimming club together who had won a tournament before going on their own ways after graduation.
While idling away at high school, Rin challenges Haruka to a swim and proceeds to soundly beat him. This motivates Haruka to reunite his old friends and establish the "Iwatobi High School Swimming Club" to settle the score, recruiting a new member, Rei, in the process.
With the vocal talents of Nobunaga Shimazaki, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Tsubasa Yonaga, Daisuke Hirakawa, and Mamoru Miyano as Rin, FREE! also features OLDCODEX performing the opening theme song, "Rage on".
FREE! is set for a July airing on ABC Asahi Broadcasting, Tokyo MX, TV Aichi and BS11, as well as streaming on Niconico Douga and ABC Doga Club.
Check out the Promotional Video HERE!