All of the interest in this summer's sexy swimming anime, Free! has driven the associated Twitter account past 20,000 followers. And, in celebration, the site for the series has posted a set of 10 icons.
Haruka Nanase icons
Makoto Tachibana icons
Nagisa Hazuki icons
Rei Ryugazaki icons
Rin Matsuoka icons
Meanwhile, SGCafe has posted a translation of an interview with Free!’s director Hiroko Utsumi:
Hiroko: Although the original story was set in a primary school, if I were to show this in an animation, I feel like creating cool high school students as compared to primary school students. So I changed it.
– I totally agree on that!
Hiroko: Since I was trained in drawing, I thought that I would want to show an animation that features physical beauty. As such, I have decided on the theme, “Swimming, Friendship and Torsos” and I wish to promote the anime based on this theme.
– It is perfect!
Hiroko: This series does not show the so called fighting spirit usually featured in sports anime. I decided that it is more important to show a teenage drama where friendships are formed through swimming. From there, I created the five characters.
– So how are the friendships in this show going to be developed?
Hiroko: I think that developing a friendship is not child’s play so I will start by creating these raw and colliding feelings of competitiveness from swimming. Then, I wish to go in a direction where the anime shows a kind of strong passion that everyone would want to see.
– Oh yes, please do!
Hiroko: Actually there is a part where it shows the reason why Makoto and company* would want to swim was because they were drawn to the main character, Haruka’s* swimming skills.
As such, I have to show Haruka’s charm when swimming no matter what.
– Who exactly is Haruka?
Hiroko: He looks cool on the outside, but he is someone with flaws who only cares about nothing but the swimming pool. But I think that this part of his personality is his charming point.
– Are there any special points when creating the bodies for the five of them?
Hiroko: Of course. While creating them, I did take note of each character’s bone structure, how prominent their rib cages are, and also the various body parts such as the size of their hands.
– Rib cages are the best! The way the muscles that were subtly shown when wearing parkas, are very beautiful.
Hiroko: I love rib cages too.
– Let us all burn in the passion of pelvic muscles this summer!!!!!!