KyoAni shop has added the new Free! Illustration WORKS artbook to their line of items and opened a dedicated site for it. According to the site, it's not just an ordinary illustration book, as 19 illustrations out of a total of 66 will have original drama stories to go with them, and a special Visual Story CD will be included so you can enjoy listening to what went on behind the illustrations while looking at them.
The CD also has digital contents which consist of a Desktop Mascot app that lets the 7 characters from Free! inhabit your desktop as a special bonus for Windows users. The app is a popular KyoAni bonus that has been enjoyed by fans of other KyoAni titles as sampled here with Chuunibyo Demo Koi ga Shitai!.
Release date: November 15th, 2013 4000 yen
・Illustration book (88 pages total, 66 illustrations)
・Hybrid Disc (DeskTopApp mascot & Visual Story CD)
Requirement for DTA Mascot
OS：WindowsXP/Vista/7/8 ※64bitOS is not covered
CPU：Pentium4 1.5GHz or up
Memory：256MB or more
Monitor size：800x600 pixels or up
DirectX：9.0c or later
*We do not gurantee it outside of listed environment
*The product is not supported or guranteed to work in environment other than Japanese OS
In the meantime, in the town of Iwami, Tottori, the location where Free! is based.....
A 2 meter long Real Iwatobi-chan scarecrow will make its debut on October 3rd.
Finally, here is the cover of the upcoming fanbook on sale October 30th in Japan.