The official site for sexy summer swimming anime Free! has announced that the re-broadcast of the first season will start in April on ABC and BS 11 in Japan. The news was announced yesterday in Japan and got many fans speculating on the second season airing in July. THIS July, to be more precise. More after the jump!
Do you remember Iwatobi-chan, that memorable mascot from sexy summer swimming anime, Free!? There are different kinds and types of merchandise for the mascot due to the the anime's popularity, and now it's a cream puff! Sound cute? Think again! It perfectly captures the creepy-cuteness of the mascot in a dessert form. Plus, some questionable official character merch also featuring Iwatobi-chan after the jump!
Now that the anime's second season is confirmed, fans can sit back relax and wait for the summer, NOT! Sexy summer swimming anime Free! has the fourth Duet CD set for release soon, featuring the epic rivals Haruka and Rin! The anime's official site also features the generous preview video posted on the Lantis official You Tube channel as well as the official CD cover, they're even wearing matching rings! Watch the preview after the jump!
I wonder if it's the rarity of snow in the Kanto region, but it feels like the Japanese meme scene is coming up with a new theme everyday. With the latest meme, the hashtag says, "Put Moomin in your favorite character's cosplay and say something in a two panel manga with a close up of the character in the second panel, it will work as manga no matter what." It's a very long hashtag and you may better understand it when you see the examples after the jump!
It was last November that the second volume of the original light novel High☆Speed! (that the Free! anime was based on) was announced. Japanese entertainment news portal Mantan Web recently conducted an interview with an editor at Esuma Bunko which is the publisher of the High☆Speed novel and some details about the new volume were discussed, which could be related to what we can expect in the Free! anime's second season. Check out the translated interview after the jump!
Wonder Festival 2014 is currently being held at the Makuhari Messe expo center in Japan and Free! fans are glued to the Alter booth for the new and improved prototype figures for Haruka Nanase and Makoto Tachibana that are on display. Dedicated Japanese fans have already created a side-by-side comparison image for the rest of us to stare at. See the detailed comparison and bonus Free! Ocha-Tomo figure photos after the jump!
Character toy maker Ensky had previously introduced a Chara Puka series of Free! toys that features a character leisurely floating on a inflatable tube last year. Even though they're already cute enough, their Twitter keeps suggesting creative and sometimes hilarious use of the toys. A recent suggestion was photographed while taking advantage of the rare and severe snow conditions in Tokyo. See what happened to Haruka and Rin after the jump!
Nijimen has posted the results of the question that a lot of fans could not answer when it was offered as an otome game style survey, that is, to choose only one character out of the Free! anime to spend Valentine's Day together with. 1,396 online votes by Japanese fans (please notice that I am carefully avoiding specifying "female fans" because a little less than 10% of the votes came from the guys). The results are after the jump!
If anyone can rival K-on! birthday celebration, it's KyoAni sibling Free!, and fans certainly went a bit nuts for the February 2nd birthday of shark toothed rival Rin Matsuoka. Get a look at the crossplay and cake filled festivities after the jump.