January 28, 2014

Free! Iwatobi Swim Club

The series follows Haruka, a boy who used to swim competitively in elementary with three guys Makoto, Rin and Nagisa. Haruka hasn’t swum competitively in years even though Makoto encourages him. Things begin to change when Haruka and Makoto are reunited with Nagisa, who just enrolled at their high school. Nagisa insists that they should re-form their old swimming relay team, but the plan hits a snag when they learn that they need a fourth member to start the club. Luckily Nagisa meets Ren a track athlete who he convinces to join the swim team. The team run into Rin who has changed drastically since they were all in elementary. Rin is now attending an elite rival school and wants nothing more than to beat Haruka at the swim relay. To have a chance at competing legitimately the squad will have to go through some rigorous training. Will Haruka and friends overcome the odds and succeed as the Iwatobi High School swim team?


I was so glad this anime had finally come out. I’d been looking forward to it for some time. After all the years of fan service for guys, all the big boobs, panty shots and unnecessary angles up skirts. It was about time an anime came out with nothing but fan service for the ladies. Throughout the show the guys are hardly ever fully dressed. They are muscled beyond belief for high school guys and thank god for that! It was a pretty much eye candy the whole show. 


Now as for story it’s very basic and not very deep but it’s a fun show. There’s a lot of comedy thrown in and each boy covers a basic type. Haruka is the quiet and brooding, Rin is the angst filled one, Makoto is the encouraging and nurturing type, Nagisa is full of energy and always happy and lastly Rei is the book worm complete with glasses. The series is very light hearted with a few deeper moments thrown in. The animation is well done with its pretty background and handsome boys. 

If you enjoy slice of life, comedy or sport animes I believe you’d enjoy this series. Its only 12 episodes long so it won’t take much time and there is talk of a season two.  So hopefully in the near future we’ll see more of these handsome boys.

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