The Akihabara branch of Animate briefly reported on Twitter on Wednesday that Kyoto Animation's upcoming Free! anime is already inspiring five character song singles. Although the company listed that characters Haruka Nanase (voiced by Nobunaga Shimazaki), Makoto Tachibana (Tatsuhisa Suzuki), Rin Matsuoka (Mamoru Miyano), Nagisa Hazuki (Tsubasa Yonaga), and Rei Ryugasaki (Daisuke Hirakawa) would each be getting song CDs, Animate quickly took down the Tweet. It still lists a Tweet informing fans that OLDCODEX's “Rage on” opening theme single would be getting a reversible jacket variant of Haruka Nanase when customers purchase at Animate.
The story revolves around Haruka Nanase, a boy who has always loved to be immersed in water, and to swim in it. After years of separation, his childhood friend Rin challenges him to a swimming match, showing Haruka his overwhelming power. Not wanting it to end like this, Haruka gathers together Makoto and Nagisa once again, and also brings a new member named Rei Ryugazaki to create the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club. Haruka, Makoto Nagisa, Rei, and Rin come together for a story of swimming, youth, and friendship.
The Free! television anime is based on Kōji Ōji's High Speed!, an honorable mention recipient in the 2nd Kyoto Animation Award in 2011. Hiroko Utsumi of Animation DO is directing the anime, and Masahiro Yokotani is supervising the scripts. Futoshi Nishiya is designing the characters, and Tatsuya Katou is composing the music.
Much of the same production staff created the "Suiei-hen" (Swimming) anime commercial that was unveiled in April. Animation DO had teased "a project in the works" with an image of Haruka swimming last April.
I'm ready for this to be release, like now.