History YMMV / Free

19th Jan '17 9:37:19 AM Oecchi
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** One arose with ''Anime/YuriOnIce'' when it aired, due to both series being unexpected hits involving sports and having a lot of HoYay. If either of them are brought up in the same discussion, expect there to be arguments over which show did what better.

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** One arose with ''Anime/YuriOnIce'' when it aired, due to both series being unexpected hits involving sports and having a lot of HoYay. If either of them are one series is brought up in when discussing the same discussion, other, expect there to be arguments over which show did what better.
15th Jan '17 2:13:03 AM Barano
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** That said, the Season 1 finale had a ''huge'' whiplash in the Japanese fandom as well, and there were just as many Japanese fans as Western fans who were disappointed and thought that it was incredibly unfair toward Rei. Many of them were upset that we never saw any of the other characters appreciating Rei's sacrifice (not even a "thanks") and that this made Rei seem like he was ultimately just an outsider in the Rin drama. There are lots of "fix-it" fanart at pixiv of the other characters apologizing to Rei, and lots of fanfic where he angsts about how, after everything, the team still chose Rin over him.
15th Jan '17 12:50:15 AM creader
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* FanNickname: Swimming Anime.
** Certain translations of the anime have been adamant in super imposing "GAY SWIMMING" over the anime's title. Seeing how they've been putting forth the effort of translating the anime anyway, [[JustForFun this probably isn't as derogatory as you might think.]]
** Season two added "EVEN MORE GAY SWIMMING".
** Character-wise, fans have started calling Mikoshiba Momotarou, "Minishiba."
5th Jan '17 8:11:16 AM lalaTKG
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** In the years since it originally aired, some fans are taking issue with the show as a whole, citing it as a mediocre show with its main draw factor being cute boys with relationship subtext that goes nowhere. On the other hand, some fans don't mind this at all, since at the time there weren't many anime that tried to center on hot guys for the female audience to ogle like standard {{Moe}} and fanservice shows, the writing for the show was fine (especially season 1), and the subtext didn't ''have'' to be there if you weren't looking for it.

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** In the years since it the show originally aired, some fans are taking issue with the show it as a whole, citing it as a mediocre show with its main draw factor being cute boys with relationship subtext that goes nowhere. On the other hand, some fans don't mind this at all, since at those fans frame the time there weren't many anime that tried show as a counterpoint to center on hot guys for the female audience to ogle like standard {{Moe}} and fanservice shows, the writing for the show was fine (especially season 1), and the subtext didn't ''have'' to be there if you weren't looking for it.
30th Dec '16 12:41:12 PM Oecchi
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** One arose with ''Anime/YuriOnIce'' when it aired, due to both series being unexpected hits involving sports and having a lot of HoYay. If either of them are brought up, expect there to be arguments over which show did what better.

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** One arose with ''Anime/YuriOnIce'' when it aired, due to both series being unexpected hits involving sports and having a lot of HoYay. If either of them are brought up, up in the same discussion, expect there to be arguments over which show did what better.
29th Dec '16 9:15:08 AM Oecchi
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* FandomRivalry: Fans of Free and fans of ''Manga/KOn''[[note]]or just about any moe/slice of life anime with lots of cute girls doing cute things, but ''especially Manga/KOn''[[/note]] tend to hate each other's guts. Basically, both sides claim that their favored show is the best thing since sliced bread and the other is shallow pandering and/or personifies everything that is currently wrong with the anime industry. Bonus points if neither side realize that both shows are [[NotSoDifferent actually pretty much the exact same thing]], [[GenderFlip except genderswapped]].

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Fans of Free and fans of ''Manga/KOn''[[note]]or just about any moe/slice of life anime with lots of cute girls doing cute things, but ''especially Manga/KOn''[[/note]] tend to hate each other's guts. Basically, both sides claim that their favored show is the best thing since sliced bread and the other is shallow pandering and/or personifies everything that is currently wrong with the anime industry. Bonus points if neither side realize that both shows are [[NotSoDifferent actually pretty much the exact same thing]], [[GenderFlip except genderswapped]].


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** One arose with ''Anime/YuriOnIce'' when it aired, due to both series being unexpected hits involving sports and having a lot of HoYay. If either of them are brought up, expect there to be arguments over which show did what better.
20th Dec '16 4:37:17 AM lalaTKG
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** In the years since it originally aired, some fans are taking issue with the show as a whole, citing it as a mediocre show with its main draw factor being cute boys with relationship subtext that goes nowhere. On the other hand, some fans don't mind this at all, since at the time there weren't many anime that tried to center on hot guys for the female audience to ogle like standard {{Moe}} and fanservice shows, the writing for the show was fine (especially season 1), and the subtext didn't ''have'' to be there if you weren't looking for it.
14th Dec '16 6:07:22 AM Wilderstorm
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* ShipsThatPassInTheNight: The Free fic with the most kudos in ArchiveOfOurOwn is [[JerkassWoobie Sousuke]]/[[NiceGuy Makoto]], and there are currently more [[AngelDevilShipping Soumako]] fanfic than there are of [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Sourin]]. [[CrackPairing Sousuke and Makoto have only ever interacted in High Speed 2, where Makoto was]] ''[[CrackPairing speaking for Haru]]''.

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* ShipsThatPassInTheNight: The Free fic with the most kudos in ArchiveOfOurOwn is [[JerkassWoobie Sousuke]]/[[NiceGuy Makoto]], and there are currently more [[AngelDevilShipping Soumako]] fanfic than there are of [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Sourin]]. Before ES 14, [[CrackPairing Sousuke and Makoto have had only ever interacted in High Speed 2, where Makoto was]] ''[[CrackPairing speaking for Haru]]''.
29th Nov '16 6:35:16 PM rjd1922
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* AdaptationDisplacement: There aren't a lot of people who actually knew that ''Free!'' was based off of a series of {{Light Novels}} about the gang ([[CanonForeigner sans Rei]]), but as [[KidHero children]] instead of teenagers.

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* AdaptationDisplacement: There aren't a lot of people who actually knew that ''Free!'' was based off of a series of {{Light Novels}} called ''High☆Speed!'' about the gang ([[CanonForeigner sans Rei]]), but as [[KidHero children]] instead of teenagers.
18th Nov '16 4:53:30 AM Wilderstorm
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** [[BaseBreaker Sousuke]] has received surprisingly minimal vitriol from shippers. His HoYay interactions with Rin are the only ones with any prominence in the show, and it's easy for [=RinHaru=] shippers to stick Sousuke firmly in the "best friend" role. [=MakoHaru=] shippers tend to be fairly tolerant of Sousuke, because either they hate Rin and he's completely irrelevant to their ships, or they [[ShipMates don't mind [=SouRin=] because it's not [=RinHaru=]]].

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** [[BaseBreaker Sousuke]] has received surprisingly minimal vitriol from shippers. (for shipping reasons, anyway). His HoYay interactions with Rin are the only ones with any prominence in the show, and it's easy for [=RinHaru=] shippers to stick Sousuke firmly in the "best friend" role. role (the same role they assign to Makoto). [=MakoHaru=] shippers tend to be fairly tolerant of Sousuke, because either they hate Rin and he's Sousuke is completely irrelevant to their ships, or they [[ShipMates don't mind [=SouRin=] because it's not [=RinHaru=]]].
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