Trivia / Free!

  • The Abridged Series: Watch here. There's also 50% Off, which has its own page.
  • Actor Allusion: This isn't the first time Kenichi Suzumura has voiced an energetic, flirty redhead highschool boy.
  • Fan Nickname: A number were given to the main cast by the growing fanbase a while before the anime was announced and character personalities established, including:
    • "Tsun" for Haruka, though he turned out to be genuinely more of a Kuudere.
    • "Senpai" or "Sweetie-pie" for Makoto, emphasizing his caring nature.
    • "Shota" for Nagisa, who has the typical Token (Male) Mini Moe physical aesthetic, if not as exaggerated as some; he's more or less a Cloud Cuckoolander, though.
    • "Pimp" Explanation  or "Cameron"Explanation  for Rin.
    • "Megane" or "Glasses" for Rei when he was first revealed and most were still more comfortable using the nicknames because the anime still had not aired.
    • "Far Left-kun" or "Far Left-kun 2.0" for Seijuurou due to his resemblance to Rei's prototype design.
      • The nickname has also migrated over to Momotarou.
    • The series itself is nicknamed "Swimbros!" or "Gay Swimming Anime."
      • Hilariously enough, if you simply put "free" into Google images, you get pictures of a red button with the word "free" written on it, but if you put in "gay swimming anime" pictures from the show come up, along with the anime Tsuritama.
      • Tsuritama is sometimes referred to as 'The Gay Fishing Anime', so this makes sense.
    • "Anime Macklemore" for Goro, due to their similar look.
    • "Minishiba" for Momotarou, due to being Seijuuro's younger brother
    • "Eternal Suffering" for the second season (especially after Episode 9), due to the series undergoing Cerebus Syndrome.
  • Genre Relaunch: Free!, along with Haikyuu!! has been sited to help revived the interest of sports anime in North American fanbase, especially with FUNimation.
  • Irony As He Is Cast: Free! is known to have strong yaoi overtones, yet the English dub has Vic Mignogna in the cast, who is known for his Christian beliefs and his dislike in working in yaoi anime because of his beliefs. note 
  • I Knew It: Fans were calling Sousuke having a medical problem with his shoulder since episode 2 of Eternal Summer. Fans who suspected a potentially career-ending shoulder injury were right on the nose; fans who suspected that he had a heart condition or cancer were (fortunately) Jossed.
  • The symbolic equation of Haruka=dolphin and Rin=shark is already established (promo art, Rin's teeth); and in the endtheme animation, as Haruka wanders through a desert wasteland, what does he pass the skeleton of? A Chinese river dolphin.
    • Dolphins and sharks don't exactly get on well in the animal kingdom. Then there's Makoto's orca...
  • Merchandise-Driven: This franchise is extremely Egregious when it comes to merchandises ranging from figurines to life-size standees. This franchise also loves to produce limited edition one-offs that usually costs triple in auctions. Recently taken Up to Eleven with the release of many merchandises related to the theatrical film right after the film's announcement.
  • No Dub for You: Subverted for the first season. It was licensed for streaming by Crunchyroll, a website that generally streams anime with subtitles and isn't known for dubbing anything into english, or even streaming english dubs period. While Free! was initially streamed with english subtitles at first, they also began streaming an english dubbed version of the show (with the english voice actors from Funimation's dub reprising their roles, no less). Played straight for the sub-only DVD release, which was sub-licensed to Discotek Media (another company not known for dubbing anything into english, though they did hint at a dubbed release still being possible).
    • Averted with Eternal Summer, which was licensed and dubbed by Funimation.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: Siblings Gou and Rin worked in the past as partners as Death the Kid and Liz Thompson.
  • What Could Have Been: This image shows the Iwatobi Swim Club without Rei, but instead with another character named Kaede. Apparently this character would have been more easygoing than Rei, as well as retaining the "inexperienced newcomer" role Rei eventually got according to this interview.

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