Okay so the title is a bit of a hyperbole.
But hear me out.
I enjoy anime. And I enjoy pretty boys. You would think that stories that capitalized on the fact that I am not the only one who enjoys both of these things would be more abundant, but alas.
Then this summer, something changed. My tumblr became this bright beautiful place of 5 beautiful men, swimming. And being adorable, and angsty, and just all around squee worthy.
I might sound crazy right now. That’s fine. I’m going to continue to revel in this moment.
Free! Iwatobi Swim Club is what happened this summer. It’s only 8 episodes in, and it’s like a tsunami of awesome. Is that okay to say?
Free! is about 4 boys who swam together in a tournament, but soon after parted ways. They are reunited in high school, and three of the four decide to start up a swimming club for their school. Haru, Makoto, and Nagisa convince another student, Rei, to join, while their ex-swimming friend Rin has joined a club at his own school, and is the rival of Haruka.
It sounds simple enough. Still, I was hesitant to watch another sports-themed anime, mostly due to my recent failed attempt at watching Kuroko’s Basketball. But I figured, I was in swim when I was in high school – in fact it was the only sport I have ever enjoyed, aside from ballet, so I figured I might actually understand what was going on in the show.
It turns out you don’t need to know too much about swimming to watch the show. ;)
When I started the first episode, the intro made me realize there might be something more to this show. I could already see that Haruka and Rin had some sort of connection that was going to be a focal point. By the end of the first episode, I was proven right.
Rin just wants to be better than Haruka – that is what his whole purpose seems to be. Meanwhile, Haruka seems like the quiet, contemplative type, but when Rin is around or mentioned he visibly changes, even if it is slightly.
Things I enjoy about Free! so far:
There is character development.
It doesn’t take itself seriously. At all. And it makes for a fun show.
Guys in swimsuits. Yes it’s anime. Don’t you judge me.
The main girl character, Gou, is the perfect representation of the fandom.
The ending theme is a must watch every time. If you don’t see all the innuendos in it you aren’t paying attention [and no I didn’t click on the link and listen to it again when reviewing this article why do you ask]
So in conclusion, you should really watch this anime.
**please note, I am claiming it is the best for fangirls, I recognize other amazing anime this summer as well, kkthx