Free! Swimming Anime Unveils 2 Female Characters, New Visual

posted on by Sarah Nelkin
Akeno Watanabe, Satsuki Yukino play Rin's little sister & classic literature teacher

The official website for the Free! Anime revealed two more characters — female ones — for the anime on Wednesday. The website also unveiled a new piece of key visual art (seen above) and the anime's premiere date:

Akeno Watanabe (Soul Eater, Gintama) plays Gou Matsuoka, Rin's little sister and a first-year student at Iwasobi High School. She is a straightforward and active girl, and she is always worrying about her brother.

Satsuki Yukino (InuYasha, Gintama) plays Miho Amakata, Haruka and Makoto's homeroom teacher and classic literature teacher. She seems to have been an office lady in Tokyo in the past, but no one knows the details. She utters the words of great figures from ages past. Due to her personality, when she asks something of someone, they can't refuse.

The anime will premiere on the Tokyo MX TV station on Wednesday, July 3 at 24:30 (effectively Thursday, July 4 at 12:30 a.m.) There will be articles on the anime in the July issues of Newtype, Animedia, Animage, and Pash! magazine on June 10.

The 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 last month. Animation DO had teased "a project in the works" with an image of Haruka swimming last April.

Images © Kōji Ōji, Kyoto Animation/Iwasobi High School Swimming Club

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