KyoAni Streams Nagisa Promo for 'Free!' Swimming Anime
posted on by Egan Loo
Kyoto Animation streamed the Nagisa Hazuki version of the second promotional video for its July television anime Free! on Sunday. The video showcases Nagisa, a first-year high schooler who has a very strong heart, and never has any wavering in his words or actions. An admirer of Haruka's swimming and wanting to swim with him once again, he entered the same school as Haruka was attending.
The anime's official website also posted a voice sample of Nagisa by Tsubasa Yonaga and a Twitter icon. In the voice sample, Nagisa introduces himself as a first-year Iwatobi High School student whose specialty is the breaststroke.
The story revolves around Haruka (Nobunaga Shimazaki), a boy who has always loved to be immersed in water, and to swim in it. After years of separation, his childhood friend Rin (Mamoru Miyano) challenges him to a swimming match, showing Haruka his overwhelming power. Not wanting it to end like this, Haruka gathers together Makoto (Tatsuhisa Suzuki) and Nagisa once again, and also brings a new member named Rei Ryugazaki (Daisuke Hirakawa) 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. 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 year.
Images © Kōji Ōji, Kyoto Animation/Iwasobi High School Swimming Club