Free! Anime's Predecessor High Speed! Introduces 3 New Characters

posted on by Sarah Nelkin
Novel inspiration for Kyoto Animation's Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club ships 2nd volume in July

Kyoto Animation announced on Sunday that the second volume of High Speed!, Kōji Ōji and Futoshi Nishiya's light novel series that inspired the Free! Iwatobi Swim Club television anime and its sequel, will ship in Japan on July 2.

The novel will feature three new characters, including Ikuya Kirishima (front left), Asahi Shiina (front right), and an unnamed character featured in the back of the key visual.

Kyoto Animation is listing the novel's synopsis:

Haruka and Makoto have entered Iwatobi Middle School. Haruka is hesitant to join the school's swim club, but Makoto and the rest of the group urge Haruka to join with them. There, together with their upperclassmen and fellow classmates, the group stands on the starting line to a new tournament.

More details about the book will be unveiled at a later time on the series official website.

Free! Eternal Summer, the second season loosely adapting the original novels, will premiere in July. The first anime premiered last July, and Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired in Japan.

[Via 0takomu]

Update: Spelling fixed. Thanks, EmperorBrandon

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