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Free! Anime's Predecessor High Speed! Gets Manga, Nobunaga Shimazaki in Cast

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Shimazaki returns from Free! TV anime for High Speed! film

Kyoto Animation confirmed on Monday that a manga adaptation of High Speed!, Kōji Ōji and Futoshi Nishiya's light novel project that inspired the Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club television anime, has been green-lit. Shiori Teshirogi (Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas - Meiō Shinwa) is drawing the manga.

The teaser website for this December's High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- film also confirmed that Nobunaga Shimazaki, the voice of Haruka Nanase, is returning from the Free! television anime.

The KyoAni Shop is taking online orders for the Free! Eternal Summer replica sketch album and postcard-poster set until next Monday. It is also taking orders for Free! Eternal Summer character mook volume 5 (Haruka and Rin) with a bonus bracelet.

Whereas the Free! anime centers on Haruka and the other swimmers during high school, High Speed! followed them during middle school. The second volume of the novel series shipped last July.

The first Free! anime from Kyoto Animation premiered in July 2013, and Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired in Japan. Discotek will release the first season on DVD in North America. Free! Eternal Summer, the second television anime season, premiered last July, and Funimation licensed the second season for streaming and home video in North America.

Image © 2015 Kōji Ōji, Kyoto Animation/High Speed Production Committee

Update: Mook volume number corrected. Thank, Kannami

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