High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- Film's Staff Unveiled
posted on by Sarah Nelkin
Yasuhiro Takemoto (Amagi Brilliant Park, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya) will take over as director for the film, while Futoshi Nishiya will return to design the characters from the television series. Nishiya was already credited for original character design. Nobunaga Shimazaki, the voice of Haruka Nanase, is returning from the Free! television anime.
The film will open in Japan on December 5.
The film is directly inspired by the High Speed! novel that was loosely adapted into the original Free! television anime. 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.