High Speed! Free! Starting Days Film's Trailer Previews Theme Song

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Chihiro Suzuki, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Mamoru Miyano join cast for December 5 prequel film

The official website for the High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- anime film began streaming a trailer for the film on Monday. The trailer previews the film's theme song "Aching Horns" by OLDCODEX.

Text: They will take on the challenge with new friends.
Text: A new challenge.
Haruka: I only swim freestyle.
Nao: Ikuya, that was too early.
Ikuya: Club activities are just playing around, right?
Asahi: What did you say?!
Sosuke: What kind of swimming was that?
Sosuke: What did you just say?!
Natsuya: Team events are different from solo. Think hard about what that means.
Haruka: It's different from before. I don't feel like swimming anymore.
Makoto: I wonder how Rin is these days?
Haruka: Shut up! Everyone's so selfish!
Text: Don't stop.
Text: Fly toward the future.
Nao: Haruka, surpass the new ones.
Rin: I'll get faster. Faster than anyone.
Makoto: You're not alone. We're a team after all.
Text: There can be more than just...
Text: best team,
Text: ...or one best moment.
Sosuke: Don't show me a useless match like last time.
Haruka: Who will lose?
Cast and Logo: High Speed! Free! Starting Days

The website also unveiled a new visual for the film. The tagline on the visual reads, "There can be more than just one best team, or one best moment."

The website announced the cast for some of the previously announced characters, including:

Chihiro Suzuki as Kisumi Shigino. A first-year student at Iwatobi Middle School. He has a refreshing, bright, and sociable personality. His strong point is basketball, and he keeps inviting Haruka and others to join the basketball club at every chance he gets.

Yoshimasa Hosoya as Sosuke Yamazaki (Aoi Yūki voices the character's elementary school version). A first-year student at Sano Middle School. During elementary school, he became aware of Haruka and his friends through a swim club tournament. He is an understanding person who is close friends with Rin.

Mamoru Miyano as Rin Matsuoka (Akeno Watanabe voices the character's elementary school version). He swam with Haruka in a relay team together at the Swim Club when he was a six-year elementary school student. He is currently studying swimming abroad in Australia.

Satomi Satou as Nagisa Hazuki (elementary school). A six-year elementary school student who attends he Iwatobi Swim Club. He met Haruka and his friends through the Swim Club and he enjoys himself while also being very zealous about swimming.

Yōko Hikasa as Rei Ryugazaki (elementary school). A six-year elementary school student. He loves reading and goes to the library often.

The rest of the film's cast includes:

Nobunaga Shimazaki as Haruka Nanase. A first-year at the Iwatobi Middle School who holds special feelings for water. His forte in swimming is freestyle (crawl). He has a strong preference for swimming in freestyle. He has a curt personality and doesn't like dealing with other people, but his skilled swimming dazzles others.

Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Makoto Tachibana. Haruka's childhood friend and best friend. A first-year at Iwatobi Middle School. His forte in swimming is the backstroke. He has a kind and considerate personality, and he often dotes on Haruka and those around him. He has a very good build, and his swimming style is so hearty that it seems to not match his personality at all.

Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Asahi Shiina. A first-year at Iwatobi Middle School. His forte in swimming is the butterfly. He is the mood-maker of the team with his bright and energetic personality. He also is a bit full of himself. He has a positive outlook on life that allows him to look forward in any situation, and he has the innocence and passion to face swimming head on.

Kouki Uchiyama as Ikuya Kirishima. A first-year at Iwatobi Middle School. His forte in swimming is the breaststroke. Although he is delicate and sensitive, he is bad at showing his true emotions, and sometimes says nasty things on impulse. He has been attending Hanto SC since he was in elementary school. It appears that he has a bit of a rough relationship with his elder brother Natsuya.

Kenji Nojima as Natsuya Kirishima. The third-year student captain of the Iwatobi Middle School swim club and Ikuya's elder brother. A person who is acknowledged by everyone around him.

Satoshi Hino as Nao Serizawa. The third-year student manager of the Iwatobi Middle School swim club who serves as Haruka and the others' instructor. Natsuya trusts him.

The film will open on December 5.

Kyoto Animation streamed a series of promotional videos introducing the characters during October. The first special promotional video featured Haruka Nanase, the second video featured Makoto Tachibana, the third video featured Asahi Shiina, and the fourth video featured Ikuya Kirishima.

The website describes the film's story:

Haruka Nanase feels something special when he touches water. The medley relay was the last competition he was able to participate in during elementary school. Haruka, along with Makoto Tachibana, Nagisa Hazuki, and Rin Matsuoka, saw something they'd never seen before.

In spring, with the cherry blossoms in full bloom. Haruka moves on to Iwatobi Middle School with Makoto and starts a new life. Both enter the swim team, and plan to compete in the medley relay together with Asahi Shiina and Ikuya Kirishima.

All four students have different objectives and ways of thinking, and different baggage they're carrying, and so their practice for the relay hasn't been going well.

What is required to make a team? What does Haruka, whose heart is trapped in the medley relay of the past, think during this new event?

High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- depicts these boys trying to find the answer, and discovering new ideas about swimming.

The boys' sparkling youth, and the future they've bet on swimming, begins.

Yasuhiro Takemoto (Amagi Brilliant Park, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya) is taking over as director for the film, while Futoshi Nishiya is returning to design the characters from the television series and serve as chief animation director. Nishiya was already credited for original character design.

Masahiro Yokotani, the head writer for the earlier television anime seasons, is credited with film's story composition, and Maiko Nishioka (Free! Eternal Summer episode 5) is writing the actual screenplay. Joji Unoguchi is returning from the television anime as art director, along with color key artist Yūka Yoneda, prop designer Seiichi Akitake, director of photography Kazuya Takao, sound director Yota Tsuruoka, and music composer Tatsuya Katou.

Oldcodex is performing the film's theme song "Aching Horns." The CD single will ship on December 16.

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 released the first season on DVD in North America. Free! Eternal Summer, the second television anime season, premiered last July, and Funimation is releasing the second season for streaming and home video in North America with an English dub.

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

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