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New Free! TV Anime's Announcement Video Streamed

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Anime debuts this summer; event screenings for anime's "episode 0," "episode 1" slated for June 23

Kyoto Animation began streaming the announcement video on Monday for the Free! anime franchise's new television anime series. The video originally debuted via the Sony Vision Shibuya screen at Tokyo's Shibuya district last October when Kyoto Animation announced the anime.

The new anime premieres this summer.

The official website for the franchise announced on April 16 that the screenings for the show's unaired "episode 0' that are slated for June 23 will also screen the first episode of the new series.

Kyoto Animation's first Free! anime about the Iwatobi High School Swim Club premiered in July 2013, and Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired in Japan. Discotek released the first season on DVD with English subtitles in North America in May 2015. Crunchyroll streamed an English dub of the first season in December 2015, and the company released the season with Funimation on both Blu-ray Disc and DVD in May 2017.

Free! Eternal Summer, the second television anime season, premiered in July 2014. Funimation streamed the second season as it aired, and released the series on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in North America with an English dub in February 2016.

The High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- film, which was directly inspired by the High Speed! novel that had been loosely adapted into the original Free! television anime, opened in Japan in December 2015. Whereas the Free! anime centers on Haruka and the other swimmers during high school, High Speed! followed the characters during middle school.

The Free! -Timeless Medley- Kizuna compilation film opened in April 2017, and the second compilation film, Free! -Timeless Medley- Yakusoku, opened last July. Free! -Take Your Marks-, a sequel to the compilation films, opened in Japan last October. Funimation screened the film in U.S. theaters for one night on March 14.

This article has a follow-up: Free! Dive to the Future Anime's Teaser Video Reveals Staff, Cast, July Premiere (2018-05-07 05:43)
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