Free! Dive to the Future TV Anime Reveals More Cast, Ending Song Artists
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The official website for the Free! Dive to the Future television anime updated on Wednesday with new cast members, new characters, information about the ending theme song, details about the goods offered at the June 23 advance screening, and a new visual:
The tagline on the new visual reads, "Dive, into the future!"
The new cast members and their characters are:
- Atsushi Abe as Romio Hayahune, a rookie member of the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club
- Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Shizuru Isurugi, a rookie member of the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club
- Ryou Hirohashi as Ayumu Kunikida, a rookie member of the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club
The website is also teasing two more as-yet-unrevealed characters:
Style Five, the five main voice cast members in the anime, are again performing the new ending theme song "Gold Evolution." The CD single for the theme song will go on sale on August 22 with an accompanying duet song by Haruka Nanase and Makoto Tachibana (as voiced by their respective cast members).
The June 23 special screenings of the unaired "Episode 0" and advance screenings of the first episode will sell a set of two shikishi illustrations, 13 randomly distributed metal badges, a ticket holder, a tote bag, and a vinyl pouch.
The previously announced cast includes:
Nobunaga Shimazaki as Haruka Nanase
Mamoru Miyano as Rin Matsuoka
Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Makoto Tachibana
Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Asahi Shiina
Kouki Uchiyama as Ikuya Kirishima
Ryohei Kimura as Hiyori Tono
Yoshimasa Hosoya as Sosuke Yamazaki
Kenji Nojima as Natsuya Kirishima
Satoshi Hino as Nao Serizawa
Tsubasa Yonaga as Nagisa Hazuki
Daisuke Hirakawa as Rei Ryugazaki
Kouki Miyata as Aiichiro Nitori
Kenichi Suzumura as Momotaro Mikoshiba
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.
Eisaku Kawanami, who served as a storyboarder and episode director for the two television anime series and director of the two compilation films and the Free! -Take Your Marks- film, is directing the series at Kyoto Animation and Animation Do. Masahiro Yokotani is returning to oversee the series scripts, and Futoshi Nishiya is returning as the character designer and chief animation director. Tatsuya Katō is also returning to compose the music. Oldcodex are returning to perform the show's opening theme song "Heading to Over."
In the new series, Haruka, who is attending college in Tokyo, meets Asahi again and reawakens his memories from his middle school years, including those of Ikuya. Makoto is working toward a new dream while he is in Tokyo together with Haruka. Rin has an unexpected meeting in Sydney. As they await their new futures, will they see a new fight ahead? Or will they instead confront the past they left behind?
The series will premiere on ABC TV on July 11 late at night at 2:15 a.m. (effectively July 12). The series will also air on Tokyo MX 1, TV Aichi, and BS11.