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12 Days of Anime #7: Splash Free

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Okay yeah, this seems like a bit of an odd choice, but I rather enjoyed Free!. It’s not that I liked watching muscular teenage boys bring their chiseled, glistening bodies together at least once an episode, though if I were into that (which I most assuredly am not), it would certainly be a huge point in the show’s favor (but it’s not because I’m not into that, shut up).

KyoAni has always embedded its male-male friendships with a distinct undercurrent of homoeroticism, so actually giving a reason for it by forcing shirtless males together means that it’s willing to cram as much goofy fanservice in as physically possible, without outright shoving the characters’ amazing abs into the audience’s face (I wouldn’t have liked that anyway).

I enjoy the lighthearted way with which the show carries itself. It really feels like everybody involved (particularly the gals) had a good time putting the show together, making it as much for themselves as they did for the viewers. Nothing better exemplifies Free!’s exemplary utilization of whimsy than Splash Free, which has wormed its way into being the most iconic ED of the year.

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My favorite part of every episode of Free was the ending, and that isn’t anywhere near as snide as it sounds. I feel that I could just leave that embedded video and call it a day, since J-Pop set to studs alternately primping in flamboyant Middle Eastern garb and dancing in letterman jackets sells itself. Free! is a show that just wants to have fun, and nowhere is that more apparent than in its retelling of Haruka’s journey through the blistering Arabian desert, braving the elements while his friends upend pitchers of water onto their heads with rapturous joy. It’s by far one of the most perfect EDs ever conceived.

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5 Comments

  1. Shikamaru
    Posted December 19, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    I watched 7 episodes then I dropped this series. I’m a straight 23 year old man so it’s definitely not geared towards me. I thought the first episodes were funny because of how girly the guys were. It was fun to watch. Haru cooking with trunks and apron on was one the moments were I laughed out loud.

    I don’t watch fanservice anime anymore but girls really need their own fanservice series. I have nothing bad to say about Free!. It’s actually decent/good series. It just isn’t made for me.

  2. Raiphin
    Posted December 19, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    As a straight girl I enjoyed it much more than I’ve enjoyed most of the fanservice series theoretically aimed at me.

    Also, everyone who likes it even a little should go to Youtube and watch Octopimp’s “50% Off” parody summaries because that stuff is awesome.

  3. Posted December 19, 2013 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    The Free! ED was very good. Even though I don’t listen to seiyu-sung songs much, Splash Free stood out to me. The ending reminded me a lot of Magi (pre-Kingdom of magic) as well, due to the Arabian themes.

  4. TheVoid
    Posted December 19, 2013 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    As a guy I loved it. Except Rin and his issues. Also the whiny fit he throws in the last episode. Hate that Shark guy.

    Water x Haruka OTP.

  5. Posted December 20, 2013 at 6:29 am | Permalink

    Splash Free is easily my favorite ED this year. I felt bad for Rin but I also couldn’t take too much of his whining, especially when it came at the cost of my favorite character, Rei. Check out my comments on the friendship dynamics between our five swimming boys at: http://animemonographia.wordpress.com :)

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