Alternative title: I’m not a misogynist, butt…
There are a few things I do like about Free. The ending song, the ending song, the use of dubstep and rap music when shit is going down, the ending song and finally the ending song. That ending is amazing, with its pink butterfly hoodies and Magi cosplay stripping. Asides from that ending, the parts I liked were generally when Free embraced its more ridiculous, gayer side. The rapping when the ginger kid re-appeared was hilarious thanks to its dramatic reveal and drastic shift in tone. Also the dubstep when the characters were ready for a swimming duel was great because dubstep makes everything better, although that may be leftover goodwill from Jojo’s and its Holy Wubstorm.
However when the soundtrack wasn’t dominating the tone, it was mostly just…actually there was a lot of tight asses and crotch shots and stripping as well, which was
yet another example of misandry in anime down with those feminazguls pretty great. But yeah, the occasional manservice and great BGM choices aside Free was…wait no, there was also really great swimming animation. I wouldn’t know good swimming animation if it hit me in the face and did a butterfly stoke in my mouth, but I saw Free with someone who used to swim competitively and they told it was accurate. That was kinda expected anyway with KyoAni on board, so nothing new there. That all aside though, Free was terribly dull.
About 70-80% of the show is the dudes standing around making cutesy faces at each other and going “neeeeh Haru-chan”. The characters so far consist of two tsunderes (read: assholes who are dicks to everyone for no real reason) and two cutesy airheads who just dance around commenting on how people haven’t changed and how much they just luuuurve swimming. They are boring people with nothing interesting to say to each other. I know I should have expected this going in, but once you take the genders out of the equation, this is fairly indistinguishable from most of the rest of KyoAni’s stuff, and I dislike Free for largely the same reasons I dislike all their other stuff. I guess people like watching a bunch of cutesy highschool students faff about saying sweet nothings to each other? You guys are weird.
But seriously, that ED is amazing.