Series: Free! Eternal Summer
Studio: Kyoto Animation
Because I had also watched Free! Iwatobi Swim Club, I felt the need to watch the next season called Free! Eternal Summer. I was curious to see what would happen next in the adventures of Haruka and friends.
It’s another year at Iwatobi High School and the boys are one year older. Haruka and Makoto are in their final year of high school, so they must figure out what they plan on doing after they graduate. Nagisa, Rei, and Gou also have to gain new members for the swim club as they need people to carry on the new traditions that the current team has set. The Iwatobi Swim Club also are trying to compete in nationals to keep their season alive so that they can keep swimming together as a team against the top teams in Japan including their friend Rin’s team at Samezuka Academy.
I felt that the progression of the main character, Haruka, finally happened. In the previous series, he felt like the stalest character, but this time although his personality feels dull, we finally see him more as a person who only likes to swim free. We finally see that he is a person with faults and weaknesses outside of his safe haven of the swimming pool. It took his rival and his best friend to show him a vision of countless possibilities.
It did take a while but Haruka was still a boring character until the latter half of the series. The energetic friends of his more than made up for his lack of a personality. My feelings from the previous series still carry over to this one.
This series was probably better than the previous one as it presented more real-life issues everyone can relate to when it comes to high school, graduation, and growing up. A lot of people have been in the shoes of Haruka including myself. This series was more than just swimming, friendship, and teamwork than what the predecessor had brought us.
Overall rating: 4/5
Reviewed by: Timtastic