A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Themes include passion, hard work, teamwork, friendship, living in the moment, and doing whatever it takes to accomplish your dreams.
Free! is a Japanese series set in Japan. The main cast is mostly Japanese and made up of male and female characters. The few non-Japanese characters are portrayed in a good light.
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Violence & Scariness
Some violence and aggression between characters when tempers get hot. Some characters get into arguments and physical altercations. Characters push and hit each other; no blood is shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual references throughout. The show is centered around swimming, so many of the characters are shirtless and wear skintight swimming shorts. There are some erotic references among the various male characters. One scene shows a boy skinny dip in a pool, his naked backside is shown.
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Language includes "idiot," "damn," "bastard," "hell," "crap," and "s--t."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Free! is an anime series that centers around the relationships among a group of friends who form a high school swim club. There is some violence when tensions get hot between characters. Characters get into physical altercations and shove and hit each other, however no blood or gore is ever shown. There are some sexual/erotic references throughout. The show is centered around swimming, so many of the characters are shirtless and wear skintight swimming shorts. Nudity includes a scene of a boy skinny dipping in a pool; his naked backside is shown. Language includes "idiot," "damn," "bastard," "hell," "crap," and "s--t." The series features positive role models that depict the importance of passion, perseverance, teamwork, and chasing your dreams.
Is It Any Good?
This sports-themed anime features awesome animation and a less traditional sports story. Free! is a sports anime that focuses more on the relationships of its characters than it does swimming. The main characters are a group of friends who had drifted apart but in high school decide they want to reignite their friendships and their individual passions for swimming. The show has a lot of slice-of-life moments that focus on the friends rebuilding their friendships; in this context are some tense, action-filled moments that revolve around swimming competitions. The art and animation are beautifully created by Kyoto Animation, especially the vibrant water animations. The end product looks spectacular and high quality. Overall Free! might not be for the traditional sports anime viewer looking for intense head-to-head action, but its focus on relationships and dramatic character moments will appeal to fans of the slice-of-life genre.
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