Anime: Free! Iwatobi Swim Club

I’m not sure what it says of me when the first anime I watch for the new year is Free! Don’t get me wrong, I love sports anime and have watched some really interesting series. I’ve enjoyed my fair share of Prince of Tennis and Eyeshield 21, not forgetting some of the more mature and psychological series like Giant Killing and One Outs. Free! probably tends towards the former with its sheer amount of eye candy. And it doesn’t really concentrate as much on the sports aspect as it does on the drama and lives of the characters.

Free! Iwatobi Swim Club

It does have a pretty good balance of the comedic and drama, although the plot wasn’t spectacular and the boys all fell into the usual archetypes. They did try to add some depth to the characters, but it was fleeting and didn’t really have an impact. I guess the audience would probably be more concerned with the triceps, biceps and all the fully defined muscles. It did feel draggy at times, the entire issue could probably have been resolved fairly quickly, but one has to milk it for all it’s worth. And with a possible second season, they are definitely milking it.

The character I really found respect for was Rei. I think his actions were just exemplary in this series and it really set him apart from the rest who just seemed to be floundering around looking pretty. As the new addition to swimming in general, he was funny in the beginning. As the story progressed one could really see how he was enjoying himself in the rest of the boys company and how he was finding himself in the water. He really tried so hard, it just endears him to the viewers (at least it did to me!). Also, his feelings of jealously was portrayed so aptly and actually dealt with appropriately. Of course who can forget his graciousness at the end which was nothing I’ve seen before in anime.

Would I recommend this? Well, it did have me all choked up with emotion at the end. It was your ideal happy ending which everyone expected. Besides, there has been a lot of anime for male audiences, but not so much for us females. This is exactly what we need. Hot guys with overly dramatic situations. In real life, this doesn’t actually happen. Guys have very efficient ways of solving problems. In this anime, the guys were solving the issue like how girls would do so. To sum it up, it’s like fanfiction brought to life. It’s not going to win any awards, but it works wonderfully as a guilty pleasure. Did I mention the hot guys, who are constantly taking off their clothes? Yea, I was sold pretty quick.

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2 Responses to “Anime: Free! Iwatobi Swim Club”
  1. Genki Jason says:

    Definitely one for the ladies and why not? There are so many shows aimed at guys.

    On a somewhat related note… Quite recently there has been an upsurge in shows aimed at women where female characters have a harem of guys or there are strong female characters. It’s partly a sign that more and more women are taking important roles in anime studios. Kyousogiga, probably one of the best anime of 2013, was created and directed by a woman.

    • everworld says:

      I usually steer clear of harem anime, that’s just personal preference.

      There have been quite a few good anime series or shorts for women! The anime industry has been dominated by males, both in terms of creators and producers as well as the audience, but that’s been changing in the past few years. It’s not so difficult to find other women/girls who watch anime anymore.

      Oh and I didn’t know that about Kyousogiga, evidently one more reason to go watch it ASAP.

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