Free! Dive to the Future Releases Teaser Ahead of July Premiere

Free Dive to the Future

After a more than week-long celebration of the fifth anniversary of Free!, the official Twitter tweeted up a storm earlier today with a whole host of new promotional material for the upcoming season 3, which is titled Free! Dive to the Future. We have a new teaser, character visuals, song announcement, and more!

When I posted about the fifth anniversary, we still didn’t have a date for the new season. And we still don’t, really, but at least now we’re closer! Today it was revealed that Free! Dive to the Future will premiere in July. However, there is a special screening event of the unaired “Episode 0” that will also screen the first episode of the new season. Also, on the “music” page of the official website, it says that the OP for the new series, “Heading to Over” by OLDCODEX, will be released on July 25.

Character visuals released show Haru, Makoto, Rin, Asahi, and Ikuya (the only five characters featured in the teaser PV as well as the new promotional image for the season), so we can assume that season 3 will focus heavily on them.

It also looks like the key visual that was released for the fifth anniversary was taken from this larger promotional image. With the larger photo, we can see that the jacket Haru is wearing is his university jacket. (It looks like it says “Hidaka University” but I could be wrong about that.) Ikuya is wearing his as well. We can also see that both Asahi and Makoto are not wearing swim trunks while Haru, Rin, and Ikuya are. Asahi and Makoto are both in swim gear in the PV and their character visuals, though.

This description of season 3 comes from the Anime News Network:

In the new series, Haruka, who is attending college in Tokyo, meets Asahi again and reawakens his memories from his middle school years, including those of Ikuya. Makoto is working toward a new dream while he is in Tokyo together with Haruka. Rin has an unexpected meeting in Sydney. As they await their new futures, will they see a new fight ahead? Or will they instead confront the past they left behind?

Check out the Dive to the Future PV below:

Also, if you want to cry, check out the Free! retrospective announcement video that was released prior to the PV:

So what do you guys think? Will we see everyone else in Dive to the Future? What do you think is Rin’s unexpected meeting? I AM SO EXCITED I LITERALLY CANNOT CONTAIN MYSELF. Why are all my coworkers normal people?

Author: Jamie Sugah

Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.

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