Great news out of Japan following the premiere of Free! Take Your Marks, the film sequel to the anime! We are getting Free season 3!
The first whisperings began with the end card of Take Your Marks (click at your own risk, that’s a pretty spoiler-filled review), which read “See You Next Stage”. What stage? What are you talking about? When asked about it during the stage greetings, character designer Futoshi Nishiya reaffirmed, “See you next stage.” Are you saying what I think you’re saying? It seems like they are! Not long ago, on the show’s official Twitter, they tweeted that a new TV series was coming next summer! Free season 3 in 2018!
— 「Free!」シリーズ公式 (@iwatobi_sc) October 30, 2017
I am unbelievably excited for this news! I thought I was excited for the movie, but a brand new season (or series) is beyond my wildest expectations! Free was one of my first anime obsessions, and I have a soft spot in my heart for my Iwatobi boys. But the best part of a new season will be brand new merchandise! I don’t own any Free merchandise because the only stuff my local anime stores have is expensive. Can I please put in a request for Good Smile to make Free Nendoroids, please?
So, what could the “next stage” be? Take Your Marks is about Haru and Makoto’s final year of high school and includes Rin heading off to train in Australia. What could Free season 3 possibly be about? Will we see their college years? Or will we be blessed and get to see Rin and Haru in the Olympics? Will we get to see the other boys — the rest of Iwatobi and Samezuka? What about Asahi, Ikuya, and Kisumi?
Oh, I’m so excited, I don’t know how I’m supposed to make it to next summer!
What do you guys think of this news? What do you hope will happen in Free season 3?
EDIT 10/30/2017: Someone got a video of one of the promotional trucks that they’re using to advertise the new season, and it shows Haru in a new uniform that looks awfully similar to those of the Japanese national team.
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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