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Free! Watch Order Guide

Free Watch Order Guide

Free anime has won great popularity as a slice of life series that focuses on swimming. The anime is about the tales of high school boys enjoying their youth with various themes such as friendship, bonds, and a lot of swimming. Despite that, this anime will primarily come down to your stance on yaoi-baiting. As in most anime, which features a mix of male and female characters, Free is predominantly all male characters.

Free! is a fascinating anime with its underlying friendship theme and storyline. The series also shows the tensions and struggles that arise in sports competitions. KyoAni has done a fantastic job with the animation for Free, especially the stunning swimming scenes. Each episode has meaningful development for the cast. It makes the show a captivating watch and is very easy to binge watch in the interest of seeing just a bit more of the swimmer world.

If you are planning to watch Free!, then watch it according to this order.

Free! Watch Order:

01. Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club

Alternative Title: Free!
Episodes: 12
Stream/Buy On: Crunchyroll, VRV

02. Free! – Eternal Summer

Free! - Eternal Summer

Alternative Title: None
Episodes: 13
Stream/Buy On: Crunchyroll, VRV, Funimation

03. Free! Starting Days

Free! Starting Days

Alternative Title: High☆Speed!: Free! Starting Days
Episodes: 1 (Movie)
Stream/Buy On: Funimation

04. Free! – Take Your Marks

Free! - Take Your Marks

Alternative Title: None
Episodes: 1 (Movie)
Stream/Buy On: Funimation

05. Free!: Dive to the Future

Free!: Dive to the Future

Alternative Title: None
Episodes: 12
Stream/Buy On: Crunchyroll, Funimation


Free! is a slice of life sports anime by Kyoto Animation studios. The anime adaptation is a sequel to the light novel series by Kouji Ouji.

Synopsis: Haruka Nanase loves water and specializes in freestyle swimming. Haruka, along with his friends Rin Matsuoka, Nagisa Hazuki, and Makoto Tachibana was part of the swimming club in elementary school. They all use to participate in swimming tournaments and even won a competition. After winning, the four friends went their separate ways.

Years later, in high school, Haruka encounters Rin, who challenges him to a match; however, Haruka loses to Rin. Haruka then decides to form a swimming club with his childhood friends, Makoto Tachibana and Nagisa Hazuki. Rei Ryuugazaki, a former track team member, later joins them. Now Haruka strives to win the competition against Rin and settle the score.