Sometimes patience really pays off. In the case of the delayed Free! 2020 anime film, the project is coming back stronger than ever. In celebration of the 8th anniversary of the first episode’s airing, Kyoto Animation announced plans to release the film in two parts as Free!-the Final Stroke-.
The first part of the two-part project will hit theaters in Japan on September 17, 2021, followed by the second part on April 22, 2022. The film’s tagline is “Let’s go to the stage of glory…” and you can see a teaser trailer and new visual below.
Eisaku Kawanami is returning from the TV series to direct the films at Kyoto Animation, and so far the voice actor for protagonist Haruka Nanase, Nobunaga Shimazaki, has been confirmed to reprise the lead role.
In the meantime, you can catch up with the Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club TV anime on Crunchyroll, which describes it like so:
Nanase Haruka loved to be in the water – loved swimming. In elementary school, Nanase Haruka, Tachibana Makoto, Matsuoka Rin, and Hazuki Nagisa attended the same swimming class together. Time passed, and as Haruka was living an uneventful high school life, he suddenly encountered Rin again. Rin challenged Haruka to a race and showed him how much stronger he had become. Soon enough, Makoto and Nagisa also rejoined the group, and along with a new classmate, Ryugazaki Rei, they established the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club.