The tension in Free! has slowly risen all season long, with the stress involving Makoto’s and Haru’s futures even more pressing than the races the show focuses on. It all came to a head in episode nine as Haru has a meltdown, both in the pool and out, as he literally stops in the middle… Read More Free! Eternal Summer Episode 9: Free to Succeed…or Not
If you read Kaze’s and my reviews of the spring anime season this year, it wouldn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out that neither of us was impressed. In fact, the general mediocrity of it all left me in such a cynical mood that I commented on how low my hopes were for this… Read More Anime Today: Story, Story, Story!
Free! fans were all a-flutter (and a bit concerned) when last week’s episode ended with a preview which intimated that Rei was going to quit the swim team. But when episode three rolled around, the circumstances were, of course, not quite what they seemed. Though he was approached by the track captain about returning to… Read More Free! Eternal Summer, Episode 3: When the Going Gets Tough (Rei Gets Going)
After being on hiatus for a week, your favorite column, Anime Today, has made a triumphant return! (Kudos to those of you who even noticed that I was gone…). And with this come back, I bring a slew of new anime, courtesy of the Summer 2014 season! It seems like this season, and perhaps even… Read More Anime Today: Not a Sequel
The second season of Free! arrived with a splash yesterday (hardy har har), helping to launch a new season of anime. No less than a phenomenon, at least among American anime fans, the first season ended with hopes and anticipation of the second, but after so many months of waiting, I think the series snuck… Read More Free! – Eternal Summer, Episode 1: Rin Matsuoka, the True Believer