Do I dare watch “Free!”?

My inner vagina is confused

OH DEAR GOD WHAT

Now, as some of my read­ers might know, I have no prob­lems with watch­ing shows aimed at a more fem­i­nine fan­base. In fact, I love them as much as more testos­terone-rid­den GAR shows that are on my list (Samu­rai Cham­ploo, Ten­gen Top­pa Gur­ren Lagann, Gao­GaiGar, etc.)

But this. This is different.

This is very dif­fer­ent. A bunch of shirt­less, mus­cu­lar well-toned sexy men cut­ting loose in the pool. I sup­pose the plot is about swim­ming? Because when I was in high school, I know very well what went on in the lock­er rooms after a day of swim­ming. For all I know, the plot could be about that as well.

So, what do you guys sug­gest? Is Free! worth watch­ing? Will I be the same after I watch it? Is this a break-through from Kyoto Ani­ma­tion in terms of rev­o­lu­tion­iz­ing swim­ming and what it means to swim?

( ?´_ゝ`) Yes? No? Replies from males and females are all wel­come. Telling me why you like it with­out spoil­ers would be help­ful as well.

(And yes, I’m well-aware of the true rea­son why a hand­ful of peo­ple watch this show, I’m just giv­ing it the ben­e­fit of the doubt and most like­ly pay for it because of my open-mind­ed personality.)

12 thoughts on “Do I dare watch “Free!”?

  1. I recent­ly start­ed to watch Free because of the girl with a cute face expres­sion that I keep see­ing. It’s some­what sim­i­lar to Ouran High­school Host Club and it’s not bad nor that close to BL

    How­ev­er I don’t think I’ll be writ­ing about the series at all because it’s not on my field and it will be prob­a­bly awk­ward even if I did.

    1. @Spar­kNorkx Hm, so it’s some­what sim­i­lar to Ouran High School Host Club (in terms of style but not nec­es­sar­i­ly plot, I take it)? I did like that anime.

  2. Just imag­ine a Swim Club (with­out a girl being the pro­tag­o­nist) instead of the Host Club (with a girl being the pro­tag­o­nist). Kin­da the oppo­site and yes, the plots are not similar.

  3. if close up of a male butt(and oth­er things) is too dis­turb­ing for you then I sug­est you stay away from it.
    the guys at least till this point don’t show any sign of homosuality(the force phisi­cal con­tact does not count for me) but they do act extreeeemi­ly girly sometimes.
    for a fanser­vice show the plot is nice,simple but enjoyable,just think of any tipi­cal slice of life ani­me but with males,and 2 women that suport them.
    anyway,you’ll prob­a­bly get some laught at how ridicu­lous some things get at point,though see­ing it your­self is bet­ter tha any­thing any­one can tell you,it takes just 20 lit­tle minutes

  4. I for­got something,NO,it’s not all like host club,this is main for the hormones,that show wasn’t

    1. @hens­light: I sup­pose a good laugh is a good rea­son to try it out if noth­ing else.
      Close-up of males butts don’t make me squea­mish much. It might be…distracting, in a bad way, though. How fre­quent is it?
      Well, I sup­pose if girls can sit through fanser­vice for males, I can sit through fanser­vice for females.

  5. Don’t do it Mikoto!!

    Kid­ding of course, I haven’t watched it either and I prob­a­bly wont tbh. How­ev­er it’s not because of the shirt­less and hand­some dudes (i’m straight but DAYUM). I’m gen­er­al­ly unin­ter­est­ed in ani­me that focus­es around a sport of some kind (just not my pref­er­ence) but if you are then give it a try.

    At this point it’s not like we haven’t already watched enough bishounen (and gen­res in gen­er­al) that are aimed towards female audi­ences XD

  6. Sor­ry I’m a cou­ple of days late here XD Have you watched Free! yet, LOL?

    I would rec­om­mend Free! as it’s real­ly no dif­fer­ent from your aver­age slice-of-life school sto­ry except the main char­ac­ters are guys instead of girls. There’s no rule that says it can’t be good for both gen­ders just because there’s more man ser­vice than fan ser­vice =P But hon­est­ly, I think the char­ac­ters are very lik­able and it has some good humor and touch­ing moments. I nev­er feel like it’s try­ing to just appeal to fujoshi but instead is try­ing to be as uni­ver­sal­ly appeal­ing as it can. I would say give it a try.

    1. @Yume­ka: Thanks for your input, Yume­ka! 🙂 Yeah, I haven’t watched it yet, but I decid­ed to give it a try. I’ll write a short blurb about my thoughts as a post after I watched a fair amount of it.

  7. As some­one who is keep­ing up with the show, there’s def­i­nite­ly more to Free! than just bla­tant fanser­vice. Admit­ted­ly I went into this show just for the fanser­vice, but there’s actu­al­ly sto­ry to it, even if the first few episodes are just light-heart­ed fun.

    It’s not every­one’s cup of tea, but you should try it out. Instead of the usu­al 3 episodes that most peo­ple give an ani­me, I sug­gest giv­ing it 5 because… Well, you can find out yourself 🙂

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