February 6, 2023

Key visual and synopsis revealed for Free! The Final Stroke Part 2.

As we get closer to the release of Free! The Final Stroke Part 2, Kyoto Animation is revealing more details about the final movie. Today, they have revealed a new key visual featuring Haruka. It’s reminiscent of High Speed! Free! Starting Days. Indeed, it also featured Haruka on his own by the sea. There is an important different between the two. The Young Haruka was surrounded by birds while here there are no birds. Instead, there are several bubbles and inside of them you can see some key moments of the series when they’re all together.

We also have the synopsis! I did the translation from Japanese to English.

After his first world competition, Haruka was crushed by Albert’s swimming, the “Odin of the Swim World,” and thus loosing his freedom. He was asked “Why do you swim?” questioning his relation and his place with the water and the swimming world. Struggling to find the answer, Haruka sinks into darkness on his own.

Driven by a distressing need, Haruka chooses a difficult special training, entirely devoting himself to practice. He knows that he is overworking his mind and body. His friends have to believe in him and have no choice but to watch over him.

Albert’s heartless and cold comes back to his mind. “I have to be faster, I have to be stronger.” He has to face Albert again. The final stroke cuts through the heavy and cold water. Friends stick together. What scenery Haruka’s swimming made you see?


Finally Kyoto Animation is launching a final muchibike card campaign on March 18 in Japanese cinemas. It will cost 1,500 yen. You get the card and a clear file. The first campaign featured the characters when they were in middle school, the second campaign featured the characters during The Final Stroke. And the third campaign combines both of them. There are eight different clear files – Haruka, Makoto, Rin, Ikuya, Sousuke, Asahi, Nagisa and Rei.

Free! The Final Stroke Part 2 will be released in cinemas on April 22 in Japan.

SOURCE: Kyoto Animation



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