Free! Eternal Summer: Episode 1 – Review & First Thoughts

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Water Is Alive. 

My favorite hit of last summer is back! A whole year has has past for this anime it is feels like it never went away!

The new series sets it self up nicely. The Iwatobi Swim Club is desperate as ever for new recruits, while Rin has been promoted to Captian of the Samezuka Academy Swim Team. Also ‘Ole Captain Goro has bought and rebuilt the childhood swim club of our familiar cast, and has let Iwatobi use it during the winter season to prepare.

After the usual swim competition between Haru and Rin that leads to a tie, The gang meets (Rin … kind of forced) back up at Iwatobi to reveal their opening of their pool. Far too cold to swim, Rin then reveals his dreams of swimming professionally is determined by nationals this year. The episode then ends with us, and Rin, being introduced to a new character, Sousoke. Will this be a new rival for Rin ?

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Thoughts

This was the best possible way to bring back the series for another summer. It felt as if the series never ended. In away I am glad we are not watching the usual “Rin’s battle against Haru”, and we get to see that the characters have moved past that… but of course we will see some friendly competition.

The series is setting it self up for some interesting conflict. Will Haru ever act as seriously about swimming like Rin does? How is Rin going to make it this year being Captain and trying to achieve at Nationals? WHO IS SOUSOKE!?  … and those muscles.

More than ever am I glad to be able to watch Free again, and I look forward to this Eternal Summer!

-Gates

Oh … and hey internet.

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Our Hiatus

So, this whole college adjusting to college thing is a lot harder to handle what Tyler and I thought it would be, and yes the blog will take a hit from it. We will no longer be posting reviews for the summer season n here. BUT what we will do is tweet and tumble about the anime we are watching, and then at the end of the summer season we will write up a recap and announce the 2 shows we will review for the fall season.  We will start regular posting in the fall!

So! What anime series are you looking forward to watching this fall??

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-Tyler and Gates

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Free! Ep 5 – Review

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Story, foreshadowing, and floaties! This episode takes a slightly different route than we’re used to. It’s a lot more story driven than previous ones, and there are a few darker themes throughout. On top of all of that, there was surprisingly little fanservice. The focus was entirely on the characters, their pasts, and preparing for prefecturals.

The episode leads off with Gou/Kou finding an old flier for a past Iwatobi Swim Club chapter. It describes their training regimen, which included swimming 1 kilometer between several islands, running circuits of the islands, and then swimming back. Gou/Kou suggests that they use this training regimen to prepare, and; in agreeance, they set off, preparing for the trip. They’re short on funds though, so they have to borrow a lot of camping supplies from Mako and his family. They also have to recruit their ex-swimming coach-turned-pizza-deliveryman Goro to take them using his squid fishing boat. He also supplies them an ice-chest full or pizza for free.

While they were on the island they saw that Samesuka swimming club, including Rin, were also there. And even though it was just a coincidence, it inspired the Iwatobi Swim Club  to train as hard as they could.  On their first day they only completed half of their training regimen with everyone swimming and Rei using a paddle board. Rei couldn’t keep up with the rest and he thought he would be the one slowing everyone down.

At the end of the day they made pizza and the boys head to the tents as Gou/Kou and Miho head to the lodge.  While coming out of a convenience store, Gou/Kou runs into Rin and his friend, and they start talking about the rest of the group. Rin seems surprised that Mako is okay with swimming in the ocean, some heavy foreshadowing that gets more serious as the episode draws to a close. After their conversation, we’re taking back to the boys, who are sleeping in their tents on the beach. That is, all but one of them is sleeping.

Rei has taken it upon himself to go out on the ocean by himself with a paddleboard at night, and the water quickly begins to get rough. It starts storming, and Mako wakes up, and when he goes outside, sees Rei in the water. He then runs and jumps in to save him, and the screen fades to black.

This episode was one of the more suspenseful episodes, and actually lacked that fan service all those girls crave (Gates…). So more suspense = less fan service :p. There is also alot of back story that’s about to emerge from Mako. Is Free! really going to be okay with the fans if there is a lack of fan service? We think that the story of Free! will be more than enough to please, at least us.

-Tyler and Gates

 

CATCH-UP Joint Reviews: Servant X Service – Ep 4&5 Silver Spoon Ep 3&4

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Episode 4 of SxS might as well be called the Hasabe and Lucy shipping episode. Chihaya declares herself Hasabe’s rival, and keeps warning Lucy to be on the look out for his real intentions. As the day goes on, the group meets the section leader, who comes to work as a remote control rabbit. After being chastised by everyone, he suggests they all go out drinking together. The episode ends with Lucy being drunk, and Hasabe taking her home. Where this will take us, nobody knows.

Episode 5 starts off with Lucy waking up in a house, and a girl sleeping next to her. The girl wakes up and says she is Hasabe and not to tell anybody at the office about being female. BUT IT’S A JOKE… seriously our jaws dropped though. The REAL Hasabe walks in and you find out the girl was Hasabe’s older sister. She is also shipping Hasabe and Lucy 😉 You also have another jaw dropping moment when Chihaya admits she is Taishi’s girlfriend, but it’s laugh off by everyone in the office. But really … Chihaya and Taishi are dating. You see their relationship outside the office hiding that they are dating even in front of Toko. It will be fun when that unravels in front of the office

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Now getting back to Harvest Moo….I mean….Silver Spoon. First, we learn about pigs. Then about Ban’ei races. Hachiken still has the feels for Ali, and tensions get a little hot with Ichirou. Also! You meet some of Ali’s family, learn a little about being a vet, and learn some more about Ichirou. That’s about where episode 3 ends.

Episode 4 starts out with Hachiken getting the top test results in his class. He then proceeds to find a brick oven, and gets everybody in the mood for fresh pizza, something they’ve apparently gone without their entire lives. He then goes about collecting the ingredients, a journey that has several humorous twists. He ends up needing the help of a lot of people, so he has to make a lot of pizzas. Of course, it all ends well, and the pizza is delicious. Even the teachers love it.

– Tyler and Gates

Free! Ep 2 – Review

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Splashing water, swooning teenage girls, rippling muscles, random stripping, and swimming. We could only be talking about one thing: Free!

Episode 2 begins right where episode 1 left off, the race between Rin and Haru. You are left hanging and not knowing the results of the race. BUT at the beginning of the show it is assumed that Rin lost the race as he says “Does this mean I will never beat him?!” Then it flashes to the scene where Haru and the boys are being scolded by school faculty for breaking in to the school’s pool.

Gou (Rin’s sister that attends that same school as the other boy’s) ends up expressing our feelings when it comes to ALL the fan service for the ladies… We aren’t suppose to look, but we love it… maybe too much.

Later the boy’s come up with the idea of forming a school swimming club to make use of the old pool on the grounds. They get their teacher , Miss Ama, to sponsor for them who use to work for a swimsuit designer. The swimming club is approved under the condition that they clean up the old pool for use. While cleaning up Mako and Gou get in the conversation of why Rin and Haru don’t swim anymore. It is revealed that Rin goes to the academy, but isn’t part of the swim club. Gou suspects that Rin has lost to Haru at the race at the academy, but Mako tells the real story. Rin had won the race against Haru. At this point you realize Rin is competing with the idea of winning while Haru doesn’t see winning as a factor, he just wants to swim.

You end up seeing Mako’s home life between his family and siblings and you also see a flashback to the their childhood when he runs in to an old instructor that tells a story about when Rin came back for the first time from Australia in the winter and ran into Haru and they to their old club to race. Rin is defeated and breaks down, after going to study in Australia he still can’t defeat Haru. this is explained why Haru stopped swimming because he hurt Rin by winning.

At the end of the episode you learn some much about the inner and outer conflicts of the characters, by the end Mako sees that Haru is returning to his “old self”. As they are opening the pool for the first time, even though it’s too cold outside, Haru strips down to test out the pool.

AND NEXT EPISODE WE GET TO MEET PURPLE HAIR GLASSES GUY!

– Tyler and Gates