Free! Eternal Summer Episode 1 (FIRST IMPRESSIONS) – THE FABULOUS MUSCLES RETURN

Free Eternal Summer Anime
IT RETURNS.

FABULOUS.
Free! Eternal Summer Episode 1 Review
Free! Season 2 Episode 1 Review
“Stormy Dive-Dash!”
“Arashi no Daibu Dasshu!”
(嵐のダイブダッシュ!)

It’s been almost exactly one year, and it returns. The fabulousness, the muscles, the triceps, the biceps, the deltoids, the sea creatures, the shark teeth, the bitchplsIdon’tgiveashit Haru attitude, and all the glorious aspects of the first season are back. The question is, can it deliver a season like the last one where it wasn’t just about the muscular fabulousness?

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Free! Eternal Summer Episode 1 Impressions

Tachibana Makoto and cat

I CAN HEAR ALL THE “BEST HUSBANDO” ALREADY.

Nanase Haruka fabulous hair

Just like last season, this hair flip has more budget than a quarter of an episode of the average anime.

MUSCLES.
MUSCLES.
MUSCLES.
MUSCLES.
MUSCLES.

nanase haruka apron

APRON.
APRON.
MUSCLES.
MUSCLES.
APRONMUSCLES.

Hazuki Nagisa eating bun

YFW Nagisa will never bite your bun- waitwat.

Fuck pants.

Makoto secretly staring behind his hand.
Lewd.

REI CONFIRMED SMALL.

This actually caught me off guard.
It’s been a while since the first season.

bitchpleasei’mtoofab

2 HANDS FOR 4 JERKS.
ENOUGH JERKS FOR THE WHOLE TEAM.

GET
ON
HIS
LEVEL,
REI.

Holy shit, this fucking show…

YFW YOU’LL NEVER BE ABLE TO STRIP OFF YOUR CLOTHES LIKE THAT BECAUSE YOUR ZIPPER WILL GET IN THE WAY AND THAT YOUR MUSCLES AREN’T EVEN NEARLY AS FABULOUS AND NEVER WILL BE.

KyoAni, what the fuck is this?
YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO SHOW THOSE CALF MUSCLES.
I THOUGHT WE HAD A DEAL.

THERE WE GO.

Fucking magnificent jesus clothes taking off.

Fucking triceps.

Ryugazaki Rei pose

I AM…
MR. PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEIIIIIIAAAAAAAAAAADDDDDEEEEEESSSSSSS!
God that show was so bad I don’t even know why I reminded myself of it.

MUH DELTOIDS.
MUH BICEPS.
MUHANUSwaitwat.

HUSBANDOBACK.

You think those muscles are fake?
Well, girls. They’re certainly not as fake as your bewbies.
And what the fuck are the guys looking around for?
They should be admiring the solidity of the muscles and aiming to be as fucking fabulous.
THAT FUCKING GUY AT THE RIGHT IS GOING TO GET DELTOIDPUNCHED NEXT FUCKING EPISODE FOR LOOKING UNINTERESTED.

Back muscles best muscles.

Clearly, these people don’t have any taste and cannot possibly possess muscles of similar hardness and size.

Yeah…

reislutconfirmed.

So much fabulousness.

Fuck clothes.

Haru eternal summer swimming

MUHWATER.

Even got the shark teeth down.
SASUGAKYOANIDETAIL.

That is incredibly lewd.

IT’S TIME.



THE WATER.

THE ANIMATIONS.

Nanase Haruka water

THE FACES.

THE CALVES.
THE FUCKING CALVES.
THAT MUSCULARNESS.

Rinpls.
Most basic rule is you never look back.
STOP YOUR HANDICAP.

Matsuoka Rin shark teeth

THAT’S MORE I LIKE IT.
SHOW US YOUR SHARK TEETH.

That water mang.

Much wow.

Free Eternal Summer Rin

LEAVE HIM HANGING AND SEE HIM RAGE LIKE HE DID LAST SEASON. Kappa

Matsuoka Rin and Haru high five

Haru didn’t want it.
That’s sexual harrassment.
Assault.

Nanase Haruka eyes

KyoAni.
Can you just use all your talent and budget for something like High School DxD?
Anime will never see tits of higher quality.
I’M WAITING FOR THAT AMAGI BRILLIANT PARK.
THOSE TITS BETTER BE OF UNIMAGINABLE SOFTNESS, ELASTICITY, AND BOUNCINESS.

CRYING IN FRONT OF YOUR SISTER.

AND SHE JUST WANTS YOU TO TAKE OFF YOUR CLOTHES.
TOP
FUCKING
KEK.

GRAB HOLD OF BEING THE MOST FABULOUS SHARK TEETH MUSCULAR MASS IN THE ENTIRE WORLD WHICH YOU ALREADY ARE.
SOUNDS GOOD.

Be body builders?

Body
fucking
builders
for
more
fabulousness.

MUSCULAR FRIEND INCOMING.

Yamazaki Sousuke

MUSCULAR FRIEND CAME.

Free! Eternal Summer Episode 1 Review

The first season was surprisingly something more than just muscular fanservice full of fabulousness. It actually had some worthwhile character conflicts that built up the major characters decently. The struggles of Rin, his realization that it’s about competing in a sport with the people he loves to compete with and not just winning, and the reconciliation that brought Rin and Haruka together were all parts that surprised me in terms of quality. Sure, there were aspects to the previous season that weren’t well done such as how dramatic it got at times, the presentation of some scenes that felt a bit cliche (like what happened in the last episode with all the animals appearing), and so on. But for the most part, it was written far better than I thought it’d be because of how the anime was originally brought about. There’s no denying that this anime and its predecessor is fujoshi bait with all the masculinity that the series exudes. People wanted to see more muscular fabulousness, and KyoAni delivered something more than just that which made me quite happy following it week to week as the summer of 2013 wasn’t particularly good.

Now, one year later, we have a sequel. The first question that crossed my mind when it was announced was, “Does it really need a sequel?” I would definitely say that the addition of another season makes far more sense in this anime’s case compared to something like Chuunibyou which wrapped up everything nicely in its first season. However, when you think about the question of whether a series really needs a sequel or not when it is a slice of life type of anime, you probably shouldn’t ask only this question. There are many series with a clear beginning, middle, and end that conclude the work extremely well. When the story reaches a clean, clear, and definitive end, it is often unnecessary, and sometimes even harmful to the original work, for there to be a continuation. For shows like Free!, and Chuunibyou, (much more so for Chuunibyou as Free! could have a conclusive end when Rin realizes his goals or something along those lines) however, the definitive end is much more vague. As such, to viewers, it seems like it has ended when in fact the part we have seen could be a single arc of the bigger story which means that it could very well continue smoothly. Therefore, we shouldn’t exactly ask, “Does it really need a sequel?” Instead, we should ask questions such as, “Can the people behind this really pull off a continuation well? What will it need to pull off a sequel well? What would not be a good way to continue the series?”

Although I haven’t finished the second season of Chuunibyou and don’t intend to do so any time soon, I have seen a lot of negativity surrounding this series. The lack of character progression among other things are the reasons why people view it the way they do. As bad as the sequel appears to be, it’s not the fault of it being a sequel that made it this way. It’s just that the people behind it don’t know how to develop anything beyond the first season when it is very much possible to progress the romantic relationship between the characters, and improve upon the previous season in other ways. They just didn’t have the ability to do so. Now we have to wonder if the same will happen to Free!. So, what does this anime need to do in order to avoid the mistakes of the previous KyoAni show? Well, Free! has never been an anime about the random daily activities of a certain group of people. It’s been an anime with some kind of overarching story that drive the developments in the show. In the previous season, that was Rin’s animosity towards Haru, and the rekindling of the bonds of old friends. These two avenues of development have since been used up. New ones must substitute these old ones if I am to have some hope that this season will progress at least somewhat smoothly. Thankfully, in this first episode, Rin speaks of his goals to become a world-class swimmer, asks Haru and Makoto what they’ll do in the future, which may be a good source of character development, and a character from Rin’s past shows up that will probably contribute to Rin’s goals as a swimmer. From this, we can see that the writers have at least given some kind of direction to the show in the very first episode which is good.



Some of you may ask, “Why can you only have hope when there’s an overarching story? The comedy wasn’t bad in the previous season, so can’t the show still do well if just sticks to the comedy regarding the muscular nonsense among other things?” It’s true that this anime may still end up being surprisingly enjoyable if it does this, but the comedy and the nonsensical things that happened in the first season weren’t the major things that made the first season as good as it is. They were simply nice supplemental factors. The core of the show was the drama and what I previously mentioned. The previous season proved that the people behind it are capable of doing at least those things decently, so seeing that this first episode is adhering to the style of the first season gives me more reason to believe that things have a greater chance of turning out well. If it suddenly did something different from the previous season like episodes full of gags or something similar, I’d be far more worried because that would make the second season very different from the first which in turn creates a lot of uncertainty as to how things will turn out. That’s not to say that things cannot go badly. It very well could. In fact, I’m still very apprehensive about how this second season will turn out given what KyoAni has done in the past year.

Anyways, I don’t plan on reviewing every single episode like I did for the first season because I simply cannot write 1000+ words every single episode about a show like this nor do I have the time to do so. I’m not satisfied with doing those less comprehensive reviews anymore, so I’m definitely not downgrading the quality of my posts in favor of quantity. I want to make every post as worthwhile as possible for all you readers even though these reviews are still not nearly as good as I want them to be. But when important things do happen, there is a good chance that I will do a review provided I’m not too busy. I will also almost certainly do a final episode review, so you can at least expect at minimum one more review from me for this anime. Hopefully, by the last time I review it, I will not be mostly expressing disappointment. Hopefully, the muscular fabulousness can pull through.

Nanase Haruka cool Wallpaper Matsuoka Rin Wallpaper Free Eternal Summer Anime Wallpaper

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  • Ayran

    hey:) Thanks for your reviews, they are fabulous:))) I was enjoying them last summer not less than the episodes themselves

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Thank you for reading them!

  • Ayame Niji

    I was waiting for this!!! Not only the new season but your fabulous reviews, too (yep, you can take it as a compliment ;)) I kind of hope you’d change your mind and keep your weekly reviews of the MUSCLES. :3

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      We’ll have to see how things turn out. If things are truly too fabulous for me to pass up, I may just make an exception for this show and just do the impressions with a bit of review.

  • http://thehugeanifan.wordpress.com/ Cassandra @The Huge Anime Fan

    Hi Entrav

    Thanks for covering Free! Eternal Summer. I am not going to read the review first impressions yet. Why you ask? I haven’t seen the episode, so when my free subscribers membership on FUNIMATION to be allowed to see episode 1 on July 9 kicks in I’ll come back. I’ll read your review/recap.

    Can’t have spoilers now can I. Gotta say this is so crazy I’ll be behind everyone with the new airing anime. Must try to avoid online spoilers for the Summer 2014 season. Slowly dying inside. Anime withdraw does hurt :)

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      I need my weekly dose of MUSCLES. :)

      • http://thehugeanifan.wordpress.com/ Cassandra @The Huge Anime Fan

        Yup. I just had my dose about 4 hours ago! Finally!
        Free! Eternal Summer, Episode 1 really just shows this series-franchise- is more than just about the muscles even if that is nice too.

        Gives me faith in anime. Hmm. From your review I also thought originally that Free! Iwatobi Swim Club didn’t need a sequel. We seem to think alike but now that saw the first episode to Season 2, well, I am reminded that it might not be all that bad. It has potential.

  • zztop

    High Speed! LN vol 2 has just been released, and will cover Haruka’s middle school years.
    http://sunyshore.tumblr.com/post/90532872132/all-high-speed-2-illustrations-in-order-of

    Sosuke makes an appearance there, together with new characters Kirishima Ikuya(black hair), Shiina Asahi(red hair), and Serizawa Nao(gray hair,also Iwatobi Middle’s swim manager).
    http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-804753/free-discussion-thread-season-1-2?pg=99#46731501

    Hopefully the novel gets web-translated soon.

    Also, I think no one is joining the Swim Club because all the muscles made them insecure in exposing their own bodies. :P

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Wait, so my spoiler warning is completely useless? Well, okay. I’ll remember to remove it next time.

      If any normal human being stood alongside the FABULOUS MUSCLES that the main characters have, they’d lose all confidence and never be able to do anything else ever again. It’s to be expected.

      • zztop

        Untranslated prequel stuff is spoiler too?! Will have to remember that for next time. Sorry!!!! > Magic Mike.

        • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

          Nonononononononononono. Sorry, that’s not what I meant at all.

          I was just expressing my dismay at my pointless spoiler warning at the end of the post because the second volume doesn’t even take place after the anime. I guess what I’m really trying to confirm is whether there are any source material that one could spoil after where this episode takes place. Is this season original? That is, there’s no source material from which this season takes place unlike the previous? I’m kind of confused I guess, haha. Because if this is just original material, then there’s no point for me to put a spoiler warning at the end of the post.

  • Ian Porterfield

    Kyoani pls.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      How jelly is that guy right now?

      • Ian Porterfield

        Not as jelly as you will be if you don’t watch Tokyo Ghoul soon.

        • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

          I already did.

  • MACHA

    YAY!! AND WE START THE SUMMER OFF WITH FREE!!
    But I haven’t seen it so I can’t read the review and your awesome captions yet. TT^TT
    Life. -.-
    BUT I’LL BE BACK FOR DAT FABULOUSNESS.

    I know it’s been there since a few posts, but THANK YOU FOR PUTTING A [SKIP TO REVIEW] BUTTON!!! Keep up the good work! :)

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      You’re very welcome! I should actually apologize for not doing so sooner. >.>

  • sonicsenryaku

    “As bad as the sequel appears to be, it’s not the fault of it being a sequel that made it this way. It’s just that the people behind it don’t know how to develop anything beyond the first season when it is very much possible to progress the romantic relationship between the characters, and improve upon the previous season in other ways. They just didn’t have the ability to do so”…..thank you for saying that; you are one of the only bloggers i know who has stated correctly as to why the season season of chuunibyou didnt work out as well as it should; I absolutely agree. The second season had potential to be something so much more but then it got completely squandered, and that’s what personally made me disappointed in the second season of chuu2koi. And that statement of yours applies to all sequels that didnt do as well as the first.

    As for this free sequel, i dont know why but i really think its going to improve on the second season and this ep already has shown signs of that. Take Rin and Haru’s relationship…unlike chuu2koi, there hasnt been any reset put to these characters. The lessons Rin learned from the first season carried over to this one and it is demonstrated very well in the race between him and Haru where you see that he still gets slightly annoyed by Haru’s lack of care when it comes to competing. But unlike the first season where he was just infuriated and could only think of winning instead of enjoying the race, he has come to like the aspect of racing for the sake of the thrill of the competition and not winning. And what’s most noteworthy is that instead of trying to force haru to care about winning or losing, he tries to get haru passionate about just swimming against a rival, and by doing that, whether he wins or loses the race, he still wins because he could get that emotion out of haru; the change in Rin’s goals reflect the character development he received in the first season. And when the race was over, Rin actually congratulated Haru…all of that just made me think to myself…”ok Kyoani knows what its doing with this season”.

    This is the big different between chuu2koi and free’s second season as of this moment. Chuu2koi 2 hit the big reset button on the character development the cast had thru the first season; it almost felt like the writers were afraid to let the formula change and morph into something different. Chuu2koi 2 could have had its own identity while retaining some of the charms of the first season and become a worthy successor, trumping it in every way (it already did so with the improved animation) but they ultimately decided to stick to the guns of the first season’s comedy but without it’s execution which was due to the mentioned lack of its own identity. Free’s second season seem to have this problem because of the way the series originated; they were pretty much building a premise off of their promotional CM so they never truly closed the door on the story. Kyo ani can only build upon what they have established so far.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      I get the feeling that this will be a better sequel than the second season of Chuunibyou as well. It seems like it’s going to build upon the first season even further. This episode feels very much like some of the other build-up episodes of the previous season. I suppose it feels like a fragmented 2-cour anime in a way? There’s still a lot left to cover, and it looks like the staff behind this know what direction they want to take this anime. I just hope they can execute everything as well they did last season, or maybe even better. If they don’t, it will probably turn out to be unsatisfactory no matter what kind of direction they have. I can only hope that things will turn out okay.

      • sonicsenryaku

        Saying that it feels like a split-cour anime makes so much sense; i dont know why i didnt think of that. PS: if kyo ani animated High-school DXD (with the character designs in tact of course), i think genitalia’s all over the world would collapse into themselves

        • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

          That would be so glorious… But it’ll never happen. ;__;

      • The Atomic Dwarf

        Chuuni2’s ending was horrible if you compare it to the first season. I still enjoyed the series, but wouldn’t recommend it to anybody who wants plot progression. Even if Free2 isn’t in the same situation, I can’t help but look at it with a bit of cynicism. KyoAni seems to have been on a downwards spiral lately and some people see this 2nd season as an excuse for them to cash in some quick money to fuel future projects.

        Will wait for a positive review of a future episode from you before I start watching.

  • Yunii

    I saw that Kappa in that caption. You chatting about on Twitch? :p

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Twitch chat best chat.

      I participate when I need to. Kappa

  • Ayran

    forgot to mention, Entrav, I adore the little captions under the screencaps;))) those little pieces of wisdom make my day:)

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Haha, I really enjoy doing them for shows like this as well.

      Thanks! :)

  • Enkii

    So glad season 2 came out, just watched it and am loving it so much! I just really hope there will be new members, if there aren’t any, then the club will have to go! :-(

  • Gwyn

    I really missed your reviews~ Or at least for the series I do watch. It’s a pity you’re not doing them weekly though.

    I wonder if Free S2 will be completely devoid of a certain redheaded, Gou-loving captain now that another character is introduced. I seriously hope not.

    Am I the only one who thinks that Rin’s personality had a major change? I’m just not quite used to this demure Rin. He’s the new prize now, not Haruka. XD

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      The shark teeth will return soon.

  • Flaiboy

    Hey Entrav!

    I sure hope this series pans out. I’m a little bit apprehensive after having just watched the first episide – it didn’t grab me like the first episode of the first season did. Unlike a lot of people I mostly watched this show for the comedy and it felt like this time they’re trying a bit too hard.

    I want this show to be FABULOUS, as well.

    Kyo Ani . . . please don’t fuck this one up . . . please . . .

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Hey, Flaiboy!

      I too am hoping that they won’t screw it up. It looks alright from the second episode, but things haven’t really gotten moving just yet.