Written by: Nicole Castro
Published on: October 1, 2021 at 17:11 PHT (GMT+8)
The official YouTube channel of Kyoto Animation has gifted fans with a preview of the first 10 minutes of the movie Free!–the Final Stroke– (Part 1).
This first part premiered in Japan on Sept. 17, 2021. The first 10 minutes of the movie feature the Iwatobi Swim Club members recording dedications to Haruka Nanase (CV: Nobunaga Shimazaki), scenes of childhood moments between Hiyori Tono (CV: Ryōhei Kimura) and Kaede Kinjou (CV: Daisuke Ono), and present-day scenes of the main cast during their university days.
About Free!–the Final Stroke–
Free!–the Final Stroke– (Japanese: 劇場版 Free!–the Final Stroke–; Romaji: Gekijou-ban Free!–the Final Stroke–;) is a pair of animated films produced by Kyoto Animation and ANIMATION DO. The first movie in the pair, Zenpen (前編 lit. first part), released on Sept. 17, 2021.
The second movie, Kouhen (後編 lit. latter part), is scheduled for theatrical release on Apr. 22, 2022.
Synopsis from Fandom:
"The third season is more about securing a future, so it seems like anime fans are in for Olympic swimming references with the new Free! movie. The only mystery is whether the new film will be a plot-setter for Season 4 or it will dive right into the meat of the plot. Similar to how the 2017 movie Free! Take Your Marks! lead up to the events of Free! Season 3: Dive To The Future, the 2021 film is likely to set up the circumstances for Free! Season 4."