FREE! -TIMELESS MEDLEY- Info and High-Res Images from Shochiku
A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE
Distributor Shochiku Co. has provided SciFi Japan with a preview of their upcoming FREE! -TIMELESS MEDLEY- anime films. Following the pattern of the recent KUROKO’S BASKETBALL movies, the theatrical releases will start with compilations of footage from Kyoto Animation’s FREE! television series mixed with new material, and conclude with an all-new story.
The films kick off this Saturday, April 22nd with FREE! -TIMELESS MEDLEY- BONDS (劇場版Free!-Timeless Medley-絆, Gekijoo-ban Free!-Timeless Medley- Kizuna). As a young boy, Haruka Nanase loved to be in the water. Now in high school, he encounters his former swimming class friends Makoto Tachibana, Nagisa Hazuki and Rin Matsuoka, who reignite his passion for the sport. Along with a new classmate, Rei Ryugazaki, they form the Iwatobi High School Swim Club. An unbreakable bond is forged.
Rin Matsuoka and Sosuke Yamazaki take center stage in FREE! -TIMELESS MEDLEY- PROMISE (劇場版Free!-Timeless Medley-約束, Gekijoo-ban Free!-Timeless Medley- Yakusoku), opening in Japanese cinemas on July 1st. As Rin pursues his late father’s dream of becoming a world-ranked swimmer he comes into competition with his close friend, Sosuke. Eventually, Rin decides to quit the team and hone his skills in Australia. Returning home for his third year of high school, Rin looks forward to rejoining the team when Sosuke suddenly decides to transfer to another school.
The events of the compilation films lead to the all-new finale, FREE! -TAKE YOUR MARKS- (特別版Free!-Take Your Marks-), to be released this fall. Set in March, four intertwined stories follow the characters as the graduate and step up to the next starting blocks of their lives.
FREE! -TIMELESS MEDLEY- BONDS Release Date: April 22, 2017 (Nationwide Roadshow)
FREE! -TIMELESS MEDLEY- PROMISE Release Date: July 1, 2017 (Nationwide Roadshow)
Haruka Nanase: Nobunaga Shimazaki
Makoto Tachibana: Tatsuhisa Suzuki
Nagisa Hazuki: Tsubasa Yonaga
Rei Ryugazaki: Daisuke Hirakawa
Rin Matsuoka: Mamoru Miyano
Sosuke Yamazaki: Yoshimasa Hosoya
Aichiro Nitori: Kouki Miyata
Momotaro Mikoshiba: Kenichi Suzumura
Asahi Shiina: Toshiyuki Toyonaga
Ikuya Kirishima: Kouki Uchiyama
Director: Eisaku Kawanami (Animation Do)
Original Story: High Speed! by Koji Ojji (KA Esuma Bunko / Kyoto Animation)
Screenplay: Masahiro Yokotani
Character Design: Futoshi Nishiya
Art Director: Joji Unoguchi
Color Design: Yuka Yoneda
Accessory Design: Seiichi Akitake
Director of Photography: Kazuya Takao
3D Director: Yuji Shibata
Audio Director: Yota Tsuruoka
Music: Tatsuya Katou
Theme Song: “RISING FREE” by STYLE FIVE
Production: Iwatobi High School Swim Club Kizuna / Iwasaka High School Swim Club Yakusoku
Animation Production: Kyoto Animation, Animation Do
© 2017 Koji Ojji ・ Kyoto Animation / Iwatobi High School Swim Club ™ Kizuna
© 2017 Koji Ojji ・ Kyoto Animation / Iwatobi High School Swim Club ™ Yakusoku
About Shochiku Co., Ltd.
Shochiku traces its origins to 1895 when Takejiro Otani presented his first stage play. They also produced the first color motion picture in Japan, and have expanded into TV dramas, video contents, Kabuki presentation, theater operations, and real estate.
The company has become a symbol of enduring tradition as the exclusive promoter of the Kabuki theater in Japan as well as widely known as the creator of the world’s longest-running feature film series TORA-SAN.
The company is making all possible efforts to develop business in various fields, including multimedia and co-productions, across generation, national, and cultural borders.