Free! Eternal Summer Episode 1 : Stormy Dive-Dash!

“Arashi no Daibu Dasshu!” (嵐のダイブダッシュ!)

We are back with the boys (and to be fair girls!) of the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club!

What adventures await us? Who knows.

The second series of the hit Swimming anime is upon us.

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a thing about starting themes. I don’t know why but I really do. I’m happy to say I think I already like this seasons on better then the last on.

The series starts off like it never went away. The swimming club are still struggling to get new members and Rin is a little less moody then before. The old Captain of Rin’s school team is leaving and has left Rin as Captain which seems to rub Rin up the wrong way.

It was actually a very good opening, it had me laughing from the off, nothing has changed, Mako is still forcing Haru to be a normal human, Haru is still blissfully unaware of the world around him and Nagisa and Rei are just as argumentative as ever before.

Oh and Gou is still in love with the boys and their muscles.

It seems that the running theme of the series is the seriousness of needing new members, it was something they touched upon in the last series but it is of utmost importance right now. Not only that but they are slowly getting ready to leave, they are in the second years and by the looks of it by their third year they’ll be gone, Rin is already looking to his future but it seems the others aren’t.

The charm of the series is back full blast and that is really what is needed. You spend three minutes watching this episode and you really feel home again.

I loved Gou’s attempt at bringing in new members, the boys all looked like fishies up on stage doing their own strokes. I could have thought up a million better ways to advertise them but hey ho!

It is also really nice to see that the old guy Goro has revived the old Iwatobi Swimming Club. It was nice just to see Goro to be honest, he was always a great character in the first series.

Rin is also coming face to face with a character called Sousuke Yamazaki who he seems to have history with who has just transferred to his class.

So there are a lot of strings of intrigue going into the series and we should have a lot of fun. I like the fact that they’ve just got straight back to having fun, all the characters are acting the same and we’re getting a nice reintroduction to the things that made the boys (and girls) of the show unique.

In fact all bad feelings from the end part of episode 12 have vanished and now I’m just happy to see the boys back again!

Can’t wait for the next episode.

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Opening Credits

Episode 

Ending Credits

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