The upcoming part 1 of the Free-the Final Stroke movie revealed the first trailer. The movie opens in Japanese theatres on September 17, 2021.
The trailer was initially scheduled to come out on August 19th but was postponed due to OLDCODEX going on hiatus.
Watch the full Free-the Final Stroke trailer below:
Kyoto Animation is producing the 2-part movie project, which was revealed in April this year. While the first part premiers in September, the second part will open on April 22, 2022.
The Free anime franchise is loosely on High Speed, a light novel written by Kouji Ouji with Futoshi Nishiya’s illustrations. Futoshi Nishiya also did character designs for the anime series and serves as chief animation director, but he sadly died in the Kyoto Animation arson attack in 2019.
Free-the Final Stroke Staff
The staff list for the upcoming movie is also available. Eisaku Kawanami is directing, in addition to doing series composition and writing the script. Kouhei Okamura and Futoshi Nishiya are character designs, while Tatsuya Katou is composing the music. Miku Kadowaki and Kouhei Okamura are the chief animation directors for the Final Stroke movie.
The first Free anime, Free- Iwatobi Swim Club, came out in 2012, while the Eternal Summer sequel followed in 2014. Kyoto Animation and Animation Do animated the first two seasons. In addition, the franchise also has 4 movies and multiple DVD specials, as well as OVA series, with the most recent season, Free: Dive to the Future, that came out in 2018.
Crunchyroll licensed the anime.