Free! dive to the future: season three

FREE! DIVE lớn THE FUTURE, the third season of hit series FREE!, finally became irredeemable after its September 26 finale. Struggling under the weight of its large cast, FREE! DIVE khổng lồ THE FUTURE lost track of its characterization & pacing. As a result, the story felt drawn out & dull for most of the season. This was a slap to lớn the face, as FREE! first attracted a large fan base for its storytelling and great characters. Và with the kết thúc of the season and a promise of more khổng lồ come, FREE! DIVE to THE FUTURE proved to lớn be one long, sad trailer for the series’ next addition.

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FREE! DIVE to THE FUTURE sees old protagonist Haru pursue professional swimming at college in Tokyo, joined by his best friend Makoto. Rival Rin returns to nước australia for his swim training, while Nagisa & Rei continue running the high school swim team. These stories and others progress separately until converging at the over of the season.

Too Many Fish in the Sea

Alongside the anime, FREE! released several other truyền thông media forms. The most well known among these are its three movies và two light novels. The two novels are part of the HIGH SPEED! series, which tell the story of Haru và Makoto as they take part in their middle school swim team. There, they meet characters who appear again later in FREE! DIVE to THE FUTURE và some of the movies.

Often, an expanding cast can bring new conflicts & storylines. But having too large cast means that every character may not receive the time and attention they need lớn have personality & growth. Usually, shows divide screen time by importance of the character, with a central main character group & then a cast of side characters. However, in each version of FREE!, the main characters changed. While Makoto & Haru were always central, Rei, Nagisa, and Rin disappeared & reappeared thanks khổng lồ the timing of the media. Once all the characters came together in the DIVE lớn THE FUTURE, the show no longer had a small, central group lớn focus on. Many previously central characters suddenly had to tóm tắt the screen with one another, as well as with newly introduced characters.

As such, FREE! DIVE khổng lồ THE FUTURE couldn’t balance the stories of all these different faces. Still, it seemed intent on keeping a large cast, adding new side characters khổng lồ the season all the way through khổng lồ the very last episode. Though these characters may not be as important as the primary cast, they still distracted from the focus of the series.

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FREE! Left Nagisa and Rei to lớn Drown

This doesn’t even include the characters who show up halfway through | Image Source: Crunchyroll

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" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" loading="lazy" class="wp-image-245479 size-full sp-no-webp" alt="A shot of the majority of the main cast of FREE! on an aquatic background." height="710" width="640" srcset=" 640w, 227w, 270w" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px">A good chunk of the cast of FREE! DIVE lớn THE FUTURE. | Image: CrunchyrollRei’s và Nagisa’s personalities got lost in FREE! DIVE lớn THE FUTURE. In an effort lớn portray the two as more mature, the writing stripped them of their individuality. The season wanted to lớn display their progress through competing well in nationals. However, the races wound up feeling hollow.

When Rei first appeared, his preoccupation with beauty and technique made distinguished him from the rest of the main cast. Watching Rei learn to lớn swim evolved into a major emotional journey và yet provided a lot of FREE!’s comedy. Meanwhile, Nagisa started off as the glue that kept the swim team together. While he enjoyed partaking in mischief, Nagisa’s cheerful, friendly demeanor shown through his every action. In contrast, Nagisa barely spoke in season three. He hung back while Rei and Gou handled most of the club activity, even though he kickstarted the club in season one. Most notably, his bright attitude and talkative nature vanished in & out. Rei, too, rarely had his characteristic moments of silliness or passion. He never even mentioned the beauty or intricacy of swimming.

The last-ditch attempt khổng lồ make the audience feel something culminated in a montage of Rei & Nagisa before they went off to their races. It felt just as hollow as everything else. Instead of highlighting the strength of Rei & Nagisa’s bond, or the amount of work & heart they both put into the club, the montage consisted mostly of the two standing next to each other. As much as this might have intended khổng lồ imply the closeness of their relationship, it didn’t invoke memories that actually impacted their characters. It simply brought an over to their minimal involvement in the season.

Ikuya’s Little Mermaid Should Have Stayed Under the Sea

Ikuya showing off one of his many sad faces | Image source: Kyoto Animation

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