Haruka wanders over to Nagisa, placing his right hand on his shoulder, and in that instant, tears well up in Nagisa’s eyes as he begins to bawl loudly, wrapping Haruka in a big hug, heedless of those looking on around them.
Haruka shows no surprise or hesitation, though, only settling his hand softly on Nagisa’s head. “…Next up is the finals.”
“Yeah… Haru-chan! Haru-chan…!” After glancing up to look Haruka in his face, Nagisa goes back to weeping into his chest.
The story was updated: “Touching and coming in contact with water has a special memory for Haruka Nanase. In his final race in elementary school, he found “a scenery he never saw before” while swimming a medley relay with Makoto Tachibana, Nagisa Hazuki, and Rin Matsuoka.
And then the sakuras bloomed in spring. Haruka and Makoto graduate to Iwatobi Middle School and begin a new school experience. They join the swimming club and set sights to swim a medley with Shiina Asahi and Ikuya Kirishima.
With different goals and ways of thinking, the four are scattered. Each boy has his own worries as well. As they continue to practice the relay, they cannot improve….
What do they need in order to become a ”team”? Haruka ponders that in a new place while keeping the past medley race close to his heart.
High Speed! - Free! Starting Days- depicts the boys gradually learning about each other; realizing new thoughts as they swim together.
Their lively adolescence and their swimming future begins now.”
The cast/staff were updated to be the same as the TV series with two changes: Director Yasuhiro Takemoto takes over from Hiroko Utsumi and Maiko Nishioka takes control of the script composed by Masahiro Yokotani (TV series composer). Suzuki officially is announced as reprising Makoto from the TV series. http://movie-highspeed.com/cast-staff/
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“…Tachibana.” It felt like it had been forever since Rin had used his voice. At the very least, this was the first time he had since they’d come to the hospital.
so im reading High Speed! which is the light novel Free! is based off of, which is all about their pasts and–
uGHHH I CANT EVEN GET PAST CHAPTER 2 IM CRYING OVER THESE SCENES THAT IM PRAYING GET ANIMATED SOMEDAY. PLEASE ADD THESE SCENES INTO ETERNAL SUMMER FOR THE LOVE OF WATER
im so tired and crying over this depressing anime/novel about swimming children. maybe someday i’ll pull myself together and have the strength to draw something nice for this beautiful yet severely heartbreaking series.. o(-<