I was part of the swimming club when I was in high school. Why did I swim?….The answer is simple. Because I love water! And because I love physical beauty! Haruka, the protagonist, is also someone charmed by water. I want to depict water’s appeal and the friendship, bonds, and that general really cool feeling (!) of these five high school boys through swimming races.
Hiroko Utsumi Source: High Speed! (the planning name for what became Free!) proposal - 2012