Free! Timeless Medley

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Free! Timeless Medley
Free! Timeless Medley, The Bond poster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster for Free! Timeless Medley: The Bond
Directed byEisaku Kawanami
Written byMasahiro Yokotani
Starring
Music byTatsuya Kato
CinematographyKazuya Takao
Production
company
Distributed byShochiku
Release date
    • April 22, 2017 (2017-04-22)
    (The Bond)
    • July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01)
    (The Promise)
Running time
  • 94 minutes (The Bond)
  • 99 minutes (The Promise)
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Box office
  • ¥270 million (The Bond)[1]
  • ¥288 million (The Promise)[1]

Free! Timeless Medley (劇場版 Free!-Timeless Medley-, Gekijōban Free! Timeless Medley) is a 2017 Japanese animated film series produced by Kyoto Animation and Animation Do. The films are based on the second season of the anime television series Free!, which aired from 2013 to 2014. The first two films, The Bond (, Kizuna) and The Promise (約束, Yakusoku), are compilation films of the show's second season, Free! Eternal Summer, with new additional footage and redone scenes. A third film, Free! Take Your Marks, was included with the film's trilogy project, containing an all-new original story that serves as a sequel to the compilation films.

Plot[edit]

The Bond[edit]

In middle school, Haruka Nanase decides to quit the swim team after a falling out with his rival Rin Matsuoka, causing Ikuya Kirishima to resent him. The swim team disbands afterwards, as Asahi Shiina moves away and Ikuya studies abroad. In present time, Haruka prepares for the tournaments with his teammates Makoto Tachibana, Nagisa Hazuki, and Rei Ryugazaki, while Rin, who has since reconciled with him, does the same. Though Haruka is in his final year of high school, he has not yet decided on what he wants to do after graduating, even after being scouted by a college during the prefectural tournaments. Meanwhile, Makoto becomes inspired to become a swim coach after helping Kisumi Shigino's little brother, Hayato, learn how to swim.

During the regionals, Haruka is overwhelmed from the pressure of performing in front of the scouts and stops in the middle of his individual event, angering Rin. When confronted, he yells at Rin about not having a dream and being told how he should swim, which concerns his friends. Makoto attempts to reason with Haruka, but they end up in a heated argument, in which he confesses that he has decided to attend university in Tokyo. Haruka feels even more lost and with prompting from Makoto, Rin takes Haruka to Australia. The trip inspires Haruka to swim professionally and upon returning to Japan, he makes amends with his team. With the bonds he has made with his friends, Haruka and his team place 6th overall in the nationals.

In a post-credits scene, during the nationals, Sosuke Yamazaki gets lost, only to end up watching the individual medleys, where Ikuya from Shionezaki High School overtakes everyone. After the tournament, Ikuya discusses his condition with his older brother, Natsuya Kirishima.

The Promise[edit]

Sosuke Yamazaki, Rin's best friend from childhood, transfers into his class at Samezuka Academy. Rin and Sosuke had promised each other as children to continue their swim careers together, but unbeknownst to Rin, Sosuke has incurred a serious shoulder injury from overuse, yet continues to swim as they prepare for upcoming tournaments. While Rin is serious about swimming, Sosuke struggles to find a reason to continue, further straining their friendship.

At the regional tournament, Rin finally learns about Sosuke's injury. Sosuke, now cherishing the bonds he has forged with the swim team, is determined to participate in the team medley one last time. The team places second in the race, thus qualifying for nationals, and Sosuke decides to get medical treatment for his injury. Despite dropping out of the nationals, he offers to help Aiichiro Nitori and Momotaro Mikoshiba prepare.

In a post-credits scene, Sosuke warns Rin about Ikuya, whose freestyle resembles Haruka's in both form and speed. Meanwhile, Ikuya refuses to attend the nationals' awards ceremony to call Natsuya. Gou becomes determined to recruit new members for the next school year. Aiichiro, Momotaro, Nagisa, and Rei reaffirm their rivalry and plan a joint practice together. While Asahi exchanges farewells with his swim team at Kazami High School, he receives a text message from Kisumi. Haruka and Makoto arrive in Tokyo.

Production[edit]

Kyoto Animation announced that a "new screen project" had been green-lit in a promotional video for the home release of High Speed! Free! Starting Days.[2] Details were announced at an event on March 19, 2017, where it was announced that the project would consist of two compilation films of Free! Eternal Summer, the series' second season. The trilogy also included a third companion film, Free! Take Your Marks, consisting of a direct sequel and an all-new original story.[3]

The first film, Free! Timeless Medley: The Bond (劇場版 Free! -Timeless Medley- 絆, Gekijōban Free! Timeless Medley: Kizuna), focuses on the members of the Iwatobi Swim Club, and it was released in theaters on April 22, 2017. The second film, Free! Timeless Medley: The Promise (劇場版 Free! -Timeless Medley- 約束, Gekijōban Free! Timeless Medley: Yakusoku), focuses on Rin and Sosuke, and it was released in theaters on July 1, 2017. Both films contained new additional footage and redone scenes. Clear file folders were distributed as limited theater gifts[3] The Bond was released on Blu-ray and DVD on November 1, 2017, while The Promise was released on December 6, 2017. The Bond had a limited theater screening in Singapore and Indonesia on February 22, 2018 by Encore Films with Chinese and English subtitles. Encore Films later screened The Promise on March 15, 2018.[4][5]

Funimation acquired the rights for Free! Timeless Medley, along with High Speed! Free! Starting Days and Free! Take Your Marks for distribution in North America.[6] All films were released as a set in October 2018.[7]

Reception[edit]

The Bond opened at #9 on its opening day[8] and ranked #10 on its opening weekend.[9][10] The film made ¥270 million at box office.[1] The home release debuted at #1 on both Oricon's DVD and Blu-ray charts, with 7,105 Blu-ray discs and 4,302 DVDs sold on its first week.[11][12] The Promise opened at #8 on its opening day[13] and ranked at #10 on its opening weekend.[9][10] The film made ¥288 million at box office.[1] The Blu-ray release debuted at #1 on Oricon and sold 7,105 copies on its first week.[14] The DVD release debuted at #2 on Oricon and sold 4,069 copies on its first week.[15]

Soundtrack[edit]

Free! Timeless Medley Original Soundtrack: Bond and Promise
Free Timeless Medley OST cover.jpg
Cover
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedJuly 31, 2017 (2017-07-31)
LabelLantis
ProducerTatsuya Kato
Various artists chronology
High Speed! Free! Starting Days Original Soundtrack: Pure Blue Scenes
(2016)
Free! Timeless Medley Original Soundtrack: Bond and Promise
(2017)
Free! Take Your Marks Original Soundtrack: Bring it In!
(2017)

The original soundtrack was produced by Tatsuya Kato, and it was released on July 31, 2017 under the name Free! Timeless Medley Original Soundtrack: Bond and Promise (『劇場版 Free! -Timeless Medley-』オリジナルサウンドトラック「Bond and Promise」).[16] The film's theme song, "Rising Free", is performed by Style Five, a group consisting of the voice actors for Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa, Rei, and Rin. "Rising Free" was released along with the soundtrack, which debuted at #17 on Oricon and charted for three weeks.[17][18]

All tracks are written by Tatsuya Kato.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "キネマ旬報 2018年3月下旬 映画業界決算特別号". Kinema Junpo (in Japanese). No. 1773. Japan: Kinema-Junposha.Co.Ltd. March 5, 2018. p. 46. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  2. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (August 15, 2016). "Free! Series' New Screen Project's Announcement Video Streamed". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Hodgkins, Crystalyn (March 19, 2017). "Free! Anime Franchise Gets 2 Compilation Films, New Theatrical Anime This Year". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  4. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (January 3, 2018). "Encore Films to Open Free! -Timeless Medley- Films in Singapore, Indonesia". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  5. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (February 27, 2018). "2nd Free! -Timeless Medley- Film Opens on March 15 in Singapore". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  6. ^ Ressler, Karen (January 16, 2016). "Funimation Licenses All 4 Free! Anime Films, Screens Take Your Marks in Theaters". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  7. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (July 6, 2018). "Funimation Reveals Home Video Release Details for Free! Anime Films, ReLIFE OVA". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  8. ^ "Japan Box Office, April 22–23, 2017". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  9. ^ a b "【国内映画ランキング】「パイレーツ・オブ・カリビアン」興収10億突破の首位デビュー!". Eiga (in Japanese). July 3, 2017. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  10. ^ a b Komatsu, Mikikazu (July 3, 2017). "Japan Box Office: "Free!-Timeless Medley-" 2nd Compilation Film Ranks 10th". Crunchyroll News. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  11. ^ Loo, Egan (November 7, 2017). "Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, October 30-November 5". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  12. ^ Loo, Egan (November 7, 2017). "Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, October 30-November 5". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  13. ^ "Japan Box Office, July 1–2, 2017". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  14. ^ Loo, Egan (December 12, 2017). "Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, October 30-November 5". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  15. ^ Loo, Egan (December 12, 2017). "Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, December 4-10". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  16. ^ "アニメ『劇場版 Free! –Timeless Medley-』オリジナルサウンドトラック Bond and Promise". Lantis (in Japanese). Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  17. ^ "『劇場版 Free! -Timeless Medley-』オリジナルサウンドトラック「Bond and Promise」". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  18. ^ "オリコン週間 アルバムランキング 2017年07月17日~2017年07月23日 11~20位". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved August 4, 2018.

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