It’s a busy and exciting day for fans of Free! as we have a new original film coming up next year and always the prospect of more beyond that. Pony Canyon previously made a kind of quiet announcement, however, that they’re finally bringing the Free! Eternal Summer season out as a Blu-ray box set. Now, the set has been more formally announced with the drop of a promo and the details. Scheduled for a December 16th, 2020 debut, it’ll be done in a newly illustrated box and come with fourteen postcards. The booklet will come in at 80-pages with reprint material from previous booklets but also new pieces in the gallery. On-disc extras look to be what we had before with the shorts, previews, and clean opening and closing sequences. It’ll be priced at 25,000 yen.
Free! Eternal Summer is directed by Hiroko Utsumi based on scripts by Masahiro Tokotani and character designs by Futoshi Nishiya. The series stars Nobunaga Shimazaki, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Mamoru Miyano, Tsubasa Yonaga, Daisuke Hirakawa, and Yoshimasa Hosoya.
The English dub is directed by Jerry Jewell based on the scripts by J. Michael Tatum and the cast includes Todd Haberkorn as Haruka, Vic Mignogna as Rin, Johnny Yong Bosch as Makoto, J. Michael Tatum as Rei, and Greg Ayres as Nagisa. The supporting cast includes Jerry Jewel as Momotaro Mikoshiba, Josh Grelle as Nitoai Aiichi, Jamie Marchi as Gou, Ian Sinclair as Sousuke, Caitlin Glass as Miho, Robert McCollum as Seijiuro, Chris Sabat as Goro, Clifford Chapin as Takuya, and Micah Solusod as Kazuteru.
Plot concept: The cherry blossoms are blooming, the sun is shining, and it’s the perfect time to hit the pool! Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa, and Rei are anxious to get into the water and warm up their winter muscles ASAP, but things aren’t all flip-turns and finish lines. Haru’s passion for swimming is drying up, which dashes Rin’s hope for a true rivalry. With their futures after high school looming over them, Makoto and Haru are having a hard time focusing. And a gruff new Samezuka student, Sosuke, appears just in time to jeopardize Iwatobi’s chance at nationals.