Kyoto Animation's Delayed Swimming Anime Will Be Out Next Year

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Free!, the popular swimming anime, was supposed to get a feature film this summer. In 2019, during the wake of the Kyoto Animation tragedy, it was announced that the feature anime would be delayed due to “various circumstances.”

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Now, in good news for fans, the movie has been confirmed for 2021. The teaser below announces that this is a “completely new work.”

The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics were of course meant to have happened this year, but were pushed back to July 23 - August 3 of next year. Hopefully, many things will be better, and the Free! anime can premiere in Japan just as the games are getting underway.

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No word yet on an international release.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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