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A Yaoi experience the manga Free!

Free was created by Kōji Ōji, with illustrations by Futoshi Nishiya. Ōji. In 2011 this light novel was entered into the second Kyoto Animation Award contest. It won an honorable mention in the novel category. On July 8, 2013, It was published by Kyoto Animation. A second volume was published on July 2, 2014.

The story takes place in the junior high school with four friends…

Haruka Nanase – The quiet boy of the story who uses his moodiness to get his feelings across. He loves H2O so much that anytime he sees water: fish tank, pool, fountain, etc. he strips down to his trunks and climbs right on in. Haruka’s favorite form of swimming is Freestyle.

Makoto Tachibana – Is the upbeat friend who enjoys life and being friends with Haruka. He has a fear of the ocean when as a child during the bad violent storm an older fisherman, who he looked up to, drowned during the storm. His favorite form of swimming is the Backstroke.

Nagisa Hazuki – The youngest of the friends and the most energetic. He’s curious, friendly, and a great motivator. His favorite from of swimming is the Breaststroke.

Rei Ryūgazaki – He went to elementary school with Haruka and Makoto and met Nagisa when they all joined the local swim team. Butterfly.

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Note: In Japan, everyone names are read backward so Haruka Nanase name is read with his last name first. But if he were here in the states it would be Nanase Haruka. 🙂 Also Free!is based on a real town called Iwami which since boosted tourism to the town. Also even though Free have beautiful boys there is no kissing or sex happening, only—incidents. 😉

The story starts with four friends—Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa, and Rin—before graduating elementary school. They were swim team mates and after winning a match they parted ways. Years later Haruka and Makoto meetup with Nagisa in high school.

Rin returns home after being away in Australia and challenges Haruka to a swim race and beats his old friend. But Rin realizes that Haruka had stopped swimming competitively and wasn’t in his best shape. Rin wants to compete with Haruka on equal ground so Rin creates the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club and competes against his old friends swim team.

Free is filled with wonderful characters and a touching story of a lost and found friendship through a competitive sport.

The anime Free! directed by Hiroko Utsumi and produced by Kyoto Animation and Animation Do. Is here in the states for sale and free for streaming.

I recommend watching the anime and finding the novel to experiences the wonder of Free! It’s a must have for all boy love stories.

End Note: For any fans of Free! There is a site that has fantasy stories on the fab four just follow the link.

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