2nd film in 2-part “final chapter” film project opens on April 22
The official website for the Free! anime franchise unveiled a new visual and a teaser trailer for the second film in the new two-part anime film project Free! The Final Stroke on Monday.
The tagline on the visual reads, “This is my ‘Free…'”
The first film opened in Japan on September 17, and the second part will open in Japan on April 22, 2022. The staff members tease that the films are the “final chapter” for the franchise. The project’s tagline is, “Let’s go, to the stage of glory.”
The first film opened at #3 at the Japanese box office, and stayed at #3 in its second weekend with a cumulative total of 280,929,400 yen (about US$2.53 million).
Eisaku Kawanami returned from previous installations in the franchise to direct the film at Kyoto Animation.
The Free! franchise about the Iwatobi High School Swim Club includes three television anime seasons that aired in 2013, 2014, and 2018. The High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- prequel film opened in 2015. The Free! The Movie -Timeless Medley- the Bond and Free! The Movie -Timeless Medley- the Promise compilation films opened in April 2017 and July 2017, respectively. The Free! -Take Your Marks- omnibus film of short stories then opened in October 2017.
The franchise‘s previous entry was Free! ~Road to the World~ Yume (Dream), which opened on July 5, 2019, and was a “reconstruction” of the Free! Dive to the Future television anime series, as well as a “bridge” to the new films.
Source: Free! The Final Stroke films’ website