How to Watch Free! in Order (With Movies)

Written by Samona Punjabi
Published on April 13, 2022

Free! is a perfect sports anime centered on swimming and different swimming tournaments. The story revolves around a high-school swim team that often competes in various tournaments. The franchise first began in 2013 and was produced by Kyoto Animation. On the surface, the series simply comes across as a yaoi anime but has so much more to it.

The story of Free! is set in the town of Iwatobi, Japan, and focuses on Haruka Nanase's swimming journey. We see Haruka's journey from a high-school pupil to a university student in three seasons. While Haruka has difficulty expressing himself, he makes friends who understand him well and rivals who inspire him to do better.

Anime fans will know that swimming as a sport is one of the most difficult to animate since it requires synchronized hand-feet movements and infrequent breathing pauses. However, the series does a pretty good job of it. If you like swimming, you might want to dive into this series as soon as possible. However, regardless of how you feel about swimming, the anime series is a great watch for someone looking for an amazing story with well-developed characters.

Kyoto Animation is well known for its beautiful animation, and it does not disappoint when it comes to Free! Moreover, the soundtracks in the series are extremely catchy. The series consists of three seasons, several anime movies, and some specials. Fans looking to watch Free! can check it out on Crunchyroll and Funimation. The recommended order to watch Free! is its release order.

Free! key characters
Free! key characters

Check out the full list of Free! episodes, movies, specials, and the chronological and release order to watch them below:

Release Order

TV Series



Chronological Order

Fans can skip the following movies from the franchise as they do not contradict or add to the main storyline. However, those who wish to watch them can do so after finishing the series. Here are the skippable movies:

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