The BEST episodes directed by Hiroko Utsumi

A Binding... Hard Study
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9.07
143 votes

#1 - A Binding... Hard Study

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! - Season 1 - Episode 5

Rikka and Yuta face their low grades, and their club is fingered as the culprit! Rikka begins a new battle with her latest opponent: math! Meanwhile, Dekomori and Nibutani continue to butt heads.

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Tea Party!
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8.93
214 votes

#2 - Tea Party!

K-ON! - Season 2 - Episode 7

Mio gets the feeling that someone is watching her, making her feel uneasy, though it turns out to be because she had a sticker on her hair. She is visited by Nodoka, along with a couple of members from Mio's fan club. The girls are reminded of the previous year, where Mio felt like she was being stalked by someone and went to the student council for advice. There, she met the former student council president Megumi Sogabe, who suspiciously appeared to know a lot about her and the light music club. It was soon revealed that Megumi was not only Mio's stalker, but was also president of her fan club who had wanted to see as much of her as possible before she graduated. As a graduation gift, Mio and the girls held a private concert just for her. After Megumi graduated, she passed the position of fan club president over to Nodoka. Since she had not found time to do anything for the club, Nodoka asks the light music club to hold a special tea party for them. Mio is initially embarrassed by all the skits, interviews and service she has to put up with, but warms up when she sees a slideshow of her times with the light music club. The event ends with a performance and a group photo, which Azusa sends to Megumi.

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Romeo and Juliet!
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8.83
181 votes

#3 - Romeo and Juliet!

K-ON! - Season 2 - Episode 19

As the seniors prepare for the play, Azusa worries that there has not been enough practice for the live performance. As the play goes on, the backstage crew realize they are missing Juliet's gravestone needed for the climax, but manage to borrow something from the occult club in time. After a successful play, the girls apologize to Azusa for making her worry and decide to hold an overnight practice session at school. Later that night, they browse through the closed stalls, where they find the missing gravestone, and give their thanks to the occult club. The next morning, Sawako gives the girls special Ho-kago Tea Time t-shirts for their performance.

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Planning Discussion!
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8.81
177 votes

#4 - Planning Discussion!

K-ON! - Season 2 - Episode 25

Set just after episode 21, Azusa finds the light music club's attempted recruitment video from before she joined the club, which was so embarrassing that Mio hid it in a cookie can. In order to recruit some new members for the next year, the girls try to come up with pitches for a new recruitment video, but to no avail. After talking with Ui and Jun, Azusa comes up with the idea of filming a documentary of their activities, intersected with interviews from fellow students and staff. The video turns out great, besides one scene at the end which Azusa is not too keen on.

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Late Summer Greeting Card!
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8.59
206 votes

#5 - Late Summer Greeting Card!

K-ON! - Season 2 - Episode 13

With the other girls studying for their exams, Azusa hangs out with Ui. Throughout the day, Azusa spaces out and has weird dreams concerning the other girls. Later, Azusa, Ui and Jun go to a swimming pool, where Jun starts to regret not joining the light music club. Afterwards, they run into Yui and the others for real and they all go to a summer festival together before Azusa, Ui and Jun lose them in a crowd. Jun mentions that she might join the light music club if they cannot get any other members by next year. At the end of the day, Azusa worries about being all alone and promises to make the upcoming school festival performance a success.

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Swim-Off in a Foreign Land!
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8.55
101 votes

#6 - Swim-Off in a Foreign Land!

Free! - Season 2 - Episode 12

Upon arriving in Australia, Rin takes Haruka to the beach, where he talks about his experiences in the country before taking him to meet his homestay parents, Russell and Lori. Upon checking into their hotel, the pair find they have to share a double bed for the night, though they manage to get through the night reminiscing about their time together. The next day, Rin takes Haruka to Sydney's Aquatic Center to swim alongside Australia's national swim team, reigniting Haruka's passion for swimming. As Rin states he came to Australia to approach his old coach about joining his team, Haruka states he has also found a dream to aim for.

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King vs Nobody
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8.33
69 votes

#7 - King vs Nobody

SK8 the Infinity - Season 1 - Episode 11

"I skate because it's fun." Reki remembers his origins of skating and deepens his bond with Langa. However, by doing so, ADAM targets Reki, and Reki must now go up against ADAM. An unexpected rematch against ADAM. It's an opponent that planted terror in him with a crushing defeat, but Reki feels no fear. "Let's go head-to-head in the finals." An exchange of emotions with Langa. Reki challenges himself to beef against ADAM.

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Our Infinity!
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8.33
67 votes

#8 - Our Infinity!

SK8 the Infinity - Season 1 - Episode 12

The stormy battle between Reki and ADAM was won by ADAM. However, Reki was the one who was enjoying the beef. Seeing him, Kikuchi realizes that Langa is the only one who can give ADAM salvation, and drops out from his race against Langa. As Reki and Langa head into the beef against ADAM, they make a certain promise. The finals between ADAM and Langa will now begin!

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Episode 19
star
8.22
40 votes

#9 - Episode 19

Nichijou: My Ordinary Life - Season 1 - Episode 19

Yukko tries her best to teach Mio. Sakamoto and the Professor have a fight. And we witness a high level, no holds barred game of Go-Soccer.

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Passionate Dancing Night!
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8.22
73 votes

#10 - Passionate Dancing Night!

SK8 the Infinity - Season 1 - Episode 5

Reki suffers heavy injuries in his beef against ADAM. Now, Langa must go on a beef against ADAM. Reki doesn't want to feel what he has in the past and tells Langa to stop, but Langa's strong determination is unwavering. Reki and Langa seek out Cherry blossom and JOE to hear more stories about ADAM. There, a tactical meeting in order to win against ADAM is held. Will Langa be able to defeat ADAM's impregnable Love Hug?

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Snowfall on a Hot Night
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8.21
103 votes

#11 - Snowfall on a Hot Night

SK8 the Infinity - Season 1 - Episode 1

Langa, a transfer student from Canada, meets Reki, a high school student who loves skateboarding. Reki seems to be hooked on "S," a dangerous and secret race that is held in an abandoned mine. Langa, who was looking for a part-time job, heads to the "S" venue together with Reki as an assistant. There, the nemesis Shadow who caused Reki's injury taunts Reki, and Langa, who has no experience skating, gets roped in, as well!

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Undesired Hero
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8.20
83 votes

#12 - Undesired Hero

SK8 the Infinity - Season 1 - Episode 3

As Langa quickly improves, MIYA the 7th grader and candidate for the Japanese national team challenges him to a beef. Reki's worries aside, Langa accepts the beef. MIYA's high-level skating skills overwhelm the pair. Reki, who keeps Langa company during practice for his sake, notices something. And the time for the beef against MIYA arrives. What Reki entrusts Langa with is...

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Awesome for the First Time!
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8.17
92 votes

#13 - Awesome for the First Time!

SK8 the Infinity - Season 1 - Episode 2

Langa, winning the beef against Shadow, turns out to be experienced in snowboarding. As he gains attention in the "S" community as the mysterious rookie, Langa wants to feel the tingling sensations felt during the beef again and decides to learn skating from Reki. Langa is bewildered with the differences from snowboarding, but thanks to Reki, he learns of the fun of skating and its infinite possibilities.

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Episode 18
star
8.07
41 votes

#14 - Episode 18

Nichijou: My Ordinary Life - Season 1 - Episode 18

Yukko is on her way meet Mai in a neighboring town, where Mai supposedly has a way to get free candy, but on her trip she constantly makes a fool of herself and gains a stalker. The professor creates Biscuit #2, but he isn't that impressive. And the servants of Starla are playing a very deadly game.

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DAP Not Needing Words
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8.04
68 votes

#15 - DAP Not Needing Words

SK8 the Infinity - Season 1 - Episode 10

The battle between Cherry blossom and ADAM was decided by a painful blow by ADAM. Kikuchi challenges himself to the main tournament with his own set of emotions in order to stop ADAM. Meanwhile, Reki realizes his true feelings but still hasn't found an answer to what he should do.

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Steamy Mystery Skating?!
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8.00
73 votes

#16 - Steamy Mystery Skating?!

SK8 the Infinity - Season 1 - Episode 6

Reki's injuries from the beef against Adam have yet to heal, and with MIYA's advice, the group heads to Miyakojima for some hot spring therapy. They bump into Cherry blossom and JOE there, and end up having a beef to see who will be the first to make it along the path to the secret spring. A suspicious shadow descends upon them. It seems there's a rumor that this island "has" something...

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We Were Special Back Then
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7.93
71 votes

#17 - We Were Special Back Then

SK8 the Infinity - Season 1 - Episode 9

Langa makes it past the qualifiers and will now face JOE. Langa has a hard fight against JOE's extraordinary power skating, and Langa feels the pressure. He feels bewildered by his emotional changes he feels there. And the race between ADAM and Cherry blossom takes place. Cherry blossom had a certain conviction against ADAM. ADAM's expression changes. The past between the two of them is revealed.

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Adam, the Matador of Love
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7.88
76 votes

#18 - Adam, the Matador of Love

SK8 the Infinity - Season 1 - Episode 4

ADAM, a legendary skater and the creator of "S" appears in front of Langa after his victory over MIYA. Reki challenges ADAM to a beef when he insults MIYA, and ADAM accepts on the condition that he gets to race against Langa, as well. MIYA teaches Reki a difficult skate trick that might help him win this reckless challenge. After intense training with his friends, Reki's beef against ADAM finally begins!

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Distant Free!
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7.81
149 votes

#19 - Distant Free!

Free! - Season 1 - Episode 12

The Iwatobi Swim Club must win to advance to nationals. As the tournament draws near, the members get nervous. Meanwhile, Rin grows increasingly irritated. As it comes time for the medley relay, each member must find their own answer as they step up to the start line

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The Fated Tournament!
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7.78
69 votes

#20 - The Fated Tournament!

SK8 the Infinity - Season 1 - Episode 8

Langa enters the tournament that will determine the apex of "S." However, Reki isn't going to enter. Due to his inferiority complex against Langa, Reki separates himself from Langa. The absence of Reki drops a shadow onto Langa's heart as the tournament qualifiers begin. As the skaters who will enter the main tournament are decided, the scene is in an uproar over a mysterious skater. The identity of that skater is...

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Episode 3
star
7.76
65 votes

#21 - Episode 3

Nichijou: My Ordinary Life - Season 1 - Episode 3

I'm sorry I didn't eat your black beans! I won't crumble under such threats! In human terms, I'm 20 years old. Earth Dangerous!

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We Don't Balance Out
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7.72
69 votes

#22 - We Don't Balance Out

SK8 the Infinity - Season 1 - Episode 7

Injuries healed, Reki enjoys skating as he did before, but realizes anew just how much difference there is in skill between himself and Langa. Gradually, Reki becomes tormented by an inferiority complex. They stop seeing eye-to-eye... And just then, ADAM makes a certain announcement.

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Reunion at the Starting Block!
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7.67
209 votes

#23 - Reunion at the Starting Block!

Free! - Season 1 - Episode 1

Second year high schooler, Haruka Nanase reminisces about his time spent with his friends in their grade school swimming club and of wanting nothing more than to be a freestyle swimmer. In the present, Makoto Tachibana goes to pick Haruka up for their second day of school at Iwatobi High, and while having lunch that day, they encounter their old friend, and recent transfer, Nagisa Hazuki. Nagisa not only wishes to swim with Haruka like they used to, but also suggests that dig up a time capsule containing a relay trophy they had won with their friend Rin Matsuoka at the dilapidated Iwatobi Swimming Club. While there, Haruka once again reminisces over a photo of the race, being the last time the group had swam together before Rin had moved to Australia to enroll in a swimming school. Afterwards, the group shockingly runs into a completely changed Rin in the hallways and immediately challenges Haruka to a race, until they discover that the old pool is empty. At school the next day, a scarlet-haired girl observes the group with a friend and remarks of them being old acquaintances before Makoto and Nagisa are reprimanded for trespassing at the swimming club. As Makoto and Nagisa visit Haruka that evening, they discover the scarlet-haired girl who turns out to be Rin's sister, Gō Matsuoka attempting to pay Haruka a visit and learn from her that Rin is now attending the Samesuka Academy upon his return from Australia. Afterwards, Makoto and Nagisa convince a reluctant Haruka to visit the academy by tempting him to a swim in the school's pool. Upon arriving, they wait after hours and break into the academy's swimming pool until they are discovered by Rin who aggressively orders them out. Haruka then steps out of the pool and challenges Rin to a freestyle race.

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Memories in the Distance!
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7.64
159 votes

#24 - Memories in the Distance!

Free! - Season 1 - Episode 2

After the match, Haruka and co. are once again reprimanded for trespassing the Samesuka grounds. Makoto and Nagisa run into Gō and all agree that Rin's attitude had dramatically changed in the past few years; simultaneously learning that Gō had been the one who sent him to the Iwatobi Swimming Club while Nagisa suggests that they form a school swimming club. After getting Haruka on board, Makoto and Nagisa propose the idea to their home room teacher, Miho Amakata who agrees after they give her a little prompt. Finally, the club is accepted by the faculty on the condition that they find one more member, and restore the school's swimming pool themselves. Nagisa begins the task of finding a fourth club member, which proves much more demanding than they had initially thought. While continuing the restoration, Gō still confused about Rin's behavior asks Makoto about their race and learns that Haruka threw the match, allowing Rin to win since he was merely content with being in the water, something which angered Rin. Believing that they can revert Rin to his old self, Gō volunteers to join the club as their manager. Later, Makoto pays one final visit to the Iwatobi Swimming Club and runs into their old mentor, Coach Sasabe. Sasabe reveals that Haruka and Rin had a race when the latter made a rare return to Japan, of which Haruka easily won. Rin was exceptionally disappointed that his hard work was for naught, creating a rift between them, subsequently causing Haruka to quit competitive swimming because he had hurt Rin's pride. Upon learning this, Makoto calls Rin to inform them of their plans while Rin decides to join the Samesuka swim team for his own grudge against Haruka. Finally, Miho and the group officially establish the Iwatobi High Swimming Club and Haruka can't help but christen the pool with the first swim much to his friends' dismay.

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Revenge in the Medley!
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7.63
144 votes

#25 - Revenge in the Medley!

Free! - Season 1 - Episode 8

Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa, and Rei swim in their individual events. Rin becomes irritated as he remembers watching them swim back in grade school. Afterwards, the four Iwatobi Swim Club members must prepare for the medley relay.

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Shocking No Breathing!
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7.60
147 votes

#26 - Shocking No Breathing!

Free! - Season 1 - Episode 6

Haruka and Nagisa awaken to Makoto's shouts for Rei and immediately dive to their aid after noticing them in the rough sea. Upon approaching Rei, Makoto suddenly becomes fear stricken but is rescued by Haruka. However as Nagisa goes after Rei the group is suddenly struck by a large wave. A while later, Haruka drags Makoto to the nearby Sukishima shore and upon awakening, the latter's old fear of the ocean resurfaces. Elsewhere, Nagisa and Rei make it to shore with the latter blaming himself for putting the group in danger. Soon enough, the guys reunite and despite each blaming themselves for their own shortcomings, are genuinely relieved that they are all unharmed. With the storm still raging on, the guys decide to head over to the nearby abandoned Sukishima Rest House for shelter and after scavenging some leftover food from the kitchen, they decide to pass the time by telling each other embarrassing stories.

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Captive Butterfly!
star
7.59
154 votes

#27 - Captive Butterfly!

Free! - Season 1 - Episode 4

The Swim Club officially starts training in the refurbished pool using an old training regiment of Rin's Gō had unearthed. Rei's inherent academic skills at learning all the swimming theory prove to be useless since his body refuses to move in the water. Elsewhere, Rin grudgingly realizes that his victory against Haruka was due to Haruka's lack of physical training and not his actual talent. Nagisa and Makoto start teaching Rei how to swim and learn that while he can float, his problem still eludes them. The following day, the guys try to come up with designs for a club uniform but Gō instead gives Rei's lessons higher priority and makes a revamped swimming regiment during which he must master swimming in one week before their first prefectural tournament. Nagisa and Makoto try and fail to teach Rei their signature techniques; the breaststroke and backstroke respectively causing Rei to blame his inability on their teaching methods. Makoto suggests they ask Sasabe for help but he bluntly refuses. During the weekend, Rei attributes his inability to not having proper gear, hence prompting a visit by the team to a sports store to buy swimming essentials. At the store, Haruka and Rin run into each other and have a short discussion about their differing forms with Rin wanting a race with them both in peak condition, or else he may no be able to move forward from his loss and both decide to settle the score at the upcoming tournament. Afterwards, Haruka takes a turn trying to teach Rei freestyle swimming and fails, greatly disappointing Rei. As the day draws to a close, Haruka laments to Rei that he too isn't compatible with other techniques in that he doesn't swim freestyle by choice; merely because it is all he can swim. The next day, having come to this realization, Rei tries the last technique and finds it compatible with himself: the butterfly stroke.

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Trial in Open Water!
star
7.59
148 votes

#28 - Trial in Open Water!

Free! - Season 1 - Episode 5

Believing that the added pressure will help the Swim Club in their training, Gō continues to make her countdown calender for the upcoming prefectural tournament. Meanwhile, as the guys decide on which events they will each participate in at the tournament, Gō discovers a decades old training regiment of the past Iwatobi Swim Club and excitedly proposes that they use it and venture to an island for a summer training camp. Afterwards, the club tries and fails to get Miho to sponsor the trip. Makoto proposes using camping equipment to stay outdoors while resorting to bribing Goro to use his squid fishing boat to take them to the island and back. Later, Haruka expresses concern for Makoto since he had a rather scarring experience with the ocean in the past, to which Makoto reassures that he is fine. On the day of the trip, Sasabe takes the Swim Club to the island where they coincidentally discover the Samezuka Swim Team along with Rin, training at a special swimming facility on the island. After the guys get settled on the beach they begin their stamina training regiment which involves making three long-distance swimming circuits between the deserted islands of Sukishima, Oshima and Mizushima. At the end of the first day, the club only manages swimming half of their goal leaving Rei to feel a bit disappointed for lagging behind. As they prepare for dinner, Gō heads to a nearby convenience store and briefly runs into Rin who shows some concern for Makoto after Gō explains their training, before returning to his usual stoic self. That night, unable to sleep due to his performance, Rei heads into the ocean to continue training when a sudden storm takes him by surprise. Makoto awakens at that moment and goes looking for Rei; frantically diving to his aid upon hearing Rei's cries for help.

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One Style Final!
star
7.58
143 votes

#29 - One Style Final!

Free! - Season 1 - Episode 7

As the Prefectural Tournament draws closer, the Iwatobi High Swim Club starts improving their swim times. Elsewhere, Rin awakens in a frenzied state after having a nightmare involving Haruka and his younger father. Afterwards at training, Aiichiro Nitori grows upset that Rin would limit himself to the freestyle event when he possesses far greater potential. While Aiichiro helps Rin train that night, the former laments his inability to participate in the 100m event, but Rin assures him that his endurance is better suited for the 400m race. Afterwards, Rin reveals to him the story of his late father. Rin explains that his father was the best athlete in the past Iwatobi Swim Club and aspired to become an Olympic swimmer. However his dream was never realized after he settled down to married life as a fisherman and was hence killed when a typhoon struck his boat late one summer. Following his father's death, Rin adopted his dream, but explains that Haruka is the only thing standing in his way of moving forward as an athlete, since he lost to Haruka despite all his training in addition to their differing reasons for swimming. Finally on the day of the tournament, Gō reveals that both Haruka and Rin are competing in the fourth freestyle heat and are in neighboring lanes due to having similar qualifying times as explained by Makoto. As Haruka leaves to get ready he encounters Rin at the lockers where their rivalry continues. Finally as the race begins, Rin immediately starts pulling ahead of Haruka in the first leg. Haruka starts catching up as they make the turn into the second leg and they both seem to be neck and neck towards the finish. However much to his friends' shock, Haruka places second with Rin being the victor and advances to the next round. As Rin exits the pool, he declares that his win means that he will never swim with Haruka again, leaving the latter in utter shock.

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Hesitant Loosen Up!
star
7.57
145 votes

#30 - Hesitant Loosen Up!

Free! - Season 1 - Episode 9

Prefecturals are over and the Iwatobi Swim Club members are pleased by the progress they have made. A local summer festival gives them an opportunity to relax. When Nagisa finds out that Rin is also at the festival, he orders Rei to follow Rin and make sure that Haruka and Rin do not meet.

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Theoretical Dolphin Kick!
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7.55
151 votes

#31 - Theoretical Dolphin Kick!

Free! - Season 1 - Episode 3

Haruka catches a cold from his swim in the newly restored Iwatobi High swimming pool. The next day, while taking the train to school, Nagisa tries to recruit Rei Ryūgazaki to join the swim club to which he bluntly refuses. Gō proposes that the swim club join an indoor gym so they can practice swimming until summer, but due to its expense, they seek sponsorship from the faculty. Miho admits that they won't get sponsored until their club earns accomplishments in tournaments, but would still require a fourth swimmer. Nagisa informs Haruka and co. of Rei's perfect candidacy due to his feminine given name. This prompts Nagisa to wait for Rei after practice, much to his surprise and continues to pester him about joining. The next evening, while doing pole vault training, Rei's coach admits that his form wouldn't improve unless he stops calculating his movements beforehand, much to his frustration. Gō informs the club that she had successfully scheduled a joint swimming practice with the Samesuka team at their indoor pool, but they would still require a fourth swimmer. The following morning, Nagisa meets up with Rei on his run to school and explains his reasoning for wanting Rei to join prompting Rei agree on a trial basis. At the joint Samesuka-Iwatobi practice, Rin continues to give Haruka and co. the cold shoulder. Rei tries to avoid swimming in the time trials, but is forced to and much to everyone's surprise, it is revealed that he cannot swim. Although he ends up marveling at Haruka's beautiful swimming form, realizing that Haruka swims with passion rather than calculation. The next day at his pole vaulting practice, Rei doesn't use his calculations and falls. He approaches the spectating Haruka and co. and admits that he would like to achieve a form similar to Haruka's and officially joins the swim club while tasking Nagisa with teaching him how to swim.

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Six-Beat of Tears!
star
7.54
122 votes

#32 - Six-Beat of Tears!

Free! - Season 2 - Episode 10

After being informed by Nitori, Rin becomes aware of Sousuke's shoulder injury, learning that he had been harboring for two years and that all his talk of being scouted was a lie.

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Locomotive of Crisis!
star
7.52
126 votes

#33 - Locomotive of Crisis!

Free! - Season 2 - Episode 8

Makoto starts helping Goro at the Swimming Club, acting as a coach teaching children to swim. Meanwhile, Sousuke decides to help coach Nitori to improve his swimming. As Makoto notices one of his students, Hayato, struggling with swimming without a kickboard, he discovers his brother is Kisumi Shinigo, an old classmate from his and Haruka's middle school. As the two reminisce, Kisumi explains to Makoto how Hayato developed a fear of swimming after he nearly drowned after falling off a boat. Told by Haruka to think over his own experiences of learning to swim, Makoto teaches Hayato how to do a backstroke, helping him to overcome his fear. As Makoto's time as a coach comes to an end, he and Haruka learn from Kisumi that Sousuke had recently obtained an injury to his shoulder and had been competing in tournaments in spite of it.

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Storm of Dive and Dash!
star
7.48
136 votes

#34 - Storm of Dive and Dash!

Free! - Season 2 - Episode 1

At the start of a new school year, Haruka and the others meet up with Rin at Samezuka Academy for an event to send off the third year members, where they end up getting roped into a freestyle relay against the school. Afterwards, as the Iwatobi Swim Club struggle to recruit new members, Goro reveals he has reformed the Iwatobi Swimming Club, giving the guys a chance to use the indoor pool prior to its opening. Later, Rin, who has been made captain of the Samezuka Swim Club, participates in a race against Haruka, managing to tie for the lead. Later that evening, Haruka and the others invite Rin to the school pool, which they have cleaned and filled with cherry blossoms so that Rin could swim in it, only for rain to ruin the opportunity. The next day, Rin is surprised to find an old acquaintance of his, Sousuke Yamazaki, transfer into his class

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Irritated Heart Rate!
star
7.48
141 votes

#35 - Irritated Heart Rate!

Free! - Season 1 - Episode 10

Coach Sasabe begins training the Iwatobi Swim Club for the upcoming tournament. Meanwhile, Rei is unhappy about the fact that he's the only one who doesn't know about what happened with Rin in the past. After Rin expresses his frustration, Haruka decides to tell him about what happened when they were in grade school.

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Forming of Disruption!
star
7.44
122 votes

#36 - Forming of Disruption!

Free! - Season 2 - Episode 9

On the day before the regionals, both Iwatobi and Samezuka end up staying at the same hotel. While Nitori is chosen to swim in Samezuka's relay team thanks to his training, Haruka, who is in deep thought about being scouted, ends up sharing an elevator ride with Sousuke, confirming his shoulder injury. The next day, as Rin manages to pass his heat in the 100m freestyle, Haruka becomes overwhelmed by the pressure of performing in front of scouts and ends up stopping dead in his tracks. When Rin confronts him following the race, Haruka snaps at him, feeling that stuff like dreams and his future are being forced upon him. As Haru tries to assure his friends he will swim in the relay with them, Sousuke continues to experience more pain from his shoulder injury.

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Butterfly of Farewell!
star
7.43
128 votes

#37 - Butterfly of Farewell!

Free! - Season 2 - Episode 3

The Iwatobi Festival has begun. Haruka and his friends are excited to get new members by showing a cool place at the club activity counter relay

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Prime of Invincibility!
star
7.41
125 votes

#38 - Prime of Invincibility!

Free! - Season 2 - Episode 6

On the day before the prefecturals, Rin and Gou pay their respects to their father, where Rin gives Gou a photo of him to put up in the Swimming Club. The next day, Nagisa, Makoto, Rei, Rin, and Momotarou all qualify in their respective individual events. Later, Makoto competes against Haruka in the 200m freestyle, wanting to have a real race against him before he graduates. Despite losing due to his pacing, Makoto feels happy to have been able to have a serious race with Haruka. Haruka and Rin then face off against each other in the 100m freestyle, with Haruka narrowly beating Rin by a split second, bringing the first day's events to a close.

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Backstroke Turn of Fate!
star
7.40
122 votes

#39 - Backstroke Turn of Fate!

Free! - Season 2 - Episode 11

As both Iwatobi and Samezuka continue to train for the nationals, Rei worries about Haruka, who is unable to participate in the freestyle event. Later, Haruka is approached by Sousuke, who tells him to move forward so that Rin can improve alongside him. As Obon arrives, Makoto and the others confront Haruka that he isn't being his usual 'free' self, expressing their desire to help him find a dream. However, Haruka refuses to hear Makoto out, becoming further upset when he reveals he plans to go to a university in Tokyo. As Haruka starts to seclude himself, he is approached by Rin, who decides to take him with him to Australia.

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Stroke of Chance Encounter!
star
7.40
132 votes

#40 - Stroke of Chance Encounter!

Free! - Season 2 - Episode 2

Rin reminisces with Sousuke, his classmate prior to transferring to Iwatobi during elementary school, who decided to spend his last year of high school in his hometown before swimming professionally. Meanwhile, Goro plans to put on a swimming festival for the Iwatobi Swimming Club for children, asking Haruka and the others to spread word and come up with a main event, with Haruka suggesting a relay event. With Rin asked to assemble a team of his own to swim against them, Sousuke asks to join on the condition he run in the freestyle leg. On the day of the event, one of Rin's team members is forced to drop out, but they manage to find the former team captain's brother, Momotarou Mikoshiba, to fill in for him. Prior to the relay, Sousuke confronts Haruka, telling him not to get in Rin's way. As the relay gets underway, both teams show strong form with Haruka's team narrowly managing to win.

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Head-Up of Decision!
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7.39
126 votes

#41 - Head-Up of Decision!

Free! - Season 2 - Episode 5

After the others notice him behaving oddly and insisting on sleeping over, Nagisa reveals he has run away from home, eventually explaining that his parents told him to quit the swim club because of his poor grades. Wanting to avoid his mother, Nagisa and the others hide out at the swimming center to come up with a plan, where Nagisa laments how he doesn't find studying fun, having been forced to do it endlessly during middle school. As the group move further into the school when someone approaches, Rei tries to convince Nagisa to tell his parents how he really feels. Moved by everyone's words, Nagisa vocalises his true feelings to the pursuer, who turns out to be their teacher, Miho Amakata, who came after Haruka told her to let them handle it and gives Nagisa the courage to talk to his parents.

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Furious All-out!
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7.36
141 votes

#42 - Furious All-out!

Free! - Season 1 - Episode 11

After hearing about what happened in the past, Rei goes to Samezuka Academy to ask Rin what he wants. The night before Iwatobi and Samezuka leave for regionals, Rin calls Rei to explain how he feels about the relay. And then, Samezuka announces its lineup for the relay.

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Crouching Start of Revenge!
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7.26
122 votes

#43 - Crouching Start of Revenge!

Free! - Season 2 - Episode 7

After Rin choose his team for the medley relay event, which includes Sousuke and Momotarou, Nitori feels downhearted over not making the team, but receives some encouragement from Sousuke. The next day, as the relay gets underway, Samezuka manages to win the race, though Iwatobi manage to make it through to the regionals as well. Afterwards, as Haruka and Rin are both scouted, Rin confronts Sousuke about his recent behaviour, to which he responds that he hasn't yet found what he is looking for. After receiving some encouragement from Rei, who tells him to be true to his 'free' self, Haruka comes up with a training regime to improve their relay times. Later, Gou spots Sousuke as he skips his team practise.

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Somersault Turn of Promise!
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7.26
125 votes

#44 - Somersault Turn of Promise!

Free! - Season 2 - Episode 4

With the prefecturals approaching, Gou takes it upon herself to make balanced nutritional bento lunches for the team. Meanwhile, Sousuke recalls a promise that he had yet to ask of Rin before he left for Australia, before asking Rin what happened whilst he was away, hearing about how Haruka and the others helped pick himself up. When Gou's attempt at a nutritional bento proves to be effectively inedible, she compensates by putting together a tough training regime. Later that night, Sousuke tells Rin he should give up relays in order to focus on his dreams, but Rin states his determination to accomplish both. Despite having always preferred swimming individually, Sousuke asks to join Samezuka's relay team in order to find something he's missing, challenging Rin to a butterfly race to earn his spot. Admiring Sousuke's passion, Rin changes the way swimmers are selected for relays, asking only those who are serious about being in a relay team to step forward.

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Eternal Summer of Beginnings!
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6.93
100 votes

#45 - Eternal Summer of Beginnings!

Free! - Season 2 - Episode 13

Upon returning from Australia, Haruka gives his thanks to Rin and rejoins his teammates, deciding that he will start focusing on times and winning for the sake of reaching his new dream to swim in the wide open world. He then apologises to Makoto, who explains he is going to a Tokyo university in order to become a swimming teacher. On the night before the national tournament, the group reminisce about the past two years together, with Nagisa and Rei becoming emotional about Haruka and Makoto's impending graduation, though Haruka assures them will always be connected. Following a memorable experience at the nationals, in which Iwatobi manage to win, it is graduation time. Rin passes on the position of Samezuka's captain to Nitori, before telling Sousuke that he'll wait until he returns to the world of swimming.

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Episode 9
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6.82
68 votes

#46 - Episode 9

Nichijou: My Ordinary Life - Season 1 - Episode 9

I'm dreaming. I must be dreaming... They may maintain their flavor, but they're not maintaining their spirit! No matter how many I kill, they never learn their lesson. My lower half is unprotected!

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