Yasuhiro Takemoto to Direct ‘High Speed the Movie! -Free! Starting Days-’

© 2015 Koji Oji, Kyoto Animation / High Speed Production Committee
© 2015 Koji Oji, Kyoto Animation / High Speed Production Committee

High Speed the Movie! -Free! Starting Days-, a theatrical anime adaptation of High Speed!, the original work the TV anime Free! is based on, will be released Japan-wide on Dec. 5. At this time, a teaser visual has been released and information on the staff announced. All-night/late show events for the first season of the TV anime have also been confirmed, and these will raise excitement for this winter’s roadshow release.

The High Speed the Movie! -Free! Starting Days- teaser visual shows a transparent blue sky and the ocean along with main character Haruka Nanase turning toward the camera. From this refreshing artwork, we can anticipate a new story.

Directing the film is Yasuhiro Takemoto of The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya and Amagi Brilliant Park. Continuing as the character designer from Free! is Futoshi Nishiya, and producing the animation is Kyoto Animation.

Takemoto has released the following comment for fans: “Above all else, what’s most important to me is keeping the characters and the world of the series as they are so everyone who has supported Free! and Free! Eternal Summer can continue to enjoy it without change.”

“Of course, we are striving for a work that even everyone who is finding out about the series for the first time will enjoy it,” Takemoto said concerning his plan for the movie. He also shared the following message: “We are pouring all the love we can muster into the characters, and all the staff is working tirelessly while being worrying about what we can do to make the characters shine on the big screen.” It seems this movie as well will be faithful to the series.

In other news, screening events including every episode of the first season called “Free! -Swimming All Night-” will be held in theaters across Japan. There will be an all-night event on July 19 and a late show divided into two days on July 25 and 26. The latest news on the movie will be revealed at these events. Details on buying tickets will be announced in the coming days on the official homepage.

High Speed the Movie! -Free! Starting Days- Official Site

Free! -Swimming All Night-
・All-Night Screening
Date & Time: July 19 (Sun.) 23:00 - 29:00 (tentative)
Venues: Shinjuku Piccadilly (Tokyo), Yokohama Burg 13 (Yokohama), Osaka Station City Cinema (Osaka), Movix Kyoto (Kyoto), Midland Square Cinema (Nagoya), T Joy Hakata (Fukuoka), Hiroshima Wald 11 (Hiroshima)
・Late Show Screenings
Date & Time: July 25 (Sat.) 26 (Sun.) 200: 23:00 (tentative)
Venues: Sapporo Cinema Frontier (Sapporo), Movix Sendai (Miyagi), Aeon Cinema Niigata Minami (Niigata), Movix Shimizu (Shizuoka), Movix Kurashiki (Okayama)

Source: animeanime
Source article written by Katsunori Takahashi

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