Free! is a Japanese anime television series directed by Hiroko Utsumi and produced by Kyoto Animation and Animation Do. The basis for the anime is a novel titled High Speed written by Kōji Ōji, which received an honorable mention in the second Kyoto Animation Award contest in 2011. The anime will begin airing in July 2013.
"Haruka, Rin, Makoto and Nagisa used to be the members of the same swimming club in elementary school. They won a tournament just before their graduation and then they went separate ways. Time passed and now Haruka has been spending the high school days idly. One day, Rin comes to Haruka and challenges him in a swim. Haruka easily gets overwhelmed by Rin's swimming skill. In order to beat Rin, Haruka establishes the "Iwatobi High School Swimming Club" by gathering Makoto and Nagisa again and drafting in Rei."