Here it finally is, people — after being teased with a 30-second clip, which few people believed would become a full-fledged show, the Swimming Anime is real. In fact, you can watch it right now over at Crunchyroll; they’re streaming it starting today.
Here’s some vague info on the plot, along with some of the people behind the characters — in case you’re curious:
The plot revolves around a group of five high school boys who are all connected by their love of swimming: Haruka Nanase, Makoto Tachibana, Nagisa Hazuki, Rei Ryugazaki, and Rin Matsuoka. The boys are all voiced by an equally appealing cast of actors, with Nobunaga Shimazaki, known for his roles in Photo Kano and Say “I love you”, as Haruka, Tasuhisa Suzuki, also in Kuroko’s Basketball and Saint Seiya Omega, as Makoto, Tsubasa Yonaga from Chihayafuru and Cardfight!! Vanguard as Nagisa, Daisuke Hirakawa of Tono to Issho and Hiiro no Kakera as Rei, and Mamoru Miyano of Death Note and Steins;Gate fame as Rin.
Remember — it’s officially titled Free! Iwatobi Swim Club, but in our hearts it will always be Swimming Anime. And now to see if the show is anywhere near as good as all the stuff the fandom made up back when the Swimming Anime was just a 30-second clip.