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I just watched the first episode of "Free!" and I'm more than a little bit confused (no, not with my sexuality).

Jokes aside, what is the target audience of this anime? It seems like a generic shounen but the characters seem too old. The show reeks of fanservice and BL/Yaoi subtext too.

The dubstep/hardcore soundtrack was also pretty confusing.

tl;dr Is Free! a shounen anime that is just coincidentally pretty homo or is it fujoshit fanservice, or what?
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>BL/Yaoi subtext
>what is the target audience of this anime?

Take a guess.
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>>101331110

OK. I'm just having a tough time figuring out how they got a budget to make that.

It doesn't seem like "shows for younger gay guys" would be very lucrative. Also, why would younger gay guys want a dubstep OST?

Why would fujoshit want a dubstep OST?
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>what is the target audience of this anime
Fujoshi
>the dubstep/hardcore soundtrack
Actually that shit fits as fuck, giving that adrenaline/competition vibe

>tl;dr
Yes it's a fujoshit with forced drama. I wish there was actual series about swimming.
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>>101331164
>shows for younger gay guys
This is not the target audience.
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Anon please, this is a completely heterosexual show. I have no idea what you're talking about.
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What the fuck is with rin's sister?

Why do they have a shitty self-insert character? I doubt women actually watch this.
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All of the characters are fucking annoying or poorly written/sullen/edgy.

The show takes itself seriously, which is totally weird.
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>>101331960
>self-insert
Director's insert.
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>>101332006
It is quite possibly the least accurate interpretation of high school boys ever.
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>>101332236

The director is a woman?!

>>101332279

I totally agree. This is painful to watch. I cannot in any way relate to any of these characters. There is no story. They just threw chlorine tabs into the pool and they keep commenting on how odd it is that a swimmer wears his trunks under his pants....
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It's aimed at KyoAnus fans.
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>>101332416
>The director is a woman?!
You find that surprising?
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>>101332556
I didn't know that women were involved in anime.
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>>101331416
Friendship-sexual cute boys being affectionate with each other is my fetish.

TYBKA.
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>>101332556
>>101332722

I said that poorly. I meant to say that I thought that anime drawing/writing/production was kind of a "boys club"
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>>101332236
She self-inserts into the edgemaster, actually.
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Why are haru and rin so mean to each other?

Did I miss a breakup or an implied prior relationship between them?
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>>101332761
Kyoani is full of women. 50-60% of their staff is female.
K-ON's director is a woman too.
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OP, fujoshit have been an audience that have been marketed to for a long time. rewatch one of your shows where ~50%+ of the cast is male, look specifically for yaoi undertones because I guarantee you they'll be there. we just don't notice them.
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>>101331036

As a bisex guy, I wish there were more animes with cute guys and less moe/tsundere bullshit female characters with screechy voices.

I don't find anime women to be attractive at all.
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>>101332804
>baww I suck at swimming
>baww my dad is deeeeeaaaaaaad
>baww my best friend is better at swimming than meeeeeeeee
>I know, I'll act like an ass towards them and face absolutely no consequences for being such a little shit!
Rin in a nutshell.
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>>101332881

The only thing that jumps to mind is dragon ball z and deathnote and naruto.

I haven't seen a lot of anime, but I remember thinking that deathnote had some kinky gay stuff in it.
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>>101332804
Haruka isn't mean, he's just autistic and says what he thinks in an autistic, insensitive way.
Rin is just a douchebag, don't try to understand. He's an asshole, with everyone and for everything, and anybody who thinks he isn't probably is a complete asshole as well.
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>>101332279
That award goes to Tamako Market.
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>>101332955

Why does he have shark teeth? Does he have a DOUBLE row too?

Is rin supposed to be like a shark and haru like a dolphin?
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OP, how far have you watched it?
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>>101333024
Its to make him look more like the bad guy.
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>>101333024
They make him look edgier. Literally.
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>>101333010
What? How?
The only high school boys in Tamako Market were Mochizou and his two weird, nerdy friends.
They weren't here enough to tell if it's a good depiction or not. Yes, Mochizou is a huge faggot and a total moeblob, but it doesn't make him necessarily an inaccurate interpretation. Well, not if you're into high school boys, otherwise I guess it's normal to find it weird that a boy is so cute.
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Three episode rule, faggot.
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>>101333053
>>101333100

Lol. I see. Is that a common thing in anime? They give them sharp features and sharp teeth? I think there were some characters in fairy tale that were like that. I only watched a few episodes with my ex tho
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>>101333146

I am on episode 4 right now...
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>>101331036
>you'll never drink Nagisa's piss
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>>101333155
Kill yourself.
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>>101333155
>Lol
>my ex
>tho
>>>/out/
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>Free
>shounen
Thanks for the laugh.
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>>101332974
>I haven't seen a lot of anime
Well duh, we can see that.
Though don't worry, it's normal to not spot homo easily at first. I remember I watched Ouran High school Host Club a few years ago and I didn't find it gay at all at the time. You're just starting to develop your homo awareness. Or something.
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>>101333237

What's wrong?

>>101333233

I'd rather drink haru's
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>>101333362

I saw ouran host club, actually. I remember those qt gay blonde twins :3

But they weren't actually gay, any of the characters. It was a show to try to get grillz if I recall correctly.
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Rei is best Free.

Don't even try to prove me wrong because you can't.
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>>101332804
Don't bother trying to understand the plot, just pray that the same shit doesn't happen again in S2 and we get more cute boys doing cute things.
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>>101333478

Rei is such a generic piece of shit.

>hurr we need a nerd in order to get every single stereotype!
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>>101333437
>:3
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>>101333527
>>101333280
>>101333237

Wow. Didn't know that people on /a/ were such dicks.

Is it just the Free! critics? Or do most threads on /a/ have this sort of hostile atmosphere?

>>101333483
Thanks man. I'll finish off the season, I suppose.
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The target audience is husbandofags, Otomefags and fujos.
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>>101333630
>Otomefags

What are those? I can't find anything about 'otome' as a genre or character on google
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>>101333606
Since you're obviously new to /a/, let me tell you this:

You'll get called out for acting like a faggot here, so better vet used to it, faggot.
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>>101333483
>implying Utsumi won't fuck it up with DRAMA again
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>>101333606
We have strict posting standards. You can post images, so do not use emoticons.

We do not care about your personal life, speak nothing of it.
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>>101333679
*get
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>>101333606
>Didn't know that people on /a/ were such dicks.
>Is it just the Free! critics?
No, We are all just massive dicks. Although I didn't reply to you I could tell you were going to get called out on it. You should type in a more grown up fashion, Nothing like LOL, lmao or emoticons if I wanted to see someone type like they just learned a colon and an end bracket looks like a smile face I would go elsewhere.
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>>101333677
Female haremfags aka the cancer ruining the industry.
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>>101333716
>high standards
>/a/

Higher than /jp/, maybe.
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>>101333606
>Or do most threads on /a/ have this sort of hostile atmosphere?
Firstly, check your privilege.
You have to watch more than 50 to come here.
Before you start posting, you should observe how this board work for 6 months.
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>>101333512
>Rei
>generic
End yourself. He's a massive bro and the hero Free needed.
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>this thread
I knew there was a reason I don't visit Free threads anymore.
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>>101333716

see

>>101333233
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>>101333677
They like husbandos but they don't really want them to buttfuck each other. Otomefags are het shippers at heart though they don't mind a little bit of gay subtext.
Gou exist to pander to them.
Notice that otomefags can also be fujo.
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>>101332416
>The director is a woman?!

Most Kyoani shows are done by women, it'smostly a female studio
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>>101331036
>what is the target audience of this anime
Female otaku is my guess.
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>>101333694
There's been enough genki Rin to make me feel less worried about that.

For Rin, at least. Maybe someone else might be the target of it.
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>>101333914

Ah, I see. Thank you for the explanation!

(It's KOU!)
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>>101333677
Otome is dating sim games for woman. There's been several anime adaptations like Hakuouki or Brothers Conflict, all of them bad except UtaPri which is epic because of Shining Wakamoto and Raging Sugita.
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>>101332892
go and stay go

captcha: Agendu water
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>>101333925

>Female otaku

Is that a thing? Aren't most hikkomoris adult men?
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>>101333875
>seriously implying this is a a Free thread and not a newfag being cancerous
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>>101333694
Why is everyone so pessimistic about S2?
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>>101334008
Because it's better to have low expectations than get disappointed again when more dramashit happens.
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>>101333926
>Nagisa becomes the next edgemaster
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It's just about friendship, It's not gay its not fan service its about bros in a swimming club overcoming difficulties to win the regional tournament.

When do Kyoani do homo or fanservice? They don't.
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They make this too easy for you OP.

When will you faggots learn that these threads are made by the same anon?
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>>101333926
inb4 Makoto drama
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>>101334098
When will you learn that this thread also visited by the same anon?
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There is progressively more innuendo with every episode.
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>>101334202
>streaming
This thread just keeps getting better.
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>>101333997
Female otaku tend to be more "normal".
And then we have the Akashi sect which is a league of its own.
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>>101334202
>streaming
>Crunchyshit
Troll thread. Everyone go home now.
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>>101331164
>how they got a budget to make that.
KyoAni makes anything they want and not worry about the cash
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>>101334280
>>101334260

This literally makes no sense. Streaming is way more efficient than downloading, especially when you use your laptop for things other than just anime.
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>>101334202
12/10

Good job, you really got me.
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>>101334092
I almost said that Nagisa is too genki for that to happen, but then I realized.
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>>101332722
>I didn't know that women were involved in anime.
I really don't know what to say to you.
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>>101334327

Really? That's pretty cool. I wish there were production companies for live action movies that followed that philosophy.
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>this thread
Try to be more subtle next time, the streaming made it too obvious.
Now fuck off.
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>>101334464
OP here, I'm actually just an anime newfag. What is wrong with streaming?
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>>101334492
Everything.

Don't stream.
Torrent or download your anime.
Do not use the word "animes" or "mangas", the plural does not exist.
Don't blog.
Don't use emoticons.
Don't act like a faggot.
Watch at least 50 shows and lurk for half a year before posting.

You are welcome.
Now fuck off.
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>>101334492
Lurk more and stop fucking posting.
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>>101334094

No, it is gay. Pure and simple.
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According to animereview.co:

"Target Audience: history and drama fans"
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>>101334823
>history
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>>101331036
Women.
Can't specify, haven't watched it, but at the last Free! event a few days ago, them girls were beating each other up with traffic cones to get merchandise (which sold out in a few minutes).
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>>101334202
Do you intend to marathon the show all the way through?
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>>101334661
I don't understand why streaming is bad. I don't have space to download a lot of anime and streaming is the quickest way to watch it
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>>101334823
>that summary
Sounds better than what we got.
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>>101334884
>girls were beating each other up with traffic cones

That was fake information by an anon, but some retards believed it and spread it around.
I know moon and the tweets said there was only pushing, booing and some crying.
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>>101334953
You're using that space anyways, and you're getting inferior video quality, and you're actually making an effort to go onto a site and watch it, which is much more dificult than downloading.
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>>101334823
>that summary
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>>101334953
I told you to lurk more and stop fucking posting. Get an external if it bothers you so much; I also watch anime on a laptop, and streaming is a terrible idea.
Now lurk more and stop posting.
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Free isn't gayer than reality, go on /sp/ and them about rugby lads or gay locker room banter.
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>>101334953
Let me tell you something nice.

KyoAni shows should NEVER be watched in anything but high quality.
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>>101335126
/fit/ is still the gayest board with all those glutes and 'n-no homo we just sucked each other's dick for a bit I swear I'm not a fag' threads.
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>>101334661
I only watch BD's.
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>>101335199
It's called manly bonding.
Not that I expect a little girl from /a/ to understand.
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>>101331036
dem sexy foot
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>>101335993
So Free was full of manly bonding? Is that what they call it these days?
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Birthday Boy
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>>101334988
Lies. There's even photographic evidence of the carnage.
No to talk about dozens of sunny-side-up fried eggs thrown around.
It was hell on earth.
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Why is there such a gay thread about such a great anime
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>>101334266
you do know that akashi cult isn't serious, right?
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>>101334266
>>101337202
I want a horror anime about a group of fujoshi kidnapping and torturing the VA of their husbando.
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>>101337493
lol
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>>101337015
>dozens of sunny-side-up fried eggs thrown around
Reverse google that image.
It's fake.
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>>101336940
Rin still a shit.
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I think the best way I've heard Free! described is just K-On! with abs. A lot of the time you forget that the keions are all together to play music and similarly you forget that Free! is about swimming.
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>>101331036
It's for fujoshi.
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>>101331416
Was it rape?
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>>101337015
Fujoshits are truly horrifying.
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>>101331036
>what is the target audience of this anime
>The show reeks of fanservice and BL/Yaoi subtext too.

I WONDER
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>>101338178
to be fair, I thought Free! was a yaoi for awhile until I discovered that it is nsfw shit-tier drama.
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>>101333507
>all that Gengoroh Tagame
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>>101332416
The dialogue in the show is so damn boring and cringe worthy, and the characters are even worse. This is par the course for kyoani, though.
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>>101338160
The only thing which got raped in that moment was my heart.



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