Free! Ep 5: Summer Trainning Camp from Hell on a Deserted Island


My name is Eva, I've been watching Anime since 2003, and I became a fan later in 2005. I am a passionate writer, so it's a wonderful experience and incredibly thrilling to blog reviews/critics and just express myself about the series.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    While I understand the lack of Gou fawning over the muscles because it quickly becomes stale, I still wish it continued in this episode somehow, or reverse it so that the guys were fawning over Gou in a swimsuit for a change. Perhaps another time. Perhaps its just me who loves it when Gou fawns over muscular guys?

    On a somewhat related note….the swimmers…are they truly free? Haru-chan’s being held back by Rin-chan. Rin-chan’s being held back by his failure to defeat Haru-chan and his lack of acknowledgement resulting in a “false victory”. Mako-chan’s being held back by his trauma of the ocean that we have yet to know fully about. Rei-chan’s being held back by being inferior to the others as a beginner, so he pushes himself in dangerous situations. Nagisa-chan may seem upbeat and cheerful, but perhaps deep down, he knows that things can’t go back to the way they were back as kids, so he might be hiding a deep sadness and longing underneath his exterior.

    • Eva says:

      I felt it was actually refreshing that Gou wasn’t fawning over them today, but it is ridiculiously adorable to see her do that. XD
      Just as you say, the show is called Free! yet the boys aren’t truly free. Gotta love it, especially when by the end of it- the all five boys should be ‘Free!’ by then.

      • Anonymous says:

        I just thought of something else too. Gou-kun can also be considered “not free” because in a way, she’s kind of held back by her relationship with her brother, trying to get him back to the way he was before. She’s concerned about that… Sensei is also “not free” cause while she may be a teacher now, it seems that her as of now somewhat unknown past is catching up to her. She’s trying to move on from that past, but it keeps coming back somehow in one form or she’s not ‘free’.

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