Free! Iwatobi Swim Club

When I try to recommend this anime to people, I get a funny look. Maybe because of the way I word the question: "Would you like to watch an anime about swimming?"

But I did wonder how good an anime about swimming could be, and I can say that it can be good when delivered properly.

Free! Iwatobi Swim Club follows Nanase Haruka, Tachibana Makoto and Hazuki Nagisa, 3 childhood friends who all have a love for swimming and wish to form a swim club at their school so they can participate in competitions and enjoy swimming together again. They meet an old childhood friend called Matsuoka Rin, who came back to Japan after going to school abroad for a while, and wants to settle the score with Haru to prove how much stronger he has become.

The anime's story is split into 3 arcs: the formation of the club; competing; and plans for the future. These flow nicely into each other, adding [good] drama and plot to the story. The focus is then on the characters, who have different personalities but guarantee that a moment won't go by during the anime where you will feel bored as everyone tries to overcome different situations. Also, there are fangirls who prefer Makoto over the others because of how good he is with children (I have seen him in a meme about girls preferring him over other Anime guys), which you do see quite soon into the anime and brings a nice touch to it too.

If you want a School Life anime which doesn't focus so much on what happens in the classrooms but more on the sports and the drama that comes with it, go for this one.


3 friends try to form a swimming club at their school
Anything else: Haru only swims free