When Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa and Rin were in elementary school, they swam together in a relay race and won the match. As Rin was on his way to Australia to train to become an Olympic champion, the gang decided to bury their trophy in a time capsule and retrieve it when they all had grown up. Now, Haruka, Makoto and Nagisa have reunited in high school and decide to dig up the prize. But on the way there, they run into none other than Rin, and he's determined to show Haru who's the best! As a result of this fateful meeting, the three friends decide to start a swim club, along with fellow classmate Rei, and their rival's little sister Gou as the team manager. Can the gang hold their own against Rin and prove their skills at the Prefectural Tournament?
They were known as the 'Generation of Miracles' – five basketball prodigies who helped lead Teiko Middle School's basketball team to glory, defeating anyone who got in their way. But a mysterious rumor tells of a sixth, a phantom player who the five prodigies respected greatly. That boy is Tetsuya Kuroko, a freshman at Seirin High and the newest member of the basketball club. Alongside strong teammates such as Taiga Kagami, Kuroko will use his unique skills on the court to help the team defeat old rivals and make their way to the championships.
Each of these shows follow a group of dedicated high school boys as they compete in competitions relating to their chosen sport. The characters are fairly similar, with an intense rivalries prevalent in each. Exaggerated action shots are a common sight in each show as well. Both shows are fairly similar, so it stands to reason that fans of one are likely to enjoy the other, but due to the nature of Free!'s fanservice it may turn a lot of people off before they give it a fair chance.
when i first read the synopsis of Free! it instantlly reminded me of KnB. sports? tournaments? friendship? bishie boys? HECK YEAH. watching the first episode of free! definitely confirmed my suspicions that this anime would have the same themes of KnB.
Both plots have boys who aspire to be a professional at the sport they love and try their hardest with their teammates...Though they are around different sports the plot is alike and it gives us a thrill of suspension as we gaze upon the episodes!
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I personally love Kuroko's Basketball and one of my new favorites Free!
Both anime are about a group of teenage boys engaged in a certain sport. The focus is more or less around their relationships and most of the plot is revolving around the sport. If you’re a fan of one, there’s a big chance you’ll also enjoy the other one.
The recommendation is pretty obvious--both shows are centered around a group of crazy-hot guys (who, especially in "Free!"'s case, are often half-naked) who love sports. Of course, the sports are different, but both allow for some cool animation effects and give the shows an excuse to make the guys have shounen-ai relationships, sweat and pant enough to make any girl swoon, and parade around showing their bodies (which are beautiful enough to warrant a watch in either case (especially "Free!"'s).
But if you actually care for interesting casts and genuinely entertaining shows (and, you know, a little fanservice on the side. It never hurt anyone), both of these shows are easy recommendations.
Both of these shows revolve around a group of students as they struggle to compete in their sport of choice. While it is more apparent in Free, both show the reunion of old time teammates. Fanservice is abundant in both, though Free! definitely wins. Fangirls will jump over these two shows since many shounen-ai inferences can be made.
Shun, Kaname, and the twins Yuuki and Yuuta have known each other since they were young children and are now entering their second year at Homare High School. However, despite having been friends for many years, their life together isn’t always smooth sailing. And with the sarcastic and indifferent twins constantly teasing or irritating the serious Kaname, it's left up to the optimistic and kind Shun to keep the peace. But no matter their differences, the four boys stick together through everything, whether they’re simply reminiscing about their days in kindergarten, attempting to get Yuuki interested in a school club, or trying to stop the source of Shun's recent run of bad luck.
Both Free! and Kimi to Boku revolve around a group of high school boys. The characters in both interact similarly with each other: despite the fact that they do nothing but argue with each other, you can tell they're good friends. If you enjoy the characters in either show, I'd recommend trying the other.
Both shows feature a cast made primarily out of highschool boys and is generally about them interacting with eachother. Kimi to Boku is more of a regular slice of like while Free has more of a fanservice element and it's about a sports club.
As a member of a musical duo on the verge of making it into show business, Shindou Shuichi has a lot on his mind -- especially since he writes the songs for his Bad Luck band. His life gets no less hectic when he bumps into Yuki Eiri, a successful yet cynical author extraordinaire, who immediately insults Shuichi’s lyrics upon reading them. Seeking him out to demand an apology, Shuichi nevertheless sees other facets of Eiri’s personality. Can he accept the fact that he might be developing feelings for the novelist who discredited his work on their first meeting?
There’s more to glasses than meets the eye! Akira, Hayata, Mitsuki, Takuma and Yukiya are eager to prove that spectacles are useful as more than just a fashion accessory or vision-correction tool. And while their Glasses Club doesn’t have a club room or any budget, they’ll do whatever it takes to spread the glory of glasses! Their first goal? To make x-ray glasses that can easily see through any clothing!
These are both slice of life comedies about a group of boys. Although the main reason for the rec is the boys themselves. They're all bishounen boys for the ladies to drool over. In Meganebu all the guys wear glasses and in Free! the boys are often stripped down to their swim trunks. However, both show are more than fanservice vehicles.
Meganebu is a straight comedy with little or no connecting plot other than maybe an overall theme for an episode, whereas Free actually does have a plot about the swim team. However, both shows have a charming cast of characters and if you want to see pretty boys living their daily lives then these are two good choices for you.
Ouran High is a school for the extremely wealthy or, in Haruhi's case, the extremely talented. But no amount of talent will help when Haruhi accidentally drops an eight million yen vase in a music room. The vase was the property of Ouran High School Host Club, a group of attractive young men who, for a fee, provide their time and affections for their lovesick clientele: the female students. Fascinated by this strange new specimen, a poor and clumsy commoner, they force Haruhi to work for them until the debt is repaid; but they get a lot more than they bargained for...
This isn't a recommendation based on plot, but more on the feel of these shows. Both of these shows are clearly aimed at women, and feature a group of guys with intense relationships with each other.
Ouran is obviously more romantic, since it's a reverse harem (there's a female lead character in Free!, but she only serves as a manager and friend to the guys), but putting aside the romance aspects of Ouran and the main sports plot in Free! they're definitely similar in tone. Both have elements of comedy and drama, spend a lot of time on character development, and end on a dramatic, feel-good tone.
Since the audiences for both of these shows are so similar, I think that fans of one would definitely like the other.