Hey, guys hope you are having an amazing day. Here are my favorite picks for 10 Similar Anime Like Free! Iwatobi Swim Club. This list is made by my personal opinion and If there’s a particular anime that you feel deserves to be on this list, leave us a comment and we’ll add it to the list. Also, keep in mind the list is in no particular order. Enjoy!

10 Anime Like Free! Iwatobi Swim Club

10. Tsuritama
9. Kowarekake no Orgel
8. Kuroko’s Basketball (Kuroko no Basket)
7. Prince of Stride: Alternative
6. Yuri!!! on Ice
5. K-On!
4. You and Me. (Kimi to Boku.)
3. Ping Pong The Animation
2. Sound! Euphonium (Hibike! Euphonium)
1. Love Live! School Idol Project

10. Tsuritama

TsuritamaSynopsis – In Enoshima, Yuki is a high school student who’s never been good at making real friends thanks to his abnormally poor communication skills. However, Yuki’s life changes forever when he moves to Enoshima and meets an odd boy named Haru—who claims to be an alien. Natsuki is an irritable born-and-raised local. Akira is the mysterious Indian who watches them all from a distance. Together, Haru and Yuki also snowball a fellow classmate and fisherman named Natsuki Usami into Haru’s schemes. These four meet and find big adventures on their little island.

Similarity – Water-themed slice of life shows bursting with colour where attractive boys bond over water-related activities, such as fishing or swimming. Tsuritama is the wholesome one, the one you wouldn’t mind introducing to your grandma. Free!, however, positively delights in showing you just -how- attractive these boys are. Blushy blush.

9. Orefuro, Merman in my Tub (Orenchi no Furo Jijou)

Orefuro, Merman in my TubSynopsis – On his way home from school, Tatsumi sees a man collapsed near a lake. When he approaches him, Tatsumi notices something strange: the person in need of help is actually a beautiful merman named Wakasa! Because Wakasa’s home has become too polluted to live in, Tatsumi graciously offers his bathtub as a refuge. With a boisterous merman as his new roommate, Tatsumi’s normal life won’t be returning anytime soon, not to mention Wakasa’s aquatic friends—Takasu, Mikuni, and Maki—often show up uninvited, making them all quite a handful for the high school student. As he humors their curiosity for human life, Tatsumi sometimes finds himself enjoying their childish antics, but he will have to keep his cool if he intends to keep up with his daily life and newfound friendship.

8. Kuroko’s Basketball (Kuroko no Basket)

Kuroko's Basketball (Kuroko no Basket)

Synopsis – At Seirin High School, two newly recruited freshmen prove that they are not ordinary basketball players: Taiga Kagami, a promising player returning from the US, and Tetsuya Kuroko, a seemingly ordinary student whose lack of presence allows him to move around unnoticed. Although Kuroko is neither athletic nor able to score any points, he was a member of Teikou’s basketball team, where he played as the “Phantom Sixth Man,” who easily passed the ball and assisted his teammates. Kuroko no Basket follows the journey of Seirin’s players as they attempt to become the best Japanese high school team by winning the Interhigh Championship

Similarity – Both series are about a group of boys trying to accomplish something sports-related. Though Free! is more slice-of-life and Kuroko no Basket is more typical shounen, they have some similarities. Both Kuroko and Haruka (the main characters) have the same “kuudere” way of interacting with people. If you enjoy the humor of Free!, the humor in KnB will surely amuse you. While Free! has a lot of fanservice, KnB has little of the sort, but if you like bishounens, both series will appeal to you!

7. Prince of Stride: Alternative

Prince of Stride AlternativeSynopsis – “Stride”—an extreme sport that combines parkour, free running, relay, and sprinting—is what made first year high school student Nana Sakurai enroll in Honan Academy, after being captivated by the school’s stride team. Sharing the mutual intention of joining the team is fellow first year and stride maniac, Takeru Fujiwara, and together they request to join. Much to their dismay, however, the stride club is no longer active due to lack of members, and they are now operating under the shogi club. In order to revive the stride club, Nana and Takeru recruit first year Riku Yagami—a fast runner who is interested in almost every sport. With this new team, the club now aims high at a new goal: to win the prestigious End of Summer competition, and bring the Honan stride team back to their prime.

Similarity – While Free is swimming, Prince of Stride is running. Free focuses on mostly two teams in competition and gives a lot of background on the male leads’ past swimming experiences, where Stride does very little of that with only hints of flash backs. Both anime are similar in which that the characters are very passionate about training to win competitions and the importance of teamwork, trust, and friendship, so it’s inspiring.

6. Yuri!!! on Ice

Yuri!!! on IceSynopsis – Yūri Katsuki carried all of Japan’s hopes on his shoulders to win at the Gran Prix Finale ice skating competition, but suffered a crushing defeat. He returns home to Kyushu and half feels like he wants to retire, and half feels like he wants to continue ice skating. Suddenly the five-time consecutive world championship ice skater Victor Nikiforov appears before him with Yuri Plisetsky, a young Russian figure skater who is already defeating his seniors. As one of his biggest fans, Yuuri eagerly accepts, kicking off his journey to make it back onto the world stage. But the competition is fierce, as the rising star from Russia, Yuri Plisetsky, is relentlessly determined to defeat Yuuri and win back Victor’s tutelage.

Similarity – Both series are focussed on the athletic development of males with a passion for their chosen sports. They take you on a journey with many obstacles to overcome with help from friends and rivals. Also, let your fangirl mind fill in the blanks left by shounen-ai vibes throughout the episodes. In term of animation, both try to make the sport that each of the characters are in to show the beauty of the sport that they partake in.

5. K-On!

k onSynopsis – It’s Yui Hirasawa’s first year in high school, and she’s eagerly searching for a club to join. At the same time, Ritsu Tainaka, a drummer, and her friend Mio Akiyama, a bassist, are desperately trying to save the school’s light music club, which is about to be disbanded due to lack of members. They manage to recruit Tsumugi Kotobuki to play the keyboard, meaning they only need one more member to get the club running again. Yui joins, thinking it will be an easy experience for her to play the castanets, the only instrument she knows. However, the other members think their new addition is actually a guitar prodigy.

Similarity – Both series are focussed on the athletic development of males with a passion for their chosen sports. They take you on a journey with many obstacles to overcome with help from friends and rivals. Also, let your fangirl mind fill in the blanks left by shounen ai vibes throughout the episodes.

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4. You and Me. (Kimi to Boku.)

Kimi to Boku (You and Me)Synopsis – Four high school boys, who have known each other since childhood, hang out together in school every day. There’s the handsome twins Yuuki and Yuuta Asaba, the gentle Shun Matsuoka, and the calm class head Kaname Tsukahara. Although they have become used to a lack of excitement in their lives, the addition of a new transfer student, Chizuru Tachibana, who is half German and half Japanese, may add a little more adventure to their routine. With his energetic personality and stories from a distant country, Chizuru may be able to light up the dull atmosphere of the group.

Similarity – Kimi To Boku. and Free! both focus on a group of guys in their teens. They are also similar in terms of how the plot shows how they’ve grown from their childhood to the present. Also, there is a supporting female role in both anime that eventually affects the group of boys. They have similar humor and characters and the same “feel.”

3. Ping Pong The Animation

Ping Pong The AnimationSynopsis – “The hero comes. The hero comes. The hero comes. Chant these words in your mind, and I’ll surely come to you…” This mantra is what Makoto Tsukimoto repeats as a source of motivation when he fights through the stress of not only grueling ping pong matches, but also in situations of his life. Makoto doesn’t fight alone; he and his friend, Yukata Hoshino, nicknamed Smile and Peco respectively, are two boys who have grown up playing ping pong together nearly every day. Peco, brimming with confidence, aims to be the best table tennis player in the world; Smile, on the other hand, shows little ambition. Nevertheless, the two have always stuck together, with a bond built upon their mutual love for this sport.

Similarity – Both Free! and Ping Pong The Animation have a main character who is calm and greatly admire the sport they practice. Moreover, the main characters find that their friends are also their greatness opponents. Both are about sports but more importantly a friendship of two great athletes.

2. Sound! Euphonium (Hibike! Euphonium)

Sound! Euphonium (Hibike! Euphonium)Synopsis – Kumiko Oumae is looking for a new beginning at Kitauji High School, distant from most of her middle school peers. She befriends Hazuki Katou and Saphire “Midori” Kawashima and joins the Music Club with them, a past-time from her junior high days. There she continues to play euphonium and encounters Reina Kousaka, a figure from her past she didn’t expect to meet again. As the club works tirelessly to achieve it’s goals, the two girls awkwardly dance around each other, each wanting to know the other more.

 

Similarity – For a music anime, hibike also has a lot of elements of sports anime such as Free: competitions, friendships, hardships, teamwork, the relationship between club life and life in the outside world, and a drive to improve, not just for yourself, but for the rest of your clubmates. Some of the main cast also display similar traits and tropes, albeit on different genders, and although Hibike takes it easier on the fanservice, there is still the same quality art/animation style and attention to detail Kyoto animation is known for.

1. Love Live! School Idol Project

Love Live School Idol ProjectSynopsis – Otonokizaka High School is in a crisis! With the number of enrolling students dropping lower and lower every year, the school is set to shut down after its current first year’s graduate. However, second-year Honoka Kousaka refuses to let it go without a fight. Searching for a solution, she comes across popular school idol group A-RISE and sets out to create a school idol group of her own. With the help of her childhood friends Umi Sonoda and Kotori Minami, Honoka forms μ’s (pronounced “muse”) to boost awareness and popularity of her school. Unfortunately, it’s all easier said than done. Student council president Eri Ayase vehemently opposes the establishment of a school idol group and will do anything in her power to prevent its creation.

Similarity – Both anime are about a group of diverse characters that come together to create a group (an idol group in Love Live, a swimming team in Free!). Both strive towards a common goal (winning Love Live/swimming tournament) and explore the friendships between the characters in their journey to achieve their club goal. These characters face various challenges that help them to grow and improve together. I recommend giving it a go.

Credits – MAL, ANN

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