Free! is over. There hasn't been a well-drawn male ecchi/fanservice series like this before (that I know of). And who knows if we'll even get another one like that. I mean there's Bakumatsu Rock
that's still going, but I need more than just one (oh who am I kidding, I'm behind on so many anime that I don't need to think about starting a new series any time soon. I'm even behind on Bakumatsu Rock!).
But still. I've never felt this way about any anime before, not even Bleach. This show has fanservice while still having a plot. I don't count the shirtlessness and them swimming as fanservice, but the unnecessary yet necessary camera angles in this show (Rin's crotch, Haruka getting out of the tub, Mikoshiba's butt, Rei's speedo, etc.) would count.
I've actually interacted with a fandom for once.
I've done more memes for this show than any other anime.
I drew actual fan art. And more than once.
I PUT MONEY THAT I BARELY EVEN HAVE INTO GETTING MERCHANDISE TO SUPPORT THE SHOW BECAUSE I LOVE IT SO MUCH.I PURCHASED A CRUNCHYROLL PREMIUM ACCOUNT JUST TO WATCH IT AND VOTE FOR IT AND SHOW THE COMPANIES HOW MUCH I LOVE IT.
This anime has a special place in my heart and always will. I'm going to miss all of my swimming husbando so much. I will never forget the wonderful things this anime has bought into my life. Thank you, Kyoto Animation