Newest Film from the Hit Sports Anime Franchise Free! Will Screen March 14, 2018 in Select U.S. Theaters for One Night Only Event with Special Pre-Show
Building on the success of the Internet breaking, hit animated series Free!, Funimation® Films in association with Asahi Broadcasting Company is bringing anime’s favorite swimmers to U.S. theaters as they face their future and the graduation of teammates in the new film “Free! -Take Your Marks-” from creators Kyoto Animation and Animation Do. The movie’s storyline follows after the events of Season 2 (“Free! -Eternal Summer-”) and leading up to Season 3 of the series, which will premiere this summer. “Free! -Take Your Marks-” will be screened in Japanese with English subtitles in select theaters nationwide on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 as a one-night-only event style release with a special pre-show. The pre-show will include an exclusive animated greeting and introduction to the film by the Free! characters that was previously only available in Japanese theaters, as a well as a movie photo session offering fans the opportunity to take and post pictures and become part of the event itself. Advance tickets for film will be available for purchase beginning February 13, 2018 on the movie’s official website (funimationfilms.com/free) which will launch later this month.
“Free! has been an immensely popular franchise since Day 1 and encompasses a broad cross-section of our fans. All of whom have been anxious to see more,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation. “Our event style release of ’Free! -Take Your Marks-’ provides fans not only a unique opportunity to experience Free! for the first-time ever on the big screen but also a chance to quench their thirst for the show ahead of this summer’s premiere of Season 3. I encourage Free! fans to purchase tickets in advance to guarantee they don’t miss-out on this special one-night-only event on March 14th.”
“Free! -Take Your Marks-” is the third in a trilogy of films that includes the “Free! -Timeless Medley-” compilation movies, whichretell Seasons 1 & 2 of the television series and feature brand new characters and content. Along with the theatrical rights for “Free! -Take Your Marks-,” Funimation has also acquired the home video distribution rights for the complete trilogy as well as the long-awaited prequel film “High Speed! -Free! Starting Days-” from Asahi Broadcasting Company. Home video release dates for the four titles will be announced in the future.
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