Synopsis/Plot Summary: Inspired as a child by an ace volleyball player Shouyou Hinata began playing in middle school by reviving their volleyball club. Surprisingly they make it to a tournament! However, their luck doesn’t last too long because they’re totally squashed by the “King of the Court”, Tobio Kageyama and his team. Vowing to surpass him, Hinata joins his high school’s volleyball team but his rival happens to be on the same one! Haikyuu is an exhilarating and emotional sports comedy that follows to determined athletes as they attempt to not only patch up a heated rivalry but with their combined talent lead their team to be the best in Japan! Both anime tell a story of an underdog who will stop at nothing to make it in their sport of choice. Haikyuu has no shortage of strong male figures who are both rivals and support for the main character. The two works are popular sports anime with beautiful, vibrant, and colorful art styles.
Synopsis/Plot Summary: Years ago in elementary school, four friends, Haruka Nanase, Rin Matsuoka, Nagisa Hazuki, and Makoto Tachibana took part in and won a swimming relay race! After the tournament they go their separate ways and many years later the friends happened to reunite as high school students. All seems fine, however, Rin couldn’t care less about returning to the way things used to be. Now attending another school and vengeful, Rin’s only goal is to prove how much of a better swimmer than Haruka he is. Haruka, Nagisa, and Makoto now decide to form the Iwatobi High School Swim Club, but it looks like they’re going to need to bag a fourth member if they want to take part in the upcoming tournament! This is where Rei Ryuugazaki, a former track team member who Nagisa recruits comes in. Over time the four develop a rather close bond while intensely training to come out on the top and kill the grudge between Haruka and Rin once and for all. In both series there is a strong emphasis on friendship, hard work, and intense passion. The two anime take you on a journey through a number of obstacles that are overcome with help from friends and rivals alike. Free! has no shortage of beautiful guys who truly appreciate each other and aren’t too shy to give off a ton of BL vibes!