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High Speed! (prequel of Free!)
Title: High Speed!
Author: Kōji Ōji
Illustrator: Futoshi Nishiya
Genre: Sports, Shounen
Publication Date/Year: July 8th, 2013
Publisher: Kyoto Animation
The story is a prequel of the anime Free! and happens during the elementary school time of the boys Haruka, Rin, Makoto and Nagisa.
Long summaries by fencer_x (almost the whole chapters were translated):
Chapter 1 summary
Chapter 2 summary
Chapter 3 summary
Chapter 4 summary
Chapter 5 summary
Chapter 6 summary
Chapter 7 summary part 1|part 2
Chapter 8 summary
Full translation of chapters (work in progress):
- Index + scans of ilustrations: http://sunnyskies.dreamwidth.org/661.html
- Chapter 1: http://sunnyskies.dreamwidth.org/960.html
- Chapter 2: http://sunnyskies.dreamwidth.org/1146.html
- Chapter 3: http://sunnyskies.dreamwidth.org/1395.html
- Chapter 4: http://sunnyskies.dreamwidth.org/1709.html
- Chapter 5: http://sunnyskies.dreamwidth.org/1878.html
- Chapter 6: http://sunnyskies.dreamwidth.org/2169.html
Last edited by Asclepius; August 29, 2013 at 07:32 AM.
Well, now that i read all the long summaries, i can speak about the story.
It is really deep and serious, sometimes too serious for elementary boys' lives. Don't expect the anime hints of bromance in the light novel.
The plot is good and well developed. It presents the evolution of their friendship with comedy and even some tragedy in their past.
The last chapter almost made me cry.
Thumbs up for the book, i really enjoyed it.