I’m sure that somewhere along the line you have heard of it, either by the name of “Swimming Anime” or by it’s actual title Free!. I have to admit that I wasn’t that keen on watching it when I saw the first promo video, but then I gave in, watched the first episode… and spiraled downward into an obsession
So it’s probably no surprise that some merchandise items are finding their way into my collection. This time it’s the “Free! Rubber Strap Collection” which, to my knowledge, is only available through the Animate Online Shop. Since it doesn’t ship outside Japan, that of course means that I had to go with a proxy service in order to get my hands on them. My service of choice is Yokatta, since they’re the cheapest service I know. (That being said, I plan on making a post about proxy services and how to use them, so watch this space!)
Now on to the straps:
As you can see, they came in a nice long, rectangular box. One box equaled 6 straps and fortunately it included the whole set that is presented there and not just a random assortment. Of course it was also possible to only buy one strap (for 473 ¥ or 4.7 $/3.6 €), but I needed the whole set (for 2838 ¥ or 28 $/21.4 €) for obvious reasons.
This is the outside of the box, which shows the art style of the straps.
When you open the box, you see six tiny boxes with the straps, all neatly lined up.
And some more pics of the outside of the smaller boxes.
Here they are Aren’t they absolutely adorable? Of course you’re also going to get close ups of the different straps
…and Iwatobi-chan, the mascot
A picture of the back as a bonus
The straps all have the following measurements (for the boys):
Length: 6,7 cm (2,6 inches)
Width: 3,8 cm (1,5 inches) (along the widest part of the strap)
Measurement for Iwatobi-chan:
Length: 3,2 cm (1,3 inches)
Width: 6,7 cm (2,6 inches)