Locomotive of Crisis!
Episode 20-63
Episode Information
Air Date August 20, 2014
Staff Information
Director Ai Yukimura
Script Chika Ishikawa
Storyboard Ai Yukimura
Animation Director Chiyoko Ueno
Music Information
Opening Dried Up Youthful Fame
Episode 19 Episode 21

Locomotive of Crisis! is the eighth episode of season two of the Free! anime, and the twentieth episode of the overall series. It aired on August 20, 2014.


Makoto starts helping Goro at Iwatobi Swimming Club, acting as a swimming coach.

Meanwhile, Sosuke decides to help coach Nitori to improve his swimming.

As Makoto notices one of his students, Hayato, struggling with swimming without a kick board, he discovers that his brother is Kisumi Shigino, an old classmate from his and Haru's middle school. As the two reminisce, Kisumi explains to Makoto how Hayato developed a fear of swimming after he nearly drowned after falling off a boat.

Told by Haru to think over his own experiences of learning to swim, Makoto teaches Hayato how to do the backstroke, helping him to overcome his fear. As Makoto's time as a coach comes to an end, he and Haru learn from Kisumi that Sosuke had recently obtained an injury to his shoulder and had been competing in tournaments in spite of it.


List of characters in order of appearance:


  • Prior to Eternal Summer's English DVD release by Funimation the episode was called 'Locomotive Pinch!' in English



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