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Nagisa Hazuki
Nagisa Hazuki anime
Kanji 葉月 渚
Rōmaji Hazuki Nagisa
Also known as Nagisa-kun (by Rei)
Description
Gender Male
Sign Leo
Birthday August 1st
Age 10-11 (High☆Speed!)
15-16[1] (Free!)
Height 135 cm (4'5") (High☆Speed!)
165 cm (5'5") (Free!)
Weight 32 kg (72 lb) (High☆Speed!)
55 kg (121 lb) (Free!)
Professional Status
Occupation 2nd year High School Student
Affiliation Iwatobi Elementary School
ITSC RETURNS Logo Iwatobi Swimming Club
Iwatobi Badge Iwatobi High School
Function Treasurer
Swim Style Breaststroke (specialty), butterfly, freestyle (crawl)
Events 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke, 4x100m medley relay
Personal Status
Relatives Father[2]
Mother[3]
Nanako Hazuki (elder sister)[3]
Two unnamed elder sisters[2]
Debut
Anime Episode 1
Voice Actors
Japanese Tsubasa Yonaga
Satomi Satō (Child)

Nagisa Hazuki (葉月 渚 Hazuki Nagisa) is one of the main characters of the anime series Free! and the light novel High☆Speed!. He is the breaststroke swimmer on the Iwatobi High School swim team and a 2nd year high school student at Iwatobi High School.

Appearance

Nagisa Full

Nagisa is a short, young man with wavy blond hair that goes down between his dark pink eyes.

His usual school uniform consists of light brown trousers, a white shirt with a red necktie, beige long sleeved jumper, dark gray buttoned up blazer and black shoes. During the spring and summer, he would wear his summer uniform, which consists of gray trousers, a white shirt with short sleeves and a gray collar, the red dotted necktie, beige sleeveless jumper and white shoes.

In the beginning of the series, he is seen wearing red swim jammers with yellow star patterns on them when swimming,[4] however, he later switched to black swim jammers, which have light pink patterns on them.

Personality

Nagisa has a cheerful personality. He is very strong and is not afraid to speak his mind; these traits define him as a straight-forward person. It was this very straight-forward and bold personality that established the current Iwatobi Swim Team in the first place.[1] He can get very enthusiastic about most things that catch his eye and if there is something that remotely interests him, he will instantly act upon and pursue those feelings.

Nagisa admires Haruka's swimming style and eventually enrolles at the same high school to get a chance to swim with him again, as he previously attended another middle school away from Haruka and Makoto.[1] He can be quite pushy in some situations, especially when Haruka doesn't share an opinion with him, which can be seen as rudeness by some people.[1] However, this helps Makoto to get Haruka to do something most of the time.[1][5] Additionally, Nagisa lacks manners to some extent, as he frequently speaks with his mouth full, and tends to be very noisy and untidy.[6]

Nagisa also has a certain rebellious side, as he insists to sneak into the indoor swimming pool of Samezuka Academy which was closed at the time, commiting trespass.[1] He still acts very much child-like and has nothing against swimming naked in the pool, which someone would find embarrassing.[1] He is shown to be sly in some way and above all, stubborn, especially when it comes to Gou's name. No matter how hard Gou tries to make him call her "Kou" (which she considers more feminine name), he always contradicts wtih calling her "Gou", much to her dismay.[1][7][4] Nagisa is not particulary gifted in arts and can be very intrusive.[7] Although Nagisa often thinks of unconventional and strange methods to solve relatively simple problems, his eagerness always influences the situation to work to his favor.

Whenever he sees something is wrong with Rei-chan, he gets serious and tries to help. He gets along well with everyone in the series and has many friends.

History

When Haruka and Makoto started going to Iwatobi Junior High School, Nagisa was left all alone at Iwatobi Elementary School and because of that, went to swimming practices at Iwatobi Swimming Club alone. When Nagisa started practicing butterfly with Rin, the breaststroke evolved into the butterfly but Nagisa was trying to evolve that butterfly even further. He wanted the day butterfly gets recognized as a new swimming style to be close and be able to swim any kind of style, just like Rin, and swim as the invidual medley swimmer. Since his first appearance in a tournament was when he swam medley relay with Haruka, Makoto and Rin, he felt uneasy at the thought he would swim alone this time.

While Nagisa was still an elementary school student, his three older sisters often dressed him up in girls' clothing and put makeup on him. One day when they switched their swimsuits with his, Haruka offerend to lend him his swimsuit and he took his sister's. Ever since then, Nagisa has admired Haruka greatly. However, in high school the bullying still didn't stop because, time after time, Nagisa's sisters switch his swimsuit with theirs.

Plot

Main article: Nagisa Hazuki/Plot

Skill

I can't forget Nagisa's stroke. How he speeds up after the turn... How he creates the illusion that his arms extend when he swims...
Rin Matsuoka, about Nagisa's stroke.[6]

Current stats:

Stamina
4/5 NAGISA STATS
Body
2/5
Mental Strength
4/5
Water Repellency
5/5
Logic
2/5
Angel
4/5


Expected stats:

Stamina
5/5 NAGISA STATS
Body
4/5
Mental Strength
5/5
Water Repellency
5/5
Logic
3/5
Angel
7/5


Relationships

Main article: Nagisa Hazuki/Relationships

Music

Main article: Nagisa Hazuki/Music

Creation and Conception

Nagisa Sketches
Hiroko Utsumi said that Nagisa was the cute younger brother type of character. He always acts childish for his age, even though he’s not even a year younger than the rest of the group. Nagisa is the only one who physically plays around with Rei, but since it’s Nagisa, Rei’s good points are brought out. He’s the one who’s able to bring out everyone’s various expressions. His outer appearance also feels childish with his big and round hairstyle. His personality is a natural airhead; everything goes over his head. He’s the type of person who gets by on instinct. As soon as he thinks of something, he acts on it instantly. Nagisa has a lot of small penguin accessories because he loves big penguins. In the first episode, you can get a glimpse of his underwear which have penguins on it. He enrolled in Iwatobi High School wanting to swim again with Haruka and Makoto, but there was actually another reason - "Iwatobi" in Iwatobi High School means "rockhopper penguin". With that kind of inspiration, he easily made his decision where to apply. Futoshi Nishiya added that "He’s a cute character, but as a first year high schooler, his body is a bit tense. He’s not just cute and, while he does say some stupid things as he pleases, he’s not an idiot. We drew him carefully while examining the rest of the cast to maintain balance among designs". His character is very important to help move the story along.

Trivia

  • Like all members of the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club, Nagisa has a female name.
  • Nagisa has an extreme sweet tooth. For lunch, he always eats "rock" and "hopping" bread, which is bread with strawberry jam, marmalade, and chocolate on top. It costs ¥480.[8]
  • Nagisa's favorite food is strawberry shortcake, and he prefers to eat his favorite foods first.[2]
  • Nagisa dislikes are Math, peppers, and onions.[2]
  • Nagisa has three older sisters, who often dressed him up in girls' clothing and put makeup on him when he was in elementary school.[2]
  • The first day Nagisa joined the Iwatobi Swimming Club in elementary school, his sisters had swapped out his swimsuit for a girl's. Haruka ended up wearing the girl's swimsuit and lent his to Nagisa.[2]
  • Nagisa owns a pink cellphone.[5]
  • Nagisa likes eating strawberry flavored ice cream and strawberry cake.[9]
  • Nagisa's best subject is History, while he's bad at Math.[9]
  • Nagisa likes history, all sorts of insects, horror movies and thrill rides.[9]
  • Both Gou and Nagisa's rooms were exactly copied from North American furniture catalogs and blogs.[10]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Episode 1
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Iwatobi High School Swimming Club's Diary 1: Track 6
  3. 3.0 3.1 Episode 18
  4. 4.0 4.1 Episode 3
  5. 5.0 5.1 Episode 9
  6. 6.0 6.1 Episode 8
  7. 7.0 7.1 Episode 2
  8. Iwatobi High School Swimming Club's Diary 1: Track 3
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Free! TV Animation Guidebook
  10. Anime News Network Free! Trivia


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