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You're... pretty cute.
— Seijuro, speaking to Gou Matsuoka.
Seijuro Mikoshiba
Seijuro Mikoshiba
Kanji 御子柴 清十郎
Rōmaji Mikoshiba Seijūrō
Also known as Nii-chan (by Momotaro)
Description
Gender Male
Height 187 cm (6'2")
Weight 77 kg (170 lb)
Professional Status
Affiliation Samezuka Academy (graduated)
Swimming Team (formerly)
Function Captain (formerly)
Swim Style Butterfly
Personal Status
Relatives Sister[1]
Momotarou Mikoshiba (younger brother)[2]
Debut
Anime Episode 2
Voice Actors
Japanese Kenjiro Tsuda
English Robert McCollum

Seijuro Mikoshiba (御子柴 清十郎 Mikoshiba Seijūrō) is one of the main supporting characters of the anime series Free!. He is the butterfly swimmer[3] and was the captain on Samezuka Academy's swimming team until he graduated, giving away his position to Rin Matsuoka.

Appearance

Seijuro has slicked back, tousled, short, bright red hair and golden eyes. He has a darker complexion compared to others and is well-built from swimming and other exercises done at Samezuka Academy. He wears Samezuka Academy's black jacket most of the time.[4][5][6][7] While swimming, he wears black swim briefs.[5]

Personality

Seijuro is an enthusiastic person, being incredibly weak against cute girls - as seen as he has fallen in love with Gou on their first meeting, calling her “cute”. This attraction goes as far that his room is full of Gou's photos, as Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa, Rei and Gou discovered then they went to visit Rin's room, but accidentally entered Seijuro's. Nagisa once stated that he had thought that Seijuro was only an enthusiastic person and that he hadn't been a good swimmer, however, this was proven wrong when Seijuro won 1st place on the swimming tournament.

Contrary to his happy-go-lucky personality when around things he likes and girls, Gou mainly, Seijuro is a strict, serious captain of a swimming team. Even though he's strict, he sometime tends to give comic reliefs in the show, such as when he told The Swimming Team that a fearsome new face will enter the club in April and started frantically laughing, making Rei wonder "what kind of villain is he supposed to be". He is said to defy logic, being able to swim 100 meters one hundred times, not loosing one single time.[8]

Though he scolded Rin at the relay against the Iwatobi High School Swim Club at the regional tournament, in the end he is the kind of person who laughs it off and just forgives. To hold the swim team of the renowned Samezuka Academy together you have to have a big heart. However, he has no mercy for those who slack off. Though his eyes wander when he’s in his flirting mindset, he is always firmly watching his club members’ movements, their bodily difficulties naturally as well, but he’s also checking their mental conditions. When he assesses someone to be unfit, he doesn’t shy away from pulling them out of the team.[9]

Mikoshiba set a new record at the prefecture’s tournament. Even as the champion school’s captain, that ability is unfathomable. Even when that ability only vouches for his usual state of imperturbableness.[9]

History

A little is known about Seijuro's history, but it's known that he won swimming competitions while being a grade schooler. However, he always placed second with Haruka always being first.[9]

Plot

Main article: Seijuro Mikoshiba/Plot

Relationships

Main article: Seijuro Mikoshiba/Relationships

Creation Conception

The director of Free!, Hiroko Utsumi, said that since he had had to deliver some meaningful words to Rin during the endgame they had made him cool, but since he had been the captain they also gave him the sort of grandiosity and big-heartedness that comes with a "gahaha" laugh. However, she said, in the second episode, Kenjiro Tsuda’s improvisation of the line "You’re really cute" had really seemed to fit the character as well, so they kept it. The character designer, Futoshi Nishiya, added that Seijuro's design is the same as when he had first imagined him. While carrying a very captain-like majesty, he thought he became the most manly out of all the characters in the series. To match his appearance of the warm senpai, the staff made his hair red. There was a bit of orange mixed into that red as well, and so the staff immediately agreed on his hair color.[9]

Trivia

  • It is shown that Seijuro has a strong similarity with Mikoto Suoh from K, as they both have red hair, golden eyes and the same voice actor, Kenjiro Tsuda.
  • Seijuro reads Monthly Muscle Magazine, just like Gou does.[10]
  • Seijuro's room number is 201 and is across the hall from Rin and Aiichiro's.[11]
  • In the Free! Drama CD "There's No Way My Little Sister Is Dating Some Guy", it is revealed that Seijuro has a little sister.[1]
  • His hobbies are karaoke, tennis and beach volleyball.[9]


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Iwatobi High School Swimming Club's Diary 2: Track 11
  2. Episode 14
  3. Free! Eternal Summer 2nd PV
  4. Episode 2
  5. 5.0 5.1 Episode 3
  6. Episode 5
  7. Episode 11
  8. Episode 13
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Seijuro Mikoshiba Character Page From Pash! Perfect File
  10. Iwatobi High School Swimming Club's Diary 2: Track 9
  11. Rin and Nitori's Week! (short movie)


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