|The Eternal Summer of Beginnings!|
|Rōmaji||Hajimari no Etānaru Samā!|
|Air Date||September 24, 2014|
|Director|| Hiroko Utsumi|
|Animation Director|| Chiyoko Ueno|
|Opening||Dried Up Youthful Fame|
|← Episode 24||N/A →|
The Eternal Summer of Beginnings! (はじまりのエターナルサマー！ Hajimari no Etānaru Samā!) is the thirteenth and final episode of season two of the Free! anime, and the twenty-fifth episode of the overall series. It aired on September 24, 2014.
Upon returning from Australia, Haru gives his thanks to Rin and rejoins his teammates, deciding that he will start focusing on times and winning for the sake of reaching his new dream, which is to swim in the wide open world. He apologizes to Makoto, who explains that he is going to a Tokyo university in order to become a swimming teacher.
On the night before the national tournament, the group reminisce about the past two years together, with Nagisa and Rei becoming emotional about Haru and Makoto's impending graduation, though Haru assures them that they will always be connected.
Following a memorable experience at the nationals, in which Iwatobi manages to win their heat and placed 6th overall, it is graduation time. Rin passes on the position of Samezuka Academy's captain to Nitori, before telling Sosuke that he'll wait until he returns to the world of swimming.
Meanwhile, the team bury a time capsule containing the sights they saw at the nationals, before joining Rin in a petal-filled pool at Samezuka. Everyone soon goes their separate ways, with a flash forward to Haru and Rin facing off against each other in the professional circuit.
List of characters in order of appearance:
|Episodes||1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 • 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 • 22 • 23 • 24 • 25|
|Short Movies||1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 14|
|Blu-ray & DVD||Vol.1 • Vol.2 • Vol.3 • Vol.4 • Vol.5 • Vol.6|