08/19/2013 - present
Because it's not QUITE Free...
"Wait, we're on a swim team? I thought this show was about drugs or something."
- Haru, episode 9
History[edit | edit source]
50% OFF! is a parody of the anime FREE! Iwatobi Swim Club (2013). It was first announced in a 4 second video on August 13, 2013. The first 5 episodes were released before the anime had finished airing. The parody does not abridge the source material by a great margin: the first 10 episodes include about 35 minutes of content (plus several bonus videos!) and only cover episodes 1-3 of the original anime.
Production[edit | edit source]
An ending theme was introduced to the series as of episode 6: an English cover of 「SPLASH FREE」, sung by sparkytheandroid and Octopimp. The Japanese version from the original anime is sung by STYLE FIVE.
Cast[edit | edit source]
- sparkytheandroid @tumblr - Haru, Rin
- Octopimp @tumblr - Makoto, Nagisa, Rei
- Rina-chan @arachnidsgrip - Gou
- azamack @tumblr - Miss Miho
- Attention @bandcamp - Seijuro
- Bunnyroid @tumblr - Ren and Ran (ep. 7), Nitori (ep. 9+)
- LittleKuriboh - Coach Sasabe
Episode List[edit | edit source]
|Episode 1 - Prologue||Aug 19, 2013|
|Episode 2 - Late For Anime School||Aug 21, 2013|
|Episode 3 - Breaking and Entering||Aug 28, 2013|
|Episode 4 - Taking the Fall||Sep 14, 2013|
|Episode 5 - Extracuricular||Sep 25, 2013|
|Episode 6 - APPROVED!||Oct 24, 2013|
|Episode 7 - Headgames With Haru||Nov 23, 2013|
|Episode 8 - So Hot But So Crazy||Jan 8, 2014|
|Episode 9 - Dream Journal||Mar 19, 2014|
|Episode 10 - Usurper||Jul 4, 2014|
|Episode 11 - Flyin' Hawaiian||Nov 1, 2014|
Episode 12 - Solid Right Cross
Mar 31, 2015
|Episode 13 - Team Screaming Exercise||Jun 3, 2015|
|Episode 14 - Only God Can Judge||Oct 24, 2015|
|Episode 15 - Probably Just A Typo||Nov 1, 2015|
|Episode 16 - Dirt Brain||Mar 27, 2016|
|Episode 17 - Bad Blood||May 27, 2016|
|Episode 18 - Washing The Failure Off||Jul 13, 2016|
|Episode 19 - Imbecilic Determination||Jan 7, 2017|
Common Themes[edit | edit source]
Characters Differences[edit | edit source]
- Haru's has at least 4 split personalities, but perhaps more. They are all also named Haru. The reason that he appears to be a outwardly quiet character is because his alternate personalities spend most of their time arguing or playing board games and video games. Because of this, Haru comes off as a sort of vegetable. He is also hydrosexual.
- The "cute character" Nagisa is recast as deep-voiced, drug-dealing, tattooed, "Thug Seme" Nagisa, who has recently broken out of prison. His other crimes include breaking and entering, murder, vandalism, drag-racing, and the illegal breeding of rockhopper penguins. He flirts with Rei openly and frequently and has most likely made out with Rei though not shown it is implied. Despite this, he does not consider himself as homosexual.
- Makoto is excessively naive, considering the questionable sanity and illegal activities of his friends. He often lets slip that he's attracted to Haru by innuendo or gushing over Haru when he's out of earshot, but denies it when questioned (He becomes less in denial and more possessive as the series continues).
- Rin is recast as an idiot savant. Much like Haru, he excels at swimming and struggles with everyday tasks like tying his shoes.
- Gou's back story involved taking a fall for Nagisa and spending 6 months in jail. She "ships" pairs of well-muscled guys who she happens to pass by throughout her day. She is comparable to the typical "fangirl."
- Rei speakes dramatically in a soft voice that seems vaguely threatening. He also seems to be obsessed with death or ways one can die.
- Miss Miho acts sweet and cheerful as a front to keep suspicion away from her criminal activities.
- Nitori is attracted to Rin and wants everything of Rin's to the point of obsession. An odd one-sided love.
Running Gags[edit | edit source]
- Swearing is censored with each characters animal persona sounds.
- Many drug references worked into previously innocent situations.
- A character known as "Easter Dave" is referenced often as Nagisa's associate in crime. In PalletTownChampions abridged parody of Fairy Tail, it is revealed that "Easter Dave" is actually Master Makarov during a Nagisa cameo.
- Nagisa uses a different pop culture shark reference every time he refers to Rin (he starts running out of good ones around episode 10).
- Seijuro using the word "bro" in unnecessary places.
- The intense swimming sequences are downplayed with splash sound effects similar to what might be heard in a real swimming event.
- Coach Sasabe illegally importing exotic birds.
- Haru not being able to read. (He may regain the ability at some point)
- Makoto making plenty of Freudian slips.
- Rei and his obsession with murder
- The number of voices in Haru's head keeps getting bigger as more episodes progress