Most Favorite Free! Pairings

Which pairing in the English fandom for Free! - Iwatobi Swimming Club (aka swimming anime) is the most popular? We all know Japan's obsession with makoharu, so let's see if it's different in this fandom! You can add other pairings if you don't see your one on this list

The Top Ten

1 Makoharu

If you want an example of the most pure and honest form of love then just look at Makoto and Haru together. They're two sides of one whole, and will always be with each other because they need one another. Their relationship is the most beautiful, and the most natural. They don't need dramatics or unsubtle displays of affection or tension for people to ship it - it's so so simple and WORKS because of how the complete each other. They are both the most important person to each other, whether romantic or platonic, and you have to be completely blind to not see (or deny) the love they have for each other (again platonic or romantic) no matter what you ship.

MakoHaru is the most beautiful and strongest relationship I've ever seen. Their feelings are clearly mutual and pure, they care for each other as naturally as they breathe and nothing can change or destroy this deep bond. The anime, the novel, all the official arts, CD, magazines, etc just confirm how beautiful MakoHaru is.
They are perfect for each other (canon fact) and are acting so married already, they don't need words to communicate and they knew each other since so long Haru doesn't remember! It is so natural and obvious for them to be just together (in the past, in the present, in the future). There are so many things to say about them, but above all, I just love how heartwarming it is to see them happy together, and I just want to see them happy as they are making me happy!

I love so much their relationship, they are help each other, and be there when one of them are in trouble. The understanding, honest, cute, stable long relationship made me longing for this kind of relationship in real life

At first one would think that Makoto and Haru's relationship is that of companionship, the perfect example of companionate love - the constancy of their presence with the other, the way they share so many things between themselves, how they act like a typical old couple - basically just around each other with little tension and spice in their dynamics (as compared to RinHaru, that is like a fuse just about to blow). However, that's as far as first impressions go, because their relationship runs deep as the ocean that Makoto is so afraid of, and yet is where Haru feels most free. It could be said that the producers are biased with the other pairing I mentioned, so there is a lot of downplaying going on for MakoHaru, but nonetheless, as an audience, one can't help but connect with their story and cheer them on. One can't help but conceive in their minds that this is the kind of relationship that lasts, that easily weathers problems because they know so well how to fix the issue. The ...more

2 Rinharu

Rin gave Haru a reason to swim, to live and he gave him a future. He gave Haru what he lacked: motivation. Because of him, Haru discovered what he really wanted to do in life. Rin made Haru realize that if wanted to swim, he could do it professionally, improving and succeeding to earn that satisfaction of winning which Rin felt, but Haru didn't. Haru gave Rin the real meaning of swimming, that it wasn't only about winning, but enjoying it and FEELING it. Rin realized that he was happier swimming with Haru because he made him feel emotions no one else made him feel EVER. Rin looked up to Haru and felt lost without him. They compliment each other and they made a HUGE impact in each other's life. Haru without Rin, wouldn't even have a reason to live and Rin without Haru, would be an egoist jerk. And that's why they were made for each other, but if you ask how do I know they love each other: hey, would you talk about your friend everyday in detail to your family? Would you be obsessed ...more

You're kidding, right? There's no competition. When two people are so deeply connected, the term competition doesn't exist. They don't simply GROW in each other's presence, they pull each other along. They are each other's catalysts. They love each other, and this is hardly an exaggeration; they've left a mark on each other's lives they couldn't erase even if they wanted to. They don't, is the thing. They want so much to be a part of the other's life. They're not perfect. they fight, they hurt each other, they misunderstand each other, they make things more complicated than they should be. But that's real. They're not perfect. they think about each other too much, fell a little too early and fell harder when they refused to get up. But that's real. It's a real dynamic, and it's beautiful in a way no fantasy book romance ever could be.

Besides, time and experience allows for better understanding. If they want so badly to be a part of each other's lives, they'll find a way to ...more

They have such a deep and real chemistry I don't even know where to begin. I could talk for hours about them, but lets keep this short and sweet. Haruka and Rin met in the last year of elementary school (roughly 12) for only (about) the last 3 months of the school year. In those 3 months they managed to create a bond so strong that Haruka never forgot about the red-haired shark-toothed boy in all the years to pass. Rin had such a strong pull on Haruka that when they met in middle school and raced against each other, Haruka quit swimming competitively just because he thought he hurt Rin. Now in high school, Haruka still wants to remember the sight Rin had showed him, and still cares about him just as deeply as his other friends. With Rin he had only been with him for a mere 3 months and managed to create such a deep bond with him, whereas with Makoto he was with him for basically his whole life. While I am in no way discrediting MH, Rinharu managed to create still as strong a bond as ...more

Rin and Haru have a complex yet powerful relationship that is unforgettable. What makes their bond and love so strong and undeniable is they show it. The saying goes " actions speak louder than words." And Rin and Haru show how much they care for each through their actions. Like when Rin move to Iwatobi elementary three months left of school. Rin literally move just to swim with Haru. When Sosouke said he did want swim relay, Rin just let it go. But no matter how many times Haru said "no" to swimming relay, Rin kept begging him. Rin did not want to give up on Haru shows that he is love with him. No matter how many times Rin had hurt him, Haru kept forgiving him. Because deep down Haru knew Rin was hurting and he wanted to save him. When Rin did not do well in his race, Haru got up and ran to find Rin. This action showed how much Haru cares for Rin, because Haru usually indifferent except when it comes to Rin. That is why I ship them because their actions tell so much of their love for ...more

3 Reigisa

It's so obvious that these two were made for each other. Because Nagisa is the kind of person who needs someone who's accepting of his own personality, will look out for the little enthusiast and be able to handle his affection and that person is Rei. As for Rei he needs someone who'll force him out of his little bubble so that he won't miss out on life plus you all know he's pretty much wrapped around Nagisa's little finger as it is.

And the signs are all there. The way they look at each other, How you know one would never let the other down and how they help each other in different ways. Nagisa wanted Rei to join the swim team so badly and even after all the times Rei said no he never gave up. He was so happy that he joined and even taught Rei how to swim right. Before he started hanging out with Nagisa Rei didn't bother with anything he didn't bother with things he considered 'not beautiful'. Now he's surrounded by all these new friends including Nagisa who's carved out a ...more

I feel like Nagisa is helping Rei get out of his comfort zone a little bit and helping him be more sociable. I think Rei may have thought that he was okay with just reading all of the time and not hanging out with friends after school but now, after meeting Nagisa (and, because of him, Makoto, Haruka, and Rin), I'm sure Rei will find that he really enjoys being around friends.

I also think that Rei will be able to help Nagisa and be a good influence on him as well.

They're both just very good for each other.

These two are just too cute! There's no getting around the fact that these two obviously have feelings for each other. They are always together, and just LOOK AT THEIR OFFICIAL ART! Can it get anymore cannon (without it specifically being stated). Honestly, these two belong together, they work with each other perfectly. Just seeing the way they look at each other makes me so happy! They are couple goals!

Love love this pairing! They are so cute. Both Rei and Nagisa are my favorite characters of the show and they have so much chemistry together. Rei always seem to have a weak spot for Nagisa, it's adorable. They are the most likely to be canon too!

4 HaruH2O

When asked about his love life Haru started talking about a random waterfall he saw.

We all know why to vote for this

Haru loves water-chan!

Only Ship That Matters in Free

5 Rinrei

I love how Rin doesn't think much or Rei when first meeting him but when Rei confronts him later asking why he wanted to join the relay, Rin gets defensive and asks Rei the same question. Rei's answer was to swim with all his friends. Rin also calls Rei in the middle of the night to talk to him. <--huehue) To be honest I think Rei is the real MVP in season 1 because he helped Rin and the others recover their relationship.

Although we don't get to see them together all the time, I simply love this pair. I love the fact that they care for each other so deeply but rarely show it. Rin is a daring, calm, and adventurous person and Rei is a sweet, adorable kinda guy that Rin would probably be attracted to. All I can say is that they are SO ADORABLE as a pair and I hope to see more of them in the future

Rinrei is amazing. The fact that Rin teaches Rei to swim the other strokes, and Rei giving him biscuits in return, Which, even though Rin finds them too sweet, he still eats them and stops Momo having more then one. And when Rei is shot with a water gun, Rin swear revenge.

Rinrei is so cute, their personalities fit well together. I love this ship!

6 SouRin

Ugh they're just so cute together... from the epic brofist to how they fight for the bottom bunk and how sousuke asks haru to stay away from rin and he gives rin the bottom bunk eventually!

It 's so nice to see how good they know each other even after beeing seperated for some years. They know they can trust each other and there is no other person Sousuke is so open with. I just have to think at the gentle expression he has as Rin cries because he can 't swim anymore. He just knows that there is someone who cares deeply for him so much that said person cries and that it 's still the same Rin he has known before.

And Rin just doesn 't give up on him and promise to wait. They have these playful fights, the little kicks Rin gives Sousuke and he just doesn 't mind because it belongs to their relationship and it 's always good to release some anger

I think it 's good that they have their little fights because after that they understand each other much better and their bond become stronger and stronger.

They just care so much for each other, and I feel like they rely on each other more than they do on others.

They are just...perfect for each other

7 Harurei

These two have a special relationship where they look up to one another and look to be free. Haru definitely has a soft spot for Rei.

They definitely have a connection with each other. They're the ultimate fluff couple.

8 SouMako

I just expect for Mako to have a crush on Haru and Sou on Rin and they find this common ground to get over each of their crushes and end up liking the one helping them get their old crush (Mako ends up liking Sou and Sou Mako)

After reading some fanfiction, Sousuke and Makoto have a great potential as a couple. I think their personalities works well together. Sousuke being rough on the edges and Makoto with his soft heart. Makoto mostly like will melt Sousuke's cold heart. They really are cute together.

I feel like Sousuke would take care of Makoto, and also they're just hot together.

Its kinda weird how good this ship would actually be if it was canon!

9 SouHaru

I like this one the best! It's so hot, Because of their rivalry towards each other. They have a lot of moments together and their are very rough, like the vending machine one. Sousuke jut backs Haruks up against it, now isn't that great? Rivalry and Smashing another against a wall? Hmm?

10 Seigou

I just love the dynamic so much and saying goodbye to Sei is going to be the hardest time of my life.

They take special place in my heart. <3
Gou, open your eyes and see that this redhead lionheart is here for you
You are breaking my heart

The Contenders

11 HaruGou

Why is this pairing so low?

HaruGou is the best couple in free although I do ship Rin and Haru and Makoto and Haru a lot there are many cute moments between them like the time she tried to comfort him over the pool and they smiled all lovey eyes at each other.And there's the other time when I thought it was cute of how that he remembers to call her by kou when they haven't seen eachother in ages

Only noncanon pair in Free! That caught my interest! They would be a perfect pair.

It's cute.

12 Makorin

Makorin is a hugely underrated ship, and I really do hope they get some more development next season. They contrast each other so beautifully, and even though they barely interact you can read between the lines and you KNOW that they mean so much to each other due to their shared history. It's got so much potential as a pairing and I'm so excited to see how it plays out.


13 Rintori

One of Ai's character songs is called "He's So Perfect" and it's about Rin. If this doesn't shout RINTORI NEEDS TO HAPPEN NOW, then I don't know what does.

10/10 ship, I often find myself watching rintori vines just for satisfaction of this ship

I love this pairing so much


14 SeiMako
15 Harugisa
16 KisuMako

I only shipped this at first because of jealous Haru, but I genuinely ship this now. Kisumi's the only one who thinks of Makoto first before Haru (because you know, everyone's like- gay for Haru and Kisu is gay for Mako and Asahi). Better not take Makoto for granted anymore, Haru. Or else, Kisumi will be coming to get him.

I love kisumako only because of jealous haru lol. I love harumako more than life, but my second favorite ship is this one (along with almost any other ship that involves makoto)

I wish Kisumi was in the anime more (instead of only being in that one episode). Makoto and Kisumi seem to get along really well, considering they have common interests. Although I love Makoto and Haru, this ship is awesome.

I ship Kisumi with everyone honestly.

17 MakoGou

Makoto and Gou are so cute together, and matches one another dangerously well. Makoto is the tall, calm, musular leader of the swim team. While Gou is the short, outgoing, short and feminin helper to the team. And... gosh, they are cute :D

They compliment each other like Gou is loud while Mako is more calm. While Gou goes all her way, Makoto will surely support her no matter what. I dunno their tandem's like Mother and Father. Mako being the Mother and Gou is the Father. 😂

18 MakoRei
19 MomoTori

MomoTori is just too adorable not to ship in my opinion. There end of discussion.

I love this ship. Even platonically, they have a great relationship

It's really, really cute. damn, why is this pairing so low?


20 MomoGou

Momo loves Gou... it's hard for me to watch every time she ignores him...

21 KisuSou
22 MakoHaruRin

Just for the fact that I'm cool with any combination between Haru, Makoto, and Rin.

It is just impossible to decide beetween Rin x Haru and Mako x Haru (though I would prefer Haru x Mako). Mako and Haru know each other for a long time, but without Rin it lacks dynamic. And just Rin x Haru is too explosive.

Or HaruRinMako or RinHaruMako or whatever... just free! Some. always free! Some.

I really can't decide between MH and RH since both ships are fab. I'm not voting for threesome though...I guess I'll ship both,😍😊

23 HaruMackerel

The love is real. THE LOVE IS REAL.

24 NagiGou
25 KisuHaru

I actually SERIOUSLY ship these two together haha...sorry Makoto you can go with Sousuke or whoever instead.

It's because of a) their past history together (WATCH THE MOVIE BRO) and b) how Kisumi takes Mako away (INTERPRETED AS ATTEMPTING TO MAKE HARU JEALOUS) lastly c) the way their personalities blend together is pretty much perfect and both of them are hot damn so

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