Slow Start

Slow Start

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Hana Ichinose, a 17-year-old high school student who is not only introverted, but also insecure and timid, has just moved and will be attending a new school. To make her situation more difficult, Hana is a "slow start," which means that she missed a year and worries about attending a class where everyone is younger than her. During her introduction, the teacher reveals it is Hana's birthday, which gives her the jumping-off point to meet three of her classmates: Tamate Momochi, a charismatic and extroverted girl; Kanmuri Sengoku, who is shy and small; and the popular and pretty Eiko Tokura. Not wanting to lose the chance to make new friends, Hana's interactions with these three mark the beginning of some beautiful relationships that will change her life.

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English: Slow Start
Japanese: スロウスタート
Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 7, 2018 to Mar 25, 2018
Premiered: Winter 2018
Broadcast: Sundays at 00:30 (JST)
Producers: Aniplex, Houbunsha, Kansai Telecasting, Lawson, Kinoshita Group Holdings, Drecom
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: CloverWorks
Source: 4-koma manga
Genres: Comedy, School, Slice of Life
Duration: 23 min per ep
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Resolution: 720p, 480p, 1080p
Type: Eng Sub, BD


Hiroyuki Hashimoto – Director
Jin Aketagawa – Sound Director
Kazuya Aiura – Episode Director
Masahiro Shinohara – Episode Director, Storyboard
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Theme Songs

OP1: “ne! ne! ne!” by STARTails☆ (Reina Kondou, Ayasa Itou, Tomomi Mineuchi, Maria Naganawa)
ED1: “Kaze no Koe wo Kikinagara (風の声を聴きながら)” by Sangatsu no Phantasia (eps 1-11)
ED2: “Yuuyake to Issho ni (夕焼けといっしょに)” by STARTails☆ (Reina Kondou, Ayasa Itou, Tomomi Mineuchi, Maria Naganawa) (ep 12)

Episode List

01: The First Butterflies
02: Exercise Wears Me Out
03: Teardrops are Falling
04: The Premium Tournament on the Second Floor
05: Kamuri’s Fluffy
06: Sliminess of an Eel
07: Cuffed Wrists
08: Hana’s Friends
09: Gorilla in a Swimsuit
10: The Shark’s Cousin
11: Tomato Festival
12: Starting Slow



The title is very accurate.


This anime has been getting a lot of slack but I really enjoy it. It’s as slice of life as you can get, very pretty and cute characters


Feels as generic and uninspired as you could possibly get with a moe show. The only saving grace is the super fluid animation.


A fantastic showcase of character animation. very cute.


It’s cute and I enjoyed it, but I feel conflicted because a main plot point was left unresolved. That’s not how these shows usually work.


As kawaii as it gets. The story of Eiko and the teacher Enami definitely peaked my interest so it’s a shame there aren’t any more episodes.

Maki 🍻☠🎸

A decent slice of life with unexpectedly good yuri subtexts. Shows us that having a “gap” isn’t the end of the world.


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