Slow Start

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Japanese: スロウスタート
English: Slow Start
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 7, 2018 to Mar 25, 2018
Premiered: Winter 2018
Broadcast: Sundays at 00:30 (JST)
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: CloverWorks
Source: 4-koma manga
Genre: ComedyComedy
Themes: CGDCTCGDCT, SchoolSchool
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.011 (scored by 2874528,745 users)
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Ranked: #40752
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Popularity: #2264
Members: 80,955
Favorites: 172

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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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Characters & Voice Actors


Aketagawa, Jin
Sound Director
Shinohara, Masahiro
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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"ne! ne! ne!" by STARTails☆ (Reina Kondou, Ayasa Itou, Tomomi Mineuchi, Maria Naganawa)

Ending Theme

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


Mar 24, 2018
With the massive amount of shallow school-based CGDCT that exist you'd be forgiven for thinking that Slow Start is another one of those. While there are many shows that try to take a simple gimmick and turn it into a CGDCT show, that isn't the case here. It may look like it, after all the fact that one character is a year behind seems like a nice basis for a show so that it can set itself apart that little bit before going back to the old tropes.

Except it's not a gimmick and it's not treading the same ground. Rather it's going farther than most ...
Apr 13, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Recommended with a big asterisk.

Bottom line: if you like CGDCT, yuri, and ecchi, then you will enjoy Slow Start. It is a PG-13 teaser, with enjoyable fan service and lots of yuri flirtations between the characters, especially so between Eiko and her teacher. But there is no nudity, nothing explicit, just a lot of joking and CGDCT.

The plot is minimal. The anime writers and producers let us down, suggesting a number of story lines that just fizzled out before they could get interesting. The art style is sort of classic for CGDCT, and may not be everyone's cup of tea.

I may ...
Feb 9, 2023
Slow start is one of the most disappointing anime I have seen in the "Cute girls doing cute things" genre and you will see why.

When I started watching slow start I was ready for another relaxing cute anime with cute characters but this was just not like that, I'm all for trying new stuff but that doesn't mean that when it fails then them trying will make it better than it really is.

Most of the characters were bad, 3 out of the 4 MCs are bad, first the MC is probably the most forced always worrying like character with most of the time all ...

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