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
CGDCT shows ever try to do.
In reality, the core of Hana as a character isn't the fact that she started a year late, but rather how that late start effects her as a person. Hana shows all of the traditional signs of the worrier archetype but it goes beyond that. While sometimes it can be played up for laughs it doesn't exist solely for laughs. Rather it is a core focus of the show. Hana isn't just a worrier but rather is someone who has anxiety and a pretty bad case of that. Whenever something is brought up she is always finding the worse possible scenario for it and then fretting over it. Whether it be a misplaced unaccounted-for screw, fearing if she'd be able to get friends, or fearing what her friends would think about her secret, every event has something to worry about. This isn't something that shows up just when it'd be humorous but something that exists in each and every interaction that she has.
And thusly the core of the show isn't really about a missed year, rather the core of the show is about dealing with anxiety and the support system around her. And what makes Slow Start so magical to me is that it's able to deal with the subject matter while also being fluffy and fun at the same time.
Hana is really relatable as a character. What she goes through and how she approaches situations is parallel to what I and others face as follow sufferers from anxiety. It happens all the time and it can happen from any sort of stimuli. Furthermore, there is this sense of feeling how silly or meaningless the worry is about. Hana remarks several times that she thinks her own fears are stupid but the fears never stop. Anxiety isn't concerned with what makes sense and whether it's logical to be worried or not. It just happens. A scenario pops into one's mind and it cases worry until it can finally be put to rest. And this happens a lot with Hana. No matter what situation she's in there's always something that she can worry about and something that her anxiety can pick on. Furthermore, she's not the only one to have anxiety in the show. There is also Ms Hannen who suffers from social anxiety. In her case, we get to see her slowly come out of her shell as she learns how to deal with society and be able to go out into the real world. She's a shut-in but not even an okatu, just a shut-in, and it's believable in the ways that she acts as a shut-in. And the slow steps that she takes to get out of it. She goes to many convenience stores because it's somewhere to practice being in society at, and while it seems silly there is something real to taking small steps in order to conquer anxiety. Rome was not built in a day, and one can't go straight out into the belly of the beast and expect things to be alright. That sounds like a recipe for a panic attack, and panic attacks are not fun.
The whole show is about taking small steps. And in that way, the name fits. While I understand why shows can try to build up something bombastic and have it resolved quickly, I also really like how Slow Start is comprised of small issues dealt with slowly. Especially the recurring issues like Hana's anxiety are treated with care and are resolved slowly. There is no quick fix for anxiety. There is no way to stop the endlessly worrying mind from worrying. And the fact that this show gets that and rather focuses on having them slowly grow and be treated with love and comfort the whole way is something that I really enjoyed seeing.
The show is even able to show other parts of anxiety rather than just the worry. It also shows the effect of on self-esteem that it has and the ways that it cases Hana to react. Every reaction Hana had was deeply relatable to me. And even better is that they managed to provide this without the full melodramatic pain. Everything was alright. Everyone still loved her. But still the struggle existed and Hana's self-esteem continued to erode at herself, only to be reminded by everyone that her fears were not true. Slow Start shows a level of acceptance I did not expect. Rather than dismiss her worries or how she is, her friends and Shion all accept who she is and that she has those worries. For every fear, Hana has there is someone not just telling her that it's ok and rebutting it, but also telling her that it's ok for her to fear that. That it's ok for her to be herself. That she is ok and that there is nothing wrong with her because of whatever issue is bothering her. Anxiety is not ideal, far from it, but that doesn't mean that the person with it is any less worthwhile, or that their thoughts are stupid. It just happens. And I'm so glad to see that Slow Start not only tackles these issues but reassures that it's ok to feel this way.
It isn't just Hana's actions that make her anxiety so relatable but rather the reactions of those around her. Her parents are supportive and try to help her with what they can. Same with Shion. The actions that they take are completely in line with the actions that one would take for someone in Hana's situation. They're careful with her and coddle her a bit more than someone would be at her age. But they still do it because for someone like her it makes sense to comfort her. To tell her that it'll all be alright. She is treated with more care than someone else at her age would be and it makes sense why that is true. Even the teacher knows about it and tries to help Hana along. She tries to guide her as well and tries to give her a good understanding of what's what.
But Hana isn't the only character who shines in the show. All of the characters shine and differentiate themselves from the typical mould of CGDCT. There is Eiko who feels like a real teenage girl, she's fashionable, mature, and is discovering herself like most teenagers do. She has interests that are usually out of the scope of CGDCT, but that fall very in line with who she is as a person. And added on top of that she is a natural flirt who is able to get the attention of almost every girl that she interacts with. It's hard to say whether this is on purpose or not though, on one hand, it all looks innocent but on the other hand, there seems to be a real sense of longing with her, a sense of emptiness that needs filling. Eiko isn't just flirting just because she's the natural flirt but also because it's something that she likes to do and something that makes her feel more comfortable. There is an interesting push and pull with another character from the show that demonstrates this well. There is some level of a game to it for her, and a level, of satisfaction of being wanted and needed. She is an interesting character who I have yet to see another character like.
Tama also shines. She is the typical sort of Genki girl but also an okatu, and unlike what one would expect from that archetype she's actually really responsible. She keeps track of her finances and seems to have a good grasp on what she has to do and all of that. She isn't one of the Genki girls that need to be reminded every episode what's important but rather she knows it already. Really she's just hyper and someone who loves to get the full flavor out of life. And certainly, she adds to the show by giving just that. Adding extra fun and emotional moments that really shine and make the show even more distinct. You can tell her sense of responsibility by how her grandmas interact with her. In many shows, the Genki girl is scolded by their parents over and over again for being too irresponsible and causing trouble, but in the case of Tama, she is revered by her grandmas.
Kamuri is the weakest character of the group but she has her own flavor and certainly, she's better than some of those characters can be. She doesn't have the same character depth as the other three but she certainly does add to the group and is fun to watch.
The character interactions are fantastic in Slow Start, they fully and completely feel like friends and even more so than that it feels like they're fully committed to helping Hana and each other. Both Eiko and Tama go out of their way to reassure Hana and show her that everything is alright. They don't laugh at her issues but rather empathize with her. While the characters certainly can have fun with each other and joke about each other when push comes to shove they're always there for each other and there to try to help out. They're great friends and I loved every moment of watching them grow closer and support each other.
Add onto that the animation of this show is fantastic. The character animation is top notch as the characters are allowed to have small animated movements that make them feel so much more lively. It makes the emotions of each scene that much richer, including the fun which feels that much more vibrant. In fact, I've never been one to care too much about animation quality especially in a CGDCT, but seeing what the emotive animation of Slow Start can do really gave me an appreciation of what animation can do, even for a genre that doesn't rely on it the same way that action would. There are so many little movements in this show that work so well and it's so great.
Slow Start is one of the best CGDCT shows that I've watched yet. It's able to tackle serious issues in the background while still being vibrant and fun. The way that the situations are handled also is very heartwarming and its just so nice to see people bond and care for each other. CGDCT is made off of heartwarming interactions and fun fluff, and for a show to do both so well like Slow Start has, along with providing interesting distinct characters, and dynamic character animation... magical.
Well this is my first review so it's gonna be a short one.
First of all the art style in "Slow Start" really amazed me, I wasn't expecting such a smooth animation from a comedy anime, almost every scene is pretty well drawn and the characters are always moving/shaking their hands/heads which is actually pretty pleasing to watch.
Since there are only 4 episodes out by the time I'm doing this review, I can't really tell if the story will matter much on this anime or if it will be good, but by the look of it the protagonists are making it enjoyable by how defined their
characteristics are and the kind of humor they use (I have laughed a lot actually).
Overall this anime would worth your time, so don't be like "Ohh it is another random moe anime" and give it a try, you might be impressed (as much as I am).
Don't know why this comedy is getting such a low score, I'm voting 9/10 for now (I mean the animation is really well made, you can clearly see the effort they put into it)... o7
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
she is doing is worrying about the stupidest shit, then we have the loli character which at this moment feels like a child just staying with them and I'm personally starting to dislike her VA because of how overused her voice is tbh, then Eiko which I don't really like or hate her but the way she interacts with other characters is weird specially with her trying to act flirty and normal at the same time which made it look random and weird, Also the overused joke of how she gets every girl is annoying, repeating jokes is ok and it is necessary at times but when it happens every episode about 3-4 times that is just annoying, it's not funny listening the same joke again and again every week.
There are still good characters like Tama,Landlady, Hiroue and the teacher, they gave out the most enjoyment out of the anime and made it kinda bearable to watch when it started feeling like a chore rather than an enjoyable anime.
The times where Eiko tries to get the teacher to lover her and the teacher always making the comeback so easily was also kinda enjoyable.
Now the worst thing about this anime is the interactions, at times you are watching friends playing together then 1 second later and it almost turns into a full-on Yuri action which made the anime all over the place.
The art, designs (specially the teachers's and hiroe's design) and animation were outstanding specially the animation and how fluid it is, the interactions may have been horrible but the way they were presented was great, the attention to detail is perfect and it wasn't like lots of other anime where a character stays in place for 1 minute to talk instead they were moving and walking around the place which made it seem like a normal real life situation, there was that 1 scene where Tama moved her hand to tell Eiko to set down while Eiko was talking which was rare to see other characters moving freely and normally even though they aren't talking, it may not seem impressive but I thought it was a very nice touch.
Funnily enough considering the title of this anime, Slow Start went from an entertaining but mostly just good watch to one of my favorite series of this winter 2018 season as it progressed.
This story is focused on Hana, a shy girl who easily gets worried that she is a year behind the rest after not being able to do the exams for high school. That affected her and she couldn't handle thinking about what everyone else would think of her, so she ended up leaving her house and went to live in the apartment of her cousin Shion to start a fresh life where
no one would know her. That decision gave her the chance to meet three girls from her new school that she will end up being very close to in this fun and heartwarming anime.
Most of the series is focused on Hana and her interactions with the always active Tama-chan, the more adult and lover of accessories Eiko, and the childrish but surprisingly aware Kamuri, who is really attached to Eiko, these four girls are always entertaining to watch and they were just what Hana needed to slowly overcome her fears thanks to their affection and frienship, creating lots of scenes that never failed to put a smile on my face. There are also three other side characters who give some variety to the series, the previously mentioned and very kind Shion, the quite relatable Hannen (who creates a solid synergy with Hana due to her own issues) and Kiyose, the teacher of the girls and that has some very interesting scenes with Eiko. That together with some moments with Hana's parents as well form a nice cast of characters that I enjoyed a lot watching.
The animation of the show is legit fantastic and honestly surprised me since I didn't expect that from it, the characters move so smoothly and feel so alive. In terms of music, Slow Start has one or two memorable songs and that's really all, but that's something I see in general for most comedy/SoL series, where their objective is just to provide ambient sound. On the other hand, the opening song, “ne! ne! ne!” is one of my favorites of this season with one catchy song I sang along each episode.
Slow Start was a very enjoyable anime that I definitely recommend to any fan of the cute girls genre. Hana started high school a year later, don't take that long to give it a try!
I couldn't refrain from writing a review on this on-going series. In general, remarking on an anime which is now airing is not a good choice, for no one knows where the anime goes but creators.
However, sometimes there are some animes which need to be introduced by someone. Such animes usually do not get popularity; they are even not well-known among anime fans. These animes with high-quality elements are silently waiting for a time when you find them.
"Slow Start" is surely one of such animes.
Sadly, we have only a few reviews on "Slow Start" on MAL. I also checked Crunchyroll but there are also few
reviewers there, too.
There are some reasons why "Slow Start" is unfairly overlooked, or, even ignored by anime fans.
First, in this 2018 winter, there are a lot of good animes. Maybe you have already decided to watch several animes: "DEVILMAN crybaby," "DARLING in the FRANXX" and so on. They all attract you with exciting battles and complex stories.
Also, even considering an anime maker, A-1 Pictures, by which "Slow Start" is created, has four animes in this winter, surprisingly. Even if you choose animes you watch by a company, "Slow Start" might be hidden by "DARLING in the FRANXX."
Moreover, it seems that "Slow Start" does not have its own features, I mean, does not has an unique point. This work is based on Kirara (I hope you know what is Kirara...... one of the most famous manga magazines in Japan; usually works on Kirara is about daily-lives of girls,) but this winter we have another Kirara anime; "Yuru Camp." In Japan "Yuru Camp" gets more popularity than "Slow Start," that is, it appears that "Slow Start" hides itself behind "Yuru Camp."
Of course there are some who have been paying attention to "Slow Start" before it started to air on TV, included me.
I decided to watch "Slow Start" in last autumn because its staffs were famous and had created some excellent animes.
A director is Hiroyuki Hashimoto. He is famous for its directing of "Gochuumon wa Usasgi desu ka?" and some other animes. He is regarded as one of experts who can create good Kirara animes.
A main screenwriter (Series Kousei, in Japanese) was also involved with "Gochuumon wa Usagi desu ka?" So we could easily imagine that "Slow Start" would become a good anime before we really watch it.
I also noticed that Masato Anno made character designs. He was (is) also a chief director of animations (Sou Sakuga Kantoku, in Japanese.) I got really excited to get this news because I thought he was one of hopeful animators in Japan. He was once involved with "Flying Witch," which is a excellent TV series and is about daily-lives of some witches in rural areas in Japan.
"Flying Witch" was also created by A-1 Pictures. Therefore, we can say "Slow Start" is a daughter of "Gochuumon wa Usagi desu ka?" and "Flying Witch."
Still, how many people of you are interested in staffs of anime? Maybe one in ten anime fans, at most. So, it is natural that "Slow Start" is buried by a great amount of TV animes (over 50 titles!) in this winter.
However, "Slow Start" goes beyond my expectation.
There is a possibility of "Slow Start" being a milestone of animes which focus on daily-lives of girls, including Kirara anime.
That's why I started writing a review of "Slow Start."
At first, I didn't understand the meaning of "Slow Start" (actually, it has a hidden meaning revealed in the very last scene of the episode 1, but of course it has more implication.)
However, I noticed the concept of "Slow Start" when I was watching the episode 1.
"Slow Start" has an advertising phrase (in Japan it is called 'Catch Copy'):
"Shiawase wa, yukkuri hajimaru."
(Happiness starts slowly.)
Clearly, this phrase is based on its title "Slow Start." Some of you might think this phrase too simple. I have the same idea.
As I said above, Kirara animes are usually about daily-lives of girls. Such lives depicted in Kirara animes are free of busyness and responsibility, and girls are safe from the approaching shadow of time. It is widely said that Kirara animes have gotten popularity because anime fans require the anime world to be so, as in the real world we are afraid of time.
In Japan, such lives girls in animes live are called 'Slow Life' (actually in Japanese slow life has a different meaning from that of this context --- in this review, I mean, life is 'slow' and it does not refer to what the Japanese usually calls 'slow life.' Therefore I capitalize 'Slow Life.') So it is too natural that "Slow Start" depicts 'SLOW Life' because it is a Kirara anime.
However, when the episode 1 went to the end, I realized that "Slow Start" was (and, is) trying to express something different.
In the latter half of the episode 1, a protagonist, Hana, goes to a street stretching to a station, where trees of cherry blossoms are beautiful. Initially she did not have an intention of going there, but as her new friends, Tamate, Eiko and Kamuri, called out her she decided to do so.
Under beautiful cherry blossoms, Hana walks slowly with other three characters. And then, here comes an important cut.
All of four are in the cut, but I feel it a little strange. They walk through the street, but Hana is depicted smaller than other three. It means that Hana is walking BEHIND other characters, not WITH.
It is strange. Usually, in Japanese anime, cherry blossoms (sakura) are really important and therefore used in important scenes. Such important scenes are usually set for a protagonist, or, at least, a heroine in love stories (if you get confused, please watch "Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata" and you can easily grasp what I mean.)
"Slow Start" does not do so. While Tamate, Eiko and Kamuri are all cheerful and glad, Hana's emotions are left in anywhere in the world, it appears, because Hana is depicted too small and we cannot see her facial expressions. It implies that she is hiding something, and due to something hidden she covers her emotions.
Hana has serious anxiety of making good friends. She is actually very glad to making new three friends, but because of her complex pasts she has to be behind them.
Then, we again see the advertising phrase.
"Shiawase wa, yukkuri hajimaru."
(Happiness starts slowly.)
Yes, happiness starts slowly. We can paraphrase it as "You walk slowly to get happiness."
True, "Slow Start" is one of Kirara animes and depicts 'Slow Life.' Still, Hana's standpoint is a bit, only a bit behind than that of other characters.
"Slow Start" is now trying to express how Hana and other several characters approach happiness. She never wait for happiness; rather, she has decided to walk again. It seems that this anime wants to tell us that we should start to walk to Happiness slowly. At least, I received a power of doing so from "Slow Start."
The director, Hashimoto, and A-1 Pictures' staffs including Anno made great effort to depict such a concept.
You may find as soon as you start to watch episode 1 that characters move vividly in the anime. Yes, this anime contains as much amount of pictures as we are dazed.
Not only the quantity of pictures and inbetweens, but the quality of them is also impressive. Especially in episode 1 animators succeeded to catch characters' movements precisely and trace them finely. Human beings cannot move their legs or arms without moving other physical parts. Staffs of "Slow Start" understand this fact well and use it in order to depict characters as if they are really living in the world.
Storyboards are also worth mentioning. Especially in episode 6, where the director Hashimoto makes a storyboard, Hashimoto uses his skills and talent fully, creates an unique story and gives the episode its own 'rhythm' of storytelling. You might feel as if you watched an extra episode of "Gochuumon wa Usagi desu ka?" when you watch the episode 6 of "Slow Start."
Characters are in warm atmosphere the director and other staffs create, and they are given real 'anima' ...... of course the origin of the term 'animation,' by talented animators.
Before I finish to write this review, I would like to cite lyrics of ending theme, "Kaze no Koe wo Kikinagara" by Sangatsu no Phantasia.
Sangatsu no Phantasia is a music group who is now getting popularity among anime fans in Japan. The vocalist's voice is so clear that we feel our hearts are purified by their songs.
Her gifted voice is prominent also in "Kaze no Koe wo Kikinagara." She accomplishes to sing its warm lyrics carefully.
Chippoke na kakushigoto wo hitotsu
(I have a secret, no one knows but only me.)
This line seems to refer to Hana, or other characters, or even us, as everyone has at least one secret.
Yes, this song is for Hana, but also for us, as "Slow Start" is about Hana but also for us.
Kaze no koe wo kikinagara
Kawariyuku kisetsu wo omou
Itsuka chiisana himitsu
Hanaseru hi ga kuru yo ne
Aserazu aruite ikou
(Listening to the voices of winds
I think of transition of seasons.
I'm sure the day will come
When I tell a tiny secret to firends.
I will start to walk without hurry.)
The song tells us that sharing a secret is a symbol of deeper friendship...... some would argue that it is by sharing a secret that we MAKE firendship, though.
Whether Hana will tell her secret to her friends in the end is a tiny matter. I won't mean that between Hana and others there are only a fake-friendships; their bonds are really strong.
What is important is that even bearing a secret and hard pasts we can be happy by ourselves. "Slow Start" tries to describe such an essence of life by depicting 'Slow Life.' This tough challenge makes "Slow Start" special.
Kaze no Koe wo Kikinagara/ Sangatsu no Phantasia
Lyrics, composed & arranged by 40mP
Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.
In Japan the right of citing is guaranteed if citation is used for creating literature or writing criticism.
"Slow Start" is true to the name in that not much of substance really happens over the course of the whole show. I enjoyed it. I liked it. However, I just want this to be at the forefront for those who are thinking they'll see obvious and planned character development over the course of the season. The entire season seems more like stage-setting rather than altering character, mostly to show the quirks of each character in a much more magnified light.
That being said I'll need to admit two things: This is really the second CGDCT I have ever watched, and I found myself in love
with this show. I just want to point out that I may not be the best judge on this genre, but I want to give my input anyways.
I don't know if it was hitting all the right buttons for me, but while this was simulcasting it got to the point where this was my major weekend highlight. I love the interactions between the characters, as well as the innocence of the thin plot. It's not wholeheartedly complex, but there are references to something more throughout the show. I could see it deserving it's rating of 6.5 if it was doing anything inherently wrong, but I haven't had that inkling the whole time.
Hana and the cast are very cute, and have a chemistry that I really enjoy. Some of the running gags remind me of jokes similar to those made in Monogatari even, which may have suckered me in. Additionally, the show can get somewhat adult at times. I'm not even referencing the overt adult humor, but some not serious subjects can be brought down to earth by these characters trying to navigate what they perceive as a hurdle. An example without spoilers would be one character having a dilemma of embarrassment over buying a bra. This isn't played for gags like a lot of anime, but handled as a pretty serious issue of self confidence that also ties into the character's main internal conflict. Maybe it's too much to read into a CGDCT, but I can say with certainty I felt like the writers knew what they were doing.
Past this, I have to say the animation are absolutely stellar. It almost makes them out of place, but in the first episodes I felt like they had 2x as many frames as I usually see in other anime. Where some shows I know would benefit immensely from this, I still felt like this added animation fleshed out the characters in a meaningful way.
The average rating looks low, but if you want to see some interesting character interactions in a cute and nigh-harmless environment, I strongly encourage you to give Slow Start a chance.
"The protagonist is a normal high school student going to your typical all-girls' high school. But wait! She's actually one year behind! I swear I'm not running out of ideas."
This was my first thought upon seeing Slow Start. Bear in mind, I actually (guiltily) enjoyed this show after watching it. But flaws are flaws, so here's my review.
STORY: Hana Ichinose is a- you already know this. And that's all the plot you're going to get from this series aside from minor character development. Spoiler: The gap year thing ends up not being essential to the show at all.
ART: Slow Start has the most generic art
style it could possibly have. Granted they couldn't take too much liberty since this is a manga adaptation, but the show still looks like a template. The actual animation is stunning: as expected of A-1 Pictures, characters move pretty smoothly. Background art does the job. Fanservice scenes are on-point.
SOUND: The OP, ED and that one background song are as catchy as they should be, without doing anything particularly innovative. I'm not Japanese, but the voices fit the characters for me, and the acting (especially Tama) was great.
CHARACTERS: Hana is a self-insert crybaby. Tamate represents the male otaku audience. Eiko is kind of like an older figure, especially to Kamu who is the token loli. The characters are by no means realistic, but if you're willing to overlook that, they do show more (perhaps unexpected) traits that deviate them from their archetypes.
If you're a fan of moe then Slow Start is a good watch. Hell, watch it just for Tama-chan. But don't prioritize it, because then you're likely to be disappointed and miss out on better shows.
They really take the title serious. The beginning is slow and boring and after some episodes the anime begins LOL.
The plot is easy, well is a slice of life so is easy. Following it won't me a problem and it has some funny and weird moments. The initial pacing is horrible then it improves same for the plot. About the characters they are funny, I really love Eiko, her personality is stunning but gives the impression of wanting her teacher for a relationship. It isn't bad, but is weird, hey is the teacher!!!! LOL. Watch the first two episodes and decide if it is
Slow Start is just one of those anime where you find a gif or screenshot or YouTube clip and think "hey these characters look pretty cute and the scenes look enjoyable, I want to check out this anime!" Boy what a mistake that was for me.
Story 2/10: Well, the story behind Slow Start is about a girl, Hana, has a gap year between middle and high school due to having the mumps so she spends a year studying to get into a high school far away where people won't know her. So yeah that's basically the plot (omg gap year) which they mention, on average,
once per episode. Sometimes more, sometimes less, but most of the time they're just hanging out doing stuff and then Hana is basically "oh yeah I have a gap year I'm nervous to tell my friends about it." Speaking of her friends, the only reason they're together is probably the most forced reason I can think of that all centered around Eiko. Kamuri was Eiko's childhood friend....who played together once as kids. Tama was in the same middle school as Eiko but never really spoke to each other. The three of them became friends with Hana after Hana said, in class on the first day, it was her birthday so Tama wished her happy birthday then the other three girls gave her charms from a train station and they go to view the sakura trees...that's seriously the best the writers could come up with? Speaking of the characters....
Character 4/10: The characters ranged from pretty good to no opinion to straight up garbage. The "pretty good" characters were Tama (real name Tamate) aka Tama-Chan who is the genki girl who likes playing dating sims and has the fang tooth (but is a skin fang instead.) Hiroe, the younger sister of the teacher is a NEET who...surprise, currently has a gap year. Then there is Shion, the titty monster landlady and Hana's cousin. Usually when either of those three are on screen, those are where the better character moments come in. The characters I have no opinion on are Kamuri (her seiyuu is the same one who did Kanna from Ms Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, just getting that out of the way.) She is very shy and is very clingly toward Eiko. Honestly she feels just like Eiko's pet for most of the series. Then there is the teacher who...I don't really have an opinion on honestly. The worst main characters of the series? Hana and Eiko. Hana is scared or nervous or worried about EVERYTHING and it gets really annoying, really fast. Everything they come across she's like this for little to no reason at all. Then there is Eiko who, when I think about it, is probably the worst character in the series. I'm honestly not sure what they want to do with her, as one minute she's the calm mature beauty and the next minute she makes you think she's probably a lesbian (the most obvious is with her teacher and they never explain why she's attracted to her.) For an anime that has no real plot and is about characters interacting with each other regarding whatever it is they are doing, having them be one of the least enjoyable things about the anime is not a good look.
Sound 3/10: The BGM is nothing special, the OP is skipable after the first 2-3 listens and the EP is ok at best. Not much else to really say here.
Art 8/10: Now as bad as everything else has been, this is probably one of the high points for me. The characters do look cute, the reaction faces they have regarding whatever they're doing is nice, the chibi forms are adorable, and the scenery looks pretty nice. Easily the high point of the series.
Enjoyment 5/10: It has it moments, but towards the end it felt like a chore watching it. It has it's good scenes and it's crap scenes. Didn't really drag but nothing really hooked me to see what happens next.
Overall 4/10: If you were to ask me who to recommend this anime to, I honestly could not give you a straight answer. I mean the girls are cute but most anime have cute girls. The art is nice but anime for the most part has pretty nice art. This is really the kind of series you can watch YouTube clips or webm or gif links and enjoy as well as save reaction images to your computer or phone to look at and enjoy but in terms of committing time to watching it, I would pass 100%. There are plenty of cute girls doing cute things anime out there that would be a far better use of your time than watching this.
Wow this anime really surprised me. At first glance I thought that well another project with plotless story and moe up the butt characters but when I give it a try, I have to admit that this anime is so goood! great animation, every movement are so smooth and the characters are very likeable. The OP is a nice ring and the story is okay. Wonder why this anime has such a low rate? To me I have nothing to complain about this anime. Its not a masterpiece but it sure is something you would like when you give it a try. 9/10!
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Whilst everyone has stated that "Slow Start" starts slowly, you shouldn't really let that put you off - the whole thing is gently paced, but quite amusing and good-natured. Don't expect large laughs - instead, expect plenty of smiles.
Yes, the first episode does have a lot of talking with the secondary characters, but it does enable you to get to know them and their foibles - you do hope that when Hana does reveal her biggest secret, that her friends are supportive. All the characters are interesting and fun to see.
The animation is certainly very nice - everything is clean and crisp, although
sometimes lacking in fluidity.
Title music is good, but the end tune is a bit of a bore.
Here comes the time when all the shows of the season starts to finish up. Slow Start was the first show of the Winter season that i finished. I came out really enjoying it.
Kind of Ironic that just like the name of the show " Slow Start " The show is kind of slow at the start. But i feel it does pick up.
There is lot's of Yuri themes happening , Me being a connoisseur in the ways of Yuri, I got to say that i enjoyed this. Even if they never get together. It's nicely done with them not overly teasing Yuri and
them just not doing it at all. I still would have liked if the shows characters actually got together. But i'm fine with it as it is. ( Eiko x Sensei is best pair )
This is just a fun show to watch when you want to relax in my opinion. Nothing extreme or crazy happens. It's just a nice Slice of Life show to watch. I don't get the low ratings that this show has though. I'd say that this is one of my favorite Slice of Life shows.
Slow Start caught me very much off guard. I went into it expecting to be routinely bored by a show that by all accounts should have been weekly filler, just a fluff show to pad out one of the empty time slots between all the more interesting shows I followed this season, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much it managed to exceed my expectations and keep my interest.
I think the reason this show stood out to me as being above average is also the largest reason I cannot recommend it fully or give it a higher rating, the characters. Slow Start hinted at
a few interesting points of character growth and relationship development, but ultimately it failed to deliver on them. The main characters began as fairly generic and their group dynamic kept them from being completely stale but the supporting cast is what tended to steal the show for me. The teacher Enami-sensei, the main character's cousin Shion and her neighbor Hiroe are all good characters who despite being relatively generic themselves are presented as far more interesting because of their interactions with the main cast and one another. Without getting into spoilers, I felt let down by the lack of resolution to one particular supporting character's relationship with one of the main girls. Their story was extremely unexpected and at first I figured it would just be a one-off gag but instead it kept going and hinted at one of the main girls becoming a bit more mature and sensitive, even if only for one person. It was a welcome change and I fully expected the series to run with it and set the tone for the rest of the show but it instead danced around the subject and felt like it ended an interesting arc midway through. I should also mention a problem I personally had with the show, it felt like one of the main girls, Kamuri, was little more than a discount Kanna from Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, she was even played by the same voice actor. It left a sour taste in my mouth as little more than an attempt at a cash grab because if she had been given another episode or two or some more defining character traits than "extremely shy loli that makes uncharacteristic and lewd jokes regularly" then I would have been fine with her.
Aside from characters, this show felt average to me. The art and animation were top quality for a lower-profile slice of life show and you can definitely tell that a lot of care went into the art direction and general animation, most of the show has a high frame count so character movements both in and out of conversation are extremely smooth and generally realistic. The story was nothing particularly groundbreaking but it did well enough to be enjoyable. The sound and music were nothing really noteworthy but again were good enough that they did not detract from my enjoyment. Overall, this show was far more interesting than I anticipated and I would gladly watch a second season, which is heavily hinted at. It feels like this show could really release itself from the "popcorn show" formula that it seemed to embrace and start taking itself a little more seriously, and I would welcome more interesting character interactions to finish what was started with this promising first season.
"A high quality CGDCT anime by A1 Pictures, surprisingly."
1. Cute girls
2. Relaxing and heartwarming at times
4. High production quality
5. Great OP and ED themes
1. Run of the mill CGDCT anime, nothing compared to Yuru Camp and HakuMiko
2. Cliche character troupes
3. Loli Fanservice paradise
Among all those big titles airing this season, it's easy to look past series like Slow Start, especially when the plot isn't anything special, just cute high school girls doing random things. However, Slow Start actually did it differently compared to other anime in the same genre. Let me explain why.
Firstly, Slow Start has high production quality, meaning
it's art and animation is on a whole new level compared to other series in the same genre. This is quite surprising coming from studio like A1 Pictures, which will mostly put less effort in these kind of series. The frame rate for Slow Start is unexpectedly high. It's very comfortable to look at. You can see the animation team putting their all into animating this. The art is also very well drawn. They did pay a lot of attention to details in the backgrounds.
The characters in Slow Start, although they are nothing we haven't seen before, are still very likable and cute. The characters I like the most is Tama-chan. I like her positive energetic side. It always brings a smile on my face. Hana-chan is your typical unsure of everything protagonist. Eiko and Kamuri is the true yuri pair in this series. When I say Yuri, it's full on yuri man, not your normal hinting ship kind of thing, the ship actually set sails. Hell they even prepared an episode focused on developing the relationship between Eiko and Kamuri. BTW, I forgot to mention that Kamuri has the same VA as Kanna, so she has the same voice and also quite the similar design. Their personality is also quite similar. Now going back to topic, it's quite rare to see this kind of moe SoL anime going full yuri. The last one I seen I remember was HinaLogi, which is also quite a well done CGDCT anime. Moreover, the character designs are cute. They also prepared this kind of super deformed character designs, aka chibi form which also adds in a lot to the cuteness.
Wooh~That's pretty long. Now let's talk about the music. The OP theme sang by the VA's is very catchy. I like it. The ED theme is too. But now let's focus on how the OP is drawn. I can see the OP team really really did put in lots of effort in drawing the OP. It's unique, cute and it's not just still pictures of the characters nor scenes cut out from the anime. The characters surprisingly have a lot of movement in the OP, which also shows how much attention the OP team put in while making this. A very well done OP indeed. Props to the OP team. They really did a fantastic job. The ED sequence, although quite simplistic compared to the OP, still didn't fail to show the charm of this anime. It's cute and it suits the series very much.
Now let's head into the cons, which is a minor thing if you are a fan of these kind of series. Firstly, the plot for Slow Start is very unoriginal in its genre. They did nothing new to fresh it up. It's just high school girls doing random stuff but with high quality art and animation. Also, there is surprisingly a high amount of fanservice in this series. If you don't like loli fanservice, then I suggest you skipping this series.
So, in the end, I still highly recommend Slow Start if you like CGDCT anime. Don't overlook this. Trust me. It won't lose to the likes of Kiniro Mosaic or Yuru Yuri.
SLOW START, an anime about a girl who misses her first year of High school because she got sick and couldn't take the entrance exams and must now suffer the terrible fact that she is one year older than all of her classmates. Will she be able to make any friends?! Will she become a shut-in and a social outcast!? ... I mean... probably not. Otherwise this show probably wouldn't be on the CGDCT list.
Story: Yes the story is about a girl trying to essentially make friends... and then after she makes friends it turns into just pure CGDCT. There's a sorta plot about Hana
trying to tell her new friends about her late year but it's never really resolved (much to my dismay).
Art: Looking good in the art department, gotta have these cute girls looking as cute as possible. Cuteness levels are ON POINT in this show.
Character: Hana is a very shy but cute character. Eiko is a very mature but cute character. Tama is a very rambunctious and cute character. Kamuri is a very cute character. Do you really care for more?
Enjoyment: Yeah I'd say I enjoyed it. Pretty solid show if you want to watch CGDCT or just have some free time while you're not watching the seasons next top anime.
Overall: I give it a 9. Maybe I'm being too nice to it, haven't watch a whole lot of these types of shows but I really enjoyed it.
TL;DR - Slow Start feeds your hunger for cute things with characters that you're sure to adore. Great for debating with your "Friends" over Who is Best Girl.
Is it almost always the same with moe comedies. Cute girls doing cute things without much thought beside it - it really is one of the easier genres to create. On the other hand, it is also one of the toughest genres to impress in, as you have to present a bit more to remain memorable. If it was New Game! with games or Blend S with maids playing different roles (interesting idea no matter how vague it may sound), the most famous CGDCT shows always had something which immedieatly catched the viewers attention.
In which we get to shows like Slow Start. Shows that first
of all don't present almost anything in terms of originality and are the epidomy of the word generic. And second of all don't have remarkable overall qualities or much memorabily in themselves. Shows like these get ignored, which is understandable from a certain POV, but a shame from the other. Because it happens sometimes that a show this generic and unoriginal surpasses the others of the same genre in it's most important aspects. Which in terms of moe comedies are funny moments and cute girls.
And Slow Start does exactly that.
To completely understand what I meant with that opening rant, we need to clarify what can be considered generic in the world of CGDCT shows. The list would propably look like this: A shy girl getting into new environment, meeting new people; almost always the same character cast of a loud girl, smart girl and the loli; different chest sizes; pool/beach episodes; meta jokes; yuri feeling. Slow Start checks every single one of them, so keep in mind that if you really care about originality, it surely isn't an anime for you. However, while I personaly didn't find to be a problem, the fact that there is almost no originality whatsoever has to impact the rating one way or another.
Anyway, for what makes Slow Start so good is that while it includes all the clichés and things we've already seen, it does an excelent job at balancing everything out. There is a yuri episode there, beach episode there and it never felt like I was watching the same thing again. Which was the case with the shows like New Game or Blend S, which focused so much on it's main theme from the start that the second half was either not as good, in the case of New Game!, or they suddenly started doing things way more randomly, in the case of Blend S. Slow Start doesn't have that problem. It's a sheer randomness from the very start and I sincerely feel like that's a good thing.
While I already said that the whole character cast consist of very overused characters, the show does a a really good job at working with them nonetheless. It's always able to put them into funny encounters and the dialogue writing was also decent. That is a reason why you could see characters like Tamate or Eiko (the loud girl and the seductive girl), which tend to be less impactful most of the times, really thrive under the heavy-dialogue conditions. On the other hand Kamuri (the loli) was not able to make as much of an impact as it does elsewhere, which however I didn't mind as much as I'm not a person who would go crazy for this type of character. Strangely, I haven't even mentioned the MC yet, so I propably should. It's Hana, and like always she is the shy and confidence lacking individual. Kinda like with Kamuri I thought she wasn't as flashy here as her similiar instances are, but like I said, I don't mind. If anything, I welcome the change of making the less popular personalities the most entertaining to watch.
The comedy is, of course, the most important part of all moe shows. And once again, Slow Start was able to deliver very well. The gags were not only damn funny, but also suprisingly original at certain times and the comedy thrived the most when the main characters had to interact with other people. That seriously resulted in many laughs on my side. Especially the way Eiko was able to 'seduce' most of the characters she met was a thing a beauty and really made me like Eiko as a whole. Some of the characters introduced only for certain episodes really helped too and made the whole show more refreshing.
The moe factor, how I like to call it, was also of a very high quality. There were a lot of times I smiled at how cute the show managed to be. The whole artstyle, which I consider to be one of the better I've seen, surely helped with that a lot too. I love how it managed to make even the adults look really good yet still more mature than the younger ones. Overall, the show just did a really good job at staying nice to look at.
The overall animation quality is something a bit more different however. Oh, don't get me wrong, I don't think that the animation was bad or something, but surely the fact that the arstyle is nice doesn't mean I'll consider it very good as a whole, because the animation itself was very average. The sound was actually very good for the most part. The OST wasn't really there, but voice-acting was great and the opening for whatever reason became one of my favourites in a long while.
To be completely honest with you, under normal circumstances, Slow Start would propably get a lower score from me than this. But seeing all the hate the show gets just because it's 'generic' even though in reality it's better and way more funnier than most of moe comedies out there boosted my impression from it. Generic? Sure. But it's fun, I like it and I would go as far as call it one of the best balanced CGDCT shows out there.
Tldr: 10/10 when it comes to reliability for viewers who are in any limbo in their life. This review is just an excuse for my to write a mini essay about the love and my relatability to Slow Start.
Slow start is, aesthetically, your typical "cute girls doing cute stuff" kinda anime. During my first viewing of the show, i dropped it within the first episode, primarily due to the overly "cute" characters; Tama was hyper active, Hana was a pain in the ass passive in every situation. I wrote them off as the typical tropes you find in these anime. However, i was very wrong.
Our cute girls here have layers to them, each are going through and living their own lives behind what they portray to their friends and the outside world. All except Hana, are not hiding it but rather feel that its no big deal that they have to put it out for the world to know. Kamuri is infatuated with Eiko, more than just a friend or as a little sister. Tama, while hyper-active, is extremely filial and possibly an otaku. Eiko has her own night life and is a total manipulator. She knows what makes others tick, strong social skills and easily charms the other girls whether she knows it or not. Because of that, she is caught off-guard by the tomboyish Kiyose (their homeroom teacher). Kiyose is a straight character but is also more mature and has more life experience than Eiko; she's unfazed by Eiko's move and consistent flirting, mainly because she does not see as anything but her student. Eiko, on the other hand, sees Kiyose as a target, someone she can charm and be friends/lover with. Because of that, Kiyose often turns the table on Eiko, making her flustered and confused with her own feelings.
Hana, our focal of the show, struggles with the shame that comes with being a year behind everyone which in turns affect how she views everything around her. Everyone around her have shown in some ways or another that they arent bothered about that fact (both explicitly and implicitly). The show implies this gap between how you perceive your own situation vs how others perceive it, notably when Shion reveals that she too was taking a gap year. Both Shion and Hana feel the some feeling of being left behind by their peers due to their circumstances, however, both took a difference approach in viewing and adapting to their situation. Hana lives in fear of her secret being exposed and the guilt of hiding it from her friends whereas Shion remains positive, channels her free time to be a good landlord to her tenants.
My favorite character, Hannen Hiroe, too faces the same situtation as Hana. She too is a year behind her peers when transitioning to the next level of education. However, due to her reputation she high school as a role model, she felt an overwhelming shame and could not bring herself to continue to the next phase of her life. She perfectly described the feelings of loneliness of being left behind and shows what happens if Hana failed to pick herself up and let her life spiral out of control. She lost contact with the outside world, coops herself at home and even struggles to go to the convenience store to the point where she orders delivery for every single item like tea leaves. As the series goes on, Hiroe picks herself up through encouragement from Hana, Shion and subsequently Tama and Eiko. However, all this would not have been possible if Hiroe did not open up to Hana about her circumstances, letting Hana into her life. I just love her progression across the episode and such a character really gives hope to others who may be in similar situation; Ep 12 where she was debating with herself whether or not to force herself to enter the prep school, you can see that she was surrounded by other girls who already have friends accompanying them while she, due to her seclusion, was alone.
My favorite episode has to be Ep 2. when the girls gathered to celebrate Hana's birthday together with Tama. Tama said that they are now the same age, which broke Hana down, the girls obviously knew something was wrong but chalked it up as happy tears. Of course, somewhere deep down, they know that thats not the case but they respect Hana's privacy and value her as a friend because of her kindness that they are willing to wait, slowly but at her own pace, to open up about the true reason why she cried.
I have watched so many Slice of life, CGDCT that I have actually lost count and went into slow start thinking it would be generic fluff. I was wrong, something about this show, cant quite put my finger on it, just warms me from the inside out. Every episode was an absolute pleasure to watch with soft yuri tones and lovable characters everywhere.
I would, for my own opinion place this at the top of the genre because it does it without an insane gimmick, the overarching theme being anxiety. Its just your regular highschool girls doing cute things and having cute adventures. The friendship between
the main four and the subcast is just wonderful. I can easily see this not being for everyone, but for where I am in my life it was just a joy to watch. Hoping this gets a second season, because this is the definition of anime crack in my book.
Slow Start is an anime adapted from a manga serialized in Kirara magazine. Most manga from Manga Time Kirara are the comedy slice of life with girls being the main cast. Some examples include K-On! and Kiniro Mosaic. Slow Start is also a comedy slice of life with girls being the main characters.
When i first watch Slow Start, i was not expecting much. The first episode doesn't really make a good impression. Some conversations felt really suggestive, making me think that this will just lean to mediocrity with fanservice. Now after watching, i have mixed feelings about Slow Start. I'm starting to like it while
retaining the dislike from the start (which is still fading).
The story is that our main character, Hana Ichinose, went to high school but she got in one year late. This become her secret among her friends as she was to shy or scared to reveal it. This is actually important because as episodes pass, it will make moments focusing on that while Hana compares her problem to her friends' stories. It's not just forgotten after being shown in the first episodes.
The art style here is bright, colorful, and cute. The animation has more frames than my low expectation, which looks nice. When the characters move, some small details move as well such as the hair or their clothes. It's not spectacular, but it's still good. But the real part that makes it more pleasant to watch is the soundtrack. It sets the tone of the scene, be it the characters having small talk, making some jokes, or the sweet moments.
The characters don't feel too unique. We have the shy Hana, the overly energetic Tama-chan, the calm Eiko, and the little Kamuri (a lot like Kanna from Kobayashi's Dragon Maid). Although not so unique, they are made likable and feel different as you know their secrets and stories.
It might feel slow in the first episode, but thereafter, episodes are better built. Some start at their normal lives, then smoothly transitions into heart warming moments by showing the depths of the characters. This includes Hana being self conscious about her one year gap amongst other characters' secrets.
Overall, it has quite good animation and great soundtrack. The characters are not that unique but made likable through their stories. Episodes should go from normal chit-chat that sometimes turns into heart warming moments that dive more into the characters. The downside is that conversations sometimes have suggestive fanservice content. The comedy my not leave you laughing for hours, but it's not horrible and can sometimes bring a smile.
It feels like everyone has a little secret. That's okay. It feels sweet to see Hana try to be braver to share hers to her friends. As she thinks more about it when she hears her friends' intimate stories.
Wow...did this show literally gave the "Slow Start" feeling when I was watching this laid-back SoL that's moe and comedic in a few areas.
So, for this 4-koma manga adaptation, there's literally no stories to be told, all that you will be presented is how the characters live out their lives with the one MC misfit, Hana Ichinose, being a year late into school and trying her best to play catch-up and fit with everyone else in her school. For such a series that (as mentioned) really had the "Slow Start" treatment, I was pleasantly enjoying the comedic aspect of the interactions between the characters (and
did I mention that's the ONLY selling point of the show?).
So, first and foremost the characters:
Hana Ichinose (CV: Kondou Reina (Kemono Friends, Just Because!)) does her job fitting into her surroundings quite well, earning her the friendship of the friends, her teacher and tenant (which could you believe that the trio are the age-gap people?!), and is quite the character personality you would expect from a transfer student-like character.
Tamate(-sama) Momochi (CV: Ayasa Itou (BanG Dream!)) the girl who always has a smile on her face, being the joker of the main character crew, and at times her timely gags provide the crew with the sense of jokingness and she's a bit of an acquired taste!
Eiko Tokura (CV: Tomomi Mineuchi (BanG Dream!)) the mature yet booby girl of the crew, she kinda reminds me of Chiaki (Hinako Note) in the way that she expresses herself as being quiet, yet at times deadly with the ways of interaction with the other girls (and the teacher too).
Kamuri Sengoku (CV: Maria Naganawa, the same CV as Kobayashi's Dragon Maid's loli dragon) is something like an aide to Eiko, by that I mean that she always follows Eiko around like a Blutack, but at times she's the EXACT way of how I watched Kanna, and that's a good thing!
The other characters do serve their purposes and I've gotta say, the characters here make for an easy watch of the series whole-way round.
If you have watched the usual A-1 Pictures flare of SoL or even comedic shows similar to it (Blend S, Demi-chan or some of the more recent ones), they employ literally the SAME artwork and animation, the only difference is in the storytelling and how the artwork and animation makes suit for the flow of the overall show itself. It's not bad per se, but it gets repetitive and old quite fast. But in all contrast, this show does deliver what it's supposed to do, so no complaints there.
As mentioned with the art/animation aspect, sound-wise it's pretty similar with the overall OST, and its decent at best. Not to say that the OP and ED are bad but also so-so. One good shoutout is to the ED, sung by the same group as Demi-chan (Sangatsu no Phantasia), and their songs are becoming one of the few of healing aspects.
This show, like all the others do definitely have a starting point, and that that starting point is quite literally the "Slow Start" (haha, get the pun???). A decent show to say the least, and it's light-hearted goodness.