Slow Starter
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Slow Starter

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Japanese: スロースターター


Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 8
Status: Finished
Published: Nov 1, 2010 to Nov 1, 2011
Genres: Shounen AiShounen Ai, Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Authors: Ichikawa, Kei (Story & Art)
Serialization: Citron


Score: 7.751 (scored by 43074,307 users)
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Ranked: #13132
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Popularity: #1359
Members: 8,532
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Kiyo and Ino are two boys that go to different schools and are both seemingly bored with school life. The only interaction they have with each other in the beginning is a shared train to school. One day, Kiyo is awoken by Ino and informed that he has overslept and missed his stop. This begins a story of love, pain, and inner turmoil...


Slow Starter was published in Polish by Dango in March 2017.

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Aug 29, 2013
lilmdawg (All reviews)
"Slow Starter" is a great shounen-ai series to read, especially for those who are just starting to test out the waters in this genre. It's a relaxing manga to read when you're not looking for an overwhelming amount of drama or crazy plot twists.

The plot is centered around two boys from different high schools who happen to take the same train together every morning. My favorite aspect of the series is that the author is able to make the characters and their interactions seem very realistic. The feelings between them are raw and genuine and very sweet.

With its light atmosphere and likeable characters, this is read more
Jun 19, 2016
Orinami (All reviews)
Ichikawa Kei is great at creating these slice-of-life stories that aren't particularly steamy, but will still tug at your heartstrings. Slow Starter is no different.

Frankly, Ino and Kiyo are adorable. Both are a little awkward with one another, but they're just so happy to spend time together - it's heart-warming. What I love about this manga is that it leaves out a lot of the romantic plot tropes that we usually see (like a character being bullied, neglected or injured in some other way). Ichikawa Sensei completely ignores the Seme/Uke dichotomy, with both Ino and Kyo being your average High-school males - and that's read more
Mar 24, 2019
stacithemess (All reviews)
Mind you I havent read the sequel "Slow Days" but slow starter is exactly like the title. It's very slow but super duper adorable, finished it with in one day, so you can get a feel of how it sucked me into it.

My only two complaint is maybe because I am not 100% great at reading mangas but the talking bubbles started to get confusing. I would always get mixed up of who is saying what and sometimes it pissed me off so much that it would ruin the moment for me alot
I would just be so confused on what going on, and then read more

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