Slow Start is a twelve-episode anime adaptation of the manga written by Yuiko Tokumi. The director of the anime was Hiroyuki Hashimoto, and the writer was Yoshiaka Fujisawa. The studio that produced it was A-1 Pictures.
Slow Start aired as part of the winter 2018 season of anime, and is available to watch on Crunchyroll.Slow Start focuses on Hana Ichinose, a girl who missed her high school exams and ended up taking a gap year. By the time she does enrol in high school, she is a year older than her classmates, but that is something she keeps to herself.
Slow Start looks like yet another cute girls doing cute things series, and that would be because that is exactly what it is. Naturally, this won’t hold universal appeal, but there is certainly a lot here for fans of the genre to appreciate.
As tends to be the case, the plot focuses on a central group of characters – in this case, Hana and her friends.
The main characters here are pretty standard fare for this type of show, but that is by no means a bad thing. Hana is very anxious about being a year older than her classmates, though she does try to build up the courage to tell them about her gap year.
Eiko Tokura is the most charismatic member of the group, with other girls practically falling head over heels for her. It’s not entirely clear whether Eiko is fully aware of this, though she does seem to have at least an inkling of it. Whilst she may conquer the hearts of other girls, there is one character who tends to get the better of her…
Kamuri Sengoku may be small, but she is the same age as the rest of the main characters (well, except Hana, for obvious reasons). She is very timid, and very, very attached to Eiko. She is also incredibly cute – dangerously so, in fact.
Finally, rounding out the central cast of characters is Tamate Momochi, or just Tama for short. She is the energetic one, who also is quite keen on identifying real-life situations as ‘event flags’. She also seems to be attracted to other females, and her family is certainly an interesting one.
The main characters are fun, and the same is true of the supporting cast as well. Hana’s cousin Shion, their neighbour Hiroe and the others all bring some good times along whenever they appear.
Hana’s anxiety about being a year older than her classmates is something that seems like it could be inconsequential at first, but it is something that remains consistent throughout the show.
For some Slow Start does live up to its name, and may not exactly hook you in at the start. Still, if you are a fan of this kind of show, then it is definitely worth sticking with it.
It may be another cute girls doing cute things show, but I still enjoyed it a lot. I had a lot of fun watching it.