Slow Start - Anime Review

Slow Start - Anime Review

Rating: ⭐⭐ (2 1/2 Stars)
Length: 12 Episodes
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 7, 2018 to Mar 25, 2018


This anime is a powerful lesson in mediocrity. When I finished it I wasn't entirely sure how I was supposed to feel. After sitting on it for a few hours I mentioned it to my girlfriend and she said something I thought was almost profound: "It's upsetting when something doesn't have the gall to be bad, because you can't even enjoy how terrible it was.". There's a joy that comes in collectively stomping on a terrible title, whether it be due to poor animation, a plot that relies on characters passing an idiot ball between each other, or voice acting that makes you cringe so hard you almost fall into a soundless pocket dimension. Slow Start has none of this.


Slow Start is a slice of life anime centered around Hana Ichinose, a first year high school student who had to take a gap year between middle and high school on account of missing her high school entrance exam. She surrounds herself with friends and does normal high school things. That's essentially the entire show. And while I'm sure there are plenty of attention-deficit-shonen-addicts frothing at their keyboards to tell me "tHaT's AlL sLiCe Of LiFe ThO", as an avid proponent of cute girls doing cute things, I can assure you that this isn't the case. There are plenty of slice of life shows that can take an interesting concept or character and run with it. Sakura Quest features life in quiet and dying Japanese villages. Lucky Star made constant reference to popular manga and anime of the time. Yuri Yuri was, just like... super gay. Each of these may qualify for SoL but it comes with something that can draw you in and keep you there.


Slow Start's pull is in... keeping secrets? I guess? There's a few other girls who also have secrets of their own, and the emotional process of learning to let yourself be vulnerable could have been an interesting subject to tackle, but it develops so randomly and rarely, I almost didn't notice it.


The characters themselves also didn't really have a great deal going on, the only one that was particularly interesting to me was Tama-chan, because she had lesbian grandmas that she cooked for and it was really sweet and wholesome. Everyone else was your usual flavours of moeblob: Shy new girl, super shy kuudere, motherly type, even Tama is more or less just the genki sports girl. Maybe I'm cold and calloused after years of moeblob anime, but it all just blurred for me.


All in all, Slow Start is a great anime for anyone who just wants to see cute girls doing cute things, it's well animated, the voice acting is punchy and cute, the plot is harmless, and there's some nice yuribait in there for good measure. For anyone who likes shows where things actually happen, I'd like to recommend literally anything else.



Author: Jace Cowan

Manager - Let's Go Akamaru!