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Aniplex USA to Stream Slow Start Anime on Crunchyroll

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
January 6 debut for anime of Yuiko Tokumi's manga about girl enrolling in high school a year late

Aniplex of America announced on Tuesday that it will begin streaming the television anime of Yuiko Tokumi's Slow Start manga on Crunchyroll on January 6 at 12:00 p.m. EST.

The anime will premiere on January 6 in Japan on Tokyo MX, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, and BS11 at 12:30 a.m. (effectively on January 7) before later airing on Kansai TV and TV Aichi.

The show stars:

  • Reina Kondo as Hana Ichinose
  • Ayasa Itō as Tamate Momochi
  • Tomomi Mineuchi as Eiko Tokura
  • Maria Naganawa as Kamuri Sengoku
  • Manami Numakura as Kiyose Enami
  • Maaya Uchida as Hiroe Hannen
  • M.A.O as Shion Kyōzuka

Hiroyuki Hashimoto (Is the order a rabbit?, Magical Girl Raising Project) is directing the anime at A-1 Pictures. Mio Inoue (Is the order a rabbit? episode scripts, Eiga Precure All Stars: Haru no Carnival) is in charge of the series scripts. Masato Yasuno (Flying Witch) is designing the characters for animation.

Reina Kondo, Ayasa Itō, Tomomi Mineuchi, and Maria Naganawa are performing the opening theme song "ne! ne! ne!" under the unit name STARTails☆. Sangatsu no Phantasia (Kiznaiver, Interviews with Monster Girls) is performing the ending theme song "Kaze no Koe wo Kikinagara" (While Listening to the Wind's Voice).

The story centers around 16-year-old Hana Ichinose, who unbeknownst to her classmates, was a year late in enrolling into high school. Although it may not seem like a big deal, it is a big deal to her. She wants to catch up with everyone else someday.

Tokumi launched the manga in Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara magazine in 2013, and Houbunsha published the fourth compiled book volume on June 27.


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