Slow Start Anime's Promo Video Previews Cast Opening Song

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Series about girl enrolling in high school a year late debuts on January 6

The official Twitter account for the television anime of Yuiko Tokumi's Slow Start manga began streaming a new promotional video on Wednesday. The video features the anime's opening theme song "ne! ne! ne!" performed by STARTails☆, which is composed of cast members Reina Kondo, Ayasa Itō, Tomomi Mineuchi, and Maria Naganawa.

An advance screening event for the anime's first episode will be held at United Cinema Toyosu in Tokyo on January 4. The anime's main cast and staff will attend.

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.

Aniplex of America will begin streaming the series on Crunchyroll on January 6 at 12:00 p.m. EST.

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.

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. The fifth volume will ship on January 27.

Sources: Animate Times, MoCa News

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