The BEST Episodes of Slow Start

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 26, 2021

Network: BS11

Hana Ichinose is a normal 16-year-old high school student. However, there is something different about her: She enrolled in high school one year late! Her classmates are unaware of this, and Hana will have to work hard to catch up with everyone else.

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Starting Slow

#1 - Starting Slow

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 25, 2018

Hana's mother always bought clothes for her, but now she's going to choose her own outfit for the first time. The problem is she can't imagine what kind of clothes would suit her. When Hana goes to her friends for advice, Eiko proposes they all go out shopping the following day. Tamate is also excited about helping Hana choose an outfit that would look good on her, while Kamuri is more interested in having post-shopping parfaits. When she gets home that day, Hana ponders over the kind of clothes that would be her style.

star 7.60
5 votes
Sliminess of an Eel

#2 - Sliminess of an Eel

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 11, 2018

The point of the sleepover at Hana’s apartment is supposed to be a study session to prepare for the girls’ upcoming semester finals, but Tamate is more interested in cooking a delicious dinner for them. The girls also enjoy playing a video game and taking a bath, rewards for studying hard. They cap off the enjoyable evening with bedtime ghost stories which results in a freaked-out Hana being unable to sleep.

star 7.50
4 votes
Writers: Nao Inoue
Gorilla in a Swimsuit

#3 - Gorilla in a Swimsuit

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 4, 2018

star 7.50
4 votes
Writers: Nao Inoue, Shohei Yamanaka, Takatomi Kanezaki
The First Butterflies

#4 - The First Butterflies

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 7, 2018

star 7.40
10 votes
Writers: Nao Inoue
Teardrops are Falling

#5 - Teardrops are Falling

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 21, 2018

he girls talk about how they're going to spend their Golden Week vacation. After realizing that they all have the final day of the break open, they make plans to meet up for a study session to prepare for proficiency tests the following day, and decide to go to Hana's apartment. Hana can't contain her excitement over having friends coming to her place and Shion is just as thrilled when she hears the news. As Golden Week begins, the four enjoy their stretch of days off, each in their own way, until it's finally the day of the study session.The girls talk about how they're going to spend their Golden Week vacation. After realizing that they all have the final day of the break open, they make plans to meet up for a study session to prepare for proficiency tests the following day, and decide to go to Hana's apartment. Hana can't contain her excitement over having friends coming to her place and Shion is just as thrilled when she hears the news. As Golden Week begins, the four enjoy their stretch of days off, each in their own way, until it's finally the day of the study session.

star 7.33
6 votes
Writers: Nao Inoue
The Shark's Cousin

#6 - The Shark's Cousin

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 11, 2018

Eiko is still keeping her accessory-making a secret from her friends, but gives a handmade brooch to Hana, her one confidant. Hana is thrilled to get it, but feels guilty about continuing to keep her own secret about her gap year before starting high school. She can't decide whether to share the truth with her friends.

star 7.25
4 votes
Cuffed Wrists

#7 - Cuffed Wrists

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 18, 2018

Eiko gets presents from her classmates on her birthday, but they all turn out to be hairpins. Being a good friend, Eiko puts them all on, resulting in a head full of hairpins and the new nickname "Pinko" bestowed upon her by their teacher, Ms. Enami. On the walk home from school, Eiko is back to wearing just her normal mature-looking hairpin, which becomes the subject of a discussion. A curious Tamate asks where she bought the hairpin, but Eiko only gives an enigmatic smile and says it's a secret.

star 7.17
6 votes
Writers: Nao Inoue
Kamuri’s Fluffy

#8 - Kamuri’s Fluffy

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 4, 2018

The Eiko-loving Kamuri is thrilled when she gets a middle school-era photo of her. However, the Eiko in the photo doesn't look like the Eiko Kamuri saw in passing one year earlier. And yet, Eiko confirms that it is indeed her in the picture. Unsatisfied with the lingering mystery, Kamuri talks to Hana who recalls that she recently saw a girl who looked a lot like Eiko in the shopping district. The two are intrigued by the possibility of a look-alike and set off in search of Eiko's secret.

star 7.00
5 votes
Writers: Nao Inoue
Hana's Friends

#9 - Hana's Friends

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 25, 2018

Hana hasn't talked to half the students in her class since the school year started. Worried about Hana, the girls try to help her break her shyness. Later, Hana and her friends go shopping for swimsuits.

star 7.00
4 votes
Writers: Kenichi Yamashita, Seiji Harada
Tomato Festival

#10 - Tomato Festival

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 18, 2018

At last the summer vacation starts! The four decide to go to the summer festival together. They have lunch at Tama's place and get ready to attend the festival in their yukatas!

star 7.00
4 votes
Exercise Wears Me Out

#11 - Exercise Wears Me Out

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 14, 2018

Hana and her classmates have lunch together. Hana enjoys comparing lunches and sharing food with each other, but she still keeps her past a secret. Meanwhile, the school's sports test begins. Unfortunately, Hana hasn't gotten any exercise at all during her year off between middle school and high school.

star 6.88
8 votes
Writers: Nao Inoue
The Premium Tournament on the Second Floor

#12 - The Premium Tournament on the Second Floor

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 28, 2018

Hiroe Hannen is the mysterious resident of Temari Heights apartment 202. When Hana goes up to deliver a package for her, paranoid Hiroe mistakes Hana as a suspicious intruder. Her misunderstanding is straightened out with Shion's introduction, but it soon becomes clear that Hiroe is a shut-in, who cannot step out even to the convenience store. Her high school years were smooth sailing until an accident that became a turning point in her life. Hearing Hiroe's personal story resonates with Hana, who then shares her secret of being a year behind in high school.

star 6.75
4 votes
Writers: Nao Inoue