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Baby Steps  
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Maruo Eiichirou (Ei-Chan), a first year honor student, one day decides he's unhappy with the way things are and lacks exercise. His mother gives him a flyer for the local Tennis Club and he decides to check it out. He's instantly captivated by it. With no prior experience and poor physical conditioning, join Ei-Chan as he embarks on a tennis journey using his smarts, dedication and work ethic.

Note: Won the 38th Kodansha Manga Award in the Best Shōnen Manga category in 2014.


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v.27 c.251 by Angelic Scanlations (3d ago)
v.26 c.250 by Angelic Scanlations (20d ago)
c.249 by Imangascans (59d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
37 Volumes (Ongoing)

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Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1,Chap 1
Ends at Vol 19, Chap 181

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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (647 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.69 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 8th 2015, 10:11am PST



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Weekly Pos #332 increased(+104)
Monthly Pos #311 increased(+98)
3 Month Pos #457 decreased(-2)
6 Month Pos #433 decreased(-55)

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On 3374 reading lists
On 762 wish lists
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Season 2 end. 87 days, 0 hours, 29 minutes ago
2nd Baby Steps Season Slated to Premiere on April 5 309 days, 12 hours, 23 minutes ago
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Don't follow the bad reviews   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Natsumijojo
July 3rd, 2012, 12:52pm
It's really a good series, especially if your into spots manga, this one is very realistic in what they do, the Main character's personality is very enjoyable and its just an awesome read! Its my favorite spots manga, that's for sure! X3
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Yep, good ^^   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by slykid
March 30th, 2012, 1:39pm
Really good man....and I'm a hard view shoujo fan....because if this I finally realised how senseless all that stuff was and I kinda stopped reading mangas altogether (ok mostly is cuz I ran out).One negative is that It's good but too short, it didn't fill like how many volumes it said it has ...right now in just waiting for this along with my other 'unfinished' mangas .
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Good manga   
Rating: N/A
by goooo
March 16th, 2012, 8:51pm
Starts a little bit slow but once it gets into tennis, it shines. I like how you can basically see all the inner thoughts of the protagonist during a match as he tries to come up with legit strategies and counter-strategies. The character development has been good and am looking forward to reading more. Gratitude for all those scans!
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Can't wait for next chapter..   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by SoY
February 9th, 2012, 10:44pm
It's all about tennis world, like a guidebook from amateur to pro tennis player.
1000% more realistic than POT, it have some good jokes, especially when the ei-chan makes weird faces.. lol, it also have a little bit romance in some chapter, good enough for refreshing..
Overall, a must read sport manga..
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A tennis manga about ... well, tennis.   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Celianna
February 2nd, 2012, 5:42pm
Baby Steps is a great sports manga. That is, if you're only in it for the sports, and not for say, likable characters or drama between them.

Most sports mangas barely even focus on the actual sport, and crank the action up to eleven when they do. It's not about the accuracy of the sport, but it's about the drama of the player, and how their sad little emo back story gives them the will to go through and reach the top.

None of that is in Baby Steps. No drama, thank god. Of course, the drama is what makes a lot of people like sports mangas period, so these people will probably, almost certainly, not like Baby Steps.

I wouldn't compare Baby Steps to Prince of Tennis. POT is one of those 'drama' sports, which cranks up the tennis to eleven, and the further it goes, the more unrealistic it becomes. The story could have picked out any sport and it would still have been the same. Not true for Baby Steps. It's very calculating, smart, and most importantly real. It's about tennis.

The main character is not your typical idiot hero, nor the genius prodigy who excels in everything he touches. No, Ei-chan is someone who's so devoid of any talent, that he's only good at being average or 'good' at whatever he does, but he's not the best or a genius, or excels at something in particular. No, that takes actual effort and training.

No curb stomp battles here, tennis is real and the main character loses quite a bit of matches. Of course he does, he only started playing tennis for a few months, despite his ability to be good all-around (but not anything specific), he still loses quite a bit because he doesn't have anything he's really good at. This is frequently mentioned in the manga, where he's an alright tennis player, he doesn't have any definitive moves, or finishing moves.

About his personality, well he's like an obsessed data miner, and writes everything down in his notebooks. He has big eyes that are always wide open in shock, surprise, or simply from amazement. There's not much to the guy. Really, there isn't.

Any other character doesn't get enough screen time to show their personality, or backgrounds or whatever, just long enough to introduce them to the reader as they have another tennis battle.

Oh, despite what it says as a romantic subplot, that's like saying Naruto has a romantic subplot. I don't even know why they bother with it, because it's so casually mentioned in like a page or two, you wonder if it has any point to it at all.

So yeah, Baby Steps is about tennis. Not about the drama, not about overcoming the battle despite all odds, or about interesting characters, but just tennis.

I personally like it.
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Good, but not for me.   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by JackGrover
January 11th, 2012, 5:20am
his is a very well done manga. The characters each have a unique personality. The subject of tennis is done very well. But the one thing that I would have wanted to see more progress in, after 56 chapters, is a good love interest. No progress there at all! So I'm dropping it for now. Maybe I'll give a look-see after it hits 120 chapters.
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Rating: N/A
by way2cuteanimekitty
January 9th, 2012, 11:26am
I really want to read this manga, but at the rate the releases come out I'd have to wait three more years just to get to volume 14. I might consider it if a chapter came out each week or even every 2 weeks, but right now I just don't know.
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Good read   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by meeu
December 22nd, 2011, 6:13am
quite frankly one of my fave sports manga to date. I like how the mangaka explores E-chan's overly meticulous personality as a student, a son, and a tennis player. It's quite intriguing how he used that behavior from being the best in class to being the best in the sport, realizing he found his dream in the attempt of trying to stay fit. The mangaka has managed to keep this one simple yet fun, and the pacing is just about right. . .
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Don't trust the bad reviews so easily.   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by bekyuubi
December 15th, 2011, 9:23pm
I got thrown off by some of the bad reviews from the start, but this is a manga that has none of the superfluous BS from POT.

The main character has quite a bit of charisma once you get to know his nature of working hard towards his goals. Not many people dislike others who work hard and doesn't brag about it. In regards to Liquidsin comment, I read up to volume 14 so I will like to point out some things.

- Ei works hard and manages to get a reasonable body that lasts just enough for 1 full tennis match. He even lost a long match due to lack of stamina.
- He has a great personality. He told his parents he wanted to stop studying for cram schools for a full year to concentrate on Tennis alone. How many 16-17 year old teens you know will do such a thing?
- He does gather data outside of the matches, but more than anything he does it in game against a strong opponent to reflect upon his mistakes and come up with a strategy for lack of experience.

Reading until this far, I felt that the pace is slightly slow and think that the rivalry section isn't right there yet. Looks like it will be really baby steps for a pretty long while.

Edit: Read up to volume 19 (with some really shoddy japanese knowledge). This manga is really quite awesome and makes you sort of cheer for the main guy. Can't wait to see more. Ahh, but it best be reading 10 volumes in 1 shot. This manga is slow...

... Last updated on December 16th, 2011, 10:23am
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Love it   
Rating: N/A
by BlackOrion
November 23rd, 2011, 2:22pm
The only problem is that we only have, almost, 6 volumes to 17 that exist T_T

I'm not the kind of guy who thinks he has the right to actually hurry the scalation, but i wish there would be more.
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