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Description
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.

Type
Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
ベイビーステップ
網球優等生
网球优等生
เบบี้ สเต็ป

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Latest Release(s)
v.26 c.248 by Imangascans (32d ago)
v.26 c.247 by Imangascans (52d ago)
v.26 c.246 by Imangascans (84d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
35 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1,Chap 1 [Season 1] Vol 8,Chap 72 [Season 2]
Ends at Vol 8, Chap 71 [Season 1]

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Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (638 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.69 / 10.0
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May 17th 2015, 7:26am PST


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Year
2007

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Licensed (in English)
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Weekly Pos #431 increased(+140)
Monthly Pos #507 decreased(-26)
3 Month Pos #471 decreased(-85)
6 Month Pos #365 decreased(-125)

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My Only Sport Manga   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by McCasper
April 23rd, 2011, 9:39pm
I don't mean to say that this is the best sports manga (probably far from the truth) but something about this one just struck out at me. I think it was the main character actually. In an age of manga where main characters are either endearingly stupid or scary smart Ei-chan is somewhere in the middle and its refreshing. He's actually very smart compared to most characters but he's far from super geniuses like L and Akiyama. The tennis is also interesting and creative playstyles abound in sport which I thought was pretty cut-and-dry. Over-all I think this manga hinges on the main character, if you like him keep reading, if you hate him drop it.
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Excellent and charming   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by enaikelt
March 3rd, 2011, 4:56pm
This manga is enjoyable and simple; very laid back but pretty exciting as well at times. Ei-chan is responsible, sweet and serious, a rare commodity in shounen manga, and I like that he doesn't automatically win everything; he works hard for everything he gets. He's also smart. Perfecting everything you put effort into is an ideal I feel good about applauding.

... Last updated on August 6th, 2013, 12:35am
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Ei-chan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by liquidsin
February 9th, 2011, 4:31pm
The mangaka absolutely and undeniably failed when he created the main character. Within every chapter, his image and personality grind away at my mind to the point where I wonder why I even read this series.

Main Character: Maruo Eiitirou

Looks
  • Unique, in other words he has a fugly hairstyle that makes his face look like a fish.
  • Baby face and oversized eyes which only add to the problem. They also destroy any possible hope of masculinity in the main character though that's another issue entirely.
  • Weak physique that contradicts him ever being competitive in the sport of tennis. I also don't see how the mangaka expects the readers to believe that his endurance cane keep up with the perseverance aspect.

Personality
  • Meticulously annoying. He carries the same style of data tennis as Inui from PoT while having none of his redeeming qualities.
  • Weak. Like his physique, he has a meek personality.
  • Rather than gather data before the match, crunching the numbers, and then forming a strategy, "Ei-chan" does it all in the very game he's playing.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
One of Ei's opponents uses tennis to recreate paintings on the court... Yeah... Skipping over that issue, Ei records each of his opponent's seemingly random shots, somehow comes to the realization that they form paintings, and then forms a winning strategy all during one match.

Biased or not, I have come to despise this potentially good manga because of a single character. Unfortunately, this character can't be killed off or pushed to the sidelines which he rightfully deserves. Test this manga though it's not one I'll recommend to friends.

... Last updated on June 18th, 2012, 8:26pm
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A page turner...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by JHax9999
September 26th, 2010, 11:42pm
Can't tell if the main character is a genius or if he's awesome because he works hard. I guess it's a combination of the two. Certainly, you can't deny that he trains his ass off to improve his skills, so first you think, "Oh, he's just an average kid who surpasses expectations because he puts in the effort." But then you see the way his mind works during matches and you're like, "What the hell is he? Nobody can think like this in these situations." But that's what makes Maruo so unique. He's kind of a genius when it comes to processing large amounts of data and analyzing what they all mean and organizing them in way that allows him to form plans of attack against his opponents (sometimes on the fly). On the other hand, he's not physically gifted, so he has to train his average body to be able to do the things his superior mind knows he needs to do during matches.

So yeah, this is a manga where you get to see the main character train hard to improve himself and sweat and bleed to earn his victories, as well as see him blow the minds of spectators with his one-of-a-kind, almost machine-like mental ability.

Makes for an interesting read.

... Last updated on June 20th, 2014, 3:57am
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very good!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by palabasa
August 26th, 2010, 6:26pm
i have been looking for a very good tennis manga and so far this one did not disappoint me. IMO this is the best tennis manga out there.. the mangaka is either a tennis player or he interviewed real tennis players unlike some mangakas out there who uses out of this world shots or powers to make a story happen..

personally i have been playing tennis for 20yrs or so, and this manga brings back a lot of memories as a beginner and also about competing as an unseeded player..and being amazed by what seeded can do, hehe..but at the same time learning a lot from them..

again, a must read for tennis players, it has a realistic approach to tennis and also it has a good plot..thanks for the scanlators as well for taking on this one...keep it up guys! btw, just a comment on the translated term, when you're able to keep your serve the right term would be "service hold" not service keep...its either you hold your serve or your opponent "breaks" it, hence the "breakpoint" as opposed to "gamepoint".

... Last updated on August 26th, 2010, 9:32pm
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Unique Sports Manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by tamariskw
July 24th, 2010, 9:41am
I find CrimsonRuby's comment really misleading. The main character isn't meant to come off as being precocious. You just don't understand japanese culture enough to get what they mean by 'old'. The way he simply accepts the ideology that working hard equals success and does everything very methodically and routinely represents a 'traditional' approach to life. In the old days people laughed at you for having a dream that was seemingly out of reach. You were supposed to know your place in life and work hard at the things in front of you. This is very much unlike his classmates who either like to slack off and play around which is pretty normal these days, or the modern version of E-chan which is represented by Nat-chan: having a dream and striving for it. I also find it hypocritical to say that Nat-chan has barely met E-chan and is a busybody for calling him weird and giving him advice... seriously... you've only just read 1 chapter and you think you have the right to judge her?? If you seriously think the characters are so off then maybe you should just quit reading this manga. It's obviously lost on you.

The main character is unique because unlike other shounen manga protagonist he isn't all powerful, he's not a genius, he doesn't have a huge ego or the self-confidence to believe that he can be the best. He's a traditionalist who is discovering for the first time in his life something he enjoys doing. He's made it his goal (he had none previously) and strives to achieve it the old school way: through meticulous hard work and training, in the hopes of reaching perfection through routinely practicing and studying the basics. This is reminiscent of guys who trained in dojos for years and years hoping to perfect the form and principles of a particular school of sword style.

Obviously this is a shounen manga so it's not supposed to be super realistic, so of course he progresses quite far in a short amount of time. It's better than dragging it out... I especially hate it when sports mangas take 10 chapters to finish one game and fortunately this one doesn't do that.
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Pretty good so far   
Rating: N/A
by Gensoku
March 27th, 2010, 11:35pm
Very good manga.
Main character isn't a genius, which is great. You feel like the main character has attained skill through hard work, and that his success is deserved.
It's also realistic, because it also shows that you can't always win but through hard work you can still have a chance.
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Great so far.   
Rating: N/A
by tiankioo
March 25th, 2010, 9:22pm
Its not really romance in general that ruins sports manga imo, its just lack of mature romance. I'd like to see one with the romance portion not so... beating around the bush. Unfortunately I don't think there will ever be one like that. ;_;
Anyways, pretty good manga so far, but this is coming from the pov of a tennis player.
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best manga ~   
Rating: N/A
by secsuey
March 14th, 2010, 6:49pm
seriusly like this manga it is fresh and fun to read
I like the original main character and his development till now
actually I only made this account to thanks imangascans for it biggrin
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good yah   
Rating: N/A
by itachi187
February 10th, 2010, 5:04pm
i hope the romance doesnt come into play forr a loooonnnggg time, that shiz almost always screws up sports manga, just give a lil dash and focus on the rivalry. all in all i like his focus and strategies, good story ya.
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