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In middle school, Ichinose Kimitaka taught his friends how to play basketball. Despite his experience with the sport, his friends quickly outmatched him in skill. After an incident brought on by his frustration and jealousy, he was crushed to overhear those same 'friends' discussing how they wished he'd just kill himself.

On his way to toss out his special basketball shoes, he met a girl who was just as frustrated, throwing her own dancing shoes away. She was so tall, and her hands and feet are so large, that she had been rejected from her chosen hobby of Spanish dancing. He urged her to give basketball a try, and the two exchanged their shoes instead of throwing them away.

As he enters high school, Kimitaka learns that meeting him changed that girl's life for the better, and she is now a happy, social basketball player. Will Kimitaka be able to find the courage to make new friends and pursue his own talents?


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Associated Names
สเต็ปฝัน จังหวะหัวใจ (Thai)
Chant des Souliers Rouges (Français)
Tetsugaku Letora

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Latest Release(s)
v.6 c.27 by Maigo over 2 years ago
v.6 c.26 by Maigo over 2 years ago
v.6 c.25 by Maigo over 2 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (381 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.53 / 10.0
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January 4th 2017, 1:29pm PST



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Gessan (Shogakukan)

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Rating: N/A
by Rebekahs5
June 4th, 2017, 9:52am
Ok, so I'm hooked.... it's 2.49 am in the morning and I just binge read all 27 chapters after finishing a 10 hour shift at work... (who needs sleep...)

... I really hope they update soon because I need MORE!

... Last updated on June 4th, 2017, 9:54am
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Started out so well   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by plotrobert
April 29th, 2016, 10:23pm
Early on during this story I had such high hopes. The characters were interesting and I was really liking the focus on Spanish dancing, it was something new and interesting for the manga to focus on. Then at some point things just start to stagnate. You just want things to move along already and yet it feels like the author keeps moving the goalpost back further and further. Also while I did enjoy the characters overall (the bromance between the three male leads was very touching) the main character was such an annoyance at times. Be prepared to be completely exasperated with a main character because this guy is just the worst sometimes. C'mon dude man up at least once. I was so glad the last chapter happened because he HAD to stop running away then. Also this story really needs a Slow Romance tag or something by the way because our main characters don't even meet properly apart from a flashback early on until near the end of the story. Finally while the flamenco stuff was interesting at times there was just so many pages dedicated to it, at some point I found myself skipping multiple pages to get back to the plot.

Now you may think I hate this story or something, but no I still think its quite good. It's just that the beginning starts off so strong and yet they drag the conclusion out a bit too long. The ending is also satisfying even if not every side character gets closure. Really though the characters save this series for me. The grandfather, our main trio and the dancing teacher were just some of the characters that stood out to me as particularly interesting.

I certainly recommend you give it a read. If particularly pathetic male leads turn you off though you may want to give this a skip.

... Last updated on April 29th, 2016, 10:55pm
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Fantastic Gloomy Slice of Life   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sending
April 17th, 2016, 9:56am
I adore this series and appreciate just how well it captures the gloom that can invade a person's life when they've given up on their dreams. The inching forward out of depression and constant backsliding into self-doubt and crises of confidence felt much more genuine to me than most stories where one event or conversation fixes a character's problems all at once. Kimitaka's connection with Fujimoto isn't a cure-all for his self-confidence but it does inspire him to try to find something to live for once more and I think that's beautiful. The pace may be ponderously slow at times but the monologuing format fits this slice of life story like a glove. There are no perfect easy solutions for anyone in this story and personally I find that the most satisfying part of all.
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Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by PZcolo
March 2nd, 2016, 8:49am
Has some really good points and confronts many issues teenagers have to go through in their road to adulthood but I get a little tired of the whining, depression and self-disgust, most common phrase in this series is "I'm pathetic".
Overall it was a nice read and for a change the chars weren't cliched, and the gramps always makes me smile, on the other hand the main char is quite annoying in his reserve of contacting Fujimoto, same for the mangaka making the too miss each other over and over for the sake of it. Nonetheless the romance was interesting thou it's clearly relayed to a secondary place in the story.
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Rating: N/A
by windshadow
August 30th, 2013, 5:11am
I'm sorry but the main thing I kept noticing is their Food T-shirts! Damn.

But yea. That aside, i just knew it was Sahara Mizu's when i saw the cover art. It's a bit of a oddball slice of life with a somewhat dark but real theme going on.

Namari is brave and strong. The silent stoic type that really gets to you. I loved how the story is delivered in monologues and the boys are slowing getting together and discovering things.

It's not a loud flashy youth growth! kinda manga but it is quiet and pondering with a splash of gloom. Beautiful and yet fragile.
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Sweetness and determination   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Juliet37
July 30th, 2013, 9:08am
A sweet story about a girl and a boy who fulfill each others' dreams. Somehow they begin pushing themselves in order to keep up with the other. Personally, I give it a 10 because the message of standing tall after you fall is a great motive.
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Damn! What a splendid simple story!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by rennov
July 25th, 2013, 11:47pm
Well, I must say this is a rare manga... It's hard to wrap a deep moral message into a everyday life's situation story, and this author do it nicely... Hope the story will be amazing as before...
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Really Gets Better at Chapter 5   
Rating: 8.4 / 10.0
by forsakendoll
July 3rd, 2013, 3:19pm
I thought it was gunna be boring since the protagonist is so gloomy. It's like he's sucking out my life energy (loljk) but I still decided to read all of the available chapters since the story is different (in a good way) from what I've always been reading. Glad I did coz by chapter 5 I just can't stop giggling (unfortunately, that's the last available chapter lol right after getting excited *sigh*)

plus Kikuchi Hana is cute. *bishie spotted*
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Penpendesarapen
November 27th, 2012, 12:28am
there are only 2 chapters out but i already realllly love it. sahara mizu, you're a blessing. there are so much emotions in her work, i can't even describe it in words. i highly recommend this series.
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Please update!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by elalendi
October 7th, 2012, 9:15am
I love this manga so much! Even though only 2 chapters are out. Love this author to death and I even have to say this is one of her better works! It's so heartwarming and cute and sweet. xD I would love to see this adapted to a drama one day... heheheheh
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