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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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เบบี้ สเต็ป

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c.309 by Fallen Angels 1 day ago
c.308 by Fallen Angels 14 days ago
v.32 c.307 by Fallen Angels 24 days ago
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Status in Country of Origin
47 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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 (689 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.7 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 30th 2017, 12:53am PST



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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #175 increased(+59)
Monthly Pos #235 increased(+155)
3 Month Pos #360 increased(+66)
6 Month Pos #352 decreased(-33)
Year Pos #284 increased(+66)

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"Baby Steps" Manga Ends 11 days ago
Season 2 end. over 2 years ago
2nd Baby Steps Season Slated to Premiere on April 5 over 3 years ago
Baby Steps Gets Anime Next Spring over 4 years ago
more life over 4 years ago

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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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Great and Entertaining   
Rating: N/A
by asutedjo909
February 9th, 2010, 7:33am
Sports manga recently has become bland and typical, but not Baby Steps. The fact that the main protagonist is not somebody with godly genius or a beginner with godly talent, instead having a strong work ethics and dedication is very heartwarming. It's entertaining to see how the E-chan works very hard and dedicate himself so much in things he likes, without getting swayed from his original purpose as a student. I bet this manga could be a lesson for all of us, to do what we love and to finish what we started. I can't wait for this manga to be updated. It is really good and a must read for everybody. It is not pretentious and very fun to enjoy.
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i like it   
Rating: N/A
by turnip head
January 27th, 2010, 6:09am
this is so good! it's simplistic in its goodness.

the level of intensity with which he works at something he doesn't love is not normal. i love that she wants him to find something he does have a passion for- imagine the amount of effort he puts into schoolwork going into something he honestly enjoys! (i've only read a couple chapters so far)

that seems to be a common theme in manga- do your best in what you love. the boy loves a girl who does her best, the boy is admirable for always doing his best, etc, etc. i love that. this is a really good one.
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It's perfect.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Daxisheart
December 24th, 2009, 7:50pm
In my opinion, this is a perfect series.
Not perfect as in the EPIC rating that gantz or berserk or some of those super series gets. Not perfect as in art, story, premise, or anything.
For me.... it's just awesome. Art? A. Characters(story)? A. Execution? A.
The main hero is a unique character. Not talking about the weird hair thingey. It's just how he acts, what he does. Everyone in those shonen mangas from jumps are called geniuses, and when they're not, they're called geniuses at practicing and shit.
This dude? He just studies. HE doesn't act like an idiot. The mangaka says he acts like an old man, and it works. He's just an alright dude that just studies and acts so... you know, out there. No one's really going to hate him, people will probably like him.
The art is good, and the girl has that definite cute feeling.
The first chapter had a bit of that slow moving vibe which was plainly perfect, and as it progresses, it doens't move super fast, but at the perfect pace.
I am reminded of prince of tennis. I don't know why. it has the same sport... but it's much different. I just.... like it. IT's awesome.

MOAR SCANS BITCHESSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! please.
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Characters are so so so off   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by CrimsonRuby
November 3rd, 2009, 1:18pm
I just read the first chapter and I have to say, wow, the characters in the manga are giving off such a bad vibe. So the main character works hard at something and the girl calls him weird?! How about her working hard to become a tennis pro, are you weird too? And how come people keeps saying he's weird, one person even says he gives her the creeps! That pisses me off to no end.

Also, the manga keeps saying he thinks like an older person (I guess precocious is the right word to describe him), with that way of thinking, he shouldn't be such a pushover, especially if it's being done by a girl the same age that he barely knows and has just recently met. Telling him that he should do the stuff he enjoys and all that. You just met him and barely know him, why do you say that kind of stuff! Such a busybody know-it-all. With the way he is, he should be more confident in the things he's doing and thinking, and shouldn't be so easily swayed by words from a person that barely knows him.

He clearly has a defined goal for the future and works really hard for it. With the effort he has put in it, he should be feeling more strongly for that goal, but he doesn't! And is easily hesitant and so unsure and wishy-washy about his goals and future. Arrggh! It doesn't make sense! There's one line that clinches this for me, "Does Takasaki-san go through that on a daily basis?" OMG, you work just as hard or harder than her everyday too! Why are you thinking these stupid thoughts and comparing her to yourself and her dreams to your dreams? Why does it sound like he puts in no effort to anything!? Arghhh.

Lastly, the main character is so off for some reason, it's like he's not really thinking like a guy, especially with his background of thinking for the future, being precocious and doing great in school. With all of that, he should have a bigger head and have more ego and pride, but he doesn't?! Why? Speaking from a guy's perspective, I don't get him at all.

PS. He definitely has no "guts" and definitely didn't get an A in PE. You have no stamina, so you run away. That's it. That's the way you should do it. *smacks him on the face*

PPS. His motivation for getting into tennis sucks and is one of the weakest points in the plot.

... Last updated on November 3rd, 2009, 1:54pm
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I like it so far   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by dark mage
August 3rd, 2009, 7:53pm
Just like the poster "Lippe-Kun" before me said, the main character is unique and the story is a bit slow paced but looks good so far. Also I hope the romance part comes into play soon. I recommend this manga for people who like a different feeling sports manga with a dash of romance in it. That's it for now. Its too early to rate it but I will start off by giving it full marks. Oh I would like to thank "Hyuugalegacy" for picking up this manga and doing a good job of scanlating this. I hope he keeps up the good work

... Last updated on August 3rd, 2009, 7:56pm
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Liked it...   
Rating: N/A
by Lippe-kun
July 19th, 2009, 8:32pm
It just gives me the feeling of... fresh. The main character acts like an old man, so it's like the opposite of some titles such as Naruto (where the protagonist is an idiot), and the way the story develops so far (only 2 chapters) is quite slow, the romance too. And the new thing is that the main character doesn't is a "genius" or doesn't state that he is gonna be the best player of all times or something like that (again I only read 2 chapters so far). That's it, for the moment.
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