Ranked #1005
Baby Steps

Baby Steps

Alternative Titles

Japanese: ベイビーステップ


Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2014 to Sep 21, 2014
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.671 (scored by 5758 users)
Ranked: #10052
Popularity: #1434
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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. He finds a flyer for the Tennis Club and 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.

(Source: One Manga)

Related Anime

Adaptation: Baby Steps

Characters & Voice Actors

Maruo, Eiichirou
Maruo, Eiichirou
Murata, Taishi
Murata, Taishi
Takasaki, Natsu
Takasaki, Natsu
Kotobuki, Minako
Kotobuki, Minako
Horiuchi, Kenyuu
Horiuchi, Kenyuu


Murata, Masahiko
Abe, Mao
Theme Song Performance
Katsuki, Hikaru
Original Creator, Original Character Design
Chiba, Katsuhiko
Series Composition

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Jun 16, 2014
This anime is not an ordinary or Cliché Sports anime. To tell you the truth, despite having a low score and bad picture displayed, I know you know what I mean you really wondered why too. But if you watch this anime It's too far from your expectation.

Honestly the animation is good, sound is good, enjoyment is pretty good, Realistic story is pretty damn good. Yeah, you will wondered why, why you can't stop watching every episode.

That's because it's realistic, unlike other Sports anime that you will wondered why they are already a good player and even already good player in just short read more
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Sep 5, 2014
I've seen several sports-themed anime, and in my opinion this one of the two or three best.

To me, one of the most attractive aspects of this story is the method by which the protagonists attain their expertise at the sport. Not a single character spends time meditating by standing under a waterfall. No one ever packs up camping gear and hikes to remote areas in distant mountains for training (defeating bears and wildcats along the way.) There is not a single "secret" or "special" move that "magically defeats one's opponent.

What stands out is the main character's ability to analyze not only his read more
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Even though HnI is about boxing and Baby Steps focuses on tennis, they're quite similar:
- the protagonists are nice guys, but a bit wimpy, and complete beginners;
- they meet a person who introduces them to the sport and inspires them;
- they join a club outside of school;
- they both have a rival to whom they look up to;
- they're both in love with a certain girl;
- they do have talent, but get their results through hard work.
The main theme for both series is the realism. Main characters from both series are beginners in their sports. Hinata=Vollyball and Maruo=Tennis. They wil grow stronger throughout the series. Great characters who support the main characters. You will learn a great deal about said sport in both series. Currently airing this year.

Opening Theme

"Believe in yourself" by Mao Abe (阿部真央)

Ending Theme

"Baby Steps (ベイビーステップ)" by Babyraids (ベイビーレイズ)

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