Ranked #555

Baby Steps

Alternative Titles

Japanese: ベイビーステップ


Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2014 to Sep 21, 2014
Premiered: Spring 2014
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: NHK
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Studio Pierrot
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.971 (scored by 23,753 users)
Ranked: #5552
Popularity: #1010
Members: 44,692
Favorites: 305
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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)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Maruo, Eiichirou
Maruo, Eiichirou
Murata, Taishi
Murata, Taishi
Takasaki, Natsu
Takasaki, Natsu
Kotobuki, Minako
Kotobuki, Minako
Egawa, Takuma
Egawa, Takuma
Namikawa, Daisuke
Namikawa, Daisuke
Fukazawa, Yukichi
Fukazawa, Yukichi
Shimono, Hiro
Shimono, Hiro


Murata, Masahiko
Murata, Masahiko
Takakuwa, Hajime
Takakuwa, Hajime
Sound Director
Takegami, Junki
Takegami, Junki
Takahashi, Natsuko
Takahashi, Natsuko

More episodes Episodes(1/25)

Episode Title Aired
1 Tennis and Notes
Tennis to Notes (テニスとノート)
Apr 6, 2014

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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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.
To put it simple for the overall about Baby Steps, it is one of the best, or a Masterpiece in Sports genre in Anime and a MASTERPIECE IN TENNIS. I'm not exaggerating, I'm telling the truth. If you are a fan or Realistic or sports anime then you'll probably love this show.

Honestly the animation is read more
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Sep 21, 2014
Watching Baby Steps is like trying to learn how to ride a bike, an activity that may seem hard at first but will find its way eventually if you put your efforts through. But a bike isn’t without rules and similarly, Baby Steps has its own guidelines when it comes to tennis. For Maruo Eiichirou, a straight A-student, almost everything he has done in his life came with effort in order to become successful. And that’s no understatement when he has earned nicknames such as “All-A”. However, one thing he lack is a dream, a real goal in his life. After a faithful encounter one read more
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Jan 1, 2015
To be completely honest, I can’t begin to comprehend the lack of popularity surrounding Baby Steps. The title Baby Steps may often make people prolong watching this sensational series or even drop it completely. Baby Steps art style can push people away from watching it, but once you get past the art style you will be be engaged in this show.

I will not go into full detail of the story, and will try to make this review nice and short.

This series is typically about an honour student Maruo Eiichirou, (also called Ei-chan for his exceedingly high grades) and he is living an unhappy life. 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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Anime: Hajime no Ippo
Fully agree with all the others recommending Ippo. This is the nearest anime ever to the excitement and hero's journey that is played out in Ippo. Although one is boxing and the other is tennis, the methodical training, characters and epic moments are all there.

It won't disappoint. 
reportRecommended by roflman79
Anime: Prince of Tennis
Royoma in prince of tennis is a prodigy and practiced his whole life. He is smart and know's allot.

Eiichirou has only done it for a year but has the skills to just like him. Just as goo as Royoma.

The series is about both tennis prodigy's who shows them all wrong and practice to be stronger. Watch them both^^. The series is different with what kind of anime it is but there are both good to watch. 
reportRecommended by EminG
Anime: Haikyuu!!
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. 
reportRecommended by AnimeFan500
Anime: Yowamushi Pedal
Both have characters that are Beginners to sports. Through sheer will and hard work the character improves quickly one is in racing bikes and the other in tennis. Both characters have something unique about them one is an otaku and one is an expert note taker. I really enjoy both and if you have seen one, you definitely want to see the other. 
reportRecommended by Glamrgrl104
Anime: Chihayafuru
Chihayafuru and Baby Steps give off a similar feeling as you're watching the show, in these series our main characters are joining a club, Karuta and Tennis. However, Chihayafuru is focused on Karuta, it is also largely focuses on romance. 
reportRecommended by Nikoru-san
Anime: Beck
Although Baby Steps is about sports and Beck about music, the main characters are very similar in looks and personality : They both lack ''something in their life'', they are hardworkers and try to give their best once they find what they like.

Although the theme is different, the structure is similar. If you liked one, definitely check the other out.
reportRecommended by Lylaaz

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