Ranked #597
Baby Steps

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
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.941 (scored by 15334 users)
Ranked: #5972
Popularity: #1150
Members: 29,934
Favorites: 129
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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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Aired  Apr 6, 2014 to Sep 21, 2014
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Related Anime

Adaptation: Baby Steps
Sequel: Baby Steps 2nd Season

Characters & Voice Actors

Maruo, Eiichirou
Maruo, Eiichirou
Murata, Taishi
Murata, Taishi
Takasaki, Natsu
Takasaki, Natsu
Kotobuki, Minako
Kotobuki, Minako
Horiuchi, Kenyuu
Horiuchi, Kenyuu
Iwasa's coach
Iwasa's coach
Komatsu, Fuminori
Komatsu, Fuminori


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

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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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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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Sep 21, 2014
I'm a big fan of sports anime, and Baby Steps, for me it's one of the best that i've ever seen just for a reason: It shows us the reality about tennis.

Maruo, the main character, isn't a genius. He is a character that focus in his control, and the "feeling about tennis" on him keep growing until one episode passes.

For me particularly, i think that i love it because i remember a bit of my old self when i play tennis. This anime give that feeling, that made me remember that isn't easy to become a great player, isn't easy to win matches. This anime read more
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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
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. 
reportRecommended by xpaula
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
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
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
Both MC's are trying to be the best at what they love to do
Both series involve friends that help the MC get better and become the best
Both MC's are intelligent and try different ways to achieve their goal
The two series have Romance, comedy, school life, elements  
reportRecommended by Mastodynia

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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