Ranked #535
Baby Steps (Manga)

Baby Steps

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Japanese: ベイビーステップ


Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Oct 17, 2007 to ?
Authors: Katsuki, Hikaru (Story & Art)


Score: 8.201 (scored by 3116 users)
Ranked: #5352
Popularity: #577
Members: 6,785
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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 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.

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Maruo, Eiichirou
Takasaki, Natsu
Aoi, Ryuuhei
Araya, Hiroshi

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Sep 27, 2014
This manga attracted me because the main character, like us, is a novice at tennis, or at least I am. Therefore the reader learns about tennis alongside Maruo (maincharacter), who is a beginner to tennis.

The story itself is simple. Maruo is introduced to tennis, decides to do it, and we read along, as simple as that.
The pace of the manga is nice. One does not have to read many chapters before Maruo has his first official match. While Maruo's training is present in the manga, it does not get boring to read and as mentioned we readers learn alongside Maruo there is always something read more
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Oct 1, 2012
This is a review of this manga from the start to latest chapter.(Around 129)
I will re-edit it when this manga is complete or near completion.

I will also be trying to avoid spoiling as much as possible so sorry if some things may seem vague.

When it comes to sports manga it seems you either love it or hate it. Not a lot of us may have an interest in some sports whether it be football, swimming, baseball or tennis or maybe we do but just not in that specific sport. In order to win the crowd over when it comes to sports manga and read more
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Jun 19, 2012
Meet Eiichirou 'E-Chan' Maruo. A straight-A honor student and the kind of guy you could get a few study pointers from. Upon entering high school he realizes that up till now his whole life has been about studying and getting good grades. Feeling a need for more exercise, he adjusts his study schedule to exercise on his own time rather than committing to a sports club. However, he is prompted by his mother to go check out the local tennis club. And that's where E-Chan's progress begins.

The manga takes care to explain tennis terminology and rules for newcomers.
It realistically shows the amount of work read more
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Feb 22, 2012
It's very surprising no one had written a review for this manga...anyway, I really recomend this manga for all sports or tennis lovers. Even though the main character is not like the typical cool, handsome and strong guy (eg Echizen Ryoma in Prince of Tennis), it's still have its own kind of enjoyment in it. The main character is like a caterpillar in process of being a butterfly, as the manga goes on, you'll find that *spoilers* (Sorry, cannot tell you anymore than that ^_^) If you wanna know what happens, READ IT!
I, Lelouch vi Britannia commands you to read it! (hahaha~)
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User Recommendations

Both about Tennis!!
Both are sport manga where main character looks kind of weak, but he has special qualities that make him very good. Loads of action going on during matches. Good art in both of them. Kuroko is about basketball and Baby Steps is about tennis. Kuroko is more action-packed while Baby Step has more romance.
Both these shounen titles follow protagonists who transition from focusing on school work to focusing on sport.
Both series feature protagonists who discovers their passion for a sport; boxing in Hajime no Ippo and tennis in Baby Steps. Both highlight a journey of hard work, failure, success and laughs as the titles of the two series allude.
Baby Steps and Eyeshield 21 not only target the same demographic, but do so quite similarly. Both series revolve around a character with a latent potential to succeed in a sport. Although both characters do not readily involve themselves with their sports, they do grow fond of developing themselves and competing with others.
Both are about racquet sports, competition, and personal development.

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