Baby Steps

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Synonyms: Baby Steps
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: Pierrot
Source: Manga
Genre: SportsSports
Theme: SchoolSchool
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.801 (scored by 7501875,018 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #9972
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1577
Members: 148,016
Favorites: 846

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Diligent and methodical honor student Eiichirou Maruo decides to exercise more during the little free time he has available because he is worried about his health. For this reason, after seeing a flyer, he joins the Southern Tennis Club at the beginning of his freshman year.

During his free trial at the club, he meets Natsu Takasaki, another first year student, who is determined on becoming a professional tennis player due to her love for the sport. In contrast, Eiichirou's study-oriented life exists because he believes that it is what he has to do, not because he enjoys it. However, his monotonous days come to an end as the more he plays tennis, the more he becomes fascinated by it.

Baby Steps is the story of a boy who makes the most of his hard-working and perfectionist nature to develop his own unique playing style. Little by little, Eiichirou's skills begin to improve, and he hopes to stand on equal footing with tennis' best players.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Murata, Masahiko
Takakuwa, Hajime
Sound Director
Murayama, Kiyoshi
Episode Director
Heo, Pyeonggang
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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"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)

Episode Videos


May 4, 2023
Baby Steps

Baby Steps is a memorable sports anime with informative analysis of tennis, likable characters, and thrilling gameplay.

The protagonist of this series is Eiichiro Maruo. Supporting characters are Natsu Takasaki, Takuma Egawa, Kojirou Kageyama, Yukichi Fukuzawa, and Himeko Sasaki. Eiichiro plays against and continually interacts with other tennis players such as Takuya Miyagawa, Ryou Oobayashi, Hitoshi Araya, Hiromi Iwasa, Souji Ike, and Yuu Nabae. Other supporting cast include Eiichiro’s parents and his coaches, Coach Miura and Coach Ryuuhei Aoi. Eiichiro is a very likable and hard-working student who decides to try his hand at tennis and ends up loving it. Throughout the series the ...
Feb 19, 2022
This is a great anime, and manga and definitely deserves to have more fans. Though, all the main characters are japanese the author does add POC when the character goes to America and in different tennis matches with made me happy but I also couldn’t help but laugh at the main characters hair in every scene. Maybe they could of changed that a littleee bit lol. Maybe it’s because I’m not a fan of love interests in sports mangas, and other action ml stories because the guys don’t ever know how to write a woman/girl without her being sexualize or annoying so I didn’t really ...
Feb 27, 2023
Preliminary (12/25 eps)

Baby Steps fails as a slow-paced realistic sports anime about tennis. Compared to something like Okiku Furikake, where it's about fostering a new, all-freshmen baseball club featuring players of all skill levels aiming for nationals with a lot of obstacles along the way, Baby Steps is more about an MC that has OP learning abilities that becomes pro-level in no time.

Maruo Eichirou is Momo from Prince of Tennis if he were nerfed and could be a real-life person. That is to say, in real-world terms, Eichirou is an extreme OP. Maruo Eichirou starts as unathletic as hell, unable to even beat grade-schoolers in cardio activities ...

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Recent News

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