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.
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.
Different sport but similar concepts. Both series build off the foundation of a group of people being involved with a sport. And for that, there are also obstacles, competitions, and the strive to succeed. For the main protagonists, they start off as fresh newbies but work their way up. It's a matter of trial and error as they discover and learn about the game they get involved in. Both series has great development with an alluring story. I recommend these two series for anyone interested in sports with a more recreational way of delivery.
As it was already recommended a few times by people, these two anime fit quite well together. It's not like they are especially similar or anything, they probably are pretty different. THe only similarity they both have is the main character type, which is a talented guy, coming into a new sport and learning it from the scratch to eventually blow up. And both main characters are very smart at what they are doing. Maruo in Baby Steps is probably one step (ha!) ahead of Ippo, if it comes to that, though.
The difference we have here are the choice of sports however, the main protagonist share very similar qualities and values. Both come from humble beginnings and are very modest. After a certain event earlier in the story is when they get introduced to a sport that they quickly fall in love with. Already having great potential, the protagonists develop into exceptional athletes and have grown in confidence outside their sport. Hajime no Ippo and Baby Steps defines hard work and determination, self-belief and courage. These are the Cinderella stories of anime, the type of series that inspires you.
Both are very realistic and have excellent pacing.
Both have really similar main characters.
Both are about discovering your passion and never giving up, no matter what difficulties may cross your path.
Both of our mc's become really passionate about the sports they play and we get to see their progress, which is really satisfying.
All in all, I'd say both of these anime are worth your time.
The protagonist are new to the sport and is that nice guy who gets easily embarassed. They both love someone and that person will be relevant throughout the series. They had the skills from the start which they didn't use until they joined the club, they could have been legends if they started from a young age. School is a genre in both of these series although it has low presense throughout this anime. They dream of going pro. They get tons of rivals with exciting battles and will make you cheer for both teams.
Last but not least both of these anime series are sports anime which are unique so you'll probably enoy them. Hajime no Ippo is about boxing so there's action in it. read more
Although it's a different sport, it is similar since both main characters have kind hearts and in the middle of highschool both decide to practice a sport and go professional on it. They have a lot of train to catch up comparing to the others that have years on the sport. But the main characters are both courageous, determined and hard-workers. So if you like sports, or tennis itself, you might enjoy watching Baby Steps and how the main characters are so similar. Even when they react to their crushes.
The protagonists of the both show are underdogs. They didn't have anything that they really wanted to do besides the thing they had to do. But then they come across something which they genuinely liked and wanted to continue. As the show progresses they have great developed and aims higher. And both shows are inspiring.
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.
Both are about tennis with a few similarities and some differences:
-Prince of tennis has special techniques just like Kuroko no Basket while Baby Steps strives for the realism route just like Slam Dunk (If you watched the two then you would know what I am talking about)
-Prince of tennis talks about Echizen Ryoma who is a talented tennis player while Maruo is not simply because he picked it up during his high school years.
-Prince of tennis has Echizen Ryoma joining the school tennis team while Maruo joined a club that is not within the school grounds.
-Prince of tennis revolves around beating the antagonist of the series, Rikkaidai while Baby Steps does not have one.
-Both have good art style
(tell me if i have omitted anything because I would be more than happy to add a few extra details.) read more
-Both Anime about playing Tennis
-Both kinda develop skills to compete with the best and you can see them becoming gradually stronger
-Prince of Tennis is a little older so Graphics are a little bit different .
- Both High School Tennis Anime.
- Baby Steps takes the bottom up approach as it's main character starts tennis rather late in life and finds he has a propencity for the game.
- Prince of Tennis follows the evolution of a tennis prodigy as he emerges on to the Japanese high school tennis scenes and constantly looks to beat his next challenge.
- Both have your typical over the top skills and completely unreasonable/impossible training methods popular in anime sports shows, but Baby Steps is far more realistic about it.
Well it the same sport.
Among all the sports series, both of those are between the most commercial ones and very likeable stories.
both are quite addicting, have a gorgeous art style and a very skilled.
they have the same goal:to be the best players in Japan.
The only notable similarity is that they are both tennis animes. Baby Steps takes a more realistic and informative approach while Prince of Tennis tends to go for the more over the top action shounen direction. Also, Maruo (the main character of Baby Steps) shares the same playstyle as Inui which is data tennis.
Well, they're both about tennis. One protagonist is already a near master and the other a complete beginner. They both face oppenents who they must over come and have incredible growth during the process.
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.
Both series feature competitive sport and although they are of different nature has the same mood. The main male protagonist is part of a team/club. They get involved against other players/teams to test the limits of their abilities. There is a lot of realism in both series with no superpowers but rather relying on strategies, teamwork, guts, and instinct. I recommend both sport series for anyone interested in the sports genre with fun and competition.
Both of these sports anime make more of an attempt to be more realistic than something like Kuroko No Basket (or Prince of Tennis). (Even though they're a whole lot of fun to watch too :) Baby Steps has a few problems with the art, but if you can get past those, you'll find a great fast-paced story.
If you like realistic sports anime, with hardworking characters, who have to come up huge from being a relatively bad or not so good player, then this is something for you.
Both have loveable and really good developing characters, both have insanely good strategic aspects to the sport in them and both tell a competively story about their sport in a fashion, where you really don't want there to be an ending. But still, they are both really a must watch, if you are into sport anime.
25 episodes and more than 1 season. Steady character development and they're both animes about sport. Both series start with the main character not being particularly good at their sport. If you enjoy character development and watching the protagonists get stronger. Baby steps are definitely recommended.
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.
They may be related to different sports, but both series' main male protagonist are part of a club. And in that club, they find a new passion in sports.
In similarity, there is the desire to win and achieve through hard work. Both series' main male protagonist struggle through obstacles. They face powerful rivals while learning more about the sport that they are enduring. It is a journey that they put their shoes into as the first step to achieve a name in the sports world. I recommend both series for anyone looking for an anime with energy, integrity, and what it means to achieve a dream. read more
These two anime can't really be much more similar than this. The only real difference is the fact, that one is about biking and one is about tennis. Both have main characters, who hold a really big potential to the sport in them, without really knowing it. And both are such hard working people, you wouldn't imagine.
Both series tell a story about a rather unpopular guy getting good in a sport and striving his way through the competition there is.
Both MC's have huge amount of talent and potential for the sport they later on gravitate to
Both MC's want to be the best and go through tons of training and hard work to achieve it
The two series show more than one main character trying to become the best which slowly shows a grow of friendship but also rivalry's as well
Both series have Comedy, Sport, school life, Shounen, elements
Both are focused on a small group of people, the MC is new to their respective sport.
Character development is very well done.
They story for both keeps viewers wanting to watch more after every episode yet there is enough variation to keep them from being a copy paste with a new skin on it.
Both currently have two seasons, YowaPedal has ended. (sadly)
While Yowamushi Pedal is more akin to a shonen-style of writing when it comes to its logic in sports, the two protagonists are similar in that they are both unexpected golden players in their field. Both show the huge amount of progress both characters make throughout the series, but while Baby Steps is more focused on Eiichiro's growth and battles while occasionally showing glimpses of rivals and friends playing their games, Yowamushi Pedal is far more all-encompassing, deciding to instead show many characters and their interactions. If you want a Baby Steps that's a little more flashy but instead has many wonderful interactions with tons of colorful characters, here's where to go. read more
Both have a protagonist who is an atypical sportsman whose talent is discovered to their surprise. Both are hard workers who always stun people through their victories, though Yowamushi Pedal is a team story and has more rivalry dynamics, whereas Baby Steps is more about one boy and his relationships which gradually develop.
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
Bakuman is one of my favorite series, and as I started watching Baby Steps, I got very similar vibes from it as I did from Bakuman. One of the major similarities is the minor romance with the characters following their dreams. The largest similarity in my opinion is the "One step forward Two steps Back" approach to both series. Whenever the characters seem to have a run of luck, it is followed by more bad luck. This is what makes these series so amazing to watch. If you like Bakuman, I HIGHLY recommend Baby Steps.
Both series are about hard work for achieving great goals. Although these shows are about absolutely different activities, plot is about the same - our protagonist(s) fails a number of times, but work a lot through hard times and becoming better and better. Both seem pretty realistic. These shows also contain the same type of romance which is lighthearted and sweet. I really think that if you enjoyed Bakuman you should watch Baby steps - you don`t even need to know anything about tennis because screenwriters explain all rules in 3-4 sentences. Good luck! ;)
If you like anime where someone who knows nothing and gets introduced to a new concept which is interesting to watch, give these shows a try.
Both shows actually have similar internal set up. In Baby Steps someone who knows almost nothing about tennis is introduced to the sport and in Ballroom main character gets introduced with the dancing world. Main characters are hardworking and have a power to pick up abilities so therefore it is very interesting to watch both of these series. Also there is a chance for romance, too because there are girls :D If you liked one, give another try as well. read more
"Ballroom e Youkoso" and "Baby Steps" both have very likable, hard-working protagonists that pick up a sport that they know nothing about, and manage to get better through diligence, patience, and practice. The protagonists both have sincere and thoughtful inner voice narration, highlighting their shortcomings as well as their determination. It is very easy to root for the main character because of their positive qualities, but they are still easy to empathize with because of their insecurities and sincerity.
If you enjoyed Baby Steps, BeY will also attract you. Main characters are developing in similar way "from-zero-to-hero". In my opinion Ballroom e youkoso characters are more detailed, art is incomparably better and sound which is a masterpiece.
Both of these are relatively realistic sports anime with underlying romance. Neither has the best artwork, but don't let that stop you from giving them a chance, because they both have very good plots! :)
This is a line I don’t see being drawn enough, there are far more similarities between these two shoes than there are differences.
Baby Steps and Cross Game are shows centered around sports, with a romance side dish. While watching the show, I felt a strong overlap in art style too. Where Cross Game is a bit heavier on emotions, Baby Steps tends to be light hearted. These two anime know how to create an atmosphere that is worthy of representing sports as a genre. Baby Steps does so in a slightly more technical manner, though.
Baby steps and Cross game are both anime that use slow pacing to great affect (proving that slow pacing isn't necessarily a bad thing).
Both anime are sports anime that feature romance, if you liked the romance in baby steps you will love the romance in cross game, which is good because cross game puts a heavier focus on its romance then its sports elements.
Baby Steps features a main character similar to Eijun Sawamura (from Diamond no Ace) by the name of Maruo Eiichiro. They are similar in that they are both diamonds in the rough in their respected sports but with hard work and dedication, they begin to make names for themselves.
Note: Although Baby Steps has recently started (first episode came out on April 6, 2014), I have read most of the manga so that is how I am able to make this recommendation. I'll edit this as more episodes come out.
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.
When it comes down to it, Chihayafuru and Baby Steps shares a similarity in their motivations. The main characters starts off as newbies in a club. At first, they lack experience but soon finds themselves depending a passion for the clubs' hobby/sport. There is intelligence in both series in terms of strategic play of karuta or tennis. If you're looking for an anime with character development through storyline progressing and working their way up towards a dream, I suggest to give both of these a try.
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. Also both shows have quite nicely added romance.
Although the theme is different, the structure is similar. If you liked one, definitely check the other out.
I liken Yukio a lot to Maruo, the protagonist from the series Baby Steps. Each character merely sleepwalks through life, without a passion or something meaningful driving their day, but throughout the story they pick up and hobby to act as a catalyst for their passion and as a result their life changes for the better. Essentially, both Baby steps and Beck are about young people gaining a passion in something and having their lives change positively as a result.
Very similar animes in how they present themselves.
- Great sports being played out almost every episode.
- The strive to get better at the sport.
- Love interest.
- Comedy moments.
Both are great animes. Watch Major through all the seasons to see a coming of age story. Baby Steps seems to stay in High School for now.
Main characters who like to keep notebooks of everything that interests them? Welcome both of these series!
The main characters are therefore both analytical and it's a nice change of pace to a normal Shounen main characters who usually don't like to think at all.
Also both these series have nice love interests as well. Although I'd say it's more apparent in Baby Steps.
Definitely check out Baby Steps if you like BNHA for those reasons :)
all about the protagonist--
1) guy who always keeps notes?
2)guy who never gives up?
3)guy who's a genius?
4)guy who makes sudden come-backs?
5)guy who dreams of becoming pro?
6)guy who starts from beginning?
then they are all the same.
even though these shows differ in genres, but they are alike. Baby Steps could be really slow paced but you'll love it. worth of your time.
Both are sport anime. Both have a week MC at the beginning, but slowly get better with dedication and hard work. Watching the first episode of Days just screams Baby Steps to me. Enjoyed Baby Steps a lot, so hopefully Days can be just as good.
They both consist of an MC who knows nothing about the sport at first.
The MC Gradually improves in the sport through hard work and determination.
MC makes friends by working hard and proving everyone wrong.
Both MC's are quiet at first, but open up later on.
Both Baby Steps and One Outs have characters whom see the sport (Baby Steps-tennis/One Outs- baseball) as more then just simply a game. Though their view points are different, both are one of a kind.
One Outs- MC breaks down and analyses the opponents to strategically defeat them psychologically
Baby Steps- MC takes notes and breaks down the matches themselves and uses the data collected to improve himself mid game and relates to the information to improve himself in future matches
Both Sports are very similar
Both have protagonist reaching to be top of the world players.
The stories do not take a similar path, so when watching another it does not feel like a repeat with a different theme, they radiate a different feeling.
Both are sport anime with romance subplot. Both love interest in the respective romance are the reason the male main character started the sport in high school. The story in Baby Steps focuses on how the male main character grows as a tennis player through many different kind of training, while Hungry Heart focuses more on the male main character's acceptance of his bad experience in junior high and plays football again.
•BS is about a boy who is new to tennis but gradually improves over time. Similarly with GB as the main protagonist has a new job every episode (starts off inexperienced but gets better at it).
•Both protagonists are somewhat similar (they are both smart, kind and determined to finish/improve on what they are doing).
-They both also like to take notes so they'll know how to improve next time.
•Baby Steps is a longer series (about 50 episodes) while Golden Boy is an OVA (6 episodes).
•BS is based on tennis and improving at it while GB is about a guy having multiple jobs but also getting better at it too.
•GB has some nudity while BS doesn't (or at least I assume it doesn't since I'm still early in the anime).
(•Not that it matters but since I figured some people are picky with the art, there is a a big difference when it comes to it as GB was made around 1995 while BS was made in 2014.) read more
For both of the main characters a girl somehow becomes the reason they start the sport.
Both shows have a realistic approach compared to most other sport anime. (baby steps has more though.)
Neither show has great art/animation so if you don't mind one of the shows for that then the other shouldn't bug you in that regard.
In baby steps the main character thinks and uses his head to make new plans in game while the mc of slam dunk doesn't think too much and seem to use his head too much and gets agitated easily.
They both start out with disinterest of the sport.
The protagonists in both series start late from square one and have to work hard in order to catch up to their peers.
Both main characters have analytical minds and write their data in order to develop strategies. Their personality is similar as they are both "nerds" (Maruo with tennis and Midoriya with heroes).
Baby Steps and Suzuka (BS and SZK) are in very similiar genre, still they are very different- but this is recommendation so it will be better to start with those similiar 'things'.
If you are looking for anime that is focused on SPORTS and ROMANCE eventually LOVE- go for both! BS and SZK shares a guy who has some own personality and starts doing sport because of the love for girl. In SZK MC goes for Track and Field club and in BS he goes for Tenis Club. Most of time they are in Club or School and there they are near to some girl who 'showed' them way to sport. MCs start to noticing feelings for this girl, in SZK it's in the beginning (and it will go wrong), but BS is not in such hurry in romance so it will take some time. In the meantime MCs are under 'heavy' sport training.
BS have only 3 eps (on-going and it will have about 25) and Suzuka has 26 (finished) so it's little hard to look so early for 'hard' romance in BS, but this needs to be said- in SZK you will find mainly a lot of DRAMA, ROMANCE and in the end will be SPORT. In BS it's conversely- SPORT, 'COMEDY' and in the end ROMANCE (maybe there will be even DRAMA, I don't know).
My opinion might be wrong, but still both series are awesome in own ways, so feel free to watch both if you are looking for SPORT or ROMANCE. read more
Even though both of them have different concept like in Baby Steps Tennis and in Gin no Saji Farming, both of them have similar characters and development, both MC enter a new world that they didn't know or have less knowledge of then little by little they gain knowledge and really work hard for it until they decided to pursue it for living..
they also accompany by a girl MC who is popular and really good at what they do and also help the MC.
i find the character really similar maybe it just me but...oh well XD
Maruo, Eiichirou = Hachiken, Yuugo (both smart, hard working and popular in their own way xD)
Takasaki, Natsu = Mikage, Aki (both are pretty and weak at study xD)
Egawa, Takuma = Komaba, Ichiro (both childhood friend of girl MC and both of them look serious/scary, and i really find them similar XD haha) read more
The main characters in both series start off playing something they are unfamiliar with, but slowly get better and become able to surpass other strong players. Both series have characters competing in lots of tournaments and hoping to become pro players. Both shows are also just very laid back and relaxing to watch.
The main characters both start from "scratch." In Baby Steps, Maruo is a model A student, diligent in his studies and knows nothing of tennis. He begins tennis with the sole purpose of merely keeping his body in physical shape but it soon becomes his life. In Eyeshield, the main character: Kobayakawa Sena has recently entered high school with one thing in mind: to no longer be the school bullies' gopher. He gets corralled into playing American Football and begins his journey to reach the top. Both characters mature through the games they play and the training they receive.
Both characters start off not knowing a thing about the sport, in Ei-chan's case or the martial arts in Kenichi's, and then become increasingly more able at it. They both fall for a person who is also doing what they come to enjoy.