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Apr 29, 2014 11:09 AM

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Great episode. Next episode we will finally see a real match. I am already excited... I can't wait to see how it will be.
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Apr 29, 2014 12:12 PM

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Sidonia is 2.3k and this one is 1.8k on ratings...why people hate these 2 shows I don't understand.

Oh well, doesn't prevent me from enjoying it :p
Apr 29, 2014 7:38 PM

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-Ah, just started this anime and I must say that I am loving it so far! Watched all 4 episodes one after the other and I have to say that Ei-chan's learning progress is remarkable! And the fact that he even maintains his academic performance is in itself an accomplishment. I cant wait to see how he reacts in a real tournament. Plus with the sufficient amount of comedy and thrills, this might become one of my favs this season.

-Bring on ep5!
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May 1, 2014 4:10 AM

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nina4life said:
Sidonia is 2.3k and this one is 1.8k on ratings...why people hate these 2 shows I don't understand.

Oh well, doesn't prevent me from enjoying it :p

They both have drawing styles (with lack of budget) which scares the viewers off
And you are right, they are both very enjoyable so far and interesting
May 1, 2014 8:52 AM

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Thus far I don't think the pace of development is too unrealistic. He isn't a total klutz to start with, and four months of regular practice under club coaching is going to have an effect. For a natural athlete with some advantages (exceptional eyesight and a quick reaction time--both of which are more inherent traits than anything you can build through practice) being at the point where you start playing in tournaments with no expectation of winning, seems about right.

And yes, it looks like a love triangle of some sort may be about to enter the picture.
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May 1, 2014 3:40 PM

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That guy that asked for directions speaking in English caught me off guard.
May 2, 2014 8:51 PM
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Just found this anime today, it's great! I just love that it is more realistic with tennis. I play tennis myself and when I began I was very analytical too. So I find a lot of similarities with my experiences and the show, so it's great! Form looks good too. Keep them coming!
May 10, 2014 11:36 AM

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Ei-Chan sure faint a lot xD
BUt he's putting so much effort in it, I can't help but be impressed by that.

What Natsu said hit home... It's really hard when people have expectation on your performance. I stopped playing piano partly because of that, gave me too much anxiety.

I already smell the love polygon incoming! Ei-chan x Natsu x Takuma x Megane-girl! :P
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May 13, 2014 8:34 AM

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I laughed when the kids kept calling out when Ei-chan kept passing out XD

He draws the fifth seed for his first tourney? Tough luck. He'll lose but I have a feeling he's going to leave an impression on his opponent. I wonder how many notebooks are going to get filled after the match :p
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May 26, 2014 3:40 AM

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I sure hope it doesn't get too unrealistic with Ei winning against the 5th seed or something. One does not simply win against a seed with years of training with just logic and notebook and talent.
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Oct 19, 2014 1:37 AM

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epicm14 said:
He's improving way too quickly, bc it usually takes someone a few years to get a good stroke and there's no way a beginner could return an extremely fast serve like that.
There's no way he can win this upcoming match, unless his opponent forfeits or something.

Is this comment too negative?

Tell that to the intense prospects in the world. It happens, rarely, but it happens. Those are what we call "prodigies".
Dec 28, 2014 12:37 PM

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So.. does Takuma like Natsu? I feel like that's it.. I don't want this to be an unrequited love D:
Jan 29, 2015 3:19 PM

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There are so many new characters that look like they will play a larger future role. The foreigner, the glasses girl, and the jealous blond classmate.

Mar 5, 2015 9:12 AM

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Great episode, I feel like this anime has a perfect balance between comedy and drama which I find to be very good!
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Jan 13, 2016 9:16 AM
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Ownsin said:
Ashishgup said:

I second that.

Besides that, I'm also curious as to why, near the end of the episode, the guy in the school scowled at Eiichiro. Is his love interest that girl who likes him? I should think not.

He looked like he's envious of Eiichirou. Most probably Eiichirou got a higher score than him on the exams, and when he heard that he is also playing Tennis too while studying for the exams at the same time, he probably got more pissed etc...

I have a feeling we'll be seeing that guy again, the one who got pissed that Ei got better grades.

So he didn't win the match with Takuma, but he knew he was most likely going to lose because Ei was recording every trajectory which is why he was forced to change his final stroke I guess.

Natsu's talk with Ei was also nice. He sees her as some amazing strong person but she says that she's not the invincible person that Ei thinks about.

Mar 1, 2016 6:00 AM

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Ohh.. a competition already..?
To make it more believable they gave him good eyesights plus the brains and dedication huh.
What's with those sudden rivals appearance.. don't get mad just cause he dropped a few points.
That Yuuki kid deserves a medal too.. hahahha he's so funny.
Apr 3, 2016 9:19 PM

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Hmmm despite the rather quick growth, I think this is shaping up pretty well.

Baby Steps is obviously a different beast compared to PoT/Royma.
Dec 18, 2016 1:38 PM
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Wait, they said beginners tournament and yet you are putting top players against newbies?

I don't care what kind of prodigy Eichiro is but winning against 5th seed who is just 4 spats away from Takuma whose serve Ei couldn't even return is beyond unrealistic no matter how talented you are.

Why can't anime ever have a believable match? Just a very good beginner would be enough to start with.

If Ei wins, I'll really rage. Totally fed up with this prodigy bullshit in anime. Prodigies are not magicians. They do not become the best after one month, even they need more time to develop.
Dec 20, 2017 10:28 AM

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I had initially thought Maruo was going to return the serve just as Natsu walked in but it went differently than expected. He may as well have returned the serve with how Takuma switched what kind he did, but it was still unpredictable, for me at least.

I thought the line Natsu gave Maruo about tourney nerves was incredibly insightful. No one loses nerves completely. The best guy has the added pressure of not being able to lose to anyone below them. The worst guy has the fear of playing someone better than them. Anxiety about competition is always real and strong and someone's results don't mean they should inherently win anything. Always cheer for the person you want to win, don't just expect them to outright or cheer for the underdog! What a pretty dialogue.
Feb 20, 2019 8:18 PM

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Daaaamn he didn't punch him, I expected him to go hard... Tournaments FINALLY coming up, can't wait!
Jul 18, 2019 6:52 AM

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I love this cute, simplistic anime so far!

Some interesting comments about how unrealistic Ei-chan has been progressing, but I disagree. He trained for 2 months and has developed a basic skill set that is possible in really any sport. It's not like he is going pro and he is only 14 (I think). And also the big key factor: he is a hard ass worker who puts in the time and effort. We're seeing him go through harsh growing pains that anybody would. If anything, his development has been as realistic as it gets as far as a sports anime goes.

I would also compare him a little to Sakuragi. Although, the difference between the two was Sakuragi had a ton of upside and was genetically already made for basketball due to his size, strength and toughness. Ei-chan doesn't have any real tennis advantages that could help him right out of the gate.. but the coach did state he has remarkable eyesight, so maybe he does.

Of course, the big comparison between Sakuragi and Ei-chan: they're both hard workers.
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