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Apr 26, 2015 2:00 AM

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THIS IS AN ANIME ONLY DISCUSSION POST. DO NOT DISCUSS THE MANGA BEYOND THIS EPISODE.
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Mm fun episode. There's still a lot of room for development with Eiichirou imo with his training against Alex.

I think he is learning more on the field while surprising even himself lol. Those expressions are just priceless. The win was kind of a fluke though. That picture at the end was nice and Marica is cute as well imo this episode.

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Apr 26, 2015 5:50 AM

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Holy crap he actually won @_@
Fluke or not it's still a win. Alex continued to be bro though so he's still awesome.

Next episode will be a match with Takuma? Can't wait!
 
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Apr 26, 2015 5:55 AM

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l bet he plowed that american chick. What happens in florida stays in florida, dude.
 
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Apr 26, 2015 6:28 AM

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Alx x Marcia

The OTP. May the two of you find happiness with each other. :)
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Apr 26, 2015 7:07 AM
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I sense Jail bait
 
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Apr 26, 2015 7:57 AM

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marcia is so cute. that notebook scene in the plane was awesome
 
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Apr 26, 2015 8:00 AM

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A well-deserved win! Couldn't stop smiling by the middle of the episode.

It may had ended in luck, but Ei-chan stayed strong and enabled even that luck to finally give him the upper edge in the match.

Marcia cried at the goodbye, a crush always ends like this :o
 
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Apr 26, 2015 8:28 AM

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Fun episode! Really glad to see Eiichiro actually win a match, especially against someone like Alex!

Now it's back to good 'ol japan, wonder how Eiichiro will fare against Takuma after getting so good after being in the USA
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Apr 26, 2015 8:34 AM

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Oh how cute. Marcia was crying when Maruo left :3

Awesome match. Maruo's development and progress was BA! He's gonna be on another level now when he returns to Japan :P

Can't wait til he gets REKT against Takuma then improves his serve :D

Finally more Nacchan incoming >.< I miss her <3

Dat title drop though :3
 
Apr 26, 2015 10:00 AM

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Marcia crying lol, bless. Time for the original cast to return :D
 
Apr 26, 2015 10:07 AM

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Great episode as always from Baby Steps.
Now the tournament can start.
 
Apr 26, 2015 10:32 AM

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Probably my favorite episode of Baby Steps yet! So much development was shown in this episode... what a great way to wrap up that arc. Loved the soundtrack too.
 
Apr 26, 2015 10:41 AM

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Eiichiro's Reason and Eiichro's Instinct looked so cute, I want to take them home !!

 
Apr 26, 2015 10:50 AM

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I thought this arc will be at least 5 episode but anyway best episode so far in season 2 and it seems like the animation of the match was better than last episode.Marcia sure is a tsun and so cute as well especially when Maruo is gone.I love the final word of everyone in his notebook and now return to Japan to show his progress...
 
Apr 26, 2015 11:05 AM

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Marcia you fucking kawaii tsundere <3

Wonder what would happen if Natsu finds out about her (and all her antics towards Eichiiro) XD

The title drop finally happens
 
Apr 26, 2015 11:28 AM

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I'm extremly happy he won the match, fluke or not, because if not, a couple of tables would have been flipped :p

Can't wait for next week so that Eiichiro can show Takuma how much he has grown.
 
Apr 26, 2015 11:44 AM

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And THAT is how you narrate "the zone" of a player. They don't suddenly gain an aura lol.

Next episode is that scene where Takuma interrupts! And Ei-chan's 2nd challenge to him.
 
Apr 26, 2015 12:55 PM
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That was quite an awesome match! Even if the last strike was a fluke, Maruo won against a pro like Alex and that's all that matters.
IIRC, same thing happened in a certain match in first season too. Maruo probably has good luck in critical situations.

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Marcia cried at the goodbye, a crush always ends like this :o

Torn between her secret feelings for both Alex and Maruo, she shed some tears. It's more complicated than people may think, or so I'd like to believe.

Good episode. Title drop was well timed too. Looking forward to Maruo vs. Takuma and finally some Takasaki screentime!

 
Apr 26, 2015 2:17 PM

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Maruo's win was pretty predictable, but it was a nice way to end his time training in America. I wonder what he'll face next?? When is the All-Japan Junior anyways?
 
Apr 26, 2015 2:39 PM

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Maruo won the match against Alex.
 
Apr 26, 2015 2:50 PM

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This anime is my life right now.
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Apr 26, 2015 4:20 PM

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MARUO WON T___T

Marcia crying for Maruo T__T

Baby Steps to Giant Strides <3
 
Apr 26, 2015 5:14 PM

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Aww, Marcia so tsundere.
 
Apr 26, 2015 5:56 PM

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Such an awesome episode. I hope this season gets to the part
 
Apr 26, 2015 6:07 PM
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Ei-chan learning to to use his instincts instead of always listening to his reason, although it was because using reason still made him a step too slow when Alex started to effectively use his change of style. This match was a valuable experience for both Ei-chan and Alex, especially for them to move forward. Such an exciting match is definitely more suitable for a large audience. Excited for Ei-chan to show off his new skills~
 
Apr 26, 2015 7:16 PM
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Haha, dang, my prediction of the match was completely wrong last week. Thought a tiebreak would maybe happen in the second and Maruo would run out of steam in the last. Well, I'm perfectly fine being wrong here. ^^

After watching my favorite player Kei defend his title this morning, Baby Steps tops it off with a phenomenal match to conclude the Florida arc. Today is a very good day indeed. :D
 
Apr 26, 2015 10:42 PM

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Ei-chan vs Takuma will be fun! Lol Marcia was crying?
 
Apr 27, 2015 12:12 AM

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l bet he plowed that american chick. What happens in florida stays in florida, dude.


Marcia? She's thirteen years old!


Good episode. I liked how they all wrote in his notebook. That was heartwaming.
 
Apr 27, 2015 7:15 AM
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Mirorin said:
And THAT is how you narrate "the zone" of a player. They don't suddenly gain an aura lol.

Next episode is that scene where Takuma interrupts! And Ei-chan's 2nd challenge to him.


It's not "the zone" ... yet
 
Apr 27, 2015 7:25 AM

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What a fantastic episode and a brilliant conclusion to the America arc! Maruo growing with every match is always so great to see. The match was engaging and well paced, as I expect from something of Baby Step's level. Great stuff. Can't wait for next week.
 
Apr 28, 2015 8:14 AM

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So the title baby steps comes from Alex, not sure what to think of that, so perhaps what Alex wrote in his notebook will continue to inspire him throughout his tennis career maybe?

And Marcia is so damn cute but she's only 13...
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Apr 28, 2015 9:13 AM

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Such an awesome episode. I hope this season gets to the part


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Apr 29, 2015 3:51 PM

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I cant wait for Takuma and Maruo's Practise match.

 
May 1, 2015 11:47 AM

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Marcia actually cried
 
May 1, 2015 9:46 PM

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Two wonderful weeks: cute friends, heaps of skills and knowledge.
Looking forward to Marue's first match in Japan again.
 
May 5, 2015 8:37 AM

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One of the best episodes so far with the insightful thoughts of Alex about Eichiro
and dropping the title there are the end

Marcia really didn't looked like a thirteen year old girl
 
Jun 1, 2015 4:18 PM

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Really good close to the arc ei is gonna stomp on the competition when he gets back

Marcia the side chic tsundere, hoping she somehow meets Natsu cause that will be funny

also we finally got the title drop
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Jul 1, 2015 10:39 PM

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T_T The feels.. I will really miss the Florida gang. Hope to see them again in the near future. Loved the part about the notebook.. Also the part where Marcia cries.. actually, I loved everything about the episode. XD
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Jul 16, 2015 2:52 PM

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Wow he actually won?! even though that last ball was a lucky out.

"Baby Steps to Giant Strides"

^Alex is awesome
 
Mar 2, 2016 7:47 PM

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That was a great match.. one of the best of yet.
Awwww.... Marcia was crying during the parting. How sweet.
This two weeks at Florida was amazing. I like the characters.
A nice exposure to foreigners and real pros.
That's a nice quote by Alex.
 
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That was a great match.. one of the best of yet.
Awwww.... Marcia was crying during the parting. How sweet.
This two weeks at Florida was amazing. I like the characters.
A nice exposure to foreigners and real pros.
That's a nice quote by Alex.
 
Apr 2, 2016 5:08 AM

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Great match, you did it Maruo ! These matches with the pros changed his play style.
Marcia was cute but Natsu is the true girl for him ;)
 
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I wouldn't say it's a spoiler. But the characters introduced when Ei-chan went to America are part of the story as well. I hope it's animated, but the American characters are re-introduced, and Ei-chan, Natsu, Marcia love triangle is inevitable.
 
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As short as this arc was, it was incredibly sweet. Maruo's new friends were great. There were lessons to be learned. Maruo has developed as a player exponentially. And we had one of the best matches yet. If only it was better adapted as to not have everyone speak perfect English it would have been perfect... kinda.

Maruo had started to fill in the lesson he had finally solidified this episode before, but now it's as clear as day to Maruo himself and to the viewer. The imagery of his reason telling his instinct what to do until now and this time the two swapping off that routine and working together was one of the nicest ways I've seen it explained. You don't need to reason or think about everything you're doing. Your body has learned to walk, it's learned languages, it's learned a lot of intricate things it does everyday. All that is necessary is that you observe and let your body do the work. I loved the brief distinction of mindless playing and believing in yourself while observing we got as Maruo completely missed a serve when he shut everything off.
"Forget the Alex in my data. Keep my eyes on the Alex in front of me and the rest is up to chance."
It truly was the best Maruo has played yet and Alex noted that in his own way saying matches like they had are meant to be played in front of audiences. The gar moment of Maruo trying to win without showing his cramp and then painfully running to the net was both awesome and cool enough to shake Alex up and make him miss.

Another notable thing was Alex's distinction of Maruo. He's not lazy or indifferent, nor is he not a dreamer, rather he goes after one small goal at a time. This may not seem exponential in the moment but it's far reaching in the long run. "Baby steps to giant strides" is a beautiful way to put this. Those little steps, those little goals will end up creating a massive and achieved dream in the future.
 
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Too bad Ei-chan got leg cramp during his match against Alex. I was glad to see that he won, although it was a close one.

So the America arc had only four episodes huh. It's is short and I expected some more adventures to be honest, but I also think it's good that the story will focus on Japan from now on. I would love to see more moments between Eiichiro and Natsu! This was a good episode overall.
 
Jul 28, 2019 11:59 AM

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I didn't expect Ei-chan to lose after all that, however, it still turned to a very close match. Both Alex and Ei-chan evolved a lot whilst in the match. Time to say goodbye to the group.
 
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I got up to get some oyster crackers, and when I returned, I saw that this is where I had paused it...

It wasn't actually shown why Maoro was on the ground in the first place, before getting up, though.

Probably to pretend to tie his shoe. So that he could ever-so quickly sneak a gaze as seen here.

Maoro you pervy son of a gun. I see what you're up to.

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