Baby Steps
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Baby Steps

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Japanese: ベイビーステップ
English: Baby Steps
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 47
Chapters: 462
Status: Finished
Published: Oct 17, 2007 to Nov 1, 2017
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Sports Sports
Theme: School School
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Authors: Katsuki, Hikaru (Story & Art)


Score: 8.121 (scored by 1043610,436 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #5532
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #704
Members: 25,485
Favorites: 865


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Volumes: /47
Chapters: /462


Maruo Eiichirou, 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 Eiichirou as he embarks on a tennis journey using his smarts, dedication and work ethic.

(Source: One Manga)


Baby Steps won the 38th Kodansha Manga Award for the shounen category in 2014 and was adapted into a live-action TV drama series in 2016.

In the final volume of the series, Hikaru Katsuki revealed that the manga's conclusion was decided by the publisher and not by her choice.

Baby Steps was published digitally in English through K Manga.

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Apr 21, 2023
I think it's finally time for me to put my thoughts about this manga into words. Baby Steps is, in my opinion, the best manga ever made. It has loads of qualities, but if I had to highlight one aspect that this manga absolutely nails it's grit. Tennis, especially at a higher level, gets extremely grindy. I'm no athlete and definitely no better than basic club level, but this manga understands the core elements of tennis better than any other manga I've ever read. Tennis matches are long. When it's 30 degrees out and you're playing an extensive three setter on a steaming hot clay ...
Nov 10, 2021
This is my first review of a show, but it is very fitting that I write one about this manga. So I originally watched the anime first, but it was good so I kept reading the manga for about 200 chapters. I had no prior knowledge about tennis before watching/reading this manga and left it feeling so much more understanding about how the sport actually works and the intensity and skill it takes to be able to play.

This is easily one of my all time favorite mangas/stories. Now, for the actual review.

The story follows a pretty typical shounen trope in that young boy has ...
May 26, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Raw review right after completing my read.

I have never been this disappointed with a manga in my whole life. I am more disappointed with the ending of this manga than I am with the adaptation of the second season of The Promised Neverland, the manga has a very interesting premise and a well written goal and story. Good continuation after many developments going on throughout our MC's life though there may be many plotholes. This was certainly going to be a full recommendation of a 8 if it kept up with it's same quality until chapter 410, the plotholes started to become more obvious and ...

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