Baby Steps
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Baby Steps

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Japanese: ベイビーステップ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 47
Chapters: 462
Status: Finished
Published: Oct 17, 2007 to Nov 1, 2017
Genres: Romance Romance, Sports Sports
Theme: School School
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Authors: Katsuki, Hikaru (Story & Art)


Score: 8.151 (scored by 91029,102 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #4502
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #578
Members: 22,171
Favorites: 822

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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.

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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 his choice.

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Oct 1, 2012
Ragix (All reviews)
This is a review of this manga from the start to latest chapter.(Around 129)
I will re-edit it when this manga is complete or near completion.

I will also be trying to avoid spoiling as much as possible so sorry if some things may seem vague.

When it comes to sports manga it seems you either love it or hate it. Not a lot of us may have an interest in some sports whether it be football, swimming, baseball or tennis or maybe we do but just not in that specific sport. In order to win the crowd over when it comes to sports manga and read more
May 5, 2015
SNaG21 (All reviews)
I honestly don’t really like sports manga. A lot of them that are super popular (Kuruko’s Basketball, Haikyuu, The Prince of Tennis) just don’t intrigue me. Baby Steps subverts all of that, making it one of the best sports manga I ever took the time to read.

Good - Great protagonist: Baby Steps follows Eiichiro Maruo, nicknamed Ei-chan because he gets all “A’s” in school due to his ridiculously meticulous nature. A chance encounter with Natsu Takasaki, a girl who is aiming to become a tennis pro, coupled with a desire to engage in physical activity leads Ei-chan to join STC as an amateur tennis player, read more
Sep 27, 2014
bimbambusse (All reviews)
This manga attracted me because the main character, like us, is a novice at tennis, or at least I am. Therefore the reader learns about tennis alongside Maruo (maincharacter), who is a beginner to tennis.

The story itself is simple. Maruo is introduced to tennis, decides to do it, and we read along, as simple as that.
The pace of the manga is nice. One does not have to read many chapters before Maruo has his first official match. While Maruo's training is present in the manga, it does not get boring to read and as mentioned we readers learn alongside Maruo there is always something read more
Jun 19, 2012
xxxATiON (All reviews)
Meet Eiichirou 'E-Chan' Maruo. A straight-A honor student and the kind of guy you could get a few study pointers from. Upon entering high school he realizes that up till now his whole life has been about studying and getting good grades. Feeling a need for more exercise, he adjusts his study schedule to exercise on his own time rather than committing to a sports club. However, he is prompted by his mother to go check out the local tennis club. And that's where E-Chan's progress begins.

The manga takes care to explain tennis terminology and rules for newcomers.
It realistically shows the amount of work read more

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