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Baby Steps


Alt Names: alt ベイビーステップalt Baby Schrittealt Bebek Adımlarıalt 網球優等生alt Потихонькуalt Маленькие Шаги
Author: Kachiki Hikaru
Artist: Kachiki Hikaru
Genres: Comedy ComedyRomance RomanceSchool Life School LifeShounen ShounenSports Sports
Type: Manga (Japanese)
Status: Ongoing
Description: Maruo Eiichirou (Ei-Chan), 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 to check it out. He's instantly captivated by it. With no prior experience and poor physical conditioning, join Ei-Chan as he embarks on a tennis journey using his smarts, dedication and work ethic.
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Chapters

Title Group Contributor Date
Vol.22 Ch.210: Clash
iMangaScans KidCongo A day ago
Vol.22 Ch.209: Attention
iMangaScans KidCongo 5 days ago
Vol.22 Ch.208: Winner and Loser
iMangaScans KidCongo A week ago
Vol.22 Ch.207 Read Online
iMangaScans KidCongo 2 weeks ago
Vol.22 Ch.206: One Who Has What It Takes
iMangaScans KidCongo 3 weeks ago
Vol.22 Ch.205: Solution for Everything
iMangaScans KidCongo 4 weeks ago
Vol.22 Ch.204: First Move
iMangaScans KidCongo 15 March 2014 - 07:56 PM
Vol.22 Ch.203: Vision
iMangaScans KidCongo 13 February 2014 - 01:45 AM
Vol.22 Ch.202: My Tennis
iMangaScans KidCongo 08 February 2014 - 08:11 PM
Vol.21 Ch.201: Uneasiness
iMangaScans KidCongo 29 January 2014 - 10:43 PM
Vol.21 Ch.200: High Return
iMangaScans KidCongo 04 January 2014 - 08:23 AM
Vol.21 Ch.199: Win by Strategy
iMangaScans KidCongo 03 January 2014 - 07:09 PM
Vol.21 Ch.198: How to Use the Court
iMangaScans KidCongo 08 December 2013 - 08:09 PM
Vol.21 Ch.197: Temporary Outlook
iMangaScans KidCongo 02 December 2013 - 05:36 PM
Vol.21 Ch.196: Expected Unexpectedness
iMangaScans SoundSpark 30 November 2013 - 04:04 AM
Vol.21 Ch.195: Rising Flat Shot
iMangaScans KidCongo 25 November 2013 - 06:37 PM
Vol.21 Ch.194: Power of Imagination
iMangaScans SoundSpark 11 November 2013 - 03:01 AM
Vol.21 Ch.193: Negative
iMangaScans KidCongo 11 October 2013 - 02:21 PM
Vol.21 Ch.192: First Time
iMangaScans KidCongo 07 October 2013 - 05:42 AM
Vol.20 Ch.191: Head Out
iMangaScans KidCongo 23 September 2013 - 08:35 PM
Vol.20 Ch.190: Appeal
iMangaScans SoundSpark 21 September 2013 - 03:14 AM
Vol.20 Ch.189: Future Roadmap
iMangaScans KidCongo 18 September 2013 - 08:30 AM
Vol.20 Ch.188: Crown of All-Japan
iMangaScans KidCongo 05 September 2013 - 05:56 AM
Vol.20 Ch.187: Smash!
iMangaScans Sality 03 September 2013 - 03:15 AM
Vol.20 Ch.186: Kanada Hisashi
iMangaScans SoundSpark 31 August 2013 - 03:49 AM
Vol.20 Ch.185: The Other Championship
iMangaScans KidCongo 28 August 2013 - 09:21 PM
Vol.20 Ch.184: Samadhi
iMangaScans KidCongo 28 August 2013 - 09:19 PM
Vol.20 Ch.183: Where Am I?
iMangaScans KidCongo 21 August 2013 - 08:42 PM
Vol.20 Ch.182: Since When?
iMangaScans SoundSpark 20 August 2013 - 03:02 AM
Vol.19 Ch.181: Acknowledgenent
iMangaScans SoundSpark 06 August 2013 - 01:36 AM
Vol.19 Ch.180: Break 2
iMangaScans SoundSpark 02 August 2013 - 05:49 AM
Vol.19 Ch.179: Full Attack, Full Defense
iMangaScans Sality 01 August 2013 - 09:15 AM
Vol.19 Ch.178: Vision
iMangaScans KidCongo 26 July 2013 - 07:04 AM
Vol.19 Ch.177: Unknown Factor
iMangaScans KidCongo 26 July 2013 - 07:02 AM
Vol.19 Ch.176: High Point
iMangaScans SoundSpark 23 July 2013 - 12:28 AM
Vol.19 Ch.175: All-Out Battle
iMangaScans SoundSpark 21 July 2013 - 12:57 AM
Vol.19 Ch.174: Power of Determination
iMangaScans SoundSpark 16 July 2013 - 01:22 AM
Vol.19 Ch.173: Recklessness and Unpredictability
iMangaScans Sality 13 July 2013 - 03:43 AM
Vol.19 Ch.172: Unthinkable
iMangaScans Sality 13 July 2013 - 03:42 AM
Vol.18 Ch.171: Last Minute Power
iMangaScans KidCongo 08 July 2013 - 08:32 PM
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Vol.1 Ch.4: Sudden Shot
iMangaScans SoundSpark 18 June 2013 - 03:00 AM [A]
Vol.1 Ch.4: Tiro repentino
Tefox no fansub yaguar 21 October 2012 - 03:18 PM [A]
Vol.1 Ch.3.2: [continuation]
Hyuugalegacy Sality 09 July 2011 - 06:12 AM [A]
Vol.1 Ch.3.1: I'll Become Stronger
Hyuugalegacy Sality 09 July 2011 - 06:12 AM [A]
Vol.1 Ch.3: Empezaré a ser más fuerte
Tefox no fansub yaguar 21 October 2012 - 03:16 PM [A]
Vol.1 Ch.2.2: [continuation]
Hyuugalegacy Sality 09 July 2011 - 06:11 AM [A]
Vol.1 Ch.2.1: Perfect!
Hyuugalegacy Sality 17 January 2012 - 12:19 PM [A]
Vol.1 Ch.2: ¡Perfecto!
Tefox no fansub yaguar 21 October 2012 - 02:03 PM [A]
Vol.1 Ch.1: Baby Steps
Hyuugalegacy Sality 09 July 2011 - 06:08 AM [A]
Vol.1 Ch.1: Baby Steps
Tefox no fansub yaguar 21 October 2012 - 01:58 PM


883 Comments

Poor Aki ;(
That's my harems are always the better choice. Everyone is happy :D

Except me lolz

well it all depends on how much the Maruo family has spared in order to secure his child's future.

 

We dont know much about it.

 

Sure they sent him in Florida with a 5000$ bill with almost not a flinch, but could they sustain him -say- for a whole year as a pro without any sponsor (except maybe for his rackets)? Travel expenses, STC bills, tournament fees, another, longer stay in Florida,  and so on. If he doesnt play, he wont showcase nor improve his ATP rating, but each tournament means lots of $$$. Sure they hoped he would have gone to attend a good university, but he was All-A Eiichiro, so maybe he could have been fit for a scholarship. We MIGHT be in for some surprises from that point of view. 

 

Spoiler

Thanks for calming the jitters!

If you can't wait to find out.

Spoiler

Kudos for your comment. I couldn't have said it better. With the mother there it's not really important for him to win the whole thing, he may not even make it to the finals,but I still think he will (at the least). 

 

well it all depends on how much the Maruo family has spared in order to secure his child's future.

 

We dont know much about it.

 

Sure they sent him in Florida with a 5000$ bill with almost not a flinch, but could they sustain him -say- for a whole year as a pro without any sponsor (except maybe for his rackets)? Travel expenses, STC bills, tournament fees, another, longer stay in Florida,  and so on. If he doesnt play, he wont showcase nor improve his ATP rating, but each tournament means lots of $$$. Sure they hoped he would have gone to attend a good university, but he was All-A Eiichiro, so maybe he could have been fit for a scholarship. We MIGHT be in for some surprises from that point of view. 

Spoiler

 

 

Kudos for your comment. I couldn't have said it better. With the mother there it's not really important for him to win the whole thing, he may not even make it to the finals,but I still think he will (at the least). 

Was Aki-Chan always this cute? Even Nacchan looked cuter than usual, it was all around cuteness...this chapter went pretty much how I expected the meeting to go, the father saying something inapropriate, the mother being easy going and supportive of Nacchan, and Ei-Chans mother starting to get an idea how amazing her sons achievements are.

 

Nacchan has some pretty impressive 'this girl is interested in my boyfriend radar' the fact that Sasaki didn't register on her radar must mean she doesn't consider her a threat...it's a good thing her radar doesn't work overseas, looking at the cover of volume 29 thats been posted here, looks like Marou goes back to the US sometime after this tournament , and in pure shounen manga fashion you know Marcia will end up with a crush on him.

well, she already had a crush on maruo before. so that's a given.

it ain't gonna last a chapter..

I'm glad that the author already set up the main character romantically with the heroine. It's not one of those cliche "get the girl after winning the final game" or "aggressive love triangles". This way, there is more emphasis on the sport aspect. This also compliments the MC's maturity. Love issues should be the least of his concerns when facing against tough opponents. (Do you know how bad this manga would have become if typical romantic triangle plots were put in place? Once the MC started dating the heroine, there really is none of that jealousy or stupid attempted seduction.)

 

What I think that the author did really well (but not perfectly) was to keep the guessing game going. We could not know for sure whether or not Eichiro was going to win or not. Granted, his win against Okada was pretty much fixed since he needs to win the juniors competition. But now that Eichiro's mother enters the scene, he might be able to go pro with his parent's blessing even if he loses as long as he can make a strong showing. This puts back the uncertainty that the readers momentarily lost.  

Poor Aki, gonna get her heart broken before she even had a chance.

I live for these chapters. They make the story interesting beyond the whole tennis aspect.

Natsu is pretty sharp. Poor Aki...

in before, he loses this match

If you can't wait to find out.

Spoiler

Lmfao, I love his mother when she says to him ''How come you get to date such a pretty girl'' , like she's his best friend .  

Poor Aki ;(
That's my harems are always the better choice. Everyone is happy :D

Just went to imanga site, they confirmed there will be another chapter incoming this saturday   :D

Was Aki-Chan always this cute? Even Nacchan looked cuter than usual, it was all around cuteness...this chapter went pretty much how I expected the meeting to go, the father saying something inapropriate, the mother being easy going and supportive of Nacchan, and Ei-Chans mother starting to get an idea how amazing her sons achievements are.

 

Nacchan has some pretty impressive 'this girl is interested in my boyfriend radar' the fact that Sasaki didn't register on her radar must mean she doesn't consider her a threat...it's a good thing her radar doesn't work overseas, looking at the cover of volume 29 thats been posted here, looks like Marou goes back to the US sometime after this tournament , and in pure shounen manga fashion you know Marcia will end up with a crush on him.

Aki just breaks my heart... :'(

Nacchan mentioned a while back that her father was pretty serious. I forgot the exact word, all I can say is that she lied lol.

 

Look at these parents, not a single care in the world. Aside from him asking what exactly has she done for him ( lol nice going, make her as awkward as possible ).

 

Also Nacchan has that "girlfriend radar".

 

It looks to me that this other girl ( her name escape me right now ) is going to be affected by this in her upcoming matches. I wonder if her mother is going to catch on that, she didn't seem to realize much.

I think what she said was that he was over enthusiastic and cheered at her matches extremely loud which embarrassed her. Thus "serious" i guess an over doting parent?

Poor Aki. You can cry on my shoulder if you like.

and in a single chapter, the story progressed like a mile.

 

of course we have 10 ch of tennis~~

in before, he loses this match

IDK why, but i think he will lose too... :s

wow this last chapter was funny as hell XD

And an overload of cuteness *¬*

This chapter was good

"I don't get all A anymore, half of them B now" this crack me up.. I love how straightforward the main characters are and yeah, as I thought it's genetic.. XD

 

And Aki's overreacting and Natsu jealousness were cute in its own way..

I thought she realized what was wrong when she ran off sorta crying.

 

Well I hope so cause that was the most obvious over-reaction of all, which makes it so clear what's happening.


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