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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.208: Winner and Loser
iMangaScans KidCongo 6 days ago
Vol.22 Ch.207 Read Online
iMangaScans KidCongo A week ago
Vol.22 Ch.206: One Who Has What It Takes
iMangaScans KidCongo 2 weeks ago
Vol.22 Ch.205: Solution for Everything
iMangaScans KidCongo 3 weeks ago
Vol.22 Ch.204: First Move
iMangaScans KidCongo 4 weeks ago
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
Vol.18 Ch.170: The Current Me
iMangaScans SoundSpark 06 July 2013 - 12:12 AM
Vol.18 Ch.169: Subconscious
iMangaScans KidCongo 03 July 2013 - 06:04 PM
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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
Vol.Vol. 14 Ch.130: Cambiar la mentalidad
Koimora Scan wiked165 20 hours ago
Ch.129: Ganador.
Koimora Scan wiked165 A day ago


835 Comments

Just catch up with the latest chapter after good impression I got with the anime.. Seriously what the heck of a match, you cannot help but felt really intense with the pure attacking-defensive match.. This manga is good seriously good, and all thanks to the anime (for me anyway).. That seriously gave "it's everyone match" vibe until the mistake from what-supposedly prone-mistake technique by the opponent that decided the match.. Cloooooosssseeee one!!!

 

I can painfully understand how dreadful waiting for weeks to read new chapter that frequently end at cliffhanger..

Yeah, it's rare, but . . . for me, Lovely Complex actually works better as anime; it's very faithful, but the thing about it is that Otani and Koizumi, the leads, are so . . . kinetic.  They have this energy with each other, and being able to see them move and morph their expressions just adds a dimension.

you are right, then it also works well because of kantai-ben and the general owarai interaction they both have with each other. 

 

it is also true for other form of narration, like ... uh... well Nodame Cantabile is on top of my mind, then i found the anime version of Uchuu Kyoudai really faithful and somehow adding something original to the story; and to be honest, if you take the fillers away (together with their crappy art) even several arcs in Naruto (expecially first season) are top notch (i wouldnt go as far as asying it were better than the manga but close enough)

id love to say this is true, but there are exceptions, usually really long source materials can have better counterparts usually because they can make the story more flowing, some also benefit from being able to have music to the medium.

Yeah, it's rare, but . . . for me, Lovely Complex actually works better as anime; it's very faithful, but the thing about it is that Otani and Koizumi, the leads, are so . . . kinetic.  They have this energy with each other, and being able to see them move and morph their expressions just adds a dimension.

i'm at eps 101 and am starting to wonder why theres no harem tag on this LOL 

There's this weird phenomenon where the anime isn't actually that great, but I still look forward to watching it every week now.

Honestly, I'm going to have to drop the anime. The animation's technical quality is jarringly low.

"The book is always better" (well, the source, but that's usually a book :P

id love to say this is true, but there are exceptions, usually really long source materials can have better counterparts usually because they can make the story more flowing, some also benefit from being able to have music to the medium.

Ehhh, the anime is okay i guess. I think ima just stick to the manga.

"The book is always better" (well, the source, but that's usually a book :P

The anime Natsu doesn't look as cute as the manga Natsu. She even looks kinda different.

Her hair is a bit different.

The anime Natsu doesn't look as cute as the manga Natsu. She even looks kinda different.

I am disappointed with the lack of Natsu congratulating Ei-chan with a kiss. Oh well, it'll happen next chapter.

Just got done watching the first episode of the anime.

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@chapter: Good for Ei-chan. I'm glad this match is over. The narration style was starting to get on my nerves a bit. To be fair, I'd rather have the narration than showing off every single rally.

Just saw the first episode! The voice acting was decent, but the art style of the anime seems rather inelegant compared to the manga.

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she doesnt look like natsu atall unless you told me this was from the animation i wouldnt have know she looks older i cant watch the anime if she looks like that how could they look at that and think yeap thats fine

finally the "dragon ball like match" is over...FINNALY!

god, i was almost dropping this manga because of this hundred chapter just to one match =.=" if the mangaka wanted to represent the fatigue of maruo to the readers...he´s a winner /o/

LOL well the hyatus in between the last chapters didnt help... and in any case that was the longest match in the tournament so the others will be briefer

finally the "dragon ball like match" is over...FINNALY!

god, i was almost dropping this manga because of this hundred chapter just to one match =.=" if the mangaka wanted to represent the fatigue of maruo to the readers...he´s a winner /o/

Oh yeah he won and the match finally ends.

Well, about anime the first episode have just started so you can't judge much from it or comparing with the manga. 

Ehhh, the anime is okay i guess. I think ima just stick to the manga.

Came here after watching the first episode of the anime, was curious so decided to read the manga. Caught up to reading in English since then, will start in Japanese. Anyway that manga is REALLY good. Tennis isn't really a sport I like but the manga is really well done, I love it!!

well i think the warm-up part was done poorly, it just didn't have the feeling of being overwhelmed by the rest and instead was just him getting tired. like the anime outside of that though, too bad it's only 25 eps for now (couldn't decide whether to reread the manga or not, but i will because of the lack of episodes)

Though I will say that the animation for the different tennis swings was very well done, even if the ball animation is a bit lacking

the animations from the opening are very well made, the timing of the movement is just right. then i noticed several things off in perspective and face design. i think Natsu eyes are too big for the pupil where the original was just right, and that blows all proprtions: sometimes she just seem a creepy, ominous yandere staring (like it that frame we posted); also colors and shadowing are rather flat, and voices somehow doesnt strike me as "right".

 

 

im not too impressed ATM to be honest.

Just saw the first episode! The voice acting was decent, but the art style of the anime seems rather inelegant compared to the manga.

TxH1vTu.png

Though I will say that the animation for the different tennis swings was very well done, even if the ball animation is a bit lacking

And what is more terrible is that I do not remember this school festival chapter... Which one was it?

It's before they confessed to each other, in chapter 56 from page 7.
Today I had some free time so please have those other early Maruo and Nacchan moments: when they went together to see Ike's match, when Kageyama forced a "date" on chapter 70, and the almost confession whe he came back from florida.

Just saw the first episode! The voice acting was decent, but the art style of the anime seems rather inelegant compared to the manga.

TxH1vTu.png

 

Nooooo! What did they do with my waifu TT__TT

Just saw the first episode! The voice acting was decent, but the art style of the anime seems rather inelegant compared to the manga.

TxH1vTu.png

Not sure how I feel about the narrator style of this chapter. It felt very strange to me.


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