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Baby Steps


Alt Names: alt เบบี้ สเต็ปalt ベイビーステップalt 網球優等生alt 网球优等生
Author: Kachiki Hikaru
Artist: Kachiki Hikaru
Genres: Award Winning Award WinningComedy ComedyDrama DramaRomance RomanceShounen ShounenSlice of Life Slice of LifeSports 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.

-Won the Best Shōnen on the 38th Kodansha Manga Award
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Chapters

Title Group Contributor Date
Vol.25 Ch.237: Escape
iMangaScans KidCongo A week ago
Vol.25 Ch.236: Battle of the Elites
iMangaScans KidCongo 2 weeks ago
Vol.25 Ch.235: Disruption
iMangaScans KidCongo 3 weeks ago
Vol.25 Ch.234 Read Online
iMangaScans KidCongo 4 weeks ago
Vol.25 Ch.233: Value of Victory
iMangaScans KidCongo 4 weeks ago [A]
Vol.25 Ch.232: Time to Challenge
iMangaScans KidCongo 18 September 2014 - 06:45 AM
Vol.24 Ch.231: Complete Devotion
iMangaScans KidCongo 11 September 2014 - 05:35 AM
Vol.24 Ch.230: Courage
iMangaScans KidCongo 04 September 2014 - 09:24 AM
Vol.24 Ch.229: Far Future
iMangaScans KidCongo 03 September 2014 - 08:43 PM
Vol.24 Ch.228: Final Set
iMangaScans KidCongo 21 August 2014 - 05:49 AM
Vol.24 Ch.227: Match Point
iMangaScans KidCongo 13 August 2014 - 10:01 PM
Vol.24 Ch.226: Simulation
iMangaScans KidCongo 06 August 2014 - 08:31 PM
Vol.24 Ch.225: Weather Advantage
iMangaScans KidCongo 24 July 2014 - 05:29 AM
Vol.24 Ch.224: Things You Believe In
iMangaScans KidCongo 09 July 2014 - 11:36 PM
Vol.24 Ch.223: Mini Break
iMangaScans KidCongo 19 June 2014 - 05:20 AM
Vol.24 Ch.222: Scramble
iMangaScans KidCongo 11 June 2014 - 08:22 PM
Vol.23 Ch.221: Critical Point
iMangaScans KidCongo 05 June 2014 - 04:37 AM
Vol.23 Ch.220: Pinpoint
iMangaScans KidCongo 29 May 2014 - 02:02 AM
Vol.23 Ch.219: Point of Improvement
iMangaScans KidCongo 25 May 2014 - 04:49 AM
Vol.23 Ch.218: Important Battle
iMangaScans KidCongo 21 May 2014 - 09:47 PM
Vol.23 Ch.217: Acceptance
iMangaScans KidCongo 17 May 2014 - 08:53 AM
Vol.23 Ch.216: One Point Breakthrough
iMangaScans KidCongo 14 May 2014 - 06:45 PM
Vol.23 Ch.215: Recursion
iMangaScans KidCongo 10 May 2014 - 10:09 AM
Vol.23 Ch.214: Turning Point
iMangaScans KidCongo 07 May 2014 - 06:11 PM
Vol.23 Ch.213: For Fun
iMangaScans KidCongo 04 May 2014 - 08:25 AM
Vol.23 Ch.212: Smile
iMangaScans KidCongo 02 May 2014 - 10:24 AM
Vol.22 Ch.211: Miracle to Be the Pro
iMangaScans KidCongo 26 April 2014 - 04:53 PM
Vol.22 Ch.210: Clash
iMangaScans KidCongo 23 April 2014 - 07:58 PM
Vol.22 Ch.209: Attention
iMangaScans KidCongo 19 April 2014 - 03:39 PM
Vol.22 Ch.208: Winner and Loser
iMangaScans KidCongo 12 April 2014 - 02:57 PM
Vol.22 Ch.207 Read Online
iMangaScans KidCongo 05 April 2014 - 07:37 PM
Vol.22 Ch.206: One Who Has What It Takes
iMangaScans KidCongo 29 March 2014 - 03:52 PM
Vol.22 Ch.206: Tener lo que se necesita
Koimora Scan Rogday 3 weeks ago
Vol.22 Ch.205: Solution for Everything
iMangaScans KidCongo 22 March 2014 - 05:30 PM
Vol.22 Ch.205: Solución para todo
Koimora Scan Rogday 3 weeks ago
Vol.22 Ch.204: First Move
iMangaScans KidCongo 15 March 2014 - 07:56 PM
Vol.22 Ch.204: Primer movimiento
Koimora Scan Rogday 3 weeks ago
Vol.22 Ch.203: Vision
iMangaScans KidCongo 13 February 2014 - 01:45 AM
Vol.22 Ch.203: Visión
Koimora Scan Rogday 3 weeks ago
Vol.22 Ch.202: My Tennis
iMangaScans KidCongo 08 February 2014 - 08:11 PM
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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
Vol.20 Ch.191: Salir
Koimora Scan Rogday 24 August 2014 - 09:58 AM


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Not really weird since he only takes notes after the change court where they are given a minute or so of break. And if you noticed, he served immediately after Kanda since it's just the beginning of the match.

Well he also takes notes whenever a game is finished, but in this case he didn't even when Kanda-kun broke his service game. :)

Did I miss something? Ide won Inter-high a week before?

Somehow, I really dislike that Kanda guy... makes me hate him for some reason...

I didn't see Maruo-kun taking a note even once in the latest chapter!! That's...

WEIRD.

Not really weird since he only takes notes after the change court where they are given a minute or so of break. And if you noticed, he served immediately after Kanda since it's just the beginning of the match.

I didn't see Maruo-kun taking a note even once in the latest chapter!! That's...

WEIRD.

stop trolling

Drive B?

 

As nostalgic as the reference is... "No." seems like an appropriate response.

 

Was it just me or "THE EGG" refers to




KANDA-KUN'S HEAD? LOL. 

 

You have no idea how hard it was to not put that in the chapter as a side comment... lolol

Was it just me or "THE EGG" refers to




KANDA-KUN'S HEAD? LOL. 

To think that coach haven't realized that her daughter have love troubles .

i think she realized all too well! i think her mother is doing it on purpose to strenghten her.

To think that coach haven't realized that her daughter have love troubles .

Drive B?

chapter is out @imangascans website. i didnt even see the RSS alert for Batoto...

I get the feeling he will be losing up to the point Kanda starts suffering heat stroke or something similar, maybe even forcing him to withdraw. We all know Maruo has stamina in spades now, shouldn't be nearly as affected by the heat.

I think you guys may be reading into the wrong details, since I think all we really know about Kanada is his past experience and his personality.

Kanaba comes from Kabai Technical, and despite his spoiled upbringing, survived and gained much stamina and mental focus.  Him complaining about the heat is more likely him whining as a spoiled kid than his lack of stamina, since at Kabai, they work you past exaustion.

What I mean he won't win the tournament, but he'll beat Kanda.

He guarantee his loss was when he got multiple scholarships knocking on his door, which give him a win/win scenario with his mom. Pretty much straight foreshadowing.

 

I get the feeling he will be losing up to the point Kanda starts suffering heat stroke or something similar, maybe even forcing him to withdraw. We all know Maruo has stamina in spades now, shouldn't be nearly as affected by the heat.

Honestly every time the manga explores Tennis outside the court it really amazes me. The offers from universities, the sponsors, and his parents' intentions. They're all very relevant in the real world and it's good to see that they're relevant in this world as well. 

Nacchan is the one winning... my heart! <3

LOL nah. That Kanda has as many death flags as Maruo, even more. He's trying to escape from that school since forever and he wants to use the chance of this final to go to the US. But he wont succed because he's shallow. The theme of the match will be the pressure of an away match, pretty much like against Ike. The schoolmates will be LOUD, the pressure absurd. I wonder if there will be any umpire calls about that. Kanda needs to learn humility, and no one is better than Maruo to teach him some.


What I mean he won't win the tournament, but he'll beat Kanda.

He guarantee his loss was when he got multiple scholarships knocking on his door, which give him a win/win scenario with his mom. Pretty much straight foreshadowing.

It seems all the flags has been raised for Maruo to lose.

1st flag, Maruo got the kiss of death.

2nd flag, Maruo got the alternative of going to an university through scholarship which negate the mom from making him quit if he lose the tournament.

3rd flag, something tells me that company product will probably make him lose. Like a product defect at a clutch moment.

LOL nah. That Kanda has as many death flags as Maruo, even more. He's trying to escape from that school since forever and he wants to use the chance of this final to go to the US. But he wont succed because he's shallow. The theme of the match will be the pressure of an away match, pretty much like against Ike. The schoolmates will be LOUD, the pressure absurd. I wonder if there will be any umpire calls about that. Kanda needs to learn humility, and no one is better than Maruo to teach him some.

It seems all the flags has been raised for Maruo to lose.

1st flag, Maruo got the kiss of death.

2nd flag, Maruo got the alternative of going to an university through scholarship which negate the mom from making him quit if he lose the tournament.

3rd flag, something tells me that company product will probably make him lose. Like a product defect at a clutch moment.

my gut feeling says that he's gonna lose and we're gonna be adding a tragedy tag to it soon LOL cos if he wins = finals = pro = end of manga. BUT if he loses. he gets to get into uni and goes for other tourny from there. e.g uni tourny rather then just pro which gives the author so much more stuff to write haha. 

Nah.  He might lose in the finals, but this next match is just the semis.  In the final I can see him losing to his nemesis Nabae, the guy who's like him but evolved further.  But this guy, with his "Guts and Old Skool" tennis?  I doubt it.  I just can't see him having the flexibility to take Maruo on successfully.  And the "support" he gets from the club is also pressure; the whole thing seems brittle.  He'll have some weapons I'm sure, and I expect he's in excellent condition and will have tons of stamina and resolve.  But I don't think that's going to be good enough.

my gut feeling says that he's gonna lose and we're gonna be adding a tragedy tag to it soon LOL cos if he wins = finals = pro = end of manga. BUT if he loses. he gets to get into uni and goes for other tourny from there. e.g uni tourny rather then just pro which gives the author so much more stuff to write haha. 

what makes you think the manga is going to finish as soon as he hits the pros? being a pro doesnt account to much more than a few paper signed and a fee. he already has a back up of a few sponsors so i dont really think the matter is that hot anymore, after beating Ogata his career path is outdated, and it was pretty pessimistic to begin with (see what happened to Okata as soon as he loses his match against Maruo). I for one would be quite surprised to discover that the whole plot centers around debutting as a pro, i guess the real point here would be his rivalties against Ike and Takuma (not to mention all those unmentioned top 10 tennis players around the world), and since they are already pros... 

please let this next match to be finished under 10 chapters

 

i can't deal with another Maruo Ogata match (21 chapters)

Sorry but next match will end in chapter 262 (so 26 chapters and 2-3 pages...)

Maruo: I must not stop this trend, in order to not stop it. I can only win...

GODDAMMIT, WHY MUST YOU SAY THOSE WORDS. Those words can only mean bad things, he's fallen to the dark-side of tennis.

my gut feeling says that he's gonna lose and we're gonna be adding a tragedy tag to it soon LOL cos if he wins = finals = pro = end of manga. BUT if he loses. he gets to get into uni and goes for other tourny from there. e.g uni tourny rather then just pro which gives the author so much more stuff to write haha. 

please let this next match to be finished under 10 chapters

 

i can't deal with another Maruo Ogata match (21 chapters)

at the time of the florida arc she was 13-14 and maruo 16, now they should both be a year older.

Oh, I see but anyway, I don't see a problem with the age difference being so minor. I've seen age difference of over 10 years irl after all. 


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