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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alt Langkah Bayialt خطوات طفل
Author: Kachiki Hikaru
Artist: Kachiki Hikaru
Genres: Award Winning Award WinningComedy ComedyDrama DramaRomance RomanceSchool Life School LifeShounen 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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Title Group Contributor Date
Vol.30 Ch.283: Everything
Angelic Scanlations theLove_cleaner 2 days ago
Vol.30 Ch.283: Everything
Angelic Scanlations legendawy 3 days ago
Vol.30 Ch.282: Head Start
Angelic Scanlations theLove_cleaner 2 days ago
Vol.30 Ch.282: Head Start
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Vol.11 Ch.101: L'inizio delle battaglie
Eagles Team giò92 2 weeks ago
Vol.11 Ch.100: Un ostacolo da superare
Eagles Team giò92 2 weeks ago
Vol.11 Ch.99: Il prossimo livello
Eagles Team giò92 3 weeks ago
Vol.3 Ch.24: Une probabilité
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Vol.3 Ch.23: Une chance de gagner
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Vol.3 Ch.22: Danger
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Reading what others have said about Ei Chan's speed, I think the last chapter answers that question quite well. Ei Chan's progress is actually really fast, since it hasn't even two years yet and yet he is already aiming to be a pro. I think he will probably keep on getting defeated, but eventually he'll end up like Ike : DD

Sounds like unbelievable fast progress to me.
I know his hair is a bit weird, but try to get past it and you will find yourself reading one awesome story.
Okay, I just really can't take that guy seriously with hair like that.
Sorry, I disagree with the below comment. If you take into account how the long the others have trained when compared to how little Ei-Chan has his growth is huge. I mean it's called Baby Steps for a reason and that term is still in effect up to the current raw which is ch 194..

Thanks for the quick release once again...
I've read a lot of sports mangas, most worse than this one, and nearly all of them have the slowly-work-at-it-and-get-better plot going on, and that's fine but... this one is just so freaking slow, even for a work with a title like "Baby Steps". It's not like he wins a few, then meets a difficult challenge he has to work to overcome. Instead, almost all of his opponents are people he has no hope of beating, and his victories are few and far between. Worse, the ones he does win tend to just be glossed over in order to advance the story.

I like the storytelling and the characters a lot, and the art is great too, but if this doesn't start to pick up some sort of decent pace I'm probably going to go insane before it gets anywhere.
that's how it works! ^^
Thanks for the new chapter. Looks like Ei-Chan is being tossed into the lion's den right off the bat...
chapter 71: you should go to America
chapter 72: Playing tennis in Florida
I like this manga doesn't waste time on useless drama stuff, it does what it pleases. Also cool parents he has...if I said that to my parents they would ask to pay for it myself :P
lol, that was fast, hope the story'll keep evolving at that speed.
Please apply as a redrawer and help imangascans keep up the current pace of releases
Lol for some reason I felt like reading ch 70 again...and that I did, so cute xD
I log once/day and this manga is first option to read .It calms me a lot .
Other words:
Maybe not first manga I like but definitely first to read :P.
iMangaScans, you guys are beasts! Thanks for the new chapters!
Here a sweet little spoiler...

Wow, best wingman ever.
That Kageyama is an hero...
This is where I gloat about my powers of prediction. Gloat, gloat. :D
Looks like Ei Chan needs Hawk eye for that last point
another one already? you guys are monsters...and I love it xD
your welcome, glady you guys are enjoy
Thank you, iMangaScans! Love the manga right now, and love the fast releases so far!
Thanks iMangaScans for all the crazy fast releases
This is crazy. How is iMangaScans keeping up this pace?
Meanwhile, the match is looking bad for our hero. But it's kind of a compliment--Mister #1 guy has noticed Maruo is dangerous and maybe even improving as the match progresses, and has decided to bring out his big guns to finish this as fast as possible before the little guy comes up with anything else.
The key problem here is moral. This guy isn't underestimating Ei-chan, he never mocked him or knocked him, he's serious and apparently ethical. He is in many respects the player Maruo is trying to become. The logic of fiction says he could win, because he's a superior opponent who isn't unworthy. If he was a jerk he'd go down no matter how good he seemed, that's how it works. I'm sure Ei-chan will pull out at least one more good idea, and continue simply improving his tennis over the course of the match. But it might not be enough--this could be one of those matches where he sees how he has to build his skill and what he needs to become and stuff, so this guy will become a rival in the future.

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