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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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Chapters

Title Group Contributor Date
Vol.30 Ch.283: Everything
Angelic Scanlations theLove_cleaner A day ago
Vol.30 Ch.283: Everything
Angelic Scanlations legendawy 2 days ago
Vol.30 Ch.282: Head Start
Angelic Scanlations theLove_cleaner A day ago
Vol.30 Ch.282: Head Start
Angelic Scanlations legendawy 2 days ago
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
MiamMiam-Team & Penguin-Scantrad Lyendith A week ago
Vol.3 Ch.23: Une chance de gagner
MiamMiam-Team & Penguin-Scantrad Lyendith A week ago
Vol.3 Ch.22: Danger
MiamMiam-Team & Penguin-Scantrad Lyendith A week ago
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It seems like a typical Shounen thing, but is anyone else annoyed at when they go into a long ass explanation about the opponent's rough life/past, as if that's supposed to make us feel something for them, and give some sort of extra?  I notice this happens, and then our MC wins, and we either don't see this enemy again, or they somehow join the "Crew."  It just always seems to happen before, and during fights....

 

@maffa made a lot of valid points, and

 

 also Maruo has lost a lot, so if they join the "crew", we know why they put so much effort, so we don't have to make a flashback for him when he's training again, in the end the story is focused on Maruo but the main point is how he arrives to the circuit, so we need to know the world and how each player got there too, having only one viewpoint of a player would get tedious in the long run. 

Cover 43!!

 

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It seems like a typical Shounen thing, but is anyone else annoyed at when they go into a long ass explanation about the opponent's rough life/past, as if that's supposed to make us feel something for them, and give some sort of extra?  I notice this happens, and then our MC wins, and we either don't see this enemy again, or they somehow join the "Crew."  It just always seems to happen before, and during fights....

 

yes and no. in sports manga like this, it's the understanding of our MC that the other players are fighting their own war. Any player Maruo defeats is a player that gets nearer to give up on being a professional. He already offed a couple, and now this one stands in his way. Keep in mind that the circuit is made by a relatively small population, and that the tennis community is a big gossiping village. Getting to know these players is nothing unheard of even in RL.

It seems like a typical Shounen thing, but is anyone else annoyed at when they go into a long ass explanation about the opponent's rough life/past, as if that's supposed to make us feel something for them, and give some sort of extra?  I notice this happens, and then our MC wins, and we either don't see this enemy again, or they somehow join the "Crew."  It just always seems to happen before, and during fights....

oh god i know you guys would really bored to see someone type this.
but i really can't wait for the next chapter ! 
thanks for the early christmas btw !

thanks for the update :)

Incoming "for Pete sake" jokes?

Early Christmas release? Woo!

double release!

@caverns

A week ago this is what Blitzfang's Angelic Scan (their translator) posted on www.reddit.com/r/babystep:

 

 

Hello there fellow readers. I hope you're enjoying the chapters (although they've been a bit slow as of late).

I've just finished my exams and will be trying to work hard in the short break I'll have before the madness starts once more.

With this I'd like to ask anyone with even the slightest Japanese comprehension skills to consider helping out with the translation. You don't need to be an advanced user to help out. Also, if you're trying to improve/maintain your language skills this is a great way to do so!

I will of course help you with any words, sentence structures, grammar that you might not grasp. So if you possess (or are willing to learn) the following, please consider joining our wonderful team:

-Complete mastery of Hiragana and Katakana, the Japanese syllabary (any kanji is a plus)

-Basic vocabulary (conversational words)

-Basic grammar (VERY basic sentence structure, basic particles etc)

Japanese is only so hard as you yourself believe it is. If you're interested and/or have any questions, join the discord server https://discord.gg/JNmTTAF or leave a reply here!

This has been a plea from a lonely translator. Thank you for reading!

so... 

 

has baby steps been dropped once more? say it isnt so!

Cover 42!!

 

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No, he's just realizing something tall players in sports like tennis or badminton have problem with: low balls. The big height advantage helps them reach high balls and smash with ease (not to mention serves), making things very difficult for shorter players. On the other hand, if a skilled player can manage to get the ball low, it forces them to bend over constantly to reach it, making life very tiresome for them and resulting in better chances to score because they can't attack properly from such a low position. Of course, it's way harder to actually execute than in theory but it's the beginnings of a strategy at least.


I played in high school. I'm short. It takes a lot more energy for the tall player to get low than to stay high. Especially given how Mauro plays the low positioning will be extra effective when Pete can't accurately predict when the low shots are coming. Adds an extra layer of tension and mental fatigue is real.

No, he's just realizing something tall players in sports like tennis or badminton have problem with: low balls. The big height advantage helps them reach high balls and smash with ease (not to mention serves), making things very difficult for shorter players. On the other hand, if a skilled player can manage to get the ball low, it forces them to bend over constantly to reach it, making life very tiresome for them and resulting in better chances to score because they can't attack properly from such a low position. Of course, it's way harder to actually execute than in theory but it's the beginnings of a strategy at least.

 

Oh.

I read too much in it then...

not sure about the solution Eiichiro found. Does he want to feed Pete with weightless balls in order to counter his power?

 

No, he's just realizing something tall players in sports like tennis or badminton have problem with: low balls. The big height advantage helps them reach high balls and smash with ease (not to mention serves), making things very difficult for shorter players. On the other hand, if a skilled player can manage to get the ball low, it forces them to bend over constantly to reach it, making life very tiresome for them and resulting in better chances to score because they can't attack properly from such a low position. Of course, it's way harder to actually execute than in theory but it's the beginnings of a strategy at least.

not sure about the solution Eiichiro found. Does he want to feed Pete with weightless balls in order to counter his power?

 

And also throw low balls to make it harder to him (since he's tall).

Maruo went to America for 2 months to train for the "All Japan Championship" tournament,

but after 1 month of training he's gonna participate in another tournament.

i get that he wants to play against stronger players but isn't he overworking himself?

not sure about the solution Eiichiro found. Does he want to feed Pete with weightless balls in order to counter his power?

Beach Tennis saves Maruo!

Something just hits me: What are the chances that Maruo will partner up with Kanda for Men's Doubles? Of course Maruo already has Nacchan for Mixed Doubles, but I think Kanda would be a good candidate for Men's Doubles with Maruo.

He probably doesn't even want her. He's probably just annoyed that everyone likes/loves eichiro despite him being the "superior" tennis player.

 

 

The hints are there, all the way from the beginning (3 chapters ago), including his comments about him being in an all boys school, living in an all boys dorm, which was his reason for coming to play with her in the first place.  That comment alone shows that he's desperate and would take any girl.

 

I do agree that Kanda is a bit annoyed at Maruo(and annoying himself), and honestly, I thought he would be more friendly, but I guess this is the "Rival building" stage, even though Maruo's technical Rivals are Ike and Takuma...

 

Oh well...  Not like Kanda can compete with Maruo's Harem anyways.  Now Ike and Takuma might be able to take Maruo on in that respect though... Especially Ike.

YESSSSS NAT-CHAN!!!! BEST GIRL FTW!!!!! 
 
Sucks for you Marcia, no one wants a bratty annoying gf... Except maybe desperate Kanda.


He probably doesn't even want her. He's probably just annoyed that everyone likes/loves eichiro despite him being the "superior" tennis player.

YESSSSS NAT-CHAN!!!! BEST GIRL FTW!!!!! 

 

Sucks for you Marcia, no one wants a bratty annoying gf... Except maybe desperate Kanda.

I somehow feel like Marcia is a cuter and a more willful than Nat-chan, and it feels like she'd also have a better chemistry with Maruo.. But we all know where the story is going to go with Marcia, she'll be rejected. :(
 
Marcia best waifu!


Sure let's throw away tons of legitimate character development to mash together a seventeen year old with a just turned 14 year old who LIVES IN A DIFFERENT COUNTRY.

oh god what if kanda and maruo match up in this tournament and have another 30 round match?


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