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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.29 Ch.279: The Ninth Challenge
Angelic Scanlations legendawy 2 weeks ago
Vol.10 Ch.91: Passi avanti
Eagles Team giò92 A week ago
Vol.10 Ch.90: Ritorno a casa
Eagles Team giò92 3 weeks ago
Vol.10 Ch.89: Cretino
Eagles Team giò92 3 weeks ago
Vol.10 Ch.88: Sogno
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1571 Comments

Ah, we're going back to Maruo's starting advantage: super fast kinetic vision. Let's see how that has developed after not having been mentioned for 200 chapters.


It didn't need to be mentioned. You are reminded of it in EVERY change of set when he pulls out a notebook.

Ah, we're going back to Maruo's starting advantage: super fast kinetic vision. Let's see how that has developed after not having been mentioned for 200 chapters.

when i saw the that this chapter was from 2014, was really surprised how far we are behind o.0

i looked at raws a long-ass time ago so im sat here like

o)-(

im both excited and impatient because i've been waiting for this arc

Haha, and his excellent eyesight comes back again ^_^

Woot woot.

"15 hours later, in America"
 
Here I was expecting a plane ride arc


Don't worry, this isnt berserk

Dropping by to say a super thank you to Angelic Scans for bringing us this manga that always inspires me to work hard.

"15 hours later, in America"

 

Here I was expecting a plane ride arc

Let me defend myself here, I'm not bashing the crutch of the tournaments, I'm more disappointed for a manga that started off to have a character that wasn't based around latent physical skills but mental skills which is unusual for a sports manga. It then changed (evolve/devolve, depending on how you see it) into your typical sports manga where he finds and uses a new ability from each match.

 

 

Sure. Let me put it another way. I've read manga in the past that do the whole '1. Lose tournament/game 2. train  3.win tournament/game 4. goto 1 until the manga finishes'. Maybe I'm remembering this wrong, but I don't think this started out like that. 

 

The signs I see with the large chapters of one match, another tournament, makes me think that this is going down that same route I've seen other sports manga do. 

Welcome to sports.

 

1. You rely on your current abilities to overcome obstacles.

2. You fail and realize those abilities aren't enough anymore.

3. You train to either strengthen your skills, get new ones or both.

4. You come back stronger and start moving forward again.

Rinse and repeat until no one cares anymore, including you.

 

So, naturally, in a sports shōnen getting better often implies getting more physically fit. That actually is the "more realistic approach" because competing at national level without any kind of physical evolution would make absolutely no sense.

I wouldn't call progressing during a match exactly far fetched either. Sure, Maruo takes it to the next level, but overcoming your limits often happens when you face a challenge greater than usual.

 

Maybe the genre isn't for you? I'm not being a dick here, I do think you might wanna read something else.

 

Edit: Haikyuu!! might be closer up your alley, if you do wanna stick to sports.

But this is a sports Manga... How is he supposed to go anywhere if he's not physically fit? Tennis is both a very physically and mentally demanding sport. He is intelligent and has naturally good eyes, and since he is still in his teens he trains like a madman from dawn to dusk to close the fitness gap he has with his direct competitors. If you wanted a pure psychological manga in a sport environment I'd suggest you One Outs from the same mangaka of Liar Game. But there the fitness of the players had never been questioned.

 

This. One Outs makes it very clear that Tokuchi has physical limits. He doesn't have miraculous fast balls. He throws it where it needs to go to bypass the batter. However in baseball, unlike tennis, the pitcher doesn't have to run everywhere to counter what's happening. He gets to observe, then throw from the same spot. Tennis is never going to provide a good "ALL ACCORDING TO KEIKAKU" series of brains > fitness. It's too demanding of a sport. Hell Baby Steps literally starts out because Maruo wants to get fit. Like, that's why he started in the first place.

Eh im willing to donate if it means more chapters,,, But last time i donated nothing came of it...

 

But would don't mind the weekly schedule if they manage to stick to it :)

 

On topic tho, Cannot wait to see Ei-chan show his improvement to ike.

Hopefully can hold more than last time he played him 

1 Gorillion dollars.


Why america... come in switzerland ffs.

Because Roger Federer isn't showing up in this manga...yet


Just once I'd like to see a star in a sport like manga enough to say to a writer "go ahead. Make me a character."

1 Gorillion dollars.

I'm a bit short of that.  How about 5 Simillion dollars instead?

Why america... come in switzerland ffs.

standard of living and connections.

How much do I have to pay for daily chapters. I need this.

 

1 Gorillion dollars.

How much do I have to pay for daily chapters. I need this.

Let me defend myself here, I'm not bashing the crutch of the tournaments, I'm more disappointed for a manga that started off to have a character that wasn't based around latent physical skills but mental skills which is unusual for a sports manga.


Sure. Let me put it another way. I've read manga in the past that do the whole '1. Lose tournament/game 2. train 3.win tournament/game 4. goto 1 until the manga finishes'. Maybe I'm remembering this wrong, but I don't think this started out like that.


But this is a sports Manga... How is he supposed to go anywhere if he's not physically fit? Tennis is both a very physically and mentally demanding sport. He is intelligent and has naturally good eyes, and since he is still in his teens he trains like a madman from dawn to dusk to close the fitness gap he has with his direct competitors. If you wanted a pure psychological manga in a sport environment I'd suggest you One Outs from the same mangaka of Liar Game. But there the fitness of the players had never been questioned.

In real life, you'll be seeing the same faces in same 4 grand slam tournament arcs every year and it keeps looping with no end. Tons of characters appear every year but only less than half of them are worth remembering. Every character powers up in the time skips and there's no explanation given other than "I trained really hard", not even a flashback. In order to find out their motivations and character development other than what you see onscreen, you need to watch their interviews and read their magazine articles, which not everyone has access to.

 

That's real life. Now, feel free to translate it to manga form.

 

Let me defend myself here, I'm not bashing the crutch of the tournaments, I'm more disappointed for a manga that started off to have a character that wasn't based around latent physical skills but mental skills which is unusual for a sports manga. It then changed (evolve/devolve, depending on how you see it) into your typical sports manga where he finds and uses a new ability from each match.

 

Now does this outcome really have anything to do with this being a shonen manga or is it the way more likely fact that you seem to be confusing "realistic" with "interesting"?

But who knows, I'm sure people here wanna read about some guy giving up on his newfound dream because he actually has to work for it. That doesn't sound boring at all.

 

Sure. Let me put it another way. I've read manga in the past that do the whole '1. Lose tournament/game 2. train  3.win tournament/game 4. goto 1 until the manga finishes'. Maybe I'm remembering this wrong, but I don't think this started out like that. 

 

The signs I see with the large chapters of one match, another tournament, makes me think that this is going down that same route I've seen other sports manga do. 

In real life, you'll be seeing the same faces in same 4 grand slam tournament arcs every year and it keeps looping with no end. Tons of characters appear every year but only less than half of them are worth remembering. Every character powers up in the time skips and there's no explanation given other than "I trained really hard", not even a flashback. In order to find out their motivations and character development other than what you see onscreen, you need to watch their interviews and read their magazine articles, which not everyone has access to.

 

That's real life. Now, feel free to translate it to manga form.

Motivations, eh?  "When I was a kid, I started playing tennis, and I was pretty good at it.  People told me I should go pro.  I guess I enjoyed playing, so I did."

HAAHAHAHAHAAHAAAHAH...................................................................

 

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-CHANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN

 

 

TIme for the PRO ROAD.

 

 

Oh please, not fucking Kanda again. Have mercy on us.

 

 

Kanda Part 2.

 

 

How many people would drop this if the author decided to put Ei-Chan vs Kanda rematch?

 

Best part is that it will only last half a chapter this time :)).

Why america... come in switzerland ffs.

I wish I was even half as mature as Maruo

Oh please, not fucking Kanda again. Have mercy on us.

 

I think the author had a real good way to go about this and actually put Maruo's skills to something better (maybe as a coach or a scout?) than just an underdog tennis player... but then it wouldn't be a shounen manga, would it?

Now does this outcome really have anything to do with this being a shonen manga or is it the way more likely fact that you seem to be confusing "realistic" with "interesting"?

But who knows, I'm sure people here wanna read about some guy giving up on his newfound dream because he actually has to work for it. That doesn't sound boring at all.

Realistic and logical in a shounen sports manga? I'm disappointed in myself for even considering it...

 

YEAH! SCREW THE MORE REALISTIC APPROACH AND LET'S COMPLETELY WASTE ANOTHER 100 CHAPTERS ON ANOTHER TOURNAMENT ARC!

 

 

In real life, you'll be seeing the same faces in same 4 grand slam tournament arcs every year and it keeps looping with no end. Tons of characters appear every year but only less than half of them are worth remembering. Every character powers up in the time skips and there's no explanation given other than "I trained really hard", not even a flashback. In order to find out their motivations and character development other than what you see onscreen, you need to watch their interviews and read their magazine articles, which not everyone has access to.

 

That's real life. Now, feel free to translate it to manga form.

Is this manga close to finishing? Cause now it doesn't look like it.

The raw scans are about 130 chapters ahead of the translations, so that's a no


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