Baby Steps

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Baby Steps
Baby Steps manga Japanese Vol 1 cover.jpeg
Cover of 1st manga volume of Baby Steps published by Kodansha, featuring Eiichirō Maruo and Natsu Takasaki.
ベイビーステップ
(Beibī Suteppu)
GenreSport
Manga
Written byHikaru Katsuki
Published byKodansha
DemographicShōnen
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Magazine
Original runOctober 2007 – ongoing
Volumes28
Anime television series
Produced byKenji Saito
StudioPierrot
NetworkNHK-E
Original runApril 2014scheduled
Episodes25
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Baby Steps
Baby Steps manga Japanese Vol 1 cover.jpeg
Cover of 1st manga volume of Baby Steps published by Kodansha, featuring Eiichirō Maruo and Natsu Takasaki.
ベイビーステップ
(Beibī Suteppu)
GenreSport
Manga
Written byHikaru Katsuki
Published byKodansha
DemographicShōnen
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Magazine
Original runOctober 2007 – ongoing
Volumes28
Anime television series
Produced byKenji Saito
StudioPierrot
NetworkNHK-E
Original runApril 2014scheduled
Episodes25
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Baby Steps (ベイビーステップ Beibī Suteppu?) is a Japanese manga series by Hikaru Katsuki. It was first serialized in the weekly Japanese manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Magazine in October 2007. An anime adaptation of the series has been green-lit and is set to air next spring.[1] The story is centered around Maruo Eiichirō (Ē-chan), a first year honor student who one day decides that he is lacking exercise. He then joins the Southern Tennis Club (STC) where he begins his tennis journey.

Story[edit]

Maruo Eiichirō (Ē-chan), a first year honor student, one day decides he is unhappy with the way things are and lacks exercise. He finds a flier for the Tennis Club and decides check it out. He is instantly captivated by it. With no prior experience and poor physical conditioning, he embarks on a tennis journey using his smarts, dedication and work ethic. He uses his inherent studious nature to develop an extremely strategic approach to tennis, taking notes on the habits and tendencies of his opponents thus allowing him to predict their shots before they make them.

Characters[edit]

Maruo Eiichirō (丸尾 栄一郎 Maruo Eiichirō?)
Eiichirō Maruo, also called as Ē-chan by his friends is the main protagonist of the manga, Baby Steps. He later becomes a member of Southern Tennis Club, STC on his mother's suggestion to fulfill his lack of exercise. His aim is to become a professional tennis player.
Natsu Takasaki (鷹崎 奈津 Takasaki Natsu?)
Natsu Takasaki, also known as Natchan, is the main female protagonist. She is a member of Southern Tennis Club, and studies in the same year and high school as Maruo. She is aiming to become a professional player.

Manga[edit]

Volume list[edit]

As of August 16, 2013 (2013-08-16), 27 volumes have been released.[2]

No.Release dateISBN
01February 15, 2008[3]ISBN 978-4-06-363957-5
02March 17, 2008[4]ISBN 978-4-06-363968-1
03May 16, 2008[5]ISBN 978-4-06-363991-9
04August 12, 2008[6]ISBN 978-4-06-384027-8
05October 17, 2008[7]ISBN 978-4-06-384052-0
06January 16, 2009[8]ISBN 978-4-06-384089-6
07April 17, 2009[9]ISBN 978-4-06-384124-4
08June 17, 2009[10]ISBN 978-4-06-384149-7
09September 17, 2009[11]ISBN 978-4-06-384188-6
10November 17, 2009[12]ISBN 978-4-06-384214-2
11February 17, 2010[13]ISBN 978-4-06-384248-7
12April 16, 2010[14]ISBN 978-4-06-384283-8
13July 16, 2010[15]ISBN 978-4-06-384329-3
14October 15, 2010[16]ISBN 978-4-06-384381-1
15January 17, 2011[17]ISBN 978-4-06-384428-3
16April 15, 2011[18]ISBN 978-4-06-384459-7
17June 17, 2011[19]ISBN 978-4-06-384506-8
18September 16, 2011[20]ISBN 978-4-06-384558-7
19November 17, 2011[21]ISBN 978-4-06-384580-8
20February 17, 2012[22]ISBN 978-4-06-384631-7
21April 17, 2012[23]ISBN 978-4-06-384655-3
22July 17, 2012[24]ISBN 978-4-06-384706-2
23September 14, 2012[25]ISBN 978-4-06-384735-2
24December 17, 2012[26]ISBN 978-4-06-384782-6
25February 15, 2013[27]ISBN 978-4-06-384812-0
26May 17, 2013[2]ISBN 978-4-06-384865-6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tennis Manga Baby Steps Gets TV Anime Next Spring". Anime News Network. November 8, 2013. Retrieved November 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "ベイビーステップ(26)" [Baby Steps (26)] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved May 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ "ベイビーステップ(1)" [Baby Steps (1)] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  4. ^ "ベイビーステップ(2)" [Baby Steps (2)] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ "ベイビーステップ(3)" [Baby Steps (3)] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ "ベイビーステップ(4)" [Baby Steps (4)] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  7. ^ "ベイビーステップ(5)" [Baby Steps (5)] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  8. ^ "ベイビーステップ(6)" [Baby Steps (6)] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  9. ^ "ベイビーステップ(7)" [Baby Steps (7)] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  10. ^ "ベイビーステップ(8)" [Baby Steps (8)] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  11. ^ "ベイビーステップ(9)" [Baby Steps (9)] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  12. ^ "ベイビーステップ(10)" [Baby Steps (10)] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  13. ^ "ベイビーステップ(11)" [Baby Steps (11)] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  14. ^ "ベイビーステップ(12)" [Baby Steps (12)] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  15. ^ "ベイビーステップ(13)" [Baby Steps (13)] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  16. ^ "ベイビーステップ(14)" [Baby Steps (14)] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  17. ^ "ベイビーステップ(15)" [Baby Steps (15)] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  18. ^ "ベイビーステップ(16)" [Baby Steps (16)] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  19. ^ "ベイビーステップ(17)" [Baby Steps (17)] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  20. ^ "ベイビーステップ(18)" [Baby Steps (18)] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  21. ^ "ベイビーステップ(19)" [Baby Steps (19)] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  22. ^ "ベイビーステップ(20)" [Baby Steps (20)] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  23. ^ "ベイビーステップ(21)" [Baby Steps (21)] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  24. ^ "ベイビーステップ(22)" [Baby Steps (22)] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  25. ^ "ベイビーステップ(23)" [Baby Steps (23)] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  26. ^ "ベイビーステップ(24)" [Baby Steps (24)] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  27. ^ "ベイビーステップ(25)" [Baby Steps (25)] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved February 25, 2013.