Diligent and methodical honor student Eiichirou Maruo decides to exercise more during the little free time he has available because he is worried about his health. For this reason, after seeing a flyer, he joins the Southern Tennis Club at the beginning of his freshman year. During his free trial at the club, he meets Natsu Takasaki, another first year student, who is determined on becoming a professional tennis player due to her love for the sport. In contrast, Eiichirou’s study-oriented life exists because he believes that it is what he has to do, not because he enjoys it. However, his monotonous days come to an end as the more he plays tennis, the more he becomes fascinated by it. Baby Steps is the story of a boy who makes the most of his hard-working and perfectionist nature to develop his own unique playing style. Little by little, Eiichirou’s skills begin to improve, and he hopes to stand on equal footing with tennis’ best players. – My Anime List
Based on 6 review scores:
Overall the show had a great first episode, and although it is not a series that will have a block-buster premiere; I guarantee you the show will slowly get to you, intrigue you, drawing you in, building momentum until you are completely hooked on the show and can’t stop watching it. So please everyone give it a try, stick with it and I guarantee you will be rewarded for your time.
With a second season already announced, I think Baby Steps represents that hte anime world does still get things right. This is just a really enjoyable series to watch someone find a passion and start chasing a dream. Maruo is a likable guy who has the kind of dedication that makes you able to route for him. He may have some natural abilities, but they are the type that would do him no good if he wasn’t willing to put in the amount of effort he does. He is met nicely by a fairly independent female lead in Natsu, someone who also has her own life going on and doesn’t sacrifice that. I’m looking forward to seeing more of Maruo’s growth in season two and just more of him and Natsu. A very enjoyable show and one I think people should give a chance. Even with zero knowledge of tennis this is a show you can get behind and not be overwhelmed.
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The ultimate test of any sports anime is, of course, its addictability index. You might think that a show with enjoyably low-tension sports action would have trouble kindling a hardcore addiction, and you’d be at least partially right. Baby Steps hasn’t the unstoppable thrust of the true sports juggernaut. It does however fly by with surprising swiftness. You check in at the beginning, get comfortably entangled in the likeable evolution of its likeable cast, and before you know it you’re all out of episodes. Hopefully there’re plenty more to come.
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By watching this, it is like a TENNIS 101 with an enjoyment it really gives you an idea how the tennis works, how the player works, and how a player felt during the game. It gives you a knowledge that Tennis is based in Physically, mentally, sociology, psychologically, etc. This is what the anime is made for, is to make you appreciate the Tennis in realistic way.
I would say that this anime will never disappoint you nor will betray your enjoyment.
If you think that Maruo’s frantic attempts to outguess and outgun (or maybe outracket?) his opponents might make for a fascinating watch, or if you just love tennis, please feel free to add a star. At the end of the show, there’s an announcement that there will be a Second Season in 2015. Will I be in attendance? Only if Maruo is willing to take, rather than Baby Steps, some Giant Strides in some off-the-court areas of his life.