Maruo Eiichirou (Ei-Chan), a first year honor student, one day decides he's unhappy with the way things are and lacks exercise. His mother gives him a flyer for the local Tennis Club and he 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.
This is a sports manga through and through. The whole purpose of the story so far (and I'm in volume 4) is to introduce Maruo Eiichirou, a guy who just started playing tennis, mostly because of a girl he likes. Like a good sports manga, he starts slow and is on his path to achieve greatness. Characters are somewhat likeable, but we know very little of them. This may become the weakness of this manga, since they have yet to give us enough information to develop a bond with them.
I love this manga out of all the sport manga's i've read this is the best (admittily ((i know i spelt that wrong)) i havent read that may sport manga's) its a Must read in my oppinion.
Story Baby Steps has a decent Story as it is the problem with most japanese media focused on sport activities, while the Story itself lacks depth, it is severly improved by its well executed flow through realism, mostly unknown outcomes of the matches and its ability to portray emotions of the characters to the reader. Its introduced romance is by far the worst addition to the story, lacking in thought through execution and merely exists to bridge some conversations and add a very small depth to the characters. It has to be said that the Title itself is a well made decision by the creator, as we are able to follow the improvement of our main protagonist slowly but surely, just like baby steps. Art The Art is acceptable and enjoyable as it adds to my aforementioned point of portraying emotions of characters, while also making the matches interesting enough without using over the top effects. Characters As it is to be expected of sports manga the characters have the almost the same depth as the story. Although they lack depth, the characters are able to overcome this fault through comedic conversations, portrayed and well written thought processes and wide variety of different character creations.
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