I put off watching Baby Steps 1 & 2 for ages. I love sports anime, but Prince of Tennis left a horrible taste in my mouth. Blah - so boring. Baby Steps delivered, though. It fits in with newer sports anime like Kuroko no Basuke, Haikyuu!!!, Free!, Yowamushi Pedal, Days, etcetera... but there are a few things that make it stand on its own. It isn't quite as cookie cutter as most recent sports anime. I hope there's more.