I haven’t posted in a while about manga, so here goes.
As I was browsing around looking for manga to read, I came across Baby Steps. At first I was skeptical as to whether it was any good due to its focus on tennis, which could possibly mean it’s simply jumping on the Prince of Tennis bandwagon. Fortunately, it proved to be an excellent read thus far.
The summary via One Manga:
Maruo Eiitirou (E-chan), a first year honor student, one day decides he’s unhappy with the way things are and lacks exercise. He finds a flier for the Tennis Club and decides check it out. He’s instantly captivated by it. With no prior experience and poor physical conditioning, join E-Chan as he embarks on a tennis journey using his smarts, dedication and work ethic.
The main character, E-chan, is an honor student who’s also a bit of a perfectionist (just look at his lunch). His constant effort in his studies is what got him to where he is now.
He figures that he could use some exercise and decides to try out tennis. By applying the same constant effort and analytical skills he uses for studying onto tennis, E-chan steadily improves.
There’s hints of a possible future romance, but so far the manga is focusing on the tennis aspect.
So in a way, it’s the opposite of Prince of Tennis. I actually think it’s more fun and interesting seeing a novice fight the entire way to becoming a pro. As long as the story and characters continue to develop and doesn’t get as ridiculous as PoT, I’m happy.
Image Source: One Manga