Eiichirō Maruo (nicknamed "Ei-chan" for his grades being straight "A") is an honor student, bookworm, and is not interested in anything other than studying. In order to solve his problem of lacking physical strength, he enrolled a tennis school and soon found the fascinating side of tennis. Being a tennis newbie lacking physical strength, he supplement his shortcomings with his excellent observing and analyzing skills.

Series Cast

  1. Taishi Murata as Eiichiro Maruo (Main Character)

    Taishi Murata

    Eiichiro Maruo (Main Character)

    50 Episodes

  2. Minako Kotobuki as Natsu Takasaki (Main Character)

    Minako Kotobuki

    Natsu Takasaki (Main Character)

    50 Episodes

  3. Daisuke Namikawa as Takuma Egawa

    Daisuke Namikawa

    Takuma Egawa

    50 Episodes

  4. Asami Seto as Himeko Sasami

    Asami Seto

    Himeko Sasami

    50 Episodes

  5. Hiro Shimono as Yukichi Fukasawa

    Hiro Shimono

    Yukichi Fukasawa

    50 Episodes

  6. Taiten Kusunoki as Coach Yusaku Miura

    Taiten Kusunoki

    Coach Yusaku Miura

    50 Episodes

  7. Takuma Terashima as Kojirou Kageyama

    Takuma Terashima

    Kojirou Kageyama

    50 Episodes

  8. Tetsuya Kakihara as Takuya Miyagawa

    Tetsuya Kakihara

    Takuya Miyagawa

    50 Episodes

  9. Chisa Yūki as Yuuki Tajima

    Chisa Yūki

    Yuuki Tajima

    50 Episodes

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Full Cast & Crew

Last Season

Season 2

2015 • 25 Episodes

The stage of the second series is the Florida Tennis Academy. There, rivals aiming for the top of the world competed every day to raise the world rank even one. How will Eiichiro overcome the world barrier by studying abroad for the first time in his life ... A hot and realistic story of the boys, depicting the behind-the-scenes behind-the-scenes tennis scene in an easy-to-understand manner.

Final Set

(2x25, September 20, 2015) Season Finale

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Baby Steps


Original Name ベイビーステップ

Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language Japanese


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