Baby Steps Tennis Manga to Have 'Big Announcement' on June 1 (Update)

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda

This year's 26th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine announced on Wednesday that Hikaru Katsuki's Baby Steps manga is getting a "big announcement" in the magazine's next issue, which Kodansha will publish on June 1.

The manga revolves around Eiichirō "Ei-chan" Maruo, a punctual and earnest boy who has striven for straight As since elementary school. The 15-year-old high school boy stops by a tennis school to deal with his lack of exercise. There, he meets Natsu Takasaki, a beautiful, earnest girl who only has passion for tennis.

Katsuki launched the manga in Weekly Shonen Magazine in 2007. Kodansha published the manga's 39th compiled book volume on March 17. The manga's first television anime series premiered in April 2014, and the second series premiered in April 2015. Katsuki himself collaborated on the creation of episodes with original stories not told in the manga. Pierrot (Naruto, Kingdom) animated the both television series, with 25 episodes for each series. Kenji Saito (Dennō Coil, Bakuman, Bottom Biting Bug) produced the anime for NHK. Crunchyroll streamed both series as it aired in Japan.

Update: Some Japanese fans on Twitter have reported seeing filming and casting extras for a live-action Baby Steps adaptation as early as March. [Via Otakomu]

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