Hello, it’s Katsuki. With this 47th volume, it’s exactly 10 years. And it’s become the last volume. There are various circumstances, but it’s a shame that the writing of Ei-chan’s life comes to an end here mainly with my lack of ability. The theme was independence, so I’m glad it reached the point of Ei-chan as a professional making his own team and finally having his world tour debut… If possible, I wanted to write the Davis Cup, but… Somehow continuing for 10 years is thanks to the staff who collaborated with all their effort, the large group of people who gladly helped with research, and more than others, you who read [the manga] until now. Thank you very, very much!! I think Ei-chan will face forward and continue on, so I also want to move forward. Well then, [see you] again somewhere….
I’m late to this but it’s because I didn’t know until today 😦
I was checking out the series again, since I’ve been stalling to see if a s3 would happen, when I noticed these news from ANN. After 10 years of serialization and 47 volumes, Baby Steps got canceled.
It’s always sad to see stories not get properly finished like the mangaka hoped and wanted to. While it’s true 47 volumes is already pretty good, from what I read I do feel like the mangaka feels regret that he couldn’t finish it properly.
Baby Steps is a realistic sports series about tennis, perhaps its downfall is that it’s a slower story and so hasn’t been able to grab a bigger fanbase even though it has 2 anime seasons, and a live-action adaptation.
I hope the mangaka is able to start another successful series, this time finishing it off properly.