Forward (前へ Mae he) is the 154th chapter of manga, Baby Steps.
Characters in Order of AppearanceEdit
- Eiichiro Maruo
- Yoshiaki Ide
- Yu Nabae
- Takayuki Okada
- Kojirou Kageyama
- Himeko Sasaki
- Ryuhei Aoi
- Hiroshi Araya
- Natsu Takasaki
- Soji Ike (flashback)
After such an intense rally between Eiichiro and Ide, Eiichiro wins the rally and the match.
Eiichiro's last point to win seems to be far to reach out as it turns out to be an intense rally between him and Ide. Both of them give their best to hit the ball and at the same time, try to outwit their opponent. When Ide hits a lob, Eiichiro counter it with a smash. When Eiichiro hits a cross, Ide fails to counter it but determining the ball if it is 'in' or 'out' is a bit tricky. As the referee announces her judgment, it leads to Ide's loss and Eiichiro's win in the match.
All of the spectators give a loud cheer and support to both players after the referee's announcement. Eiichiro feels overwhelmed with the cheer of the spectators and wonders the number of times he can hear such cheer in the future.