Natsu Takasaki (鷹崎 奈津 Takasaki Natsu) is a member of Southern Tennis Club who is in the same year where she attends the same high school as Eiichirō Maruo and she is aiming to become a professional player.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Natsu has a very cute face and is the idol of her school. She has short, shoulder length blond hair and has large round eyes. During tennis matches, she is often seen tying her hair up into a ponytail.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Natsu has a very frank and friendly personality. She plays tennis because she finds it fun and aims to become a professional player.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Introduction to the Tennis World Arc[edit | edit source]

Second Kanagawa Junior Tennis Circuit Arc[edit | edit source]

Florida Tennis Academy Arc[edit | edit source]

Return to Japan Arc[edit | edit source]

Kanto Junior Tennis Tournament Arc[edit | edit source]

All Japan High School Inter-high Competition Arc[edit | edit source]

All-Japan Junior Tennis Tournament Arc[edit | edit source]

Training at IMG Academy Arc[edit | edit source]

All-Japan Championship Arc[edit | edit source]

Skills[edit | edit source]

Natsu is a very skilled all-round player who is one of the top seeds in female tennis tournaments. Unlike Eiichiro who plays in technical and logical manner, Natsu relies on her instincts to determine her next attack. According to Ei-chan, she also has good hand-eye coordination.

She also has a good eye for searching for strong players. When she says that someone is 'super strong', they have what it takes to become a pro even though that person does not look like one.

Tennis Matches[edit | edit source]

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Eiichiro Maruo[edit | edit source]

Natsu meets Eiichiro for the first time when she borrows his World History notes, after her friend introduces him to her. As the story progresses, she gets really close to Eiichiro having thought that he had become a good tennis player. She also admires him for trying his best at tennis. She develops a crush on Ei-chan very early on in the series but she does not have the courage to tell him yet. She only tells this to Takuma after Takuma asks her in the text. [2][3] Before the start of Kanto Junior Tennis Tournament, she confesses her feelings for him at the beach and starts going out with him.[1][4] They have met each other's parents and has a good relationship since then. They also go on dates during their free time and has kissed a few times, the first was before Eiichiro's match against Kanda.[5]

Takuma Egawa[edit | edit source]

Soji Ike[edit | edit source]

Natsu and Ike are childhood friends. She was the one who introduced tennis to Ike, starting off his road to becoming a pro tennis player. It is mentioned that she wants to be a pro to catch up to Ike who is shining on the world stage. As Ike's childhood friend, she is very understanding of Ike's personality and often asks him to do her favors in regards to helping Eiichiro.

Mika Takasaki[edit | edit source]

Natsu and Mika seems to be pretty close to each other. Mika teases Natsu about how cute is Natsu's boyfriend [6]. However, Natsu doesn't seem to have high regard about her sister, she even thought Eiichirō Maruo is much more mature than Mika because he already considers paying income taxes.[7]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

  • The name Natsu means "apple tree" (奈) (na) and "haven, port, harbor, ferry" (津) (tsu).
  • Natsu's surname Takasaki means "hawk, falcon" (鷹) (taka) and "cape, peninsula" (崎) (saki).

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Natsu likes Eiichirō Maruo, ice cream, dogs, cabbage, taking a bath, sleeping and eating [8]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Baby Steps Manga: Chapter 135
  2. Baby Steps Manga: Chapter 315
  3. Baby Steps Anime: Episode 5 (S2)
  4. Baby Steps Anime: Episode 14 (S2)
  5. Baby Steps Manga: Chapter 234
  6. Chapter 356
  7. Volume 11, extra (4-koma)
  8. Baby Steps Guidebook

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