Takane is excited; his mother has promised him a brand new bike if he places in the top one hundred on his upcoming exam, and he's certain he'll pull it off. But when Takane discovers that he has placed poorly, he lies to his mother and incurs the wrath of his little sister. Frustrated and angry, Takane later makes his way to a shrine where he comes across a mysterious man with a tempting offer: in exchange for a good test score, Takane must simply give up something that he has no use for – his sister...
Takane’s Bicycle is a short animation that isn’t really noteworthy of interesting in any way. It has a runtime of 25 minutes in which it tries too many things and fails to really do anything well. It tries to give a message, which kinda succeeds but doesn’t really hit home due to the rushed ending of the story. It also tries to have a bit of that “Ghibli-feeling” at some point, but that lasts all of 30 seconds before the magic is gone. While the setup would be okay for a movie that lasts an hour, 15 minutes of setup before the main attraction arrives is way too long in a short like this. Other bad points are the subpar animation and art and the unfitting music. So yeah, overall I’d advise against watching this. It's frankly not worth your time.
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