Hill Climb Girl

Hinako Hill Climb Girl in Team Sky kit Anime

Social media has exploded with discussion of this Japanese anime short about high school student Hinako and her attempts to beat her classmate Takano to the top of the hill. Sir Bradley Wiggins shows up to magically transform utilitarian but clunky mamachari into a sleek racing machine.

View the short anime here (available with English subtitles), and be sure to scroll down for some background on the creation of “Hill Climb Girl.” There are some nice treats in this short anime, even if you’re not normally into that kind of stuff.

The animation and the protagonist, Hinako, reminds me of a female version of SAKAMACHI Onoda, the quiet, nerdy kid who comes to understand the raw talent he possesses when he joins his high school cycling team in the popular manga and anime series Yowamushi Pedal.

Yowamushi Pedal Volume 1 Issue 1 Manga

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