Four wheels move the body, two wheels move the soul.
The story begins in 2025 when the world suddenly gets taken over by a resistance group called GGP through superior firepower and technology. These guys came out of nowhere and now they basically rule the world.
But whatever, our story focuses on a cute little ballerina starlet in the making, Rin Ogata; daughter of the world famous Yuki Ogata.
So she screwed up bad in her first recital. And instead of going emo over the whole situation (which is a route 90% of animes would’ve taken) she decides to get over it. You know, go to school like normal folks.
People already know of her and what she could’ve become, but all that’s in the past now. One rainy afternoon, she happens to chance upon a little garage on her campus grounds and sees a weird bike….with arms. These things are called RideBacks, which incidentally the GGP used as part of their world domination strategy.
So she decides to take it out for a spin and realises that she loves it! The flutter in her heart she lost long ago returns with the freedom she finds in the RideBack. A mini-robot/ bike with arms she can ride naturally because of her ballet skills of yore.
Aforementioned garage is a student club which works on RideBacks. Tamayo Kataoka sees Rin on her first ride and gets jealous, leading to a little challenge. See, Tamayo is the lead club rider and also happens to be the champion of the All-Japan RideBack racing Championship of the previous year.
Contrary to a pissing match, Tamayo actually wants to see Rin’s potential and how far she’s willing to push herself, as was evident from their first run.
After getting pwned by a kitten, she acknowledges Rin’s talents and gets her officially enrolled in the club as well as the upcoming Championship for the current year.
The usual high jinks ensue in the Championship race, as is usually that case. People try to cheat etc. What I loved here was again the focus on Rin and how she wanted to tweak the new RideBack, which was a standard production model as per the Championship regulations and not the custom bike she rode earlier. The slight modification did to her RideBack before the race began was to disable her ACS system. It’s like the Traction and Stability control we have on cars.
Essentially she wants freedom over her, and therefore the RideBack’s, movements as it is speculated that her reaction times are better than the cpu which operates the ACS on these bikes.
A natural born RideBacker. Too bad her engine overheated cos it couldn’t take the stress and she got disqualified, after climbing 15 places into 4th . Still, Tamayo won, of course, and the club celebrated their victory.
So an interesting anime, with a slightly unusual story. Except that I’m sure the GGP will play a big part in the later episodes and things could take an exciting turn into something epic. Time will tell.
I might not do episodic reviews of RideBack, resulting in either a mid-series and then end-series review, or just the latter. Still, RideBack is a show I got hooked onto but not as immediately as other Madhouse productions.
The OPening by Mell, I love, and the EnDing I completely adore. Nice melodic themes with some pop beats infused. Nothing over the top, just like the anime, and keeping things smooth and interesting.