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[[caption-width-right:350: Rin Ogata and her Rideback, Fuego]]

''Rideback'' is a {{Manga}} that was made into a TwelveEpisodeAnime produced by Studio Creator/{{Madhouse}} in 2009, based on a manga published in 2003. [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture In the near future]], an organization called the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName GGP]] (known as the GGF in the manga) had taken control of the world. As they maintained order in society, the citizens quietly accepted their existence. However, a smaller resistance group, the [[LaResistance BMA]] wished to overthrow the GGP.

The focus of the story is on Rin Ogata, a girl who was a promising up-and-coming ballet dancer, but suffered a serious injury and decided to quit. Years later, during university, she came across a club building and soon finds herself intrigued by a transforming motorcycle-like vehicle called a [[CoolBike Rideback]]. She finds that her unique ballet skills with balance and finesse make her a born natural on a Rideback; as Rin becomes entangled in the government's affairs, she finds herself struggling to come to terms with both herself and the world around her.

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!''Rideback'' provides examples of:

* AcePilot: The three most notable Rideback operators are Rin Ogata, [[BikerBabe Tamayo Kataoka]] and Kiefer.
* AcronymConfusion: The anime never notes what "BMA" means (it's shown as "Borderless Military Alliance" in the manga), and chooses "GGP" over "GGF" (Global Government ''Plan'' vs. ''Forces'') in the anime.
* AdaptedOut: Several characters with key interests in the manga are missing from the anime adaptation.
* AIIsACrapshoot: GGP's automated Grimores, which are programmed for search and destroy operations.
* AlphabetNewsNetwork: SNN
* AmericaTakesOverTheWorld: Subverted. [[spoiler: In fact, the anime suggests that the U.S. government began to fall, starting with an important battle by the fledgling GGP against a missile silo installation in Arizona. The U.S. still stands, as IntrepidReporter Yoda visits Arizona, but it's role as a superpower appears to be over.]]
* BadassBiker: Rin, plus most of the Mushashino Rideback Club.
* {{Beergasm}}: Dota enjoys his beer on outings with the Rideback club.
* BigDamnHeroes: Rin has quite a few of these, along with Okakura.
* CaughtTheHeartOnHisSleeve: [[spoiler:Shouko to Hishida]]
* TheChase: Most of the action outside of Rideback racing boils down to chase scenes.
* CoolBike: The Ridebacks are essentially transforming motorcycles with advanced balance and control mechanisms.
* ConservationOfNinjitsu: [[spoiler:Rin, alone and aboard Fuego, takes on 12 Grimoire robot Ridebacks simultaneously in an impressive dance of destruction in the final episode.]]
* ConspicuousCG: The Ridebacks and other vehicles are clearly CG compared to other elements in the show.
* ConspicuousTrenchcoat: Tamayo: when she ditches her hat, it suddenly becomes a BadassLongcoat.
* DanceBattler: Rin lives and breathes this while on her Rideback, since her skill comes from dancing.
* DisappearedDad: While this is the case in the anime, he appears in the manga.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: [=RideBacks=] have a mode called the 'Spread Legs' form.
* FanGirl: Suzuri Uchida
* {{Fanservice}}: There are subtle traces in the series.
* ForeignLanguageTheme: The anime's opening is a Mell song (who also did the ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' intro); ''presumably'' it's in English. Good luck deciphering the lyrics on your own, though.
* FourIsDeath: The show takes a darker turn after the fourth episode and culminates with [[spoiler: Suzuri's death]] in episode 10.
* GasMaskMooks: BMA. The higher ranking GGP troops stick with military-style helmets and CoolShades.
* GenkiGirl: Suzuri Uchida.
* GracefulInTheirElement: Rin is unsure of herself in the time [[spoiler:after her injury that compels her to leave dancing.]] But her discovery that [[spoiler:a Rideback responds to her commands as her own body in dance]] reenergizes her.
* GraspTheSun: Rin, after suffering her ballet injury. Similarly, [[spoiler: Fuego grasps the sun when it suffers an identical injury in a very symbolic scene.]]
* GratuitousEnglish: "ALL GET FREED" is one of several lines from the opening song's lyrics that comes across as this.
* GuiltByCoincidence: Suzuri becomes a target of this when [[spoiler: she is mistaken for an escaped Rin at a protest rally while riding a Rideback. She is chased and killed by the police while trying to just get a message of encouragement off to Rin, who was passing by on a train.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Rin remains in one of these [[spoiler:throughout the second half of the series, but especially after the death of Suzuri]]. She reboots at the end of episode 11.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: The GGP/GGF forces shoot at enemy Ridebacks. However, either the Ridebacks are too swift or the armed attackers are just plain terrible, resulting in fewer hits than they should. In one scene, [[spoiler: Rin blocks incoming gunfire with one of Fuego's arms]] just before leaping over a blockade line. It may be that [[spoiler: Rin's remarkable agility aboard a Rideback]] takes the forces aback as they watch it move away.
* IntrepidReporter: Megumi Yoda, [[GoingForTheBigScoop without very much regard for her own safety]]. One noticable instance was her reaction to a terrorist attack in the middle of a press conference, where she wished to continue gathering news rather than retreat to safety.
* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler: Suzuri's death at the hands of the police]].
* KilledOffScreen: Rin's mother. As Suzuri implied in her {{Fangirl}} excitement, Rin's mother died in an earthquake 6 years prior. Viewers get to see memories of young Rin with her mother.
* LetsDance: [[spoiler:When Rin is riding Fuego, she is nearly unstoppable and will attempt to dance you to death with the Rideback.]] A lesson learned by several destroyed Grimoire enemy robots. Shoko almost declares this as she watches Rin in one instance.
* LaResistance: GGP, later the BMA.
* MagicSkirt: Rin's skirt generally avoids unnecessary exposure while she rides the Fuego. Averted in the climatic last fight.
* {{Meganekko}}: Suzuri.
* MiniMecha: The alternate "two-legged" form of the Ridebacks.
* NamesTheSame: Rin Ogata almost had a namesake by the name of Rina Ogata in ''White Album''; the latter was also voiced by Creator/NanaMizuki.
* NamesToKnowInAnime
** Creator/NanaMizuki: Rin Ogata
** Creator/RomiPark and Creator/StephanieYoung: Tamayo Kataoka
** MegumiMatsumoto and Creator/TrinaNishimura: Suzuri Uchida
** Creator/MegumiToyoguchi: Shoko Uemura
** Creator/RikiyaKoyama and Creator/BryanMassey: Tenshiro Okakura
** HidenobuKiuchi and Creator/JMichaelTatum: Ryunosuke Kataoka
** Creator/ShinichiroMiki: Romanov Kalenback
* NeverBeAHero: Rin doesn't actually want to be a rebel nor understand the cause that others think she represents, she just impulsively uses the Rideback to try to help those she knows and unintentionally gets dragged into more serious conflicts.
* NewTechnologyIsEvil: The usage of Ridebacks is linked to the rise of the GGP; Rin discovers this the hard way when her obssession with her Rideback leads her to actions that draw the GGP's attention and subsequently finds herself involved in their campaign to consolidate their power in Japan.
* NoodleIncident: Whatever happened during the Arizona Campaign between Kiefer, Goblin and Kalenback is hardly discussed in detail, but serious enough [[spoiler:for the three of them to go through great risks to fight each other from their respective sides.]]
* OptOut: When Rin's brother is framed for murder and she realizes that she might have to hurt people, Rin proves unable to bear the burden of being a member of LaResistance and quits just as the rebellion prepares to strike.
* PoliceBrutality: A prevalent theme throughout the series, but the instances within episodes 6 and 10 are especially prominent, where law enforcement officials have little objections towards application of lethal force towards civilians.
* PornStash: Rin's brother Kenji, who has one mixed in with his much larger [[{{Otaku}} Rideback Stash]].
* PragmaticAdaptation: The anime shaves off a couple of aspects from the original manga in order for the story to be completed with its 12 episode run, particularly a certain totalitarian feel not quite experienced in the anime.
* PublicDomainSoundtrack: "Pictures at an Exhibition" is a frequently played as Rin's motif.
* RedBaron: Rin's media given title of "Mysterious Rideback Girl" and later just "Rideback Girl."
** Tamayo Kataoka, also known as the "Rideback Princess" for her racing achievements.
** Tenshirō Okakura, better known in the GGP and BMA military circles as [[spoiler:Goblin.]]
* ReverseMole: [[spoiler:Kalenback's second-in-command in the anime. She's not a warmonger and shown to question his aggressive behavior, following his orders only to the end when she forces him to stand down--and then shoots him when he tries to kill Kiefer.]]
* ShownTheirWork: Goblin uses proper UNIX-style commands to force enemy robot Ridebacks to shutdown immediately.
* SuperheroesWearCapes: During [[spoiler: the TV Tower attack and Shoko's rescue]], Rin's Rideback temporarily gains a cape made from a curtain, which only adds to her notoriety as the "Mysterious Rideback Girl."
* SuperWindowJump: Slightly justifiable since a Rideback and the rider's clothing would block most of the glass...except that Rin usually goes flying through windows in her street clothes.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: GGP acts like this, first. Later, it degenerated into TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized, and another group called the BMA plays both tropes straight.
* TransformingMecha: Ridebacks can transform into MiniMecha.
* UnkemptBeauty: Just a slight example. More often than not, Rin's hair is messy and needs combing.
* WhamEpisode: Episode ten.
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