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Rideback is a Manga that was made into a Twelve Episode Anime produced by Studio Madhouse in 2009, based on a manga published in 2003. In the near future, an organization called the 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 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 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.
America Takes Over the World: Subverted. 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 Intrepid Reporter Yoda visits Arizona, but it's role as a superpower appears to be over.
Badass Biker: Rin, plus most of the Mushashino Rideback Club.
Beergasm: Dota enjoys his beer on outings with the Rideback club.
Graceful in Their Element: Rin is unsure of herself in the time after her injury that compels her to leave dancing. But her discovery that a Rideback responds to her commands as her own body in dance reenergizes her.
Grasp the Sun: Rin, after suffering her ballet injury. Similarly, Fuego grasps the sun when it suffers an identical injury in a very symbolic scene.
Gratuitous English: "ALL GET FREED" is one of several lines from the opening song's lyrics that comes across as this.
Guilt by Coincidence: Suzuri becomes a target of this when 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.
Heroic BSOD: Rin remains in one of these throughout the second half of the series, but especially after the death of Suzuri. She reboots at the end of episode 11.
Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: 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, Rin blocks incoming gunfire with one of Fuego's arms just before leaping over a blockade line. It may be that Rin's remarkable agility aboard a Rideback takes the forces aback as they watch it move away.
Killed Off Screen: 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.
Let's Dance: 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.
Never Be a Hero: 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.
New Technology Is Evil: 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.
Noodle Incident: Whatever happened during the Arizona Campaign between Kiefer, Goblin and Kalenback is hardly discussed in detail, but serious enough for the three of them to go through great risks to fight each other from their respective sides.
Opt Out: 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 La Résistance and quits just as the rebellion prepares to strike.
Police Brutality: 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.
Pragmatic Adaptation: 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.
Red Baron: 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 Goblin.
Reverse Mole: 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.
Shown Their Work: Goblin uses proper UNIX-style commands to force enemy robot Ridebacks to shutdown immediately.
Superheroes Wear Capes: During 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."
Super Window Jump: 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.