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Cover of the first volume of RideBack
Genre Mecha, Racing, Sport, Social Science Fiction
Written by Tetsurō Kasahara
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Ikki
Original run March 2003January 2009
Volumes 10
Anime television series
Directed by Atsushi Takahashi
Produced by Fuminori Hara
Kazuo Onuki
Yasuyuki Ueda
Written by Hideo Takayashiki
Ken Iizuka
Music by Takafumi Wada
Studio Madhouse
Licensed by
Original network Chiba TV, TV Saitama, tvk, KBS, SUN, Tokyo MX, AT-X
English network
Original run January 2009 March 2009
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Light novel
RideBack: Cannonball Run
Written by Boncho Kuga
Illustrated by Tetsurō Kasahara
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Male
Imprint Gagaga Bunko
Published January 21, 2009
Volumes 1
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Rideback (Japanese: ライドバック, Hepburn: Raidobakku), stylized as RIDEBACK or RideBack, is a Japanese manga series created by Tetsurō Kasahara. It was serialized in Shogakukan's monthly Ikki magazine from March 2003 to January 2009, spanning a total of ten volumes. Set in Japan in 2020, it follows the story of female student Rin Ogata as she comes across a two-wheeled automobile robot known as a Rideback. In 2009, it was adapted into an anime television series by Madhouse.[1][2][3] At Anime Central 2010, anime distributor Funimation announced that they have licensed the series for North America with its release planned for 2011.[4]


In the year of 2025, an organization called the GGP has taken control of the world. Rin Ogata was a promising up-and-coming ballet dancer, but suffered a serious injury while dancing and decided to quit. Years later in college, she comes across a club building and soon finds herself intrigued by a transforming motorcycle-like robotic vehicle called a "Rideback". She soon finds that her unique ballet skills with balance and finesse make her a born natural on a Rideback. However, those same skills also get her into serious trouble with the government.


Musashino University Rideback Club[edit]

Rin Ogata (尾形 琳, Ogata Rin)
The protagonist of the series. Born in Japan on September 11, 2001. Her parents were Yuki and Munetatsu, and due to her mother being a talented dancer, was therefore expected to be their natural successor, having participated in dancing competitions from a young age. However, in 2017, she fractured her left foot while dancing and subsequently decided to stop dancing, later enrolling in the theater department of Musashino University, where she first comes across Fuego.
Haruki Hishida (菱田 春樹, Hishida Haruki)
Second year student in the English department and Rin's senior. An enthusiast of Ridebacks.
Tamayo Kataoka (片岡 珠代, Kataoka Tamayo)
Third year student in the French literature department and a senior to both to Rin and Haruki. The Rideback champion of Japan.
Shōko Uemura (上村 しょう子, Uemura Shōko)
Childhood friend of Rin's.
Suzuri Uchida (内田 すずり, Uchida Suzuri)
First year student in the sociology department. Being a huge fan of Rin, she is extremely enthusiastic.
Tenshirō Okakura (岡倉 天司郎, Okakura Tenshirō)
Head of the Rideback team. Possessing a strict character and a large nose.


This organization is called the GGF in the manga, and GGP in the anime.

  • GGF is an acronym for Global Government Force. (世界統治軍 Seikai Toushigun, lit. World Government Army)
  • GGP is an acronym for Global Government Plan. (世界統治構想 Seikai Toushi Kousou, lit. World Government Plan)
Romanov Kallenbach (ロマノフ・カレンバーク, Romanofu Karenbāku)
The corrupt commander of the GGP and the main antagonist of the series. He runs the government with a dictatorship approach. He is shot and killed by Misawo.
Misawo Yokoyama (横山みさを, Yokoyama Misawo)
Lecturer at Musashino University's department of literature and adviser to the Rideback team. In reality, however, she is a member of the GGF.
Takeshi Tanomura (田能村竹志, Tanomura Takeshi)
A member of the GGF and a faithful servant of Yokoyama's.
Munetatsu Itō (イトウムネタツ, Itō Munetatsu)
Father of Kenji and Rin.
Keiko Kobayashi (小林径子, Kobayashi Keiko)
A well-endowed student at Musashino University's department of literature.


BMA is an acronym for Borderless Military Alliance (国境なき軍事同盟).

Kiefer (キーファ, Kiifa)
A soldier of BMA, who rides a black Rideback. In his early years, he served in the same GGP unit as Okakura and Kallenbach before later defecting to the BMA.
Kenji Ogata (尾形堅司, Ogata Kenji)
Rin's younger brother.

Other characters[edit]

Megumi Yoda (依田恵, Yoda Megumi)
A freelance journalist.
Ryunosuke Kataoka (片岡龍之介, Kataoka Ryūnosuke)
An executive of the Metropolitan Police Department and Tamayo's older brother.

Anime television series[edit]

The anime adaptation of the series premiered in January 2009 on Chiba TV and was scheduled to contain 12 episodes.[2][5] A 160-second promotional video to the series was previewed at the 2008 Tokyo Anime Fair.[6]

The series made its North American television debut on July 26, 2011 on the Funimation Channel.[7]





  • Director: Atsushi Takahashi
  • Series composition and screenplay: Hideo Takayashiki, Ken Iizuka
  • Character design and chief animation director: Satoshi Tazaki
  • Art director: Kazuki Higashiji
  • Color coordination: Satoshi Hashimoto
  • VFX supervisor: Michiya Katō
  • CGI director: Tomohisa Shitara
  • Director of photography: Hiroshi Saitō
  • Editing: Takeshi Seyama
  • Music: Takafumi Wada
  • Sound director: Toshihiko Nakajima
  • Production producer: Satoki Toyoda
  • Animation production: Madhouse
  • Producers: Fuminori Hara, Kazuo Ohnuki, Yasuyuki Ueda
  • Executive producers: Jungo Maruta, Shigeki Takeuchi, Akihiro Kawamura
  • Production: Rideback Production Committee (Madhouse, Interchannel, Geneon Entertainment)


Theme songs[edit]

Opening theme
Lyrics: MELL, composition and arrangement: Kazuya Takase, performance: MELL
Ending theme
Lyrics: Younha and Amadori, composition and arrangement: Tablo, performance: Younha feat. GOKU



List of RideBack episodes[edit]


Episode no. Title Script Storyboards Episode director Animation director
1 Shinkō no Tetsuma 深紅の鉄馬
Deep Crimson Iron Horse
Hideo Takayashiki Atsushi Takahashi Atsushi Takahashi
Kanji Wakabayashi
Satoshi Tazaki
2 Tamayo Jōtō!? S.L.F. 珠代上等!? S.L.F 〜スプレッド·レッグス·フォーム
Challenge from Tamayo!? ~ Spread Legs Form
Tomomi Yoshino
Yoshifumi Sueda
Hiroaki Imaki
3 Soshite Furaggu wa Furareru そして旗(フラッグ)はふられる
And There's the Flag
Takeshi Mori Minoru Yamaoka Hideo Maru
4 Shōko, Kiki Ippatsu しょう子、危機一髪
A Close Call for Shoko
Kōjirō Tsuruoka Yoshifumi Sueda Kyōko Kotani
5 The Mysterious RideBack Girl
6 The Lightning-Fast Ride
7 Crime and Punishment 
罪とX (pun on batsu (罰) punishment, and batsu (X) giving a wrong answer)
8 Get Ride! the Chosen One
Get Ride! 選ばれた者
9 In the Sunny Garden
10 Master of the War 
(original title in roumaji)
11 Cloudy Followed by Occasional Rain...
12 To the Stage of Light


Broadcast networks[edit]

Broadcast scope Broadcast network Broadcast term Broadcast day and timings (in JST) Broadcast format
Chiba Prefecture Chiba TV January 11, 2009- Sundays 24:00-24:30 UHF
Saitama Prefecture TV Saitama Sundays 25:30-26:00
Kanagawa Prefecture tvk January 12, 2009- Mondays 25:15-25:45
Kyoto Prefecture KBS Kyoto Mondays 25:30-26:00
Hyōgo Prefecture Sun TV January 13, 2009- Tuesdays 24:00-24:30
Tokyo Metropolis Tokyo MX January 14, 2009- Wednesdays 25:30-26:00
Japan Nationwide AT-X January 27, 2009- Fridays 09:30/20:30
(Repeat broadcasts)
CS channel



External links[edit]