After hearing nothing but good reviews on the first episode, I knew I had to give this series a try as well. The result: yeah, I’ll have to say that it wasn’t outstanding, but well, it’s only the first episode – and it really was pretty good for a first ep. The concept to Ride Back is not exactly original, but it is not really cliché either, so even if it doesn’t turn out to be anything unique, I can at least hope that it will not end up to be anything generic.
Its first episode was set up pretty well: a girl who loves ballet and has devoted her life to it, only to realize that her dream was shattered due to the leg injury during one of her performance. Later in the episode, it seems that she found back that lost dream in the form of riding that bike hybrid.
Nothing much to comment on the storyline yet, except I hope the series doesn’t get too political or too much into the military aspect; it’ll kind of ruin things. The animation quality is great, liked the details for the background and the characters’ art style reminds me of Nodame Cantabile, which incidentally is one of my favourite series. The Music was pretty alright, good but not really memorable. This series looks positive, I’ll mostly be keeping this one on my watch list.
However, I have several concerns for this series. True, on a basic level, Rin is rather similar to the usual archetypical hero of mecha series: Protagonist discovers mecha, gets onto the mecha and discovers that he has talent in the operating that said mecha. The difference is that, while the mecha are usually deployed by the hero to be used in wars, for Ride Back however, we have Rin discovering that she simply loves the feeling of riding the mecha. Now this is the somewhat conflicting part. How will her role in the series be like in the series? On the most fundamental level, the point of mecha genre is to, well, have the mecha engage in battles and this series doesn’t seem like an exception, especially how we are introduced to the war torn settings in the narration.
Will Rin also end up on the battlefront? I hope not. Unlike the usual mecha protagonist, Rin was more of finding joy in riding the mecha rather than actually fighting.
Note: it’s not that I’m a peacemaker who dislikes war theme anime, but somehow I found it distasteful if she just ended up fighting in the front line just like that. Anyway, now I’m rather curious as to what she’ll end up doing with that mecha and how the military backdrop is going to affect her.
And oh, as a side note, I guess her having learned ballet must have helped her with the stunts. 🙂