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RideBack to the video store.
on 27 May 2012
£24.99 is much too much to pay for this anime. The show lacks character development, struggles to make the story interesting, and worst of all, it has no heart. Thankfully, not long ago it was only £7.99, and that was still too costly.
The characters are introduced one by one, but all, to the end of the show, shall remain bland and one dimensional to the point of being annoying and unlikeable. One character dies in quite sad circumstances, which in most shows would have been a powerful and symbolic moment. RideBack expects us to feel for this particular character and even shows flashbacks to previous episodes, but even though that person was arguably the most developed (a tiny, tiny bit), it had absolutely no emotional effect on me.
And you could say, "well it's under 15 episodes, it'd be hard to provide much development". But there are so many wasted episodes in the middle where the characters could have been taught valuable lessons or we could have seen more of their past, I'm not prepared to forgive the show.
Just like Wall-E, just like the Tachikomas, just like a Rozen Maiden doll, we should easily fall in love with the quirks of RideBacks, right? Nope. Not once are they portrayed as having a mind of their own, or capable of doing things without human interaction, which makes the whole 'RideBacks and their riders are equals' shtick fall flat on its face. They clearly aren't very intelligent robots, so stop telling me they are!
So if the characters aren't much use, and the RideBacks rely so heavily on these characters, we're left with the sensation of being isolated from the show's story. There is no involvement.
So yeah I can't really recommend RideBack, sadly. Ultimately, this anime would get a 2.5/5 from me (but Amazon doesn't allow half star ratings just yet), but I rounded up in the off chance that the odd person will enjoy the show (it is probably possible, it isn't hugely offensive). But as for me, it was pretty disappointing. £7.99 seemed like a bargain too!