Riding Bean

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: ライディング・ビーン


Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 22, 1989
Producers: Youmex
Licensors: AnimEigo
Studios: AIC, Artmic
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, CarsCars, PolicePolice, SeinenSeinen
Duration: 46 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.071 (scored by 77847,784 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #34272
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #4204
Members: 16,803
Favorites: 62

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Bean Bandit and his partner Rally Vincent are couriers for hire - transporting clients and delivering goods in his custom sports car "Roadbuster" for a hefty price. But when they are hired to escort a kidnapped girl named Chelsea to her home, they don't realize they're being framed for kidnapping as their former clients Semmerling and Carrie plan their escape with Chelsea's father and the ransom money.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Hasegawa, Yasuo
Director, Storyboard
Watanabe, Jun
Sound Director
Matsuura, Noriyoshi
Sound Director
Sonoda, Kenichi
Storyboard, Original Creator, Screenplay, Character Design


Opening Theme

"Road Buster" by Phil Perry

Ending Theme

"Runnin' the Road" by Phil Perry

Mar 16, 2008
Archaeon (All reviews)
Riding Bean is one of Kenichi Sonoda's early works, and though it was originally planned as a series, only one episode was ever released.

The anime follows the exploits of the legendary courier "Bean Bandit" (a truly unfortunate moniker), and his partner Irene Vincent. They are framed for the kidnapping of a wealthy heiress, and are subsequently hunted by the police and various other parties.

The art and animation of Riding Bean is quite typical of it's time, and bears a resemblance in places to the style of Lupin and Giant Robo. Riding Bean does however have something that sets it aside - the chases. Very few read more
Nov 30, 2015
herbeey (All reviews)
I love trashy 80s anime about hyper masculine crap such as cars. It's silly trashy fun. The dub in this is beautifully bad purely because the main character who has a very enjoyably tricked out car has zero charisma. The dubbing of Percy, his arch rival, is a riot though. Percy is the over the top police detective obsessed with catching our hero, The Road Buster!!! The Road Buster (aka - Bean Bandit) does criminal underworld driving jobs and trashes many police cars every time. This anime has a strong sense of fun to it. Percy is especially fun, but take time to enjoy the read more
Aug 13, 2011
kekekeKaj (All reviews)
Ever imagined an anime version of "The Fast and the Furious"? Well, me neither. But if there was one, it'd probably be something similar to "Riding Bean" (okay, I concede "Initial D" might be a more obvious choice, but I haven't seen that yet).

"Riding Bean" is about cars. Cars, gangsters, and more cars, to be exact. All the action centralises around fast and furious car chases down the highway, or the main character (nicknamed "Bean Bandit") doing some incredible things with his incredible sports car (named "Roadbuster" - you just know it's a badass car because it has a name) to get him out of read more
Nov 8, 2015
literaturenerd (All reviews)

While many anime fans in the 1990s were familiar with Gunsmith Cats, very few have ever seen its prequel "Riding Bean". This 1989 OVA was written before Kenichi Sonada began the Gunsmith Cats manga and was intended to be its own series. However, it wasn't well received and it only got 1 episode. Why is it worth your time to watch it? The answer is simple. In addition to being hilariously stupid, it has one of the WORST English dubs in the history of anime!

Plot and characters:

The basic plot is that there is a legendary driver that will do any job for a price. Basically read more

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