Riding Bean

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: ライディング・ビーン
German: Riding Been
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 22, 1989
Producers: Youmex
Licensors: AnimEigo
Studios: AIC, Artmic
Source: Manga
Genre: ActionAction
Themes: DetectiveDetective, RacingRacing
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 46 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.061 (scored by 1102411,024 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #39422
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #4592
Members: 23,700
Favorites: 81


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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.

(Source: ANN)

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

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"Road Buster" by Phil Perry

Ending Theme

"Runnin' the Road" by Phil Perry


Apr 3, 2023
Riding Bean is a fast paced OVA with a competent narrative and excellent animation. Only clocking in at 46 minutes, it is impressive how much was able to be crammed in. The OVA is mostly non stop action featuring car chases and shootouts but does spend some time to develop some character motivations. The animation is well done and does not feel dated. The music fits well within the setting and makes the overall experience more enjoyable. The only real detractor is that some of the characters are not as well fleshed out as the others but should be expected ...
Feb 4, 2022
Mixed Feelings
“Riding Bean” is, for the most part, an enjoyable watch. With a 46-minute runtime, it delivers an intriguing plot with a decent, yet open-ended conclusion, and doesn’t overstay its welcome or get stale. The character designs are nice to look at, the animation and voice acting are decent, and the all-English soundtrack is pleasant. It takes place in Chicago, which is kind of unusual for an anime, and that, paired with the music, gives this OVA a distinctly “American” feel that only a few other anime I’ve seen have managed to accomplish.

Similar plots have been done before, but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun to ...
May 22, 2015
What I initially thought would be an Ender’s Game porno turned out to be a ridiculous eighties action story with healthy doses of blood, cars, and pedophilia to appeal to every possible demographic. Riding Bean was the precursor to my last review, Gunsmith Cats, and even contains Rally Vincent as a secondary character. But unlike Gunsmith Cats, Riding Bean kind of sucks.

In what I assume is Chicago, Bean is a courier who, along with his partner Rally, get framed for kidnapping a young girl while the actual kidnappers take her father hostage and steal the ransom money. In a fit of testosterone laden action, Bean ...

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