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: 7.071 (scored by 1019510,195 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #38222
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #4508
Members: 22,235
Favorites: 76


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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)


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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

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"Road Buster" by Phil Perry

Ending Theme

"Runnin' the Road" by Phil Perry


Mar 16, 2008
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 ...
Sep 8, 2012
Mixed Feelings
As a person outside of having to review the show, this show is pretty awesome for vintage anime and I truly injoyed it. As a reviewer… I have to nit pick. The problem with that is that the story is really very good and I believe it has the workings of becoming a whole series is the Manga-ka Kenichi Sonoda had not had a falling out with the studio. After the OVA was created, Kenichi created the manga and the manga ‘Gunsmith Cats’ where Rally Vincent was the star though her design was altered.

Anyway, going back to the story, it’s pretty awesome in how ...
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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