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Jun 2, 2012 7:58 PM

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THIS IS AN ANIME ONLY DISCUSSION POST. DO NOT DISCUSS THE MANGA BEYOND THIS EPISODE.
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good dumb ott walnut-chompin' fun!

Only saw the English dub - pretty good, sounded like the Brits-doing-American dubbers like in Dominion (I like that dub). *edit: seen it in Japanese now, pretty great.

One thing I didn't understand though - the girl in the first scene was disguised as the kidnapped girl (to deliberately get caught on that camera) - didn't Bean recognise her when she got dropped off to his flat? I guess she had a cap on when he saw her. *edit: ah and prosthetic masks..!
I generally liked how open it was about the implausibility of some parts without being "ironic", and the fact the plot was surprisingly good!
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Jan 5, 2013 6:48 PM
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Yeah, I really liked this too, it was a lot of fun with a ton of awesome action and car chases (probably some of the best/coolest anime car chases I've seen), and Bean and Rally were a blast. Same here I've only seen the old English dub and quite enjoyed it.

This thing looks really nice on the blu-ray rip.

That great walnut chomp lol :D

Gunsmith Cats was also really cool, Rally leads the show too. I wish they'd made more of the anime for it. Thanks to this topic, I'm finally picking up all of the manga (Revised of the first part and Burst) so I can see/read the rest of it before the manga's even harder to find.
 
 
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Aug 24, 2013 9:22 AM

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Such a good movie with a very classic concept, the music, the songs couldn't be better suitable for this movie.
 
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Jul 3, 2014 12:43 PM

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This is like The Transporter before The Transporter was even filmed. This is the original Transporter and the American movie is just a rip off.

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Jul 25, 2014 5:38 PM

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Interesting that you mention The Transporter - I was thinking the same exact thing.
 
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May 13, 2015 6:07 PM

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Pretty crazy ending if you ask me, in general this was pretty solid to be honest! All in all it was a decent ova if you ask me.
 
 
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ZetaZaku said:
This is like The Transporter before The Transporter was even filmed. This is the original Transporter and the American movie is just a rip off.


My thoughts too. ^^

I would have loved to see more episodes of RidingBean. Im not talking about 50+ episodes, but one season, where his background story would have been presented, would have been enough for me. Well, times and tastes have changed too much by now and I dont think a trash 80s flick would work today, but maybe Im wrong and there still is actually a big audience for that kind of stuff.
 
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Feb 10, 2016 3:43 PM

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Pretty interesting characters, it would be nice if there were more episodes. 4/5
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Mar 2, 2016 4:07 PM

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that old intro english music , some kinda good gun shooting , the art is ok

 
Apr 8, 2016 6:03 PM

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Honestly liked this more than I expected to.

I expect to watch Gunsmith Cats very soon as I quite liked the premise.
 
Jun 10, 2016 3:09 AM

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Very nice. Not usually into this kind of thing, but those chase scenes were extremely entertaining.
 
Sep 8, 2016 11:06 AM

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Pretty good US 80s action flick. Not on par with Gunsmith Cats but already very effective.
The soundtrack was great but the drawings quality wasn't as crisp as expected from an OVA.

Enjoyment: 4.5+/5
Score: 6/10 Better than the few manga chapters made by Sonada during the video's production.


@Farabeuf The creator did a one-shot of this concept. And since the project wa dropped, he made his manga Gunsmith Cats who features Bean quite often.


August 27, 2017
@satyrelfheim Bean is the invincible man, yes. In Gunsmith Cats (manga), you just know that whatever happens on the panels, the guy will come out of it unscathed next page. XD

March 26, 2020
@tabernac Why? Any problem?

November 4, 2020
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What the hell is Bean made of, is he a terminator?

Based on this OAV and his appearances in both Gun Smith Cats comics series, I can say your hypothesis seems pretty close to the truth. (Some people even complain that this trait of him makes every chapter using him unfun since the outcome is "fixed". I find them fun nonetheless, but I love the character.)


April 10, 2021
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Bean looks like Woodchuck from Lodoss, they even both have an X-shaped scar, similar skin color/facial structure, and a headband, plus they both wield knives.
@Rei_III Do you know if there's any influence going on here?

I noticed the similarity (if you mean the head/skull shape) but simply discarded it as some sort of characteristic design used for a certain type of characters. If you're curious, why don't you ask Sonoda himself?
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Jul 28, 2017 4:09 PM
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Good action scenes but didn't really love it. I prefer a little more swords or robots in my hyper-masculine anime crap.
 
Aug 23, 2017 12:46 PM
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I'm happy I backed the kickstarter for this. A funny, action packed, beautifully animated OVA that oozes 80's. Had a blast watching this. A shame it didn't get more episodes.


ZetaZaku said:
This is like The Transporter before The Transporter was even filmed. This is the original Transporter and the American movie is just a rip off.


You're so right!
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This was awesome man
 
 
Aug 23, 2018 7:13 PM

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Wow, that was weird, pretty awesome but weird. Bean has an armored headband and jacket (to an extreme extent) and eats walnuts in the shell and pineapples, skin and all. This was pre-irony macho action stuff, though, so, even though it was so ridiculous, it works better. Like, the English dub clearly knew this was outrageous, but it worked. The soundtrack was awesome too. This was a true B-movie anime, a true trash OVA.
 
May 14, 2019 1:19 PM

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real human bean

and a real hero
 
Aug 8, 2019 8:35 PM

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Loved it, I'll probably watch it again sometime since it's easy to miss details in such an action packed anime.
 
Aug 19, 2019 10:12 PM

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neat ova as a action flick but some of the over-the-top scenes kind of makes me scratch my head which really could had executed in different scenario especially mostly I find them very mean-spirited and some of the psychics were too absurd.

Also haven't watched the eng dub, but I felt the jap va were very mixed bag to me like or put the wrong actor choice.
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Mar 25, 2020 5:16 PM

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How much coke were the writers snorting when they wrote this flick!?
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Nov 4, 2020 5:27 PM

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Oooh Blonde Rally




Best watched in dub for the immersion of this being set in America.
 
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Wow, this OVA made my day. Awesome chases, lovely designs and totally banger music which fits just right. The concept of bulletproof masks/suits is simple but awesome and can be used in interesting ways. Definitely a nice "promo" for Gunsmith Cats.

Bean looks like Woodchuck from Lodoss, they even both have an X-shaped scar, similar skin color/facial structure, and a headband, plus they both wield knives.
@Rei_III Do you know if there's any influence going on here?

Throughout the OVA, I think there were 3 cities namedropped or written on the background objects? Chicago, NY (in the police department) and Ontario (the name of the warehouse).

I am bamboozled by Semmer's profile picture on MAL (isn't it Bianca from the manga depicted in some artwork?). She surprised me as a character though (as well as her partner - didn't expect an abusive lesbian relationship but here we go). The final showdown showed Semmer to be a lot less "badass" in the face of mortal danger.
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It was really cool & the action was great. Also, Bean's car is pretty sweet.
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