Riding Bean

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Riding Bean
GenreAction, comedy
Original video animation
Directed byYasuo Hasegawa
Written byKenichi Sonoda
Music byDavid Garfield
StudioAIC, Artmic
ReleasedFebruary 22, 1989
Runtime48 minutes
Written byKenichi Sonoda
MagazineMonthly Comics Noisy
Original run19881989
Volumes4 chapters
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Riding Bean (ライディング・ビーン) is an anime original video animation following the exploits of courier-for-hire Bean Bandit and his partner, gunwoman Rally Vincent.

A manga was also published in the Japanese magazine Monthly Comic Noizy (月刊コミックノイズィ, Gekkan Komikku Noizui) that was left unfinished (due to the cancellation of the magazine) after its fourth chapter. The manga is included in the final volume of the Revised Edition of the Gunsmith Cats manga.


The anime follows one day in the life of Bean Bandit and Rally Vincent, as they find that they have been framed for the kidnapping of Chelsea Grimwood, the daughter of Mr. Grimwood, President of the Grimwood Company/Grimwood Conglomerate. However, it is Semmerling, by way of various disguises, tricks, and manipulations, who is the real kidnapper — and the real target is Mr. Grimwood himself.

While the police are in hot pursuit of Bean and Rally, along with Chelsea in tow, Semmerling and her helper Carrie plan to make a secret getaway with Mr. Grimwood as hostage.

Voice actors[edit]

  • Bean Bandit: Hideyuki Tanaka (Japanese), J. Patrick Lawlor (English)
  • Rally Vincent: Naoko Matsui (Japanese), Brennan MacKenzie (English)
  • Semmerling: Mami Koyama (Japanese), Barbara Lewis (English)
  • Percy: Kei Tomiyama (Japanese), David Kraus (English)
  • Dick: Nobuo Tobita (Japanese), Adam Guzman (English)
  • Chelsea: Chieko Honda (Japanese), Mary Boucher (English)
  • Carrie: Megumi Hayashibara (Japanese), Susan McQueen (English)
  • George Grimwood: Jun Hatsumi (Japanese), David Arnold (English)

Connection to Gunsmith Cats[edit]

Only one episode of Riding Bean was produced and the planned series was never made, due, it is said,[by whom?] to a falling out between writer Kenichi Sonoda and Toshiba EMI.

Sonoda then went on to create the manga comic series Gunsmith Cats. In this series Rally Vincent was the star, but she was now dark-haired (as opposed to blond in the anime), of Asian Indian descent and a bounty hunter. Bean Bandit was a regular character, again as a freelance mob driver. Sonoda stated that the character was a "guy I can identify with much more personally" as compared to the female heroines.[1] He and Rally were not partners, and in fact their relationship varied from ally to enemy depending on the circumstances. Rally's signature car in Gunsmith Cats was the 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 used by Percy in the anime.

Percy himself appeared in the series Gunsmith Cats Burst, depicted as being in obsessive pursuit of Bean Bandit, with his aim being not to arrest but to actually kill the rogue driver.

Goldie Musou, a character psychologically similar to Semmerling (albeit drawn as a taller woman with a more butch demeanor), also appeared in Gunsmith Cats as a powerful Mafia queen and Rally Vincent's nemesis.


Animeigo released the Riding Bean OVA on DVD on March 26, 2002 in a single disc release with Japanese and English language tracks and English subtitles. Bandai Visual released the OVA on Blu-ray on November 21, 2008 in Japan. The principal characters also made cameo appearances in the super-deformed ARTMIC special titled "Scramble Wars".

A CD soundtrack was released by Artmic records featuring BGMs (background music tracks) and vocal tracks from the OVA. Songs included "Runnin' the Road," "King of the Road," and "Road Buster" by Phil Perry and "Bad Girl" by Andrea Robinson.

Robert Woodhead, founder of AnimEigo, ran a Kickstarter campaign[2] that ended on April 5, 2016, and raised in excess of US$130,000 (the initial goal was US$30,000).

The limited-edition Blu-ray release will be a "High Octane Edition". They will use the same uncompressed HD transfer as the recent Japanese release, but using a BD50 instead of BD25 for a higher bitrate. It will contain both the original Japanese soundtrack and the English dub, plus English subtitles in multicolor, greyscale and SDH variants. The disc will not be region-coded.[3]


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