Riding Bean is a one episode OAV by the creator of Gunsmith Cats. Its lead charater is Bean Bandit, aka, 'The Roadbuster'. Bean operates as a contract driver; for good or for bad, if you have the money, he can do the job. This time though, he's been framed for kidnapping the daughter of a wealthy businessman. Good thing Bean is bulletproof.
Rally Vincent and Minnie May are twogirls with a lot of fire power. When they are not busy managing their gun store, they are working as bounty-hunter duo the Gunsmith Cats. Rally's incredible gunslinging skills and Minnie's obsession for big explosions make the GunSmith Cats a deadly force, and every task an adventure.
The blatant similarities between Riding Bean and Gunsmith Cats are going to be the fast cars, the similar animation style and actually almost identical action. If these elements attracted you to Riding Bean, you will like Gunsmith Cats.
Set in the same storyline, Bean Bandit was originally a noble villain of Gunsmith Cats, one of those typically japanese dark heroes who you have to respect even before they side themselves with the good guys (sorta of Dessler/Desslock in the Yamato/Starblazer saga).
Regrettably the animation went quite messy and while GSC ended at the third episode, we get Bean fighting with a Rally named partner (no, it's not the same Rally) a woman who very closely resembles GSC's archnemesis.
In short, watching both anime becomes a must if you don't feel satisfied with just one and want more of the same crazied runs and gunfights in the Chicago that Sonoda's dreamt about.
The animation, feel, and action are uncannily similar between Gunsmith Cats and Riding Bean. This is, upon further research, due to the fact that they share a creator.
If you enjoyed the action, characters and storytelling elementsi in one of these series, you should do yourself a favor and check out the sister series.
In the relative near future, fossil fuel cars have gone the way of the dinosaur -- electric cars rule the landscape. And when these electric cars go bad, it’s up to the Ex-Drivers to stop them! Join Lisa and Lorna as they encounter situations revolving around them putting their souped up cars’ pedals to the metal in a showdown of slick cars and hot drivers. Speed is the name of the game and the stakes rise quicker than an RPM gauge in overdrive!
Ahh, anime that involve and revolve around car chasing and action.
Both of these titles will have plenty of gears switching, throttles racing, speedometers spinning and brakes screeching as the main protagonists use their best talent... Driving at crazy speed.
The two titles are simple, and have good cel artwork great sound effects, and gets to the heart of the plot easy enough... The faster, the better!
Anyhow, if you saw one and liked the chases, try the other.
Motor revving, heart pumping, bullets flying, show stopping action pretty much defines these two series, with the main characters taking dangerous driving to the extreme.
If you enjoyed these elements in one of the series, I am sure you will enjoy is in the other.
The year is 2032. Tokyo has been destroyed by a great earthquake and a new city, MegaTokyo, has risen from the ashes. Humans now live side-by-side with androids known as Boomers who perform many of the menial and laborious tasks that humans despise, but these artificial servants come with a price: they have a tendency to go haywire and attack those they were built to serve. The A.D. Police force was created to try and stop this menace, but its weapons can do little more than annoy the Boomers. Hope lies with the Knight Sabers, four young women with high-tech, armored suits and enough firepower to stop an army - but will it be enough to stop MegaTokyo's greatest threat?
More Kenichi Sonoda's goodness and, while I'm fully aware none of these projects ended up with a decent anime (at least compared to what they deserved), I can't help recommend them to every fan who wants to watch enjoyable stories with this likeable charades that now seems so retrò...
Kinda nostalgic, I guess...
If you want an anime set in North America, with cars and action, with a semi-higher end OAV action, you could not fare much worse than either of these titles.
Riding bean is a bit more seedy, while Crisis is a bit more upbeat.
Ryo Saeba and Kaori Makumura are private detectives who make up the City Hunter team -- problem solvers who can be hired by writing 'xyz' in a certain train station. Ryo's uncanny accuracy with a gun is surpassed only by his lecherous tendencies, while Kaori provides the sideline support -- usually in the form of a 50,000 kg mallet to keep Ryo's ecchiness under control!
Vigilante contract driver <—> vigilante city sweeper. Hot female sidekick — check. Guns — check. Cars — check. Comedy with good action - check. Different modus operandi, but same classic action at heart. Why the hell wasn't this recommended earlier?