The Bean Bandit’s ready to tear up the streets of Chicago!
Earlier today, AnimEigo announced that they will launch their Riding Bean Kickstarter on March 6, at 4:00PM Eastern. The company posted a preview in the latest public update of the Otaku no Video: Otaking Edition Kickstarter.
As of press time, a specific funding goal has yet to be announced.
Tentative reward tiers include:
- $5: Digital materials access
- $25: Blu-Ray with patch, plus Digital materials access
- $50: Blu-Ray with artbook in chipboard box, plus Digital materials access
- $75: Blu-Ray with artbook in chipboard box, keychain, on-disc Rally Vincent digital certificate, and Digital materials access
- $100: Buff the Roadbuster model, on-disc Bean Bandit digital certificate, plus all bonuses at $75 tier
- $200: Pre-load credits mention, plus all bonuses at $100 tier (Limited 50)
- $300: Receive check discs prior to release, plus all bonuses at $200 tier (Limited 5)
- $999: Riding Bean production cel, plus all bonuses at $200 tier (Limited 9, separated into separate tiers)
- $2,016: Custom character sketch by creator Kenichi Sonoda, plus all bonuses at $200 tier (Limited 3, separated into separate tiers)
- $3,000: Name on package, four additional Blu-Ray copies, plus all bonuses at $200 tier (Limited 1)
- $4,000: Receive the original illustrations used for the chipboard box, plus all bonuses at $200 tier (Limited 1)
This will be the third Kickstarter by AnimEigo. Previously, the company successfully funded production runs for limited-edition Blu-Ray sets of Bubblegum Crisis and Otaku no Video.
Riding Bean is a 1989 OVA, which is based on Kenichi Sonoda’s Riding Bean manga. Yasuo Hasegawa directed the feature at AIC and Artmic. Kenichi Sonoda provided character designs and wrote the story for the project.
The release was one of the first to be released by AnimEigo in North America, hitting subtitled VHS on January 15, 1991. The title shipped roughly nine months after the company’s début release, Metal Skin Panic MADOX-01.