Among aficionados of anime, Akira Toriyama—the celebrated author of the enduring “Dragon Ball” series—needs no introduction. Although many know his revolutionary work on “Dragon Ball,” fewer people may be aware of his other endeavors.
But with the upcoming release of “Sand Land,” a CGI movie based on one of Toriyama’s lesser-known novels, anime fans now have the chance to explore one of his lesser-known works. Here is all we know about the storyline, release date, and production information for “Sand Land.”
Akira Toriyama’s SAND LAND Trailer
So, the movie “Sand Land” will open in theatres on Friday, August 18, 2023, according to the official website. Following the April 3, 2023 publication of a trailer that revealed the voices of the actors, interest in the film increased. Although some viewers questioned the usage of CGI, some compared it to “Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero.”
Akira Toriyama’s SAND LAND Cast and Staff
So, in 2023 Studio Sunrise, Kamikaze Douga, and ANIMA will collaborate on the “Sand Land” CGI adaptation. A well-known brand in the business, TOHO, will distribute the film.
The film’s script is being written by Hayashi Mori, while Toshihisa Yokoshima will serve as the film’s director. The sound director will be Yoshikazu Iwanami, while the music director will be Yugo Kanno.
The cast members of the Sand Land movie as of June 5, 2023, are:
|Nobuo Tobita||General Zeu|
|Satosi Tsruoka||General Are|
|Tomakazu Sugito||Swimmer’s Papa|
Fans can anticipate seeing Akira Toriyama’s amazing work come to life, replete with alluring character designs and breathtaking visual effects, thanks to a committed team leading the production.
Akira Toriyama’s SAND LAND Plot
Akira Toriyama is the author and illustrator of the brief series “Sand Land”. From May 2000 until August 2000, Weekly Shonen Jump published it in serial form. The novel takes set on a future Earth when natural disasters and armed conflicts have exhausted all water supplies.
All that remains of the world is sand and the King’s water supply. Due to a lack of water, residents turn to robbery, which creates an environment of utter mayhem. Without any other option, Sheriff Rao turns to the devils of Sand Land for assistance in finding fresh water sources.
So, in exchange for helping the Sheriff, the demon prince Beelzebub and his companion Thief set out on an exhilarating journey.
Akira Toriyama’s SAND LAND Game
Although the company did not specify a release date, Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed during the Summer Game Fest stream on Thursday that it is creating an action role-playing game based on Akira Toriyama’s SAND LAND manga that will debut for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam.
The game is being made by ILCA. Bandai Namco Entertainment describes the game:
“Dive into a desert world where both humans and demons suffer from an extreme water shortage. Play as and watch the Fiend Prince, Beelzebub, Sheriff Rao, and Demon Thief set off on an adventure in search of a Legendary Spring hidden in the desert.
Introducing himself as a “super evil fiend”, Beelzebub has a pure heart like a little boy but has superhuman strength and telepathic abilities. Rao, a small-town sheriff, seeks the aid of demons to save all of Sand Land from the water shortage.
Thief, a wise old demon with thieving abilities also accompanies Beelzebub and Rao on their adventure. Playing as Beelzebub, players will be able to explore a vast world accompanied by his unlikely group of demons and humans.
Whether roaming in various vehicles or traveling by foot, players will encounter dangers as well as helpful characters they meet in the vast desert while uncovering SAND LAND’s many secrets.
Vehicular and character combat is a big part of the action in the game. Although players will have access to a variety of vehicles that they can customize and equip with load-outs to traverse the desert, overcome obstacles, and take on a diverse assortment of mighty foes.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Although, in Japanese theatres, the movie SAND LAND will make its debut on August 18. There is no word yet about a release in America. It’s important to remember that since December, the movie’s official English Twitter account has been dormant.
Source: Official Website