Sand Land Anime Film to Bring the Desert to Life with Immersive Screenings

Sand Land Anime

The IMAX, 4DX, and MX4D screenings of the anime adaptation of Akira Toriyama’s SAND LAND manga will begin on August 18 in Japan, according to a Thursday announcement on the website for the project. In celebration of the news, the website published a brand-new video and visual for the movie.

On July 21 at the San Diego Convention Center, the movie will screen for the first time at Comic-Con International San Diego. The 26th Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, which runs from July 20 to August 9, will include the Canadian debut.

On August 18, TOHO will debut the movie in Japanese theaters. The movie will feature:

  • Mutsumi Tamura as Beelzebub
  • Kazuhiro Yamaji as Rao
  • Chō as Thief
  • Satoshi Tsuruoka as General Are
  • Nobuo Tobita as General Zau
  • Akio Ōtsuka as Satan
  • Chafurin as the King
  • Tomokazu Sugita as Swimmer’s Papa
  • Koji Yusa as Pike
  • Hiroyuki Yoshino as Shark
  • Masafumi Kobatake as Guppy

The manga is published in English by Viz, which provides the following plot summary:

In the far future, war has destroyed the entire Earth, leaving only a barren wasteland where the supply of water is controlled by the greedy king. In search of a long-lost lake, Sheriff Rao asked the king of the demons for help…and got the king’s son, Beelzebub, and his assistant, Thief. Together the unlikely trio sets off across the desert, facing dragons, bandits and the deadliest foe of all… the King’s army itself! It’s travel adventure and tank action in this new story from Akira Toriyama, the creator of Dragon Ball Z!

With Hiroshi Koujina (Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis, The Vampire Dies in No Time, Grenadier) serving as the direction advisor, the movie is being directed by Toshihisa Yokoshima (“Tales of Crestoria: The Wake of Sin,” “Amanatsu,” “Cocolors,” and Dragon Quest game sequences). The script was written by Hayashi Mori (Cells at Work! Code Black, Drifting Home). The sound is being directed by Yoshikazu Iwanami, and the music is being written by Ygo Kanno (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, Psycho-Pass, Ajin).

From May to August 2000, Toriyama serialized the brief manga series The Sand Land in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump publication. In November 2000, Shueisha released one volume of the manga collected into a book.

A PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PC via Steam, and an action role-playing game are also being developed based on the manga.

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