As has now been officially announced, the manga “SAND LAND” by Akira Toriyama will receive another anime adaptation next year.
This latest project is an anime series that will be available worldwide exclusively on Disney+. The series will feature unreleased clips from the “SAND LAND” anime movie, famous scenes from the original manga, and a new story developed by Toriyama that ties in with the film. For the new episodes, all production staff and cast members will return. “SAND LAND: THE SERIES” is scheduled for release in spring 2024.
Film has already been released in Japan
The anime film based on the franchise was created in collaboration between studios Sunrise, Kamikaze Douga and ANIMA. Toshihisa Yokoshima (Amanatsu, among others) directed the project. Hiroshi Koujina (The Vampire Dies in No Time, among others) acted as his advisor. The scripts were written by Hayashi Mori (e.g. Cells at Work!; Drifting Home), while Yugo Kanno (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, among others) composed the music. The Japanese theatrical premiere took place on August 18, 2023.
The original manga was first published in May 2000 in the “Weekly Shonen Jump” magazine. As early as August of the same year, the story was completed and compiled into a single volume.
SAND LAND Anime Visual
Manga also gets video game adaptation
As part of this year’s “Summer Game Fest”, it was confirmed that the story will also inspire a video game.
In “SAND LAND”, it takes players to a desert world where humans and demons suffer from extreme water shortages. Now it’s up to Beelzebub, Sheriff Rao and the demon Sheef to search for a legendary spring that is said to be hidden somewhere in the desert. For this purpose, you have various vehicles at your disposal, which you can freely modify and combine.
Behind the game are the developers ILCA, who were most recently responsible for “One Piece Odyssey” or “Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Pokémon Shining Pearl”. “SAND LAND” is scheduled for release on PS4, PS5, Xbox Series and PC. However, a release date has yet to be announced.