The official website of Akira Toriyama’s SAND LAND anime film announced on Nov 14, 2023, that it will be releasing as an anime series exclusively on Disney+ in Spring 2024.
The series, titled SAND LAND: THE SERIES, will split up the movie into episodic version, featuring unreleased cuts and footages from the original work that couldn’t be included in the movie. The series will then continue the movie’s plot based on the new story that author Akira Toriyama has devised for the series version.
A key visual for SAND LAND: THE SERIES was also revealed to commemorate the announcement.
The staff and cast from the anime film will return for the series.
SAND LAND anime film released in the Japanese theatres on Aug 18, 2023. The film is also showcased in IMAX, 4DX, and MX4D formats
Main voice cast includes:
- Mutsumi Tamura as Beelzebub
- Kazuhiro Yamaji as Rao
- Cho as Thief
- Satoshi Tsuruoka as General Are
- Nobuo Tobita as General Zeu
Toshihisa Yokoshima directed the anime, with Hayashi Mori in charge of screenplay.
Other staff members include:
- Direction Advisor: Hiroshi Kamishina
- Sound Director: Miwa Iwanami
- Music: Yugo Kanno
- Distributor: Toho
Sunrise, Kamikaze Douga and Anima animated Sand Land.
Sand Land is a short manga series written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama. It was serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump in 2000, with its 14 chapters collected into a single tankobon volume, which released the same year in November.
It was serialized in North America by Viz Media in their English Shonen Jump magazine in 2003. It’s volume was later released in December 2003.
The plot of the manga is described by MAL as follows:
In a future world known as Sand Land, the one river that supplied the entire world had suddenly stopped, and the only source of water is from the greedy king’s overpriced water bottles. Demons and humans live together in a world of drought, until Sheriff Rao confronts Beelzebub in need of a demon on a quest to find the Phantom Lake, a river on which birds called Water Finches supply themselves. Though reluctant at first, Beelzebub goes along (thanks to a good bribe) and brings an older demon, Thief, with him to find the lake for the good of all creatures, whether demon or human.
Source: Official Website