The anime adaptation of Akira Toriyama’s SAND LAND manga had its world premiere screening at Comic-Con International San Diego this year, and it was revealed on Saturday that the movie will be released in North America in 2024.
The film’s distributor or the format in which it would be released (theatre, digital, home video, etc.) was not disclosed during the ceremony. 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. In Japan, IMAX, 4DX, and MX4D screenings of the movie will begin on August 18 and run concurrently with standard screenings.
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!
The film was made at Sunrise, Kamikaze Douga, and Anima by Toshihisa Yokoshima (“Tales of Crestoria: The Wake of Sin,” “Amanatsu,” “Cocolors,” and Dragon Quest game sequences), with Hiroshi Koujina (“Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis,” “The Vampire Dies in No Time,” and “Grenadier”) serving as the direction adviser.
The tweet below confirms the news:
The world premiere screening of the Sand Land anime film at San Diego Comic Con on Friday revealed that the film will come to North America next year. https://t.co/6oIvvudx0f
— Anime News Network (@Anime) July 22, 2023
The script was written by Hayashi Mori (Cells at Work! Code Black, Drifting Home). The sound was handled by Yoshikazu Iwanami, and the music was 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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