The SAND LAND anime film, based on Akira Toriyama’s manga, unveiled a captivating 90-second trailer on Friday. Along with the trailer, an exciting announcement awaited fans—the theme song “Utopia” by the promising artist, imase, was previewed, further heightening anticipation.
The artist imase gained immense popularity both within and beyond Japan following the online release of his captivating tracks such as “Night Dancer.” His remarkable talent caught the attention of fans worldwide, propelling him to new heights. His maiden venture into film soundtracks came with “Utopia,” an exceptional composition crafted exclusively for SAND LAND.
Interestingly, imase’s birth coincided with the inaugural shipment of the Sand Land manga volume precisely one week later, on November 2, 2000. In a playful jest, he humorously speculated that the lead character Beelzebub, being potentially 2,500 years old, could be his senior in age, despite his own tender age of 22. Moreover, owing to his lifelong fondness for Dragon Ball, imase considered the opportunity to contribute to another creation by Toriyama as nothing short of a dream come true.
In a distant future, an Earth ravaged by war lies desolate, its water supply controlled by a tyrannical king. Sheriff Rao seeks a fabled lake and seeks aid from the demon king, who sends his son Beelzebub and their accomplice, Thief. The unlikely trio embarks on a perilous journey across the desert, confronting dragons, outlaws, and their greatest adversary—the King’s formidable army! Akira Toriyama, the mastermind behind Dragon Ball Z, presents a captivating tale of adventure, blending travel and tank warfare seamlessly.
TOHO will open the film in theaters in Japan on August 18. The film will star:
- Hiroyuki Yoshino as Shark
- Kazuhiro Yamaji as Rao
- Satoshi Tsuruoka as General Are
- Mutsumi Tamura as Beelzebub
- Nobuo Tobita as General Zau
- Masafumi Kobatake as Guppy
- Chō as Thief
- Akio Ōtsuka as Satan
- Chafurin as the King
- Tomokazu Sugita as Swimmer’s Papa
- Koji Yusa as Pike
Toshihisa Yokoshima, known for his work on “Tales of Crestoria: The Wake of Sin,” “Amanatsu,” “Cocolors,” and Dragon Quest games’ sequences, has taken the director’s chair for an upcoming film produced by Sunrise, Kamikaze Douga, and Anima. Assisting him as the directorial advisor is Hiroshi Koujina, renowned for his contributions to projects such as “Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis,” “The Vampire Dies in No Time,” and “Grenadier.” Hayashi Mori, acclaimed for his screenplay work on “Cells at Work! Code Black” and “Drifting Home,” has penned the script. Overseeing the sound direction is Yoshikazu Iwanami, while the esteemed composer Yūgo Kanno, known for his remarkable compositions in “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders,” “Psycho-Pass,” and “Ajin,” is crafting the film’s musical score.
Sand Land, a brief manga series by Toriyama, graced the pages of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from May to August 2000. Subsequently, Shueisha released a single compiled volume of this manga in November 2000.
Furthermore, this manga serves as the inspiration behind an exhilarating action role-playing game developed for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam.
Source | Comic Natalie