Akira Toriyama Brings Sand Land to the Big Screen

It’s official: Sand Land, the lesser-known work by renowned creator Akira Toriyama, will be adapted into an anime film. Toriyama is the mastermind behind other well-known series, such as Dragon Ball and Dr. Slump. With Sand Land, he will share another captivating story with the world, showcasing his unyielding passion for drawing and storytelling.

The History of Sand Land

Sand Land is a niche work with a dedicated following that was serialized briefly in Weekly Shonen Jump from May to August 2000. Comprising 14 chapters, the story gained significant popularity in Japan upon its publication.

The Confirmation of a Film Adaptation

Rumors have been circulating for months about the possibility of an animated adaptation of Sand Land. A movie had also been mentioned, and now, exciting news has been confirmed: Sand Land will become a film, set to premiere in Japanese cinemas on August 18th this year.

The Teaser Trailer

The teaser trailer, released a few months back, presents our three heroes roaming the desert in their beloved tank, evading a creature resembling the infamous Dune worm. This connection wouldn’t be surprising, considering Toriyama’s affinity for science fiction stories of this nature.

The Release Date and Animation Team

The official Twitter account of Sand Land film confirmed that the movie would be released in Japan on Friday, August 18th. Fans outside Japan will have to wait a few months before the film hits theatres worldwide. The animation will be handled by a team separate from Toei, with notable contributors including Sunrise, Anima, and Kamikaze Douga.

Akira Toriyama’s Reaction

Furthermore, Akira Toriyama shared a message on the official website of the series:

“I have seen many clips with still unfinished parts. I never thought it would be turned into a movie after over 20 years and with this quality! At this point, it’s like a dream.”

The Plot of Sand Land

Sand Land is a captivating story set in a post-apocalyptic world where water is scarce and humanity struggles for survival. In this unforgiving environment, Demon Prince Beelzebub, his loyal demon friend Shif, and the seasoned Sheriff Rao join forces to challenge the corrupt regime controlling the last remaining water sources. Embarking on a thrilling adventure, the unlikely trio navigates treacherous terrain and faces various adversaries as they seek to restore hope and bring life-giving water to the parched land.


In summary, fans have received exciting news about the upcoming Sand Land film. The anticipation builds as audiences eagerly await to experience another animated masterpiece by Akira Toriyama, separate from his well-known Dragon Ball series.