Akira Toriyama is best known for his mega successful Dragon Ball franchise, but that’s not the only manga he’s worked on. He debuted with his first serialized manga in 1980 with Dr. Slump, which is also fairly well known. But it’s his short Sand Land manga that’s getting the attention now, as Bandai Namco is making some sort of project with it.
Bandai Namco has created a website for the SAND LAND Project and released this teaser trailer.
Sand Land was published in Weekly Shonen Jump between May and August of 2020, resulting in a one-volume manga. VIZ Media has published it in English, and gave this description for it:
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!
We’re supposed to learn more about Bandai Namco’s project next week. There’s a timer on the website that will end at 8:30 A.M. Japan time on December 17, so that’s probably when more info will come. 8:30 A.M. December 17 is also just a half an hour before the Jump Festa event starts, so it seems to be associated with that. And technically, fans in America can learn more on December 16, because December 17 at 8:30 A.M. in Japan is December 16 at 6:30 P.M. EST and 3:30 P.M. PST in America.
Are you interested in a project involving Sand Land?
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, plus its sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.