The movie adaptation of the SAND LAND manga by Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama will hit Japanese theaters on August 18. Ahead of this, an amusing trailer has dropped. In it, the character Beelzebub is trying to play a video game but others attempt to warn him the trailer has begun. That gets Beelzebub talking about publicity and bragging about his level of evil.
Looking toward the cast, Mutsumi Tamura plays Beelzebub, Kazuhiro Yamaji plays Rao, Chō plays Thief, Satoshi Tsuruoka plays General Are, and Nobuo Tobita plays General Zau.
The movie is being made at Sunrise, Kamikaze Douga, and Anima, with Toshihisa Yokoshima of “Amanatsu” helming the project as the director. The screenplay comes to us courtesy of Hayashi Mori, whose background includes Cells at Work! Code Black. The music is being composed by Yūgo Kanno, known for working on JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders. Credit for the task of direction advisor goes to Hiroshi Koujina, who has worked on Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis and The Vampire Dies in No Time.
The short SAND LAND manga is published in a single volume, and VIZ Media releases the English translation in America. VIZ gave the story this description:
“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 original manga came out in 2000.
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