Disney has announced a new Japanese anime series called “Sand Land: The Series”, which will be released on Disney+ worldwide as a Star Original in the spring of 2024.
Earlier this summer, a “Sand Land” anime film was released in Japan, and that film is going to be split up, with new additional unseen footage to create this new series.
The series is set in a mysterious world where humans and demons coexist, it has been a lifetime since humans ruined the environment and fell into a state of constant war. A parched desert now covers the globe, and water is the most precious resource. The Royal Army, serving under the King, controls the only known source of water. Those transporting the vital fluid through the dry wastelands find themselves beset by demons (who get thirsty too, you know).
Among them is Beelzebub, the demon prince, son of Satan himself — and you know Beelzebub is a bad one because he doesn’t respect bedtime, and often doesn’t brush his teeth. When the stern, no-nonsense Sheriff Rao visits the demons’ village, and asks for their help in locating a fabled oasis (thus bypassing the tyrannical king’s control of all remaining water), it’s Beelzebub and the grizzled old demon Thief who join him on this desperate, dangerous quest. They’re not long out of town when their troubles really begin!
“Sand Land” was directed by Toshihisa Yokoshima and Hiroshi Kojina at animation production houses Sunrise, Kamikaze Douga, and ANIMA.
The series features the vocal talents of:
Mutsumi Tamura as Beelzebub
Kazuhiro Yamaji as Rao
Chō as Thief
Satoshi Tsuruoka as General Are
Nobuo Tobita as General Zau
“Sand Land” began life as a serialised Manga in the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine from May to August 2000. A video game is also currently being developed by Bandai Namco Entertainment.
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