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Akira Toriyama’s SAND LAND Anime To Release In IMAX, 4DX, and MX4D Formats Across Japan

Akira Toriyama’s “SAND LAND” anime film is set to make a grand entry into Japanese theaters as the official website announced on July 13, 2023, that the film will be showcased in IMAX, 4DX, and MX4D formats, guaranteeing audiences an extraordinary and unparalleled viewing experience.

SAND LAND will be screened in 49 IMAX theatres, and 63 4DX theatres across the country on the day of its release on Aug 18, 2023.

The film will also expand its reach to 15 theatres featuring MX4D technology a week after its release, on Aug 25, 2023.

Moreover, a striking new poster visual has been unveiled for the IMAX version of “SAND LAND” to commemorate the announcement.

Sand Land Anime Film IMAX visual

SAND LAND anime film will release in the Japanese theatres on Aug 18, 2023.

Main voice cast includes:

  • Mutsumi Tamura as Beelzebub
  • Kazuhiro Yamaji as Rao
  • Cho as Thief
  • Satoshi Tsuruoka as General Are
  • Nobuo Tobita as General Zeu

It was also revealed that Toshihisa Yokoshima will be directing the anime, with Hayashi Mori in charge of screenplay.

Other staff members include:

  • Direction Advisor: Hiroshi Kamishina
  • Sound Director: Miwa Iwanami
  • Music: Yugo Kanno
  • Distributor: Toho

It was previously revealed that Sunrise, Kamikaze Douga and Anima are in charge of animating Sand Land. The staff claim that this project will adapt to express Sand Land in every possible way.

Sand Land is a short manga series written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama. It was serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump in 2000, with its 14 chapters collected into a single tankobon volume, which released the same year in November.

It was serialized in North America by Viz Media in their English Shonen Jump magazine in 2003. It’s volume was later released in December 2003.

The plot of the manga is described by MAL as follows:

In a future world known as Sand Land, the one river that supplied the entire world had suddenly stopped, and the only source of water is from the greedy king’s overpriced water bottles. Demons and humans live together in a world of drought, until Sheriff Rao confronts Beelzebub in need of a demon on a quest to find the Phantom Lake, a river on which birds called Water Finches supply themselves. Though reluctant at first, Beelzebub goes along (thanks to a good bribe) and brings an older demon, Thief, with him to find the lake for the good of all creatures, whether demon or human.

Source: Official Website