No amount of media formats is enough to satiate a fan’s desire to stay in touch with his favorite piece of art or so seems to be the case for Sand Land Manga. With the anime film release and video game announcement at our behest, the fans can’t get enough and this speaks volumes about how loved Akira Toriyama’s works are.
The return of Sand Land after two decades reignites hope for a potential anime adaptation besides the film and the video game. But is it practical to get an anime adaptation? If yes, what will the anime be like?
What is Akira Toriyama’s Sand Land?
If you’ve clicked on this article, you’re probably aware of Sand Land which is written and illustrated by the creator of the Dragon Ball series. The man has made a name for himself and defined the mainstream shounen anime and manga to come for decades in the future.
Sand Land is the story of the Demon Prince Beelzebub who along with his friend help the main supply of water return to the desert kingdom “Sand Land”. A dedicated fan base and the potential of the manga led to the announcement of a video game adaptation and an anime film adaptation by Bandai Namco Entertainment.
Will we get an anime adaptation of Sand Land?
The chances of Sand Land manga getting an anime are faint if not non-existent. The source material which is the manga is extremely short, with only over 14 chapters. These 14 chapters were compiled into a single volume and published in Shuiesha’s Shounen Jump. A movie sounds enough for a faithful adaptation of the manga. This doesn’t completely strike out the possibilities for an anime adaptation.
All the possibilities of the Sand Land anime
- An anime adaptation faithful to the manga will only be 5 episodes long at most. There isn’t enough content to be adapted. Even in 5 episodes, the pace will be considerably slower.
- An anime adaptation can be made with some filler content but that will only happen if the upcoming Sand Land film adaptation and game pull in enough profits, ensuring a promising future for another anime adaptation.
- In the case of filler content, it has to be done well. Sand Land is a simple story, it doesn’t leave much to be desired. Throwing in filler content will just sabotage the simplicity of the manga.
- Demon Slayer Mugen train can be taken as an example here to explore the possibilities. A similar path can be followed by Sand Land, the film adaptation followed by an anime with details more stretched out. In Mugen train’s case, the nature of the source material was comparatively more expandable which doesn’t seem to be the case for Sand Land.
- An episodic anime can also be made out with the original plot being the crux and Beelzebub defeating the evils of Sand Land in every episode, but that’s just straying off the track way too far. This possibility doesn’t align with the age factor when it comes to the fanbase of Sand Land.
Despite all these possibilities, only an official announcement can put an end to this wishful thinking. As per the official website, ‘the “SAND LAND” project has been disseminated to the world’ so maybe there’s more to this Project.
Sand Land has already offered fans enough with the video game and the anime film, and any future projects will vastly depend on the reception of these two forms of media. Akira Toriyama is a renowned name and Sand Land is also loved by fans, so maybe there are hopes but greed will get us nowhere. In the meantime, taking delight in what we have in store sounds like the best option.