A one-volume novel of AkiraToriyama that appeared in ''Shounen Jump'', ''Sandland'' is about a desert wasteland where humans and demons coexist, although not peacefully. While the demons do not kill, they enjoy making trouble for humans. They are reduced to stealing precious water from the king's supply... then a human sheriff comes and requests their help in finding the elusive Phantom Lake...
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Tropes:
* BadassNormal: Rao. [[spoiler: Of course, he ''was'' one of the youngest generals in existence...]]
* BigBad: [[strike:King of Sand Land]] ''Zeu''.
* {{Cyborg}}: General Zeu.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Demons in general. They may like mischief and cause trouble from time to time, but mostly keep to themselves and don't harm humans.
* TheDragon[=/=]DragonInChief: Commander Zeu
* EvilIsDumb: The King; but he's just a figurehead, that's what he's supposed to be.
* EvilPlan: Zeu. So hard.
* HarmlessVillain: The King, because he's not actually in charge.
* HeelFaceTurn: General Are, although the potential was already there. More notably the Swimmers.
* [[spoiler:HereWeGoAgain: The ending, where Rao once again asks Beezlebub for help on another adventure. Beezlebub is more than happy to accept. Not so much for Thief.]]
* HiddenElfVillage: [[spoiler: When the heroes finally find Phantom Lake, they find it inhabited by an endangered species. They opt to leave them be rather than let the creatures be wiped out.]]
* InformationWantsToBeFree: The main characters' quest to find an oasis is opposed by the King's government, which controls the only other source of water.
* JerkassFacade: Belz and Thief aren't fooling anyone.
* ManBehindTheMan: Commander Zeu
* NonActionGuy: Thief. He'd rather stay home than go on Beezlebub's adventures. But he does help.
* OlderThanTheyLook: The demons, especially Beezlebub.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: There are Japanese demons and demons from Christian/Catholic mythology. Note that Holy Water does ''not'' work on the former. Presumably demons from other religions and myths exist, with [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]] ruling them all.
* SandWorm: Sand ''Dragon'' actually, the Geji Dragon.
* ShoutOut: Beezlebub's father looks like Dabura.
** Also a [[DragonQuest Slime]] apparently fell asleep in the sun and died.
** Rao gets Beelzebub to join him by offering him a PlayStation 6 and a copy of ''DragonQuest 13''.
* TankGoodness: A short ways into the story the group steal one of the kings tanks and spend most of the rest of the story traveling in it.
* TheReveal: Rao is [[spoiler:a supposedly dead military man whose squadron and family were wiped out in an explosion that they inadvertently caused]].
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: The King.
** Or maybe Zeu, as the King is more puppet than anything.
* XanatosSpeedChess: Zeu is forced to do this in the end. Doesn't work.
* XMeetsY: [[MadMax The Road Warrior]] meets DragonBall.
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