Manga / Sand Land

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Sandland is a one-volume manga series published by Akira Toriyama in the weekly Shonen Jump in the year 2000.

Sand Land 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... Though the King's army is determined not to let him find it. Thankfully, the sheriff and his allies manage to steal themselves a tank to help them on their quest.

Tropes:

  • As You Know: In the first chapter, Thief kindly explains to the prince how the world came to be a complete utter dessert where there's no water anywhere, something Beelzebub already knew.
  • Badass Normal: Rao. Of course, he was one of the youngest generals in existence...
  • Big Bad: King of Sand Land Zeu.
  • Cyborg: General Zeu.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Demons in general. They may like mischief and cause trouble from time to time, but mostly keep to themselves and don't harm humans.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Commander Zeu was focused on killing Rao and Beelzebub that he didn't even see General Are shot him.
  • The Dragon/Dragon-in-Chief: Commander Zeu
  • Evil Is Dumb: The King; but he's just a figurehead, that's what he's supposed to be.
  • Evil Plan: Zeu. So hard.
  • Fake Static: General Are pulls this when Commander Zeu contacts him to question him. This led Zeu to realize Rao gotten to him.
  • Harmless Villain: The King, because he's not actually in charge.
  • Heel–Face Turn: General Are, although the potential was already there. More notably the Swimmers.
  • Here We Go Again!: The ending, where Rao once again asks Beelzebub for help on another adventure. Beelzebub is more than happy to accept. Not so much for Thief.
  • Hidden Elf Village: 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.
  • Information Wants to Be Free: The main characters' quest to find an oasis is opposed by the King's government, which controls the only other source of water.
  • Jerkass Façade: Belz and Thief aren't fooling anyone.
  • Man Behind the Man: Commander Zeu
  • Non-Action Guy: Thief. He'd rather stay home than go on Beezlebub's adventures. But he does help.
  • Older Than They Look: The demons, especially Beezlebub.
  • Our Demons Are Different: There are Japanese demons and demons from Abrahamic religions. Note that Holy Water does not work on the former. Presumably, demons from other religions and myths exist, with Lucifer ruling them all.
  • Pet the Dog: Belz noticed a human boy staring at him and the demons carrying water. Belz gives a chase to the boy.
  • Poke the Poodle: Belz claims demons are really evil, like how he stayed awake all night and then went to bed without brushing his teeth. When Rao says he killed people, Belz and Thief remained in shock.
  • Sand Worm: Sand Dragon actually, the Geji Dragon, a giant worm-like dragon that chases Beelzebub' group after they leave the Demon Village, and destroyed the supplies.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Demons are old enough to remember how the world used to look like before the drought. Beelzebub states he doesn't know his age but is possibly around 2500 years old, and Thief is a "little older than that". Rao can't help but consider himself a baby by comparison.
  • The Scapegoat: The human population blamed the demons for the drought that affected the world, despite said drought affecting them too.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Beezlebub's father looks like Dabura.
    • Also a 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 Dragon Quest 13.
    • Lucifer was seen reading Faust.
  • Tank Goodness: A short ways into the story the group steal one of the king's tanks and spend most of the rest of the story traveling in it.
  • Reused Character Design: Beezlebub's father looks like Dabura. It's not generally known if is the same character, but fans like to think so.
  • The Reveal: Rao is a supposedly dead military man whose squadron and family were wiped out in an explosion that they inadvertently caused.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: The King.
    • Or maybe Zeu, as the King is more puppet than anything.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Zeu is forced to do this in the end. Doesn't work.


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