Friendship! Effort! Victory Episode 06 – Sand Land

Deserts. Demons. Akira Toriyama.

art by Akira Toriyama, 2000

art by Akira Toriyama, 2000


What is Friendship! Effort! Victory!? – It’s a podcast about the manga and inner workings of Weekly Shonen Jump, with an eye towards accessibility and soothing camp tones.

What is this episode about? – It’s about Akira Toriyama’s Sand Land, a 14 chapter-long series that ran in Weekly Shonen Jump in 2000. It tells a tale of a post-apocalyptic land, where a greedy king holds a monopoly on the remaining water left in the kingdom, and joins the Sheriff Rao as he searches for a new source of water, along with the prince of demons, Beelzebub, and the diminutive elderly demon known only as Thief. Along the way they face bandits, monsters and the king’s army. Will they prevail? Or will something else happen, I guess?

Where are the show notes? – Oh these little ol’ things? Just down here, sweety-pie.

-Want to learn more about Sand Land? Then the Dragon Ball Wikia is your friend for some reason!
-You can learn more about Weekly Shonen Jump over at the wiki page for it, which is almost slightly reliable.
-You can buy Sand Land anywhere good books are sold, at least in theory, but why not go to Amazon just to be safe? (UK) (US) (CA)
Friendship! Effort! Victory!’s on iTunes, where subscriptions and reviews are always most welcome.
-You can find me on Twitter @Maxy_Barnard where I usually just swear and be wrong about stuff
-You can also find me on Tumblr over at The Despondent, where there’s a Schedule of upcoming episodes & an irregular supply of things relevant to my interests
-You can also e-mail me at maxy dot barnard at gmail dot com with feedback or heartfelt hate
-As always the music used in this episode is from Jump Ultimate Stars. The intro is [INTO PLANET] and the outro, appropriately is ‘Loser’

What are pictorial aids? – Things that give an idea what I’m talking about. Like this stuff:
The other cover Sand Land had, showing both the Tank and Beelzebub in all their gloryAn opening colour page for Sand Land, showing off Beelzebub againThe Tank, being manned by Rao, Beelzebub and Thief

Remember: Come back wednesday for the ‘2012 in brief’ special episode!


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