Did you finish Dragon Ball and think, "Holy crap Akira Toriyama is freakin' manga God I need more, something better!" Then this is it. Personally I think Akira Toriyama isn nothing special but this manga proved me wrong.
The story is great for a quick one shot volume, despite the premise of "The goverment tooks our waterz we nao rebel!" Like I just said that's the plot. The big flaw that I found is the fact that it was rushed. The volume ends at 12 chapters, and I feel that one more chapter could have gotten me up to the last chapter. The final fight
doesn't take long and a taste of Dragon Ball fights could have been used.
The art is above average and the tank is well drawn, despite the cartoony look. The premise for Thief's design is pretty funny (A Santa Demon that steals?) I do have a complaint with the cover though. It's pretty ugly. The colors don't even look like colors and rather something my little sister could do on Photoshop.
The characters blend in well. The scene where Thief comments on a picture that is Rao's "good luck charm" made me think that the characters don't need -san or -kun added because it conveyed how close they are despite being human and devils. The General turns out to be not all that evil, but you'll find that out later. General Are's moves in the last few chapters made me happy and with a burst of energy. It made my heart warm and joyous.
I enjoyed this manga and I did run a mile after reading it. Overall it should be an 8, but this made up for 40+ volumes of Dragon Ball. This is a recommendation and it's only a volume long. How many shonen could you say that about.
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Sand Land is out now by Viz Media and is available at your local bookstore or anime/manga retailer.