The King of Sand Land is very ruthless and greedy - only he has a source of water, and makes money off of the commoners by selling bottles of it at an exorbitant price. One day, Sheriff Rao enters the home of the demon Beelzebub and requests his help to find a new water supply, and the son of Satan accepts. Along with the crafty and wise demon Thief, Rao and Beelzebub set forth into the desert on a grand expedition, discovering along the way that humans and demons might not be so different...
You can tell that effort and thought was put into drawing each panel, with how detailed and beautiful everything is and how the "camera" angle and distance switches up so it doesn't get dull. Akira Toriyama definitely has a recognizable style, which makes use of square-ish contour lines. It works especially well for machinery and rock formations, though it's not like I have any complaints about the character and monster designs, which are also great. Characters are not quite bobbleheaded, but are definitely stout. And they have very distinct browlines and mascara-ed eyes. The moral of the story is that humans are the real demons, what with their self-serving and needless wars. Though to be fair, in this world, the demons see not brushing their teeth as being "bad," so it's not exactly a high bar for humans to be worse than that...But regardless, the villains of the story--the king and Commander Zeu--are truly villainous and show the dangers of unchecked power. And it's satisfying to see their subordinates rise up against them for the sake of what's right.
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