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Even amongst the nostalgia-fuelled, merchandise-driven state of affairs that many ascribe to modern Dragon Ball media as a whole, Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Universe Mission stands out for not even concealing its true nature. "Promo Anime" is in the upper right watermark of every episode. However, considering that some effort has gone in to these glorified advertisements to produce a semblance of a story, I think it deserves to be scrutinised as one.
Tying in to the wildly popular Japan-only arcade game that lends its name, Dragon Ball Heroes the anime goes balls-to-the-wall with big ideas but consistently half-asses the execution — it's a constant bombardment of gratuitous transformations and non-stop action. However, the transformations have little fanfare and the action is often repetitively choreographed. Throw a couple punches, shoot some energy blasts, end on a Kamehameha, done. I'm seeing these crazy dream scenarios and yet I'm bored. The show actively spits in the face of those who care about power-scaling on even a basic logical level: Cumber, the hot new Evil Saiyan, is so powerful that even Super Saiyan Blue Kaioken x1000000 Vegetto can barely scratch him, yet he gets beaten down by Golden Meta-Cooler (yes, really) in the next arc. The show makes absolutely no goddamn sense.
However, the anime unexpectedly improved quite a lot in the second storyline, the "Universal Conflict" arc. It introduces an intriguing set of new villains, amps up the stakes and has several very well animated episodes. As ridiculous as it is, Cumber vs. Meta-Cooler is a damn good fight, though the main attraction is Goku vs. Hearts which has gorgeous choreography for a relatively simple fight. Yamamuro's blocky, over-shaded character designs are present, but the art direction is overall appealing and consistent thanks to a monthly schedule.
On the plus side, there's a manga version, and it's surprisingly much better in telling a coherent story. Remember the Special Dragon Balls everyone was supposed to be collecting in the first arc that never appeared again? No? Well, the manga actually follows through with it and has obscure returning characters like Majin Ozotto play major roles. Characters who get outrageously jobbed in the anime like Trunks, (normal) Cooler, Jiren and Hit are given decent fanfare in the manga.
The current storyline seems to be more vapid than ever. It sets up a rematch between Goku and Beerus, but PSYCH, it's actually about Fu teaming up with more boring old non-canon movie villains nobody cares about, somehow fighting our god-powered protagonists with a new Tree of Might. Overall, Heroes is the store-bought oven pizza of Dragon Ball — it's something to eat when the takeaways are shut, but it certainly ain't great Italian dining.
When I first watched when it comes out I found to be all right and it's based off the game so I do like the idea of it. But after watching the all of the episodes (Apart from Big bang mission) Yeah I don't think it's good at all now it's not Dragon ball evolution bad but I think its the worst promo anime I had seen for three reasons.
1: The Villians in the arc are not great. Cumber who is all right in the first six episode but he stops being threatening when he gets beaten by Gold metal cooler. Heart is just a Zamasu reskin who killed the real Zamasu and does not take it seriously at all and not in a good way. The Crystal girl which I don't know the name does nothing and only there just to knock Grand priest Goku out when you just replace her with someone else and not much will change. The only good ones are the tuffle twins and that's about it.
2: False advertising to the extreme. You got the poster of the prison planet arc who trunks is at the front of the poster but he's not the main characters and opening of the Universal conflict arc shows Kefla who did not appear at all. Like seriously how did no review on youtube point that out
3: I don't care what happens if they win or lose. Like I don't care for the villains due to heart the main villain does not get along with his plan due to not taking him seriously and I don't care about the heroes like Goku or Vegeta or the others even. That not becurse I hate Goku and Vegeta far from it. It's just due to the Universal Conflict drags on for too long and there are no consequences even if you put the dragon balls in. This makes me wish for Zeno or the Grand Priest just to get down and to kill Heart and his gang plus Fu on the spot to end the Promo anime quickly.
So yeah I don't like this anime the only good thing is the animation being on model.
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