In May 2018, V-Jump announced a promotional anime for Dragon Ball Heroes, a Japanese arcade and trading card game that has never been released in the West. The anime is expected to be short and it is not expected to broadcast on TV. It will adapt the game's Prison Planet Arc, fully detailed in the Heroes manga published in Saikyou Jump, which has never been published in English. The first episode will debut July 1, 2018 at Aeon Lake Town.
All right, first off this shouldn't be getting the amount of grief that it has been. A single episode and everyone flips. You were all expecting this amazing battle between Xeno Goku vs Goku, um, no that's not how it was supposed to be. Look into it more and you'll see that their main battle doesn't happen yet.
Yes, this episode is 8 minutes long. People don't seem to realize what this is, it's a PROMO, it isn't supposed to be an official series or blow your socks off. That being said, it still doesn't deserve the negativity it's been getting.
The story setup was great, it
really setup a great foundation of how everything will be and what this series will be like. It had great suspense and really will pull this all together well. Art was clean and beautiful all the way through and the soundtrack was great. Character was a bit, eh, for me. As Goku (Super) and Goku (Xeno) acted too different. They honestly should be more the same if they are indeed the same person.
I did enjoy this and yes, I was a bit shocked and bummed out at how short it was. But you know, does that make it bad? Does that mean I'm going to rate it badly? No. It was still good and I'll give it an honest review. Roughly 9/10 for episode 1. I can't wait to see what's next.
If you are a die hard Dragon Ball fan like me, don't get your hopes up.
Where will I begin. Let's see all the characters from Z to GT are here even from the movies. Check. A big plus BUT the storyline is crap. Why bother made it into an anime??? Let's be honest here: It has both SS4 and SSB Goku and they fought. What?!?! It is only for 20 secs and all they did was a little fight like in a form of greeting, this is when the enjoyment died. And it was only 8 mins. long. PWEH!!!
The characters are awesome.
They have Cooler and SS4 Goku and it gave me a goosebumps. The villain, Fu is quite intimidating (if he gains spotlight) because he has this smart and dangerous aura. The art is kinda clumsy but it's good in its own way. Like I said, the enjoyment doesn't lit a light to me.
Probably the next episode be the last and that's OK because I don't want to see the franchise to get downhill since DB Super. So that's it. If you are gonna watch it, just bear it. You might enjoy it. If not, well we're on the same page.
A MUST SEE ANIME FOR THE FANS WHICH TURNED OUT TO BE A HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT. WASTED POTENTIAL.
If you're a fan of Dragon Ball, please refrain from watching this
As the whole purpose of this "anime's" existence is to promote the new Dragon Ball Heroes game, I came in expecting it to be mediocre at best, and ooooh boy was I disappointed.
So what made it so awful?
- The power scaling is abysmal. Somehow every single villain (if they even dserve to be called villains), just happens to be more powerful than Jiren. Also, after episode 5 you find out that SSJ4 Vegito is more powerful than SSJB Kaio-Ken Vegito, apparently.
- Vegeta's pride is completely tarnished; he never hesitates or complains when fusing
with Goku. They basically retconned his trademark feature.
There's so much more I could complain about, but I don't believe this abomination even deserves that time that would take.
To be fair, it is a promotional anime so I didn't really expect a story to begin with. Please don't waste your time watching this.
Is it bad to judge a show on one episode alone? No, because as a man once said,
"The 3 episode rule is bullshit and you can easily judge a show based on a single episode as it reflects what the showriters will be putting forward as it is more than likely their best foot as for the purpose of pulling people into an interesting premise."
And by man I meant me... or manchild... I guess
Either way, that sums up my problems with this promo-anime. The first episode was boring and looked dull. I don't like Yamamuro's character designs, and this show was very on-model with
them. The fighting choreography and animation lacked any passion or energy and felt like an action figure fight. The characters were inconsistent and weird, and nothing felt natural.
And about the fact that this is a promo anime. I get the argument that this doesn't need to be that complex, as it is just a promo for the game of the same name, but I see little merit in judging shows in a different way like that. I judge a show as a show. And as shows go, this was very underwhelming and fluffy. I won't be tuning in again unless I want to come see the Dumpster-fire burn one last time. I got what I expected.