Super Dragon Ball Heroes
Super Dragon Ball Heroes (Japanese: スーパードラゴンボールヒーローズ, Hepburn: Sūpā Doragon Bōru Hīrōzu) is a Japanese original net animation and promotional anime series for the card and video games of the same name. Similar to Dragon Ball GT, it is a manga-inspired installment of the Dragon Ball media franchise, created by Toei Animation instead of franchise creator Akira Toriyama.
The promotional anime was met with mixed reactions from Dragon Ball's fan base. Some criticised the promotional anime's confusing and monotonous storyline, Dragon Ball-unlike environment and "power scaling" that appears to be largely inconsistent throughout episodes and with the overall franchise. Others, however, acclaimed its animation and combat-only concept.
Prison Planet Arc
Following the Tournament of Power, Goku, Vegeta and Future Mai are informed by a mysterious figure named Fu that Future Trunks is being held captive on a world called the Prison Planet, which is under control of Frieza's long-lost brother Cooler. While there, they are confronted by the evil ancient Saiyan, Kanba. After defeating Kanba and freeing Future Trunks, the events on the Prison Planet were revealed to be conducted by Hearts. Hearts, who has recruited a cyborg version of Zamasu from another timeline, reveals his plan to kill Lord Zeno and his future counterpart just before destroying the Prison Planet.
Universal Conflict Arc
The surviving heroes safely make it back to Beerus' world while Goku is rescued by the Grand Priest, who decides to train him so that he can maintain Ultra Instinct "Omen". Hearts plans a "universal seed" on Universe 11 to drain its energy as he sends enemies across Universe 6 and 3. Vegeta, Trunks and the fighters of Universe 6 face against Tuffle siblings Oren and Kamin, who eventually fuse into "Kamioren" while Cooler, now transformed into "Metal Cooler", fights against Kanba in Universe 3. The fight on Universe 6 is eventually taken to Universe 11. Goku arrives in Universe 11, having now mastered Ultra Instinct "Omen". Vegeta manages to defeat Kamioren with his evolved Super Saiyan Blue. Realizing he can't defeat Hearts with Ultra Instinct "Omen", Goku convinces Vegeta to fuse with him into "Gogeta". Gogeta, powered up to Super Saiyan Blue, delivers a final blast aimed towards the seed, now infused in Heart's chest, killing him. With his final words, Hearts explains that his true intentions were only to free all mortals from the Omni-King before congratulating Gogeta and the other fighters in defeating him. Elsewhere, a satisfied Fu declares that his next experiment is ready to begin.
Universe Creation Arc
In Universe 7, Beerus warns the Z-Fighters of a bird that will destroy the multiverse. Fu arrives with "Dogi-Dogi" - the prophesied "Bird of Catastrophe" - and explains his plan to create an entirely new universe using the "Universe Trees" he planted across the multiverse that were created from Heart's experimental universe seed and then flees back with Dogi-Dogi. The tree in Universe 7 begins weakening its inhabitants, including Krillin and Piccolo. Beerus raises a shield around the Tree to drain its energy instead, despite not being able to do it for long. Fu recruits revived villains such as Turles, Bojack, Super Android 17 and Dr. Wheelo from alternate timelines. Turles and Bojack attack Goku and Vegeta in the main timeline, while Dr. Wheelo collects Xeno Goku and Xeno Vegeta's energy, reviving the ancient demon Janemba as "Janemba Black".
In Hell, Xeno Goku and Xeno Vegeta, while in Super Saiyan 4, are launched backwards after being caught up in a large explosion. Janemba Black emerges and fires a powerful blast from his mouth that the Saiyan pair are forced to block. Janemba Black charges in for a close-quarters confrontation and easily fends off the two attacking Saiyans.
Standing nearby, Dr. Wheelo watches the ongoing battle, claiming that the Saiyans will not be able to defeat Janemba Black due to him being given all of Xeno Goku and Xeno Vegeta's abilities. With a twin blast, Janemba Black sends the two flying back into the cliffside and laughs in triumph. As Janemba Black attempts to charge in again, a rift unexpectedly opens above and Goku, Vegeta, Xeno Trunks and Xeno Pan fall through where they land with a heavy thud. Dr. Wheelo notices the sudden arrival and theorizes that the group has ended up here due to being caught up in a time distortion.
While everyone is busy being confused on why each set of heroes is in the present area, Janemba Black attacks the group. Goku and Vegeta head into battle as Super Saiyan Blues. under the impression that Janemba Black is another one of Fu's companions. The two fair no better than their Time Patrol counterparts and the other four Saiyans join in, with Xeno Trunks transforming into a Super Saiyan 3, and surround Janemba Black from all sides. They fire a blast in unison, but Janemba Black emerges unscathed. Goku and his counterpart attack together and finally land a hit on him, though it deals no noticeable damage.
Suddenly, Janemba Black's legs are encased in ice, just as Putine and Salsa emerge through another rift. Salsa uses his Tricky Storm technique, sending out a surge of violent waves that hurtle Janemba Black backwards while Dr. Wheelo looks on in horror.
Following the unexpected arrival of Salsa and Putine, the Z-Fighters and Time Patrol members join their side. Not knowing who the pair are, Goku asks about them and Xeno Trunks tells him that they were members of the Demon Realm that they defeated a long time ago. When Goku asks if they are bad guys, Putine instead asks if he wants to know how to destroy the Universe Tree, much to the shock of the others. Using her staff, Putine shows a projection of the current worsening situation on Earth as the tree continues to grow.
Janemba Black returns to the battlefield to continue where he left off. Xeno Trunks transforms into a Super Saiyan God, which comes to a surprise to both Goku and Vegeta. Janemba Black begins to unleash an array of energy blasts at everyone, before appearing behind Vegeta to knee him hard in the stomach. He then proceeds to use his Dimensional Hole technique to strike at the others, as well as avoid getting struck by one of Xeno Goku's energy blasts.
Salsa tells Xeno Goku to do the thing that he did once before when he fought the Shadow Dragons. Xeno Goku asks everyone to give their energy to him. Though Vegeta is reluctant, Xeno Trunks convinces him to do so. While Salsa and Putine buy them some time, Goku, Vegeta, Xeno Trunks and Xeno Pan share their energy with Xeno Goku and Xeno Vegeta, which grants them access to the Super Full Power Saiyan 4 Limit Breaker form.
With their newfound might, they quickly gain the upper hand over Janemba Black. Xeno Goku suggests to Xeno Vegeta a particular technique that they should use and the two charge up their energy in order to perform the Limit Breaker Double Ultimate Dragon Fist, which completely obliterates Janemba Black. As Dr. Wheelo makes a hasty retreat, a few words are shared before Putine teleports everyone away to the location of the Universe Tree. Meanwhile, in another part of Hell, the deceased Hearts sits locked in a cell with an evil smirk on his face.
Thanks to Putine's magic, the Z-Fighters and Time Patrol arrive at the location of the Universe Tree. As they stare in awe at the sheer size of it, Vegeta decides to single-handedly destroy the tree on his own, though Putine and Salsa chide him for even trying, saying that he is just wasting his energy. Vegeta powers up a huge ball of energy and hurls it at the tree, though the attack is for naught as the tree absorbs the energy for itself.
Fu appears and welcomes everyone to what he designates as the "Time Rift", a place that not even the Gods can enter. He suggests that they wait to see the birth of a new universe and thanks Vegeta for the extra added energy he supplied to the tree. Suddenly, Xeno Goku, Xeno Vegeta, Xeno Trunks and Xeno Pan are forcibly teleported away by Towa. After she claims that all of this is for Fu, which confuses him, she leaves almost immediately along with Salsa and Putine, leaving only Goku, Vegeta and Fu left at the Time Rift.
Vegeta transforms into a Super Saiyan Blue and charges at Fu, though he is able to easily halt his momentum and unleashes some evil energy over Vegeta, which he recognises as being from Kanba. Fu says that he is interested in the power that he wields, as Kanba is shown elsewhere unconscious in a tank with his energy being filtered through long tubes. Goku too transforms into a Super Saiyan Blue and heads in to aid Vegeta, but is too late as he is taken over and becomes a Corrupted Super Saiyan Blue. Fu then repeats the process with Goku and the two corrupted Saiyans flail wildly at Fu, who easily fends them off before purifying them of the evil energy.
Fu turns and looks at the tree, saying that "it" will soon happen and they should watch as one universe is destroyed and another birthed at the same time. With time running short, Goku removes a Potara earring from his pocket that he retrieved from Salsa and tosses it to Vegeta, suggesting that they fuse into "Vegetto". As the two fuse, Fu comments that he had already seen it once before and attempts to fire a blast of Kanba's evil energy at him. However, it fails to take Vegetto over, due to him creating a Ki barrier around himself. Vegetto transforms into a Super Saiyan Blue and prepares to battle Fu.
Meanwhile, Towa watches over the captured Xeno Goku, Xeno Vegeta, Xeno Trunks and Xeno Pan, all bound and helpless thanks to Kanba's evil energy. Unable to do anything but watch the battles taking place in the Crack of Time on a large monitor, Towa informs the Time Patrollers that she is the one responsible for creating Fu, using data from many powerful fighters over time to create him. She tells of her intention to make Fu the next Dark King, succeeding the late Mechikabura, and the one who shall rule over the Demon Realm.
Towa removes from her pocket a black orb which begins to draw a dark energy from the bodies of the Time Patrollers. She explains that it is the life energy needed to transform one into the Dark King. Previously, it belonged to Mechikabura but, upon his defeat at the hands of Xeno Trunks, the dark energy was released and went inside the beings closest to him at the time, the Time Patrollers, though they were unaware of this having happened. Finally, she tells them that she plans to give this dark energy to Fu.
Refusing to allow that to happen, Xeno Goku forces himself free from his bindings, but is attacked immediately by the newly-arrived Mira. Sarcastically telling Xeno Goku that he has forgotten something, he brings along a beaten and unconscious Xeno Gohan and Xeno Goten with him. Towa draws the black orb back to her and, stating that she has already received the dark energy from those two as well, says that she no longer has any use for the Time Patrollers and she and Mira take their leave as the Time Patrollers are drawn away to another location through space and time.
In the Crack of Time, Vegetto continues his battle with Fu, establishing an advantage. Despite his lack of enjoyment for fighting, Fu transforms into his "Super Fu" state in an attempt to close the gap between them. The two continue and, although Fu appears to lands a powerful attack, Vegetto emerges unscathed and strikes back with a Kamehameha that severely injures Fu. Spitting out blood, Fu notes that Vegetto has grown in strength since his time in the Demon Realm.
Suddenly, the Universe Tree begins to glow as an elated Fu is ready to witness the birth of a new universe. However just as quickly, the light fades away as the tree begins to rot. Confused as to what is going on, Fu pulls up a series of monitors that display the tree's roots fading away from the planets that they were inhabiting. Elsewhere, Beerus and Champa, along with their attendants Whis and Vados, reside on the outskirts of Earth. Having gathered the Super Dragon Balls together, they are shown to have been the ones responsible for having summoned Super Shenron in order to have him destroy the Universe Tree.
Fu realises that the Gods of Destruction are responsible for the Universe Tree being destroyed and flies into a rage. Towa and Mira appear, with the former giving Fu the dark energy she had extracted from the Time Patrol. As the dark energy becomes one with Fu, his memories of his time as a baby are returned to him and he soon ascends to his most powerful state: the Dark King of Fear.
As Fu looks upon Towa once again, he remembers her as his mother, though she instead claims that both she and Mira are merely his servants. Fu tells them to go away and, with a simple gesture, unleashes his dark energy upon the rotting Universe Tree. Vegetto rushes in to try and stop Fu, and the two begin to battle. Fu tells Vegetto not to interfere and that he will restore the Universe Tree using his own power. Vegetto asks what he will do with a new universe, but Fu does not answer him, instead choosing to continue fighting. Towa and Mira fire blasts at Vegetto and tell Fu to continue with his plan while they try to hold Vegetto at bay.
As Fu continues to give his energy to the tree, a light shines brightly nearby as a portal opens up. Super Full Power Saiyan 4 Limit Breaker Xeno Vegetto appears with both Demigra and Robelu in tow. Xeno Vegetto charges forward and punches Fu in the face to ignite his anger. Elsewhere, in a place surrounded by rubble, Broly rises to his feet and smiles evilly as his eyes give off a white glow.
Xeno Vegetto continues his fight with Fu while the others watch from nearby. During a temporary halt in the action, Fu unleashes his power and creates a lavish ballroom that Vegetto and Xeno Vegetto find themselves inside. Growing impatient, Xeno Vegetto fires off a blast towards Fu, though he easily dodges it.
Just then, a sudden energy spike causes the building to violently shake. The one responsible, Broly, flies in through a window above and attacks Xeno Vegetto without hesitation. Towa and Demigra comment separately on how, after Broly's brainwashing wore off, his battle strength grew to unforeseen levels due to his countless near-death battles. Nevertheless, Xeno Vegetto continues to hold a slight advantage, causing Broly to power up to Super Full Power Saiyan 4 Limit Breaker entirely on his own.
When Broly charges back into battle once more, Vegetto intervenes and the two battle Broly together. However, this time, Broly holds the advantage. While the battle continues, Fu returns to the Universe Tree and uses his power to begin fully restoring it. Vegetto decides to hold off Broly on his own in order to allow Xeno Vegetto the opportunity to stop Fu from creating the new universe. Elsewhere, Hearts is shown next to an unconscious Kanba in a medical tank as a bright light shines over them.
With an orange and black glowing orb in hand, Fu scoffs at the look of his new universe, though finds it interesting nevertheless. Continuing where he left off, Xeno Vegetto attacks Fu, with the latter finding his opponent to be annoyingly persistent. As the two continue their skirmish, Fu declares that his experiment is not yet over and sends the glowing orb above, telling Xeno Vegetto that he must want to see his new universe as well.
Meanwhile, Demigra mocks Towa by saying that Fu does not appear to be an ideal king after all. Agitated, Towa transforms into a new version of her Demon Goddess form. When Demigra asks if she intends to fight him, Robelu instead steps forward and reveals that she has the Demon Goddess transformation as well. While Robelu and Towa begin their battle, Demigra heads towards the battle involving Xeno Vegetto and Fu and uses his magic to trap them both within his Time Labyrinth, though Towa boasts that it will not be able to hold her son for long. Following this, both Demigra and Robelu teleport away.
On Beerus's Planet, Whis and Vados sense the creation of a new universe. Vados asks where Goku and Vegeta are, and Whis is able to sense Goku awaken in a new universe right outside of Capsule Corporation, confused at current events.
New Space-Time War Arc
In Fu's new universe, a warrior clad in all-black stands atop a building in West City while Goku runs down the streets below, dodging various spaceship blasts being fired in his direction. Goku is contacted telepathically by Xeno Trunks, currently in the Time Nest, who tells Goku that Fu's new universe is an imperfect copy of Universe 7 that has no signs of life within. However, when a blast aimed at Goku hits one of the nearby buildings, the same building in Universe 7 collapses along with it. Though not fully grasping the situation, Goku nevertheless flies away from the city.
Meanwhile, on Frieza's Spaceship, Frieza becomes impatient and decides to leave the ship along with Meta-Cooler, who follows suit. The two fly down towards Goku and kick him to the ground, declaring that Goku is their prey. As Goku struggles to get to his feet, the two tyrants charge in for another attack, only to be struck by Hearts' Gravity Cage technique which pins the two to the ground. Goku is surprised to see Hearts, not knowing that he was still alive, but Hearts points out the halo above his head, revealing that he was freed from Hell by Demigra. Hearts asks Goku to join forces with him, needing his power and with the intention of taking down Fu, believing that he was selfish for using the Universe Tree in the way that he did.
Frieza and Meta-Cooler re-emerge, now in their Golden Evolution forms. Meta-Cooler points out that Hearts is an ally of Kanba, who he still holds a grudge with, and charges at Hearts in a fit of rage. As Hearts and Meta-Cooler battle, Goku engages Frieza, withstanding his powerful attack to enter the Ultra Instinct "Omen" state and quickly take Frieza down, saying that his priority is to return to Universe 7. Suddenly, both Frieza and Meta-Cooler are given Dark Dragon Balls by an unknown assailant. The orbs merge with them and power them up dramatically, as Goku and Hearts prepare for an even tougher fight.
From above, the battle is being watched by a masked Saiyan bearing an uncanny resemblance to Goku Black, who chuckles as he reveals that the fighters are unknowingly aiding his own evil plans.
Frieza and Meta-Cooler continue to battle Goku and Hearts, now in their Golden Dark Dragon Ball-empowered states. Proving strong and capable enough to gain an advantage over their foes, Goku asks what has happened to them that has caused their strength to increase so much. Hearts tells Goku that it is because of the Dark Dragon Balls and that, once they merge with their host, they go completely berserk.
As Frieza and Meta-Cooler dart towards their enemies once again, a powerful force appears from above. As the smoke clears, Broly appears in plain view in his Legendary Super Saiyan state. Goku deduces that he must have been transported to this new universe the same way he was, as Hearts wonders if his sudden appearance is a blessing or not. Without warning, Broly charges forward and strikes a mighty blow to the midsections of both Goku and Hearts to knock them aside, then turns around to face Frieza and Meta-Cooler, who attempt to attack him. With a single blast, he takes the two galactic tyrants out.
Badly injured, Meta-Cooler gets quite a shock when the mysterious Warrior in Black appears before him and attacks, hurtling him into the sky before extracting the Two-Star Dark Dragon Ball from his chest. Frieza goes after the warrior next in a frenzy, though he is effortlessly overpowered and the warrior takes the One-Star Dark Dragon Ball from him. The Warrior in Black turns his attention towards Broly next, gesturing him to follow after him as they take off across the sky.
After Goku, Hearts and the crimson-masked Saiyan wonder who the mysterious guest is, the masked Saiyan lowers himself and speaks with Goku and Hearts, telling them that Fu's universe is useful for sorting out disputes and urges the two to keep fighting. Hearts asks if he is one of Fu's followers, though he is cryptic with his answer and immediately takes his leave.
An exhausted Goku sits on the ground, and Hearts tosses him a Senzu Bean that he had found in his time before the confrontations. Goku recovers from his injuries and thanks Hearts before getting to his feet. Hearts then brings out the Four-Star Dragon Ball and tells Goku that, if the Senzu Bean had the same effect in Fu's universe, the same should be true for the Dragon Balls as well. The two decide to collect all seven of the Dragon Balls and use them to escape from Fu's universe. They both head to Capsule Corporation, where Goku collects the Dragon Radar. Turning it on, he picks up two signals, one of which belongs to Hearts and the other is up above them.
Above the clouds, Planet Vegeta looms near Earth. Atop King Vegeta's palace, a wounded Vegeta is shown engaged in a battle against Turles and Kanba. The crimson-masked Saiyan, who is now present at this location, goads them into fighting each other.
Vegeta charges at Kanba, but is easily blasted away and suffers severe damage. Kanba says that evil is the true nature of the Saiyan race, adding that Vegeta has lost his pride and is thus a disgrace to all Saiyans. However, Kanba is suddenly ambushed by Turles, who tells Kanba that he should've remembered about him. Turles goes on to claim that he is the strongest Saiyan thanks to continuously eating the Fruits of the Tree of Might and thereby gaining endless evil power from it. Demanding to see his true power, Kanba attacks Turles.
As Kanba and Turles fight each other, Goku and Hearts teleport there and immediately notices the unconscious Vegeta. Hearts simply spectates the battle, noting that Kanba is enjoying his freedom. Suddenly, the crimson-masked Saiyan arrives and informs Goku that he is his opponent before transforming into a Super Saiyan Rosé. He then takes off his mask, revealing that he is indeed Goku Black, revived through unknown means. Black proclaims that he will defeat his original counterpart and prove himself to be the superior Goku. Goku goes Super Saiyan Blue and the two fight, with Hearts following them after transforming into Super Hearts.
Vegeta manages to recover, wondering how and why Goku Black is alive and in Fu's universe, but is then punched into a wall by Turles, who asks Vegeta what he is looking at before being ambushed himself by Kanba. Turles continues his fight with Kanba, challenging the power of the legendary Saiyan of Evil. Vegeta gets back up, with Turles stating that he has gotten sloppy. If he really is a Saiyan, he should remember his former evil self before he attempts to corrupt Vegeta using his evil energy.
As this happens, Vegeta remembers several of his past deeds, such as killing Nappa and massacring Elder Tsuno's village. He reasons if the nature of Saiyans is truly evil or not, and then remembers his death at the hands of Frieza and Goku's battle with Kid Buu. Finally, Vegeta proclaims that it's wrong and manages to overcome the corruption, making that power his own.
Kanba and Turles are both shocked at this, and Vegeta suddenly attacks Turles, asking him how he could say that the evil is the nature of the Saiyans. He states that one can only be a warrior and a Saiyan if they continue fighting in order to become stronger. He then easily defeats Turles, and Kanba demands that Vegeta fight him. Vegeta does so, saying that seeking the power of evil has no meaning for him. He then fires a Galick Gun strong enough to shatter Kanba's breathing apparatus, who only states that it's admirable for Vegeta to make his power his own before collapsing unconscious to the ground. Vegeta turns to a terrified Turles, telling him to train and come back if he has any Saiyan pride left in him. Turles replies that if it means that he will become a low-class Saiyan again, then he is fine with that.
Turning his attention to a nearby energy signature, Vegeta is shocked to see that Goku Black has just defeated Goku and Hearts. Black, with a smug grin on his face, tells Vegeta that he will be the next one to die.
- The idea of turning a videogame into an anime, while a good idea on paper, ends up being ruined by many things:
- The game itself is not as well-known in the West, so if the Western audience had not watched the advert on the internet or played the games like the Xenoverse games, they would be confused about what is going on in the story.
- Unlike Transformers, when they focus on the story when making a show, Super Dragon Ball Heroes focuses on telling the audience to buy the game and, to hammer the nail in even further, they play a advert at the end of each episode. In short, it's a Dragon Ball Heroes toy commercial turned into a 6-8 minutes episode.
- The game, while still popular, is not as popular as it was back in 2014-16, when the game (known back then as simply Dragon Ball Heroes) had lots of support.
- False Advertising to the Extreme: There are so many to list that it makes you think "How did they not get sued for this?"
- On the front of the poster for the Prison Planet Arc, Trunks is the main focus of it. You'd think that, with Trunks at the front, he will have a major role. However, he's merely a bit-player.
- The same reason can be said about the Universal Conflict Arc and the Universal Creation Arc.
- In the first opening of the Universal Conflict Arc, it shows Kefla, who does not appear in the promo anime at all.
- On the front of the poster for the Prison Planet Arc, Trunks is the main focus of it. You'd think that, with Trunks at the front, he will have a major role. However, he's merely a bit-player.
- The show turns most of the Dragon Ball villains into cliched "villains of the week", with nothing to make them stand out from any other villains in the Dragon Ball Franchise.
- Kanba is a Broly rip-off who wants to kill everyone, with the only thing that stands out being his ability to turn people into his brainwashed minions.
- Hearts is just a Zamasu wannabe with Dio Brando's personality. His plan is inconsistent, as the writers changed his goal from wanting to kill Lord Zeno to creating a new universe. Plus, he does not get going with the plan, as he just fights enemies to get a new form and throws cubes at everyone, which makes it hard to take him seriously. This also wasted the voice actor of Takehito Koyasu who did the voice of Hearts.
- Hearts' Ultimate Godslayer Form is just bad, as it looks something out of MaSTAR Media and it goes against Toriyama and Toyotarō's "Keep It Simple" design philosophy.
- Most of Hearts' henchmen (apart from the Tuffle Twins) are just generic and only serve to promote the cards and nothing else.
- Like Dragon Ball GT, most of the characters have been sidelined in favor of Goku and Vegeta. It gets to the point that it's sometimes called "The Goku and Vegeta Show".
- The animation, while on-model and more consistent than Dragon Ball Super, is stiff and uses the same frames over and over again due to Tadayoshi Yamamuro storyboarding.
- The story drags on for way too long, as no new episodes will be released until a month later.
- Most the character who are strong in Dragon Ball Super or in the Dragon Ball Heroes adverts like Jiren and Hit end up doing nothing or get beaten up when the plot demands it.
- This wasted characters like Cabba, Future Trunks, Cooler, Zamasu and even Caulifla and Kale.
- There are cases where plot points are dropped and never used again or reappear out of nowhere just to promote the card game.
- In the Prison Planet Arc, Xeno Goku appears in one episode then fades out afterwards in the next episode, only to reappear 3 episodes later just to promote the card of Super Saiyan 4 Vegetto.
- Golden Cooler was just used to snap Goku out of his berserk state and just watched the battle in the background after that.
- Grand Priest Goku was set up to be a big deal in the Universal Conflict Arc, only to be beaten by one of Hearts' henchmen and afterwards never was used or mentioned again along with Goku using Ultra Instinct "Omen" at will.
- The Goku vs. Beerus fight was set up at the start of the third arc, only for that to be dropped afterwards.
- The show gives fanservice, but does not do anything with it.
- The 6-8 minutes runtime wasn't the best way to execute a full episode.
- Similar to the Transformers franchise with Transformers: Cybertron, this show has so many confusing plot points or continuity issue that its more of a reboot then a sequel to Dragon Ball Super or a poorly written fanfiction that turns into a show. If a person who watched Dragon Ball Super just goes into the End of Z nothing else will be lost and anything too important like Goku meeting the Grand priest and trained with him will not be missed.
- The show itself has great ideas and it could've worked better if it was a 15-20 minute show instead of the 6-8 minute promo anime we got.
- The Tuffle Twins (Oren and Kamin) are the standouts of the Universal Conflict Arc, as they're basically eviler versions of Baby from Dragon Ball GT.
- The manga version is better, but it's Japan-exclusive.
- It doesn't ruin the characters' personalities, unlike Dragon Ball GT.
- Episodes 12 and 13 of the anime have the best animation and storyboarding, as Naotoshi Shida and Shintaro Mura animated those parts.
- Most of the action scenes are intense and good, like Gogeta, Jiren and Hit vs. Ultimate Hearts.
- We at least get to see Goku's Ultra Instinct forms again in the series.
- The voice acting, as always, is still good.
- The openings are decent.
- Hearts wanting to get rid of the gods does make him a bit sympathetic - given how often some gods have abused their power, terrorized helpless mortals for petty reasons, etc., in the franchise.
- He accepts his demise gracefully (while most Dragon Ball villains go out kicking and screaming) - thanking Gogeta for a great fight and deeming his strength a symbol of mortals' full potential. This earns Hearts another likability point, but doesn't give him a Half-Baked Redemption.