Wait. There’s a new Dragon Ball anime series?!?!
Dragon Ball Super may have ended (for now), but the franchise lives on! A new Dragon Ball series is coming really soon called Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Universe Mission.
Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Universe Mission is an anime created to promote Dragon Ball Heroes, a trading card arcade game popular in Japan. Dragon Ball Heroes has its own continuity and features characters originally from Dragon Ball Online and the Xenoverse series.
The anime will be based on the Prison Planet Arc saga of Heroes, and a translated synopsis from the series’ website can be found below.
Trunks returns from the future to train with Goku and Vegeta. However, he abruptly vanishes. The mysterious man “Fu” suddenly appears, telling them that Trunks has been locked up on the “Prison Planet”, a mysterious facility in an unknown location between universes. The group searches for the Dragon Balls to free Trunks, but an unending super battle awaits them! Will Goku and the others manage to rescue Trunks and escape the Prison Planet?
Check out the first trailer for Super Dragon Ball Heroes below.
The trailer teases a restrained character who looks just like Super Saiyan 4 Goku, but is apparently someone else entirely. The identity of this mysterious evil Saiyan has yet to be officially revealed, but a very recent magazine scan from @DBReduxTDC seemingly confirms the Saiyan’s name is “Kanba” derived from the Japanese word for cucumber, which is in line with the Saiyan vegetable naming scheme.
Rather than save this for a video or something, I’m putting this out there now to help nip this in the bud.
Evil Saiyan’s name is confirmed to be カンバー/Kanbā, which is likely meant to be from the latter half cucumber. There’s no real reason to be using “Kanba” over Cumber. pic.twitter.com/ecSa22a76q
— 부드크퍼 TDC (@DBReduxTDC) June 19, 2018
Also, Cooler is set to play a role in the series, so get hyped for Cooler!
Because the Dragon Ball Heroes game has not been localized outside of Japan, it’s unknown whether this anime will debut in America and elsewhere. Also, the Heroes series is generally not considered to be canon, so this isn’t really the successor to Super as much as a promotion for the Heroes video game. But if you’re craving some new Dragon Ball before the Super movie this winter, this should do the trick.
Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Universe Mission premieres in Japan on July 1.
Also, if you all want to go down a crazy rabbit hole, check out the original story arcs for Dragon Ball Heroes. Seriously, there’s a Future Trunks and Gohan fusion, demon characters, more wacky shenanigans.