Following up on their general “late September” timeframe, Bandai Namco has confirmed a 27 September 2018 release date for the upcoming fourth episode of the Super Dragon Ball Heroes promotional anime.
Episode 4: Rage! Super Fu Appears!
Cumber unleashes his fearsome form and runs wild. His power is too much for the Prison Planet to handle, and the chains begin to snap one by one. Seeing this throws Fu into a rage, and he unleashes his hidden power!
The self-described “promotional anime” began back in July, with its initial two episodes released back in July, and the third episode launching earlier this month. Though the series’ original trailer was available worldwide, the subsequent episode postings themselves have been region-locked to Japan.
The “Prison Planet arc” is the latest scenario featured in the Super Dragon Ball Heroes arcade game, which recently received a fourth update in its “Universe Mission” series. Super Dragon Ball Heroes is itself an update and hardware revision to the original Dragon Ball Heroes, a card-based arcade game in which players arrange teammates on a playing field for turn-based battles.
Dragon Ball Heroes has seen a variety of multimedia spin-offs and support pieces. Yoshitaka Nagayama’s Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Universe Mission manga (a follow-up to the previous Dark Demon Realm Mission series) currently runs in Shueisha’s bimonthly Saikyō Jump magazine, while Toyotarō’s Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission ran from 2012-2015 in Shueisha’s monthly V-Jump magazine. Three portable game adaptations — Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission, Ultimate Mission 2, and Ultimate Mission X — were released on the Nintendo 3DS.