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Published by VegettoEX
18 December 2020, 8:46 AM EST

Following a special episode last month, the official Super Dragon Ball Heroes website announced a title and summary for the upcoming ninth numbered episode of the Super Dragon Ball Heroes promotional anime‘s new “Universe Creation Arc” (under the larger umbrella of the game’s current “Big Bang Mission” update series).

Evil Resurrected: Dark King Fu is Born!
As the fierce fight rages in the Time Rift, the Universe Tree suddenly turns to stone. The roots of the Universe Tree had been erased via Super Shenlong, summoned by the Gods of Destruction. As Super Fu trembles in rage at his plan being foiled, Towa and Mira appear before him. Towa presents him with a crystal that belches out a blackish Darkness Factor, which envelopes Super Fu…

The instant the Darkness Factor is incorporated into Super Fu, a new overlord emerges, cloaked in an eerie aura like shimmering heat…

Vegetto Blue is in the heat of battle. While evil energy pours into the petrified Universe Tree, a red flash suddenly runs across the sky, and a super-warrior surpassing the limits appears…!

Right here and now, an intense battle swirling with chaos and flashes starts with a bang!

The episode will debut this weekend at Jump Festa ’21 Online.

The self-described “promotional anime” began its free online streaming in July 2018, with the initial six episodes covering the “Prison Planet” arc, then moving on to the “Universal Conflict” arc. Back in March, the series re-branded again for the new “Universe Creation Arc” alongside the arcade game’s own update to the “Big Bang Mission” series. Though the promotional anime series’ original trailer was available worldwide, the subsequent episode postings themselves have been region-locked to Japan. No home release of the promotional anime has been announced.

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, now in its tenth year of operation. Dragon Ball Heroes has seen a variety of multimedia spin-offs and support pieces. Yoshitaka Nagayama’s Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Big Bang Mission!!! manga (a follow-up to the previous Dark Demon Realm Mission! and Universe 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. A fourth home version, Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission, launched on the Nintendo Switch and PC on 04 April 2019 and internationally (a first for the series) 05 April 2019.