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Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock

Alternative Titles

English: Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock
Japanese: ドラゴンボール エピソード オブ バーダック


Type: Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 17, 2011
Producers: Toei Animation
Source: Unknown
Duration: 19 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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Shown at Jump Festa 2012, held in December, 2011.

Bardock, Goku's father, who was supposed to have died when Freeza's attack hit him along with the Planet Vegeta, was sent way back in time where the planet was inhabited by strange creatures. There, he meets Freeza's ancestor, a space pirate named Chilled, and fights him to protect the planet.

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Nozawa, Masako
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Nakao, Ryuusei
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Ueda, Yoshihiro
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Ooishi, Naho
Ooishi, Naho
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Yamamuro, Tadayoshi
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Katsumata, Aiko
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Nov 11, 2014

Almost every huge franchise has a few spinoffs that are REALLY bad and enrage the fandom. Star Wars had the Christmas Special. Superman had Superman 4: Quest for Peace and the 2006 Superman Returns. Dragonball has a fair number of bad spinoffs, but Bardock 2 released in 2011, may be the worst of the worst. Although GT is still pretty god damn horrible and in close competition.

SPOILERS! although, honestly you shouldn't bother seeing this shit anyways.

Plot and characters: 1/10

I have literally seen DBZ fanfiction that was better written than this piece of shit! Bardock is blasted by Freeza's giant death ball and for absolutely read more
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Dec 26, 2011
Esta review también está en español.

In the Jump Anime Tour (version 2008) we received Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!, the first thing DB related in more than 13 years. And it was pretty good, since, only three years later in the Jump Festa 2012, we received Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock, a 20-minute special that adapts the manga of the same name.

The story show us that Bardock, Goku's father (and Raditz too, but nobody cares about him, thx to team four stars :P), survives that ginormous attack launched by Freiza, that killed all his companions and destroyed planet Vegeta. If he read more
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Dec 27, 2011
Well, if Dragonball Kai disappointed you, then I would suggest turning your sights an something else, something actually new, but as long as your fan glasses aren't on, then this would be a must watch for any dragonball fan.

STORY: Long, long ago, Frieza blew some shit up, killed Goku's father (And every other saiyan on their home planet) and became a major asshole, but what if, what if Goku's father, Bardock, actually survived and instead was sent back so-and-so years ago and became the first of the legendary super saiyans of legend to exist or something along those lines. That is pretty much the premise read more
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Dec 27, 2011
Forget about the Dragonball manga and forget about the Dragonball/Z anime - view this as a stand alone story...
Following the above steps only makes this special worst!

The reason why?
The story has little substance - a higly basic and short plot dependent entirely on the well known franchise.
Now, I'll delve further...

Goku's dad, Bardock, in his last special, faced off against Friezer.
Within this special, instead of dying within the blast theat blew up his planet, he was somehow teleported into a past time period.
Bardock develops a soft side for a cutsie young, kind alien who just wants to help him.
Not too long later,he comes across a new read more
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Anime: Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibouken
both animes are following the same storyline.The main characters have to train very hard to save the earth from monsters,
those monsters have only one main purpose,it's to destroy the mankind on earth.Now Son Gokuu and
Dai have to face those monsters in deadly battles to make sure that the universe/earth
is safe. Also, they have to make their own friends so they can feel that they
are fighting for something.Sometimes you will see violence and blood sometimes you'll
watch friends passing trough tough situation together and become stronger.
Not only they have the same storyline but also the character design and the drawings  read more 
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Poll: Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock Episode 1 Discussion
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is this canon?
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