Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock

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Japanese: ドラゴンボール エピソード オブ バーダック
English: Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock
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Type: Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 17, 2011
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, FantasyFantasy, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: Martial ArtsMartial Arts, Super PowerSuper Power
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 19 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.191 (scored by 6606366,063 users)
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Ranked: #30562
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Popularity: #1711
Members: 103,879
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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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Yanami, Jouji


Kuwashima, Houko


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Ebara, Masashi


Ueda, Yoshihiro
Director, Episode Director
Koyama, Takao
Toriyama, Akira
Original Creator
Yamamuro, Tadayoshi
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Dec 26, 2011
Alpharon (All reviews)
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 didn't die... what happened to read more
Nov 11, 2014
literaturenerd (All reviews)

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
Apr 7, 2018
zenmodeman (All reviews)
Episode of Bardock is a spin-off that doesn’t need to exist. Breaking pre-established rules from the Dragon Ball canon while ruining the point of the superior Bardock Special, this OVA is essentially a fanfiction with next to no merit.

The original Bardock special emphasized how ordinary and insignificant Bardock is. Although granted the power to see the future, he dies while having no impact whatsoever. He wasn't the hope to save the Saiyan race from Friezaa but merely an ordinary individual who strived to make a change but accomplished nothing. In a franchise of extraordinary individuals, Bardock is effectively special by not being special. read more
Dec 27, 2011
artist-retired (All reviews)
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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Manga 'Dragon Ball Episode of Bardock' To Be Animated [Update Dec 19]

According to V Jump magazine, a spin-off manga of Dragon Ball, "Episode of Bardock" was announced to get an anime adaptation. Source: Scan of V Jump Update on Decemb...read more

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Poll: Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock Episode 1 Discussion
Threepwood - Dec 21, 2011
40 replies by Kowareta99 »»
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is this canon?
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