Dragon Ball Z Special 1: Tatta Hitori no Saishuu Kessen
Dragon Ball Z Special 1: Bardock, The Father of Goku
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English: Dragon Ball Z Special 1: Bardock, The Father of Goku
Synonyms: DBZ: A Final Solitary Battle! The Z Warrior Son Goku's Father Challenges Furiza, Dragon Ball Z Special 1: Tatta Hitori no Saishuu Kessen - Freezer ni Idonda Z Senshi Son Gokuu no Chichi
Japanese: DRAGON BALL Z スペシャル たったひとりの最終決戦~フリーザに挑んだZ戦士孫悟空の父~


Type: Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 17, 1990
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Manga
Genres: AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, FantasyFantasy, Sci-FiSci-Fi, ShounenShounen
Duration: 47 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.591 (scored by 4755847,558 users)
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Ranked: #13242
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Bardock, Son Goku's father, is a low-ranking Saiyan soldier who was given the power to see into the future by the last remaining alien on a planet he just destroyed. He witnesses the destruction of his race and must now do his best to stop Frieza's impending massacre.

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Horikawa, Ryo
Iizuka, Shouzou
Son, Gohan
Azusa, Kinpei
Sogabe, Kazuyuki
Hayami, Show
Mita, Yuuko
Yanami, Jouji


Kageyama, Hironobu
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"Cha-La Head-Cha-La" by Hironobu Kageyama

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"Hikari no Tabi" by Hironobu Kageyama

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Dec 7, 2011
AnimeViewerJ (All reviews)
Unlike the other movies regarding the DBZ series, this one is different as it does not focus on Goku yet alone any other of the Z Fighthers.

Story - The Story of Bardock, The Father of Goku, takes place before the events of Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z and explains how Goku wound up on Earth.
Bardock is a Saiyan who (with his other team members) want to rise from the tyranny of Frieza and make the Planet Vegeta a free place not ruled by Frieza.

Art - It is what you would expect from any Dragon Ball Z episode.

Sound - Pretty much what read more
Nov 29, 2011
Batman-Beyond1 (All reviews)
Well this is a prequel to Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z

Story: As a prequel story it fars well. It is enjoyable especially for fans of the series and would be a good way to introduce someone to the franchise. It is also full of easter eggs for fans.

Enjoyment: It is a highly enjoyable special with gripping action scenes and a fairly emotionaly plot.

Art and Animation: The art is pretty much the same from the series in its later days. The animation though is fairly good and a tad above that of the series.

Verdict: For a special this is an enjoyable one and a good read more
Sep 9, 2013
Varyn (All reviews)
Bardock: Father of Goku, is a 40 minute 'movie' that shows some backstory into Goku's father, Bardock (in case you didn't get that from the title). It begins in the aftermath of Bardock, a low level saiyan, and his squad, conquering a planet long desired by Frieza. As the saiyans celebrate there victory a final enemy appears and grants Bardock psychic powers before dying.

However this was meant as a curse for destroying his home, as Frieza is threatened by such low-level saiyans performing as well as his elite soldiers. Bardock must now watch horrifying visions of his own planet's destruction as punishment. However his read more
Jul 4, 2015
Luquillo (All reviews)
Bardock - The Father of Goku is actually a DBZ movie that you will hear me say is good, but don't get too use to hearing me say things like that. The biggest problem that I have with DBZ is its redundancy. This movie however, doesn't follow the classic trend which is that recycled and disturbing pattern that folks like myself have grown to hate. Another problem with the movies is the lack of main storyline continuity. Most of the movies appear to exist outside of the storyline. This doesn't appear to be the case with this movie, as it seems more to be a read more

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