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
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 47 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


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Ranked: #14522
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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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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
Feb 16, 2021
Bizancio (All reviews)
Excuse me, I don't usually write in English. If you want you can read my review in Spanish.

When I was younger I blindly believed that this film had been adapted from the manga since it made sense within the context of the series. And he certainly had it because, unlike the Dragon Ball Z movies, where events incompatible with the point in the story are related, here they simply tell us some events from the past. Fortunately, they place him in the Freezer saga, giving more drama to the future confrontation between Goku and Freezer. But the most important thing is that it constitutes a 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

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