Dragon Ball Z Special 1: Tatta Hitori no Saishuu Kessen


Dragon Ball Z: Bardock, The Father of Goku

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Alternative Titles

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~
English: Dragon Ball Z: Bardock, The Father of Goku
German: Dragon Ball Z Special 1: Son Gokus Vater
Spanish: Dragon Ball Z TV Especial 1: La Batalla Final Solitaria del Padre del Guerrero Z Son Goku que Desafió a Freeza
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Information

Type: TV 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

Statistics

Score: 7.561 (scored by 6860068,600 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #16442
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Popularity: #2012
Members: 106,763
Favorites: 150

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Synopsis

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.

(Source: ANN)

Characters & Voice Actors

Freeza

Main
Nakao, Ryusei
Japanese

Bardock

Main
Nozawa, Masako
Japanese

Son, Gokuu

Supporting
Nozawa, Masako
Japanese

Vegeta

Supporting
Horikawa, Ryo
Japanese

Nappa

Supporting
Iizuka, Shouzou
Japanese

Son, Gohan

Supporting
Azusa, Kinpei
Japanese

Zarbon

Supporting
Hayami, Show
Japanese

Seripa

Supporting
Mita, Yuuko
Japanese

Narrator

Supporting
Yanami, Jouji
Japanese

Dodoria

Supporting
Hori, Yukitoshi
Japanese

Staff

Nava, Brenda
Script
Kageyama, Hironobu
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Opening Theme

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"Cha-La Head-Cha-La" by Hironobu Kageyama
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Ending Theme

"Hikari no Tabi (光の旅)" by Hironobu Kageyama & Kuko




Reviews

Dec 7, 2011
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 ...
Dec 23, 2018
Mixed Feelings
[Watched with Original English Dub with Japanese Score]

[Keep in mind this review is more focused on the dub and how it affects the product overall. The subbed version of the special is easily an 8 or 9 out of 10]

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Honestly this special looks and sounds great. The score perfectly compliments the visuals being presented, and you have a great tragic tale that is not often seen in the Dragon Ball franchise. I would recommend it to any Dragon Ball fan...

Unfortunately, everything was ruined by the meme worthy dub. Whoever approved this script must have been insane, and the voice acting in general was incredibly poor. ...
May 22, 2022
FunnyFunny
Sadly, this is nothing more than a poor fanfiction of Dragonball. A normal review would merely discuss the work itself, but to do that over looks a fair bit of provenance that is what really decided the audience view of this work. Many people enjoy this due to the portrayal and inclusion of Bardock. While it is incredibly interesting to hear the backstory of Goku's father, none of it is true in the slightest. It is a pure fanfiction. Bardock, while being Goku's father, has none of the qualities present in this portrayal of him. Bardock is not like Vegeta, a heartless warrior Saiyan, but ...

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