Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock (2024)

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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: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Themes: Martial Arts, Super Power

Demographic: Shounen

Duration: 19 min.

Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.211 (scored by 73,402 users)

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Ranked: #32492

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Popularity: #1860

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Preliminary Spoiler

Dec 26, 2011



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 ...

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Nov 11, 2014


Not Recommended


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 sh*t anyways.

Plot and characters: 1/10

I have literally seen DBZ fanfiction that was better written than this piece of sh*t! Bardock is blasted by Freeza's giant death ball and for absolutely ...

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Apr 7, 2018


Not Recommended

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. ...

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Dec 27, 2011


Mixed Feelings

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 sh*t 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 ...

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Dec 27, 2011


Mixed Feelings

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.

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