Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock is a three chapter manga created by Ooishi Naho, and that was adapted into an anime. It is based on the video game Dragon Ball Heroes, and features a spin-off scenario taking place after the events of the TV special Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku, in which Bardock survives the destruction of Planet Vegeta and is sent into the past, combating Frieza's ancestor Chilled and turning into a Super Saiyan.
The first chapter was published on June 21, 2011, in V-Jump, the second chapter was published on July 22, 2011, and the final chapter was published on August 21, 2011. Chapters of Episode of Bardock were later also published in the summer 2011 edition of Saikyō Jump. On November 21, 2011, it was announced in V-Jump that the three-part manga would be given an anime adaptation as part of the Dragon Ball SSSS project. This anime adaptation debuted at Jump Festa in December 2011, was streamed online for a short period, and was featured on a bonus DVD packed with the March 2012 issue of Saikyō Jump. The three chapters are reprinted in the April 2012 issue of V-Jump along with two brand new page entries.
Bardock tries to attack Frieza while the tyrant is in space above his spaceship with Zarbon and Dodoria. They have a short conversation. Frieza says he is sick of working with Saiyans and launches a Supernova to blow up Planet Vegeta. Instead of dying, Bardock wakes up in a bed on a planet that looks a lot like Planet Vegeta. He is being treated by two aliens: Ipana, the village doctor, and his son Berry. Bardock remarks that the medicine used to heal him is similar to the fluid in Medical Machines and Ipana says that the name of the planet is Planet Plant, so Bardock starts to wonder if he is in the past.
Two soldiers named Toobi and Kyabira arrive in a spaceship and declare they are going to conquer Planet Plant. Bardock confronts and kills Kyabira with a powerful roundhouse kick to the face. An enraged Toobi tries to punch Bardock, but the Saiyan dodges and kills Toobi using a Change the Future-like technique. The mayor and the villagers come to thank him, but Bardock flies away to hang out in a cave.
Berry arrives at the cave with a basket of food his father told him to take to Bardock. At first, Bardock tells Berry to leave, but he eventually eats the young alien's food. Berry comes back again with food multiple times, and Bardock seems to be growing tolerant of him. Meanwhile, a member of Frieza's race, Chilled, says it has been ten days since they have not heard from Toobi and Kyabira, so he decides to investigate Planet Plant himself.
Chilled arrives on Planet Plant with eight soldiers, but immediately kills one of them because he was standing in front of him. Then, he has the idea to impersonate the Space Police and, wearing white cloaks, he and his soldiers go to meet the indigenous population of Planet Plant.
They arrive at the place where Ipana is healing a young kid with his special medicine, and Chilled remarks that the fluid has the power to heal wounds instantly. He and his soldiers tell the population that they came in pursuit of a pair of evildoers who were targeting Planet Plant for its abundant resources. The Plants say that Bardock already took care of the pair, and Chilled tells them that they will get a nice reward if they allow him to meet Bardock.
Looking at Chilled, Berry remarks that he has blood on his right arm. Afraid, he goes to the cave where Bardock is hanging out. While Berry is telling Bardock that he has a bad feeling about the aliens who are in the village, Chilled and his men start terrorizing the planet. Berry then begs Bardock to help them, and Bardock accepts, remembering his friends' decimation on Planet Meat.
Bardock saves Ipana from the soldiers, and when he sees Chilled, he confuses him for Frieza and angrily attacks him with a punch to the face. Chilled counterattacks by giving Bardock some kicks, then he begins to crush him, saying that he is the mightiest being in the universe.
With Bardock's energy dropping fast, Chilled was about to deliver the finishing blow, but in an act of desperation, Berry leaps forward in an act of courage to save him. However, Chilled noticed this and shot him with his Death Razor technique to eliminate the Plant for good. Seeing this, Bardock became infuriated. For a short second, Bardock's anger caused him to see Chilled as Frieza, remembering his betrayal of the Saiyan race, and he was determined to avenge his crew and his newly found friend.
Bardock obtained a tremendous amount of energy, formed into waves flowing through his body, and with his might he turned into the almighty Super Saiyan. The two warriors continued fighting, but with Bardock's new found powers he easily defeated Chilled and his minions.
As a last resort, Chilled threw a Death Ball at Bardock, intending to kill him with the last gasp of his energy, but it was pushed back by Bardock's Final Spirit Cannon. With an extra push, Bardock also joined his own remaining energy with Chilled's, making the final blow. The villagers cheered on Bardock, proud of his fantastic efforts, and Bardock smiled and gave them a thumbs up.
Later on, however, Chilled is seen floating through space, barely alive. His spaceship's men quickly took care of him, putting him under respiratory assistance. As he recovers he recalls back this incredible transformation, and informs his crew to "Be careful of the golden transformation, it is very dangerous. Tell my descendants about this."
Bardock's incredible Super Saiyan transformation remains in history, and this is how the myth of the incredible Super Saiyan fighter began.
The three chapters were reprinted in the April 2012 issue of V-Jump, and an additional two pages were added to the end of the third chapter. They show Bardock thinking back to his crew and walking into the sunset.
The Episode of Bardock was given an anime adaptation as part of the Dragon Ball SSSS project. The 20-minute movie had an advance screening at Jump Festa 2012 (December 17 and 18, 2011) in Japan, and the streamed version was only available online until December 28th, 2011.
The adaptation appear on a bonus DVD that come with the March 2012 issue of Saikyō Jump. This DVD also contain the 2010 Dragon Ball: Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans. The 20 minutes movie also comes as a bonus with every copy of the 2012 video game Dragon Ball Z For Kinect; this marks the first time that Episode of Bardock is officially released in U.S. and Europe.
Differences from the manga
There are minor differences between the anime adaptation and the Episode of Bardock manga:
- When Bardock launches his Final Spirit Cannon against Frieza in the anime, his armor is whole but when he charges the attack, it is damaged. In the manga, his armor is intact the whole time.
- Short scenes with Berry were added: the one where he gives the medicine for Bardock to his father, the one where he hides under a blanket, and the one where Bardock gives him some of his food when he decides to befriend Berry.
- Chilled's soldiers use Arm Cannons in the movie while they did not in the manga.
- Bardock kills Toobi and Kyabira with techniques different from those he used in the manga.
- The mayor of Ipana's village does not appear in the anime adaptation.
- Chilled is not seen where his spaceship landed on Planet Plant, and so he is not seen killing one of his soldiers nor telling his plan to his soldiers when he arrived on the planet in the movie.
- Ipana tries to helps Bardock when Chilled steps on him in the movie, so Chilled strikes him with his tail.
- Chilled dies in his spaceship after the battle against Super Saiyan Bardock in the movie, where in the original manga, it is unknown if he dies or is unconscious.
|Character Name||Voice Actor|
|Plant Village Mayor||N/A|
|Chilled's soldiers||Nobunaga Shimazaki|
- Producer: Kazuhiko Torishima
- Original: Akira Toriyama
- Planning: Hiromi Seki, Go Wakabayashi
- Planning and Cooperation: Akio Inō, Daisuke Terashi, Ooishi Naho
- Script: Makoto Koyama
- Music: Hiroshi Takaki
- Technical team: Tetsuo Inagaki
- Character design and animation director: Naoyoshi Yamamuro
- Color scheme: Sawada Toyoharu
- Art Director: Kō Shinzō
- Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
- Production: Toei Animation
The anime adaptation features remixed versions of songs previously used in cutscenes from the video game Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi and from the OVA Dragon Ball: Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans.
- Bardock vs. Frieza
- Bardock vs. Toobi and Kyabira
- Bardock vs. Chilled's Soldiers
- Bardock vs. Chilled
- Flight - Used by Zarbon, Dodoria, Bardock, Frieza's Soldiers, Chilled, and Chilled's Soldiers.
- Supernova - Used by Frieza.
- Final Spirit Cannon - Used by Bardock.
- Wild Sense - Used by Bardock.
- Ki Blast - Used by Chilled.
- Death Razor - Used by Chilled.
- Continuous Energy Bullet - Used by Chilled.
- Dragonthrow - Used by Bardock.
- Death Ball - Used by Chilled.
- Super Saiyan - Used by Bardock.
- Frieza's spaceship
- Battle Armor
- Frieza's hoverchair
- Bardock's Headband
- Medical Machine (liquid only)
- Chilled's spaceship
- Arm Cannon
- This is the only manga/anime in the series in which Goku does not appear, although he does appear on the poster and is mentioned at the beginning of the episode by the Narrator.
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|Theatrical films||Curse of the Blood Rubies • Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle • Mystical Adventure • The Path to Power|
|Public Service Videos||Goku's Traffic Safety • Goku's Fire Brigade|
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|Television specials||Bardock - The Father of Goku • The History of Trunks • Movie Overview Special • Looking Back at it All: The Dragon Ball Z Year-End Show!|
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