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Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock
Kanji ドラゴンボールエピソードオブバーダック
Rōmaji Doragon Bōru: Episōdo obu Bādakku
Movie Info
Previous OVA3
Japanese December 17, 2011
English October 2, 2012
Character debut(s)
Technique debut(s)
None in this movie
Tool debut(s)
None in this movie

Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock (ドラゴンボール エピソードオブバーダック, Doragon Bōru: Episōdo obu Bādakku) is the fourth and latest Dragon Ball OVA. It was the anime-adaption of the three part spin-off manga of the same name by Naho Ōishi, which served as a spin-off sequel to Dragon Ball Z: A Lonesome, Final Battle - The Father of Z Warrior Son Gokū, who Challenged Freeza TV special. The OVA was premiered on December 17, 2011 at Jump Festa 2012.


The story starts where the TV special leaves off, with Bardock fighting against Freeza in an attempt to save his home planet Vegeta. He fails, as Freeza destroys the planet, killing all Saiyans on it – seemingly including Bardock. However, somehow he survives the blast and wakes up in a little village house. A purple colored creature enters the room and introduces himself as Ipana. He also tells Bardock that he is on the planet Plant (惑星プラント), which – as the confused Bardock recalls – was the former name of the planet Vegeta. Suddenly the village is attacked by henchmen of the pirate Chilled, whom Bardock easily defeats, earning him the gratitude of the villagers. He ignores their thanks and states that he doesn't care if they lived or died and flies away into a nearby cave to recover. Doctor Ipana's son Berry comes and brings him food. At first he yells him to go away, but soon they form somewhat of a friendship as Berry keeps bringing him food.

After a while Chilled comes to find out what happened to his henchmen. The people tell him that a man called Bardock rescued them. Berry sees this and quickly runs to Bardock, telling him that there are people looking for him. After the villagers fail to find Bardock, Chilled and his henchmen start attacking them and destroying the village. At first, Bardock refuses to save them, but after Berry begs him, he flies to the village and saves Ipana, who was going to be killed by Chilled. Due to the resemblance, Bardock at first mistakes Chilled for Freeza and attacks him angrily, but Chilled seems to have the upper hand. However, after Chilled fires an attack at Berry to warn him not to interfere, Bardock becomes angry and turns into a Super Saiyan. Chilled laughs and says that changing hair into blond doesn't do anything and attacks Bardock with his blasts which have no effect on Bardock anymore. He asks who he is, to which Bardock replies that he is just a Saiyan. Chilled launches a final desperate attack in order to destroy the planet, but Bardock's attack overpowers it and sends the mortally wounded Chilled into outer space. The dying Chilled tells his henchmen to warn his family about Super Saiyans.


See also: Music

Original Score

Hiroshi Takaki composed the music for the feature, although much of it was recycled from his original score for Dragon Ball: Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans.

FUNimation Soundtrack





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