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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 an anime adaptation of the manga of the same name.

The Episode of Bardock was given an anime adaptation as part of the Dragon Ball SSSS project. The OVA 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 28, 2011.

The adaptation appeared on a bonus DVD that come with the March 2012 issue of Saikyō Jump. This DVD also contained the 2010 Dragon Ball: Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans. The 20 minute movie also comes as a bonus with every copy of the 2012 video game Dragon Ball Z For Kinect.

Differences from the manga

There are minor differences between the anime adaptation and the Episode of Bardock manga:

  • In this OVA, Zarbon and Dodoria are outside the ship when Bardock confronts Frieza. In the TV special, they are inside the ship.
  • 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.
  • In Dragon Ball Z flashbacks, Bardock - The Father of Goku, and the anime of Episode of Bardock, Frieza's Supernova hits Bardock and then crashes into Planet Vegeta. In the manga of Episode of Bardock, the attack does not hit Bardock and instead just hits Planet Vegeta.
  • 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 Ray Guns in the movie while they did not in the manga.
  • Bardock kills Toobi and Cabira 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 help Bardock when Chilled steps on him in the movie, so Chilled strikes him with his tail.
  • In the movie, Chilled dies in his spaceship after the battle against Super Saiyan Bardock. In the manga, it is unknown if he dies or is unconscious.
  • In the original manga ending, after Chilled is defeated, both Berry and his father run towards him in excitement and shortly after, more of the villagers gather around rejoicing and Bardock is last seen smiling. In the ending of the movie, Berry wakes up in his father's arms after being knocked unconscious and wonders what happened to Bardock. His father looks over to the right and as Berry looks in that direction, he gets up he watches him, teary-eyed as he walks off into the sunset. When the manga was reprinted in the April 2012 issue of V-Jump, two additional pages were added to the end of the third chapter to match the OVA ending.


Character Name Voice Actor
Bardock Masako Nozawa
Chilled Ryūsei Nakao
Berry Houko Kuwashima
Ipana Masashi Ebara
Toobi Keiji Hirai
Cabira Kazuyuki Ishikawa
Plant Village Mayor N/A
Inhabitants of Plant Tomoyo Sasaki
Yoshihiro Terui
Asuka Hirao
Chilled's soldiers Nobunaga Shimazaki
Hiromu Miyazaki
Frieza Ryūsei Nakao
Zarbon Hiroaki Miura
Dodoria Takashi Nagasako



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. Tobi and Cabira
  • Bardock vs. Chilled's soldiers
  • Bardock (Base/Super Saiyan) vs. Chilled


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