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Dragon Ball Minus: Departure of the Fated Child (ドラゴンボール マイナスはなたれた運命うんめい子供こども Doragon Bōru Mainasu Hanatareta Unmei no Kodomo) is a special manga featured in the collected volume of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, which was published in Japan on April 4, 2014, and by Viz Media in the 2014 Shonen Jump #18 digital issue released on April 7, 2014. It ties-in with both Dragon Ball and Jaco the Galactic Patrolman.


The story covers the time period up to Goku being sent to Earth, and marks the first appearance of Goku's mother Gine in the Dragon Ball franchise.[1] Bardock is out conquering a planet when Frieza decides to eradicate the Saiyans and orders all of them back to Planet Vegeta. Bardock returns home, suspicious of Frieza's actions. Vegeta is out conquering a planet with Raditz and decides to ignore the order. Bardock reunites with Gine, and begins to wonder about his three-year-old son, Kakarot. Worried that their planet might be met with a terrible fate, Bardock steals an Attack Ball and launches Kakarot out into space. One month later, Frieza arrives to destroy Planet Vegeta.


The warrior race of the Saiyans, under the evil emperor Frieza, fight day and night to obtain many planets through force.

Bardock on a mission

Bardock and Leek destroy aliens on a planet. They suddenly receive a report on their scouters that all Saiyans have been ordered to return to Planet Vegeta. Bardock has misgivings about this and Leek questions it as well, badmouthing Frieza. Bardock tells him to take off his scouter or they will hear him. The two see Frieza's Spaceship hovering over Planet Vegeta, and Bardock thinks they must have a hidden agenda. They land on Planet Vegeta at a settlement with crude houses and many other spaceships. Taro greets Bardock, but he does not know what the order is about either. However, he has heard that Frieza's forces heard about the "Super Saiyan" and that word of it is has been going around.

Frieza and Kikono

On his ship, Frieza mulls over this "Super Saiyan" and "Super Saiyan God" business. Kikono tries to reassure him that it is just a common heroic legend; Frieza says he knows this, but he must not even have a sliver of a doubt. Either way, the Saiyans are too proud and will never be his obedient dogs. It is a good time to destroy the entire planet. Kikono thinks it is a shame since they are excellent fighters. Frieza scoffs, and then asks how much of the Saiyan race has arrived back. It will apparently take one more month for nearly all of the Saiyans to arrive, so Frieza decides to destroy the planet in one month's time. If he is suspected by the remaining ones, he will just say that a giant meteor collided with the planet.

On another planet, Raditz asks Prince Vegeta if they should be getting back home. Vegeta says to leave it be; they will just pretend they did not hear the order.

Vegeta and Raditz

Back on Planet Vegeta, Bardock makes his way along the settlement as the narration box explains there are only a few thousand Saiyans. As a warrior race, it would be difficult to increase their numbers (presumably, though left unsaid, because they would war with each other). Setting foot in one structure, Bardock greets Gine, who embraces him. She tells Bardock that Raditz is already a fighter and is working with Prince Vegeta. Since they are far away, though, they have not returned yet.

Gine and Bardock

Bardock asks if Kakarot is still in the incubator. He is, but it has been three years, so she will take him out soon. Kakarot has gotten big, and looks just like his father. Bardock looks long and hard at his son, then tells Gine he will steal an Attack Ball in the night. They will send Kakarot to another planet. Gine questions Bardock, who reassures her that it is for Kakarot's sake. Frieza seems to be planning something; he has a premonition of death. Even so, Gine says it is not like a Saiyan (specifically Bardock) to worry about his children. Bardock shoots back that her "softness disease" spread to him too.

Kakarot (Goku)

Bardock shoulders the pod with a crying Kakarot as they take it to the launch site. Gine suggests they all run away, but Bardock says it is no use since they would immediately be found with scouters. Gine nervously says to her son that if his father is just overthinking this, they will come for him right away. Bardock warns Kakarot not to look for too long at the full moon; they will tell Raditz about this as well. They tell Kakarot "You absolutely have to stay alive… See you around." Kakarot presses his face against the glass as his pod rises up. Bardock says to watch out for the Galactic Patrol as the pod shoots off the planet. Bardock puts his arm around Gine as Kakarot's pod disappears into the sky.

Jaco leaving for planet Earth as commanded by the King.

Meanwhile, at Galactic Patrol headquarters, Jaco inquires why the Galactic King has summoned his exceptional self. It must be for an extremely important mission. The king goes along with this and tells Jaco to go to Earth since a flying object was picked up launching from Planet Vegeta and headed there. Earth is a developing world ruled by humans who are still immature and weak, so the Saiyans have probably sent a child. Therefore, the clumsy Jaco can probably exterminate it himself. After researching Earth, Jaco comments that Earthlings are of very poor qualities; if he decides it is not worth protecting them, he will use his extinction bomb. His superiors do not mind, but tell him to research well before doing it. He should arrive a few days before the Saiyan. Jaco is excited about the prospect of extinction, while one Galactic Patrolman asks whether it was all right to let Jaco handle such a task. The other tells him that Earth is not an important world; the Galactic King gave him the mission figuring they had nothing to lose.

And so, Jaco, and later the Saiyan child went to Earth. Some time later, Planet Vegeta, together with many Saiyans, was obliterated by Frieza's hand. Eventually, the destined child grew up right and would, without realizing it, come to face off against his bitter enemy, Frieza.

Timeline Placement

This story takes place days prior to the events of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman which took place in Age 739, 10 years prior to the start of the Dragon Ball series.

This story apparently takes shortly before Bardock and Frieza's historic confrontation during the Genocide of the Saiyans and some events that take place shortly after Planet Vegeta's destruction such as when Vegeta, Nappa, and Raditz were given the Frieza Force cover story of Planet Vegeta's destruction and how Jaco was ordered by the Galactic King to protect the Earth from Kakarot as they like were under the impression he had been sent to invade the planet, leading to the events of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman.


  • The manga's depiction of Goku greatly contrasts to the TV special Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku. In this story, Goku's age at the time of Planet Vegeta's destruction is different than in other media: he is three years old, in contrast to a few days old. In Minus, Goku is also clothed in Saiyan gear, while in other depictions he isn't. These changes are likely in part due to Bardock - The Father of Goku being the kind of story Akira Toriyama "absolutely wouldn't draw".[2]
    • The story also reveals that contrary to what Raditz and the other surviving Saiyans believed, Kakarot was not sent to Earth to conquer it, as his departure was unauthorized as the Attack Ball he used was stolen by his parents who sent him to Earth in direct defiance of Frieza's orders for the Saiyans to return to Planet Vegeta (with Bardock suspecting Frieza's planned genocide due to said order and the Frieza Force's inquiries into the legend of the Super Saiyan). However it also reveals Gine contacted Raditz and informed him of Kakarot's location with the surviving Saiyan Army remnants (and possibly the Frieza Force itself) assuming Kakarot had been sent to Earth on a official Saiyan Army mission before Planet Vegeta's destruction.
  • Frieza's mention of the "Super Saiyan God" ties Dragon Ball Minus with the 2013 movie, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.
  • Kikono made his debut in this story, but was only named 4 years and 3 months later in real-life - in a late July 2018 ad for "Dragon Ball Super: Broly".
  • This manga's story was adapted into the film Dragon Ball Super: Broly. Unlike Dragon Ball Minus, the film adds a scene of Bardock confronting Frieza wearing the same Battle Armor he wears in Dragon Ball Minus and Dragon Ball Super (Broly and Granolah the Survivor Saga), which actually contradicts Frieza's Genocide of the Saiyans flashback in manga chapter "The Ultimate Battle Begins!" which depicts said confrontation and Frieza killing Bardock, during which Bardock is wearing the Battle Armor and bandana he wore in the TV Special Bardock - The Father of Goku.
    • Fortunately, this inconsistency only applies to the film, as no such scene occurs in Dragon Ball Minus. This along with Toyotarou's interpretation of Team Dodoria murdering the members of Team Bardock that were still offworld invading a planet (possibly Meat) after Leek informs them of Frieza's orders to return to the planet.
    • In the Full Color manga version of said chapter, Bardock's bandana is red indicating it is Tora's blood-stained armband like in the TV Special which Bardock could have obtained either on the planet his teammates were invading or Tora managed to survive long enough to reach Planet Vegeta (which is more likely as Bardock already suspected what Frieza was planning and rejected the idea of him and Gine fleeing with their son knowing they would be easily tracked down via Scouters). Alternatively, Bardock's red bandana in the manga isn't Tora's blood-stained armband.



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