Dragon Ball Z: Bardock – The Father of Goku Release Date, Voice Cast, Plot, And Everything We Know So Far

Dragon Ball Z: Bardock, also known as Dragon Ball Z: A Lonesome, Final Battle – The Father of Z Warrior Son Goku, who Challenged Freeza is the first Dragon Ball Z television special based on the popular manga series Dragon Ball. On October 17, 1990, it aired on Fuji Television between Dragon Ball Z episodes 63 and 64. It is a prequel to the Dragon Ball anime that takes place twelve years before the events of the Emperor Pilaf story. Dragon Ball Z: The Father of Goku is the title created by AB Groupe. Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock, a sequel manga, was developed in 2011 and converted into a short film.

Voice Cast

  • Bardock, voiced by Sonny Strait
  • Frieza, voiced by Linda Young
  • Dodoria, voiced by Chris Forbis
  • Zarbon, voiced by Christopher Sabat
  • Tora, voiced by Mike McFarland
  • Shugesh, voiced by Chris Rager
  • Fasha, voiced by Linda Young
  • Borgos, voiced by Christopher Sabat
  • Vegeta, voiced by Christopher Sabat
  • Nappa, voiced by Phil Parsons
  • Son Goku (Baby) voiced by Stephanie Nadolny
  • Grandpa Gohan, voiced by Christopher Sabat
  • Planthorr, voiced by Justin Cook
  • Malaka voiced by Chris Cason
  • Toolo, voiced by Mike McFarland
  • Demetrious, voiced by Dameon Clarke
  • Horned Gang Leader, voiced by Kyle Hebert
  • Son Goku / Kakarot voiced by Sean Schemmel

What is The Release date of Dragon Ball Z: Bardock?


It was released on VHS in North America in November 2000, followed by DVD in January 2001. On February 19, 2008, they released the double feature with the first special and The History of Trunks on DVD in digitally restored widescreen format. On July 15, 2008, Blu-ray was released. On September 15, 2009, the first special was re-released on DVD in a remastered-widescreen single-disc format. On September 5, 2003, it debuted on Toonami, starting a month-long event called “DBZ Movies,” during which a Dragon Ball Z movie showed every Friday.

Who is the Director of Dragon Ball Z: Bardock?DBZ155

Mitsuo Hashimoto directed this film. Mitsuo Hashimoto is a Japanese storyboard artist and anime film director who has worked on television, OVAs, and feature films. He had a deal with Toei Animation. He also conducted freelance work for other firms under the alias Genjūrō Tachibana.

What is The Plot of Dragon Ball Z: Bardock?

Bardock, a low-level Saiyan soldier, and his squad have been tasked with slaughtering the people of Planet Kanassa. They achieve this by transforming into Great Apes during the planet’s full moon. The next day, Bardock and his crew rest and enjoy their triumph until one of the last remaining Kanassan warriors catches him off guard and chooses to offer him the “gift” of seeing the future as a way to revenge his people before being murdered by Bardock, who then passes out. Bardock meets his young son, Kakarot, on Planet Vegeta to recuperate.


The latter is being prepared for deployment to Earth to eliminate all life on the planet. Bardock begins to witness Kakarot facing future opponents and Planet Vegeta being destroyed by Frieza, the ruler of the Universe and supervisor of the Saiyans. Bardock rejects the visions and rejoins his squad on Planet Meat, only to learn that most of them have died and his best buddy Tora has been critically injured. Before succumbing to his injuries, Tora explains that Bardock’s team was betrayed and slain by Frieza’s henchman Dodoria and his elite warriors and that Frieza authorized the attack on the crew due to his rising paranoia over the Saiyans’ growing might.

He attacks Dodoria’s warriors, terrified and outraged by his deceased friend’s final words. He beats them all, only to be quickly defeated by Dodoria’s one-mouth blast. He is hurt, but he can return to Planet Vegeta. Realizing Frieza’s plan to annihilate the whole Saiyan race, Bardock tries to persuade the other Saiyans of the danger they are all in. Nonetheless, his assertions are dismissed and ignored. As a result, Bardock launches a last one-person attack against Frieza and his soldiers. After defeating Frieza’s soldiers, Bardock unleashes a powerful energy blast on the dictator himself. On the other hand, Frieza responds with his lethal Gigantic Death Ball, killing Bardock and many of his men and destroying Planet Vegeta.


As he dies, Bardock gets one last glimpse of the future: Kakarot battling Frieza. Assured that Kakarot will beat Frieza, Bardock laughs as the energy bomb swallows him and Planet Vegeta. Following his death, Bardock telepathically requests that Kakarot carry out his will and revenge on his people and home planet, expressing his one regret of not being able to hug his kid while he still has the chance. At the same time, Kakarot, hurtling toward Earth in his space pod, awakens. After completing a job on a distant globe, Vegeta, the Saiyan Prince, is informed by his colleague Nappa about the devastation of his homeworld, which Frieza believes was caused by a meteor. Vegeta’s pride prevents him from expressing his amazement, and seems dispassionate. Soon, Kakarot’s space pod lands on Earth, where an older man discovers him; Gohan chuckles blissfully in the older man’s arms. Gohan then adopts the kid as his grandson, naming him Goku. The final credits feature Goku’s battles against the Red Ribbon Army, Tien Shinhan, King Piccolo, Piccolo, Nappa, and Vegeta, culminating with a scene of Goku set to confront Frieza, with the souls of Bardock and his squad watching.

What episode is Bardock the Father of Goku?

On October 17, 1990, it aired on Fuji Television between Dragon Ball Z episodes 63 and 64. It is a prequel to the Dragon Ball anime that takes place twelve years before the events of the Emperor Pilaf story.

Is Bardock the father of Goku?


Bardock makes only a few appearances in the manga and anime. However, he plays an essential role as Goku’s biological father in establishing his son’s history, formerly known as Kakarot, as one of the last survivors of the cosmic dictator Frieza’s Saiyan extermination.

Is Dragon Ball Z Special 1 Bardock the Father of Goku canon?

The Special Bardock: Father of Goku (and its follow-up episode, Episode of Bardock) are currently regarded as non-canon, with the character retconning in the Broly film. So the Broly film is the canon account of the events, but it takes place a few years before the original Dragon Ball series.

Who killed Bardock?

In a two-panel cameo, Bardock appeared; in Frieza’s flashback, when he sees Goku, who reminds him of Bardock, Frieza recalls that Bardock had attacked him right before he destroyed Planet Vegeta and Frieza used a Supernova to destroy the planet, killing him and the rest of the Saiyans.

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