Dragonball Z: Episode of Bardock
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Series Premise: Dragonball Z is a long-running and popular action/adventure shonen manga and anime series by Akira Toriyama that has been around for decades. In November, 2011 there was a one-episode special called “Episode of Bardock” based on a three-chapter special printed in 2011, featuring the origins of Goku’s father, Bardock.
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Spoiler-free Series set-up: Bardock, along with the other members of the planet Vegeta try to prevent Freeza from destroying his world, but fails utterly. Somehow surviving the explosion, Bardock awakens on a strange planet, surrounded by strange aliens. They explain to him he’s on the planet Plant, which looks curiously like Vegeta, and his wounds are treated by a mysterious fluid that is alot like what is used in his healing machines. But Bardock doesn’t want to have anything to do with these simple folk, and goes to sulk by himself in a cave at the edge of the village. However, Chilled, who looks and acts a lot like Freeza, arrives on Plant after a couple of his minions disappear and starts wreaking havoc, drawing out Bardock into a battle that will change him forever.
My Impressions: I have a confession to make. Even though Dragon Ball and all of its related shows and spinoffs have been one of the most successful franchises in the world of anime and manga *ever*, both in Japan as well as the United States, I’ve avoided it almost entirely. At one time or another in the past, I have tried to watch an episode or two. But after a few minutes of nothing more than Goku facing off against some enemy and doing nothing but scream at each other from a distance for minutes on end or somesuch nonsense, I would turn it off.
As a result, this 20-minute special is actually the most Dragon Ball I have seen in one sitting ever. So take this dedicated-non-fan review with whatever sized grain of salt you desire.
And it’s about as I expected from a Dragon Ball episode. Nothing more than a childish power fantasy as Bardock ratchets up his stress levels to eleven after his frustration at not being strong enough, then suddenly turns blonde, all powerful and defeats the silly-looking alien to save the egg-shaped-head denizens of Plant.
Meh, this is not for me. Although I’m sure that all of the eight-year-old boys (or rather, all the anime fans with an eight-year-old mentality) would find this great. But as far as I’m concerned…I don’t care.
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Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “It’s pretty great. Much more satisfying than the last new piece of animation from 2008. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I’ll just say that the villain in it was designed by Toriyama himself (though he looks slightly goofy in my opinion).” – Installation4
- “It was quite short so it didn’t really go anywhere, but it was a fun story in the end.” – G33K Life
- “Plenty of fans have described it this way, but it truly is the best way to sum it up: Episode of Bardock is almost painfully “safe”.” – Daizenshuu EX
- “To me, the charm of Episode of Bardock is in its short nature. A quick 20 minute story that leaves you satisfied, yet still leaves room for fan interpretation as to what happens next for Bardock.” – Otaku in a Bottle
ROUND ONE RESULTS FOR THE FALL 2011 SHOWS:
Thumbs-up for Round One: Un-Go, Chibi Devi, Working Season 2, Bakuman Season 2, Mirai Nikki, Shinryaku Ika Musume Season 2, Ben-To, Chihayafuru, Guilty Crown, Phi-Brain, Last Exile: Fam the Silver Wing, Fate Zero, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Hunter x Hunter, Tamayura Hitotose, Kyousou Giga, Gdgd Fairies, Toradora OVA, Blue Exorcist: Kuro no Iede
Thumbs-down for Round One: Morita-san wa Mukuchi Season 2, Kimi to Boku, C3: CubexCursedxCurious, Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere, Majikoi Oh! Samurai Girls, Shakugan no Shana Final, Mashiro-iro Symphony: The Color of Lovers, Persona 4: The Animation, Maken-ki, Cross Fight B-Daman, Digimon Xros Wars Season 2, High Score, Infinite Stratos OVA, Hidamari Sketch SP, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai OVA, Queen’s Blade Premium Visual Book, Dragonball Z: Episode of Bardock
Coming up next: Sengoku Paradise Kiwami, Sora no Kiseki, Lupin III Movie, Deadman Wonderland OVA, R-15 OVA, Hoshizora e Kakaru OVA