Dragon Ball Super tried to introduce the interaction between Goku and Bardock but ultimately failed, while Dragon Ball Heroes stepped in to give readers the Goku and Bardock moment they were waiting for. In Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultra God Mission, Goku and Bardock finally fight each other, and Bardock surprisingly proves stronger than ever. Despite the potential for a deeply emotional moment between father and son, Dragon Ball Heroes takes a more casual approach, resulting in a scene that’s lackluster and unoriginal. Fans can only hope to see more of Goku’s father in the future.
Despite the recent attention paid to of Goku thinking about his father Bardock IN Dragon ball, the couple never really had a real moment together. Dragon Ball Super may have teased something along these lines with the promotion of the Granolah arc, but it ended up delivering more than just Goku hearing some unpleasant sounds. Dragon Ball Heroes aims to fix this by giving Goku and Bardock the chance to fight head-to-head.
Even with all the future timelines and alternate universe shenanigans that Dragon Ball Super pulled, Goku and Bardock still never met in the series’ main timeline. Whether they really need to meet or not is a completely different question, but Dragon Ball Super tried to tease an interaction between Goku and Bardock in the Granolah arc and didn’t really pull it off.
However, Dragon Ball Heroes is no stranger to Bardock’s guest appearance, and the Superhero Quest arc gives readers the chance to witness the fight between Goku and Bardock from an alternate timeline. .
Goku prepares to fight Bardock’s Super Saiyan 3 form
In chapter 8 of Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultra God Mission, Goku asks Jiren to stand still while he fights the mysterious “Black Warrior” on behalf of their timeline. Thanks to his scars and transformation into a Saiyan, it is clear that this Black Warrior is in fact Bardock, Goku’s father. The two clashed and strangely enough, Bardock seemed stronger than ever. He was able to hit Goku with just Super Saiyan 3. This power was so intense that Goku felt pressured enough to use the Ultra Instinct Sign just to keep the power equal. Bardock is eventually overwhelmed by Goku’s Ultra Instinct and admits to his son that he is the superior warriorgiving him the ability to seek out the Time Elves and escape the trap Aeos set for them a few chapters ago.
Bardock and Goku actually fighting each of their strongest forms was fun to read thanks to some of the more dynamic panels, but ultimately failed. For what could have been a truly emotional moment between father and son, reunited under circumstances pitted against each other in a battle to the death, Dragon Ball Heroes instead opts for a ‘play it cool’ approach and lower all previously established stakes. The dialogue in this chapter is also very sparse, with only one fighter commenting on his opponent’s strength and techniques.
Ultimately, even though Dragon Ball Heroes tries to give readers the Goku and Bardock moment that Dragon Ball Super couldn’t, the scene still feels lackluster and unoriginal. Dragon Ball has such a uniquely interesting set of characters, and it’s a shame to see a truly emotional moment between Bardock and Goku more or less wasted. With the removal of Bardock from Dragon Ball latest tournament, readers can only hope this is not the last of Goku father, lone Saiyan warrior.
Summary: From the creative mind of Akira Toriyama, Dragon Ball is a massive multimedia franchise that has spanned since the 1980s. Dragon Ball expanded rapidly, starting as a manga series serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump in Japan. Copy. It has spread abroad through manga and anime adaptations that are loved worldwide. Dragon Ball is the first original animated series that follows the adventures of young Son Goku as he searches for the Dragon Balls. These mystical orbs will grant wishes to anyone who gathers them together. The series would later branch into the hugely popular Dragon Ball Z, which followed Goku as an adult and featured intense battles and Goku’s tireless drive to become the strongest. The series has also been adapted from several popular video games and went on to spawn several new animated series and films until the recent hit Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero.
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