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Shortly after it was revealed that Super Saiyan Bardock would be appearing in the Dragon Ball Heroes card-based arcade game, it was announced that a short spin-off manga would be drawn by Naho Ooishi to help explain the back story of Bardock’s new Super Saiyan transformation. This spin-off manga was entitled Episode of Bardock, and was set as a new “sequel” story to the original TV special. The story was released in three parts over the course of August, September, and October 2011’s V-Jump issues. Although Akira Toriyama had no involvement with the story’s plot development, he did provide the character design for Chilled, the manga’s main villain.
After Episode of Bardock finished in V-Jump, an animated adaptation of the manga was announced and later premiered at Jump Festa 2012 on 17 December 2011. Following the anime’s premiere, the manga in its entirety was re-printed in the April 2012 issue of V-Jump which was released on 21 February 2012. However, this reprint featured two new pages at the very end; instead of closing almost directly with the defeat (and likely death) of Chilled and the passing-down of the Super Saiyan legend, similar to the anime adaptation, these new pages cut back over to Bardock and the residents of Planet Plant that he just saved (and, for some reason, Bardock heroically walking off into the sunset).
|Premiered:||21 June 2011 (V-Jump, August 2011 Issue)|
|Premiered:||21 July 2011 (V-Jump, September 2011 Issue)|
|Premiered:||20 August 2011 (V-Jump, October 2011 Issue)|
The first chapter of Episode of Bardock was initially reprinted in the third quarterly issue of Saikyō Jump.
|Premiered:||11 August 2011 (Saikyō Jump, 2011 #03)|
All three chapters were reprinted in the April 2012 issue of V-Jump with the added bonus of two new pages to conclude the spin-off. These new pages were themselves adapted from the animated adaptation of Episode of Bardock which debuted at Jump Festa in November 2011. Though emblazoned with a kanzenban splash on its title page, the reprint is included as a smaller insert within the magazine and is non-removable.
|Premiered:||21 February 2012 (V-Jump, April 2012 Issue)|
A “Super Kanzenban” for Episode of Bardock was announced for inclusion with the March 2014 issue of Saikyō Jump. The book includes all three original chapters along with the two bonus pages, a six-page “SD”-style chapter, and a ten-question interview between Naho Ooishi and Akira Toriyama.
|Premiered:||04 February 2014 (Saikyō Jump, March 2014 Issue)|
|Retail:||¥480 (tankōbon not for individual sale)|