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This show is taking a lot of heat from die-hard fans of the popular
manga and anime Dragon Ball Z, because it is a revisitation to and - in
some fashion - a retelling of the original dragon ball series, on a
much grander scale and in increasingly obfuscated terms. The basic plot
and premise of the beginning of this series is simple; a trio of child
heroes disembark from earth in a rocketship to find powerful magical
artifacts called 'black star dragon balls', that have been scattered
across the galaxy. The result, known under the name Dragon Ball GT, is
an anime series that is fair in its own right, but succumbs to its
ambition. Not only does the fact that GT has been written by a large
number of different storyboard writers cause the whole to be diffuse
and incoherent, but the series had been canceled before its due date as
well, making watching GT a laborious effort for some.
Despite this, it's hard to blame GT for how it might or might not have turned out, because the series is at its very core a large marketing exercise, a service to fans worldwide who were not ready for their favorite anime series to be decommissioned just yet. The moral of the story behind GT, then, is that trying to please everybody at the same time is a fool's errand.
GT incorporates the playfulness and adventure-element of the early Dragon Ball series, as well as the high-octane fighting from Dragon Ball Z. Fans of the former may just end up complain about the latter, and vice versa. At the same time, the resulting series is neither as original nor as exciting as either Dragonball or Dragon Ball Z. The first half of GT utilizes the same archetypical main characters as in Dragonball - Goku, Trunks and Pan in GT, compared to Goku, Yamcha and Bulma from Dragonball. The 'new' character of Pan, although often fun and rebellious, is not always interesting and may at times test the limits of your patience with her pre-pubescent levels of self-reliance. GT is a mixed bag, a mutt amongst anime that you either learn to like or love to hate.
What vexes many Dragon Ball afficionados the most is that GT introduces a lot of plot holes to the formerly reasonably tight storyline of its predecessors. Many of these storytelling oversights can be attributed to alterations of the original plot. Resultingly, GT can be considered somewhat of a retcon because of it, if not a downright non-chronicle addition to the Dragonball universe. BUT...
... let's be fair now and consider that Dragon Ball Z itself isn't exactly famous for its storyline depth to begin with. One might even argue that if it weren't for the Saiya-Jin and Freezer sagas, and the thoroughly interesting and well-developed character of Cell, Dragon Ball Z wouldn't have enough story to wrap around on itself and make a hole in the first place. What GT doesn't fail to bring, then, is an engaging little plot, even if it diverges from the canon. Said plot is interspersed with a myriad of interesting locales, characters and villains, and allows for a variation not seen since the early stages of Dragonball (I am of course referring to the recurring theme of high-octane battles over barren mesas). Also, perhaps by virtue of their absurdity, GT boasts less emphasis on the by then truly cyclopean power levels of the characters it features, whether that is for the better or worse.
In conclusion, GT is definitely worth a once-over. Find out for yourself if you love or hate it, but don't think it isn't worth watching, because it is. 6/10
Many people bash Dragon Ball GT for being simply a commercial hit by
Toei Animation, because it's not made by Toriyama, and because Z is
100000 times better. I can agree on these points, they are all true,
but GT is not as bad as it could have been.
Biggest Dragon Ball fans know full well that after GT ended, fans were so wanting for more, even if GT wasn't quite the big deal - it was even cancelled after only 64 episodes, compared to the total of over 400 of the previous 2 series. Many, many fan-fictions were made (at times, I even made a few, I so loved the world created by Toriyama). Dragon Ball GT, in a way, is a fan-fiction, as it's hardly even related to Toriyama, if not for a few concepts like the SSJ4. So, a Dragon Ball made purely to make the crying fans shut up, by different authors who didn't properly follow the previous events of the series? Well that sounds just terrible. The series though, isn't all that bad.
The Dragon Ball fan-base was always split in 2 - those who preferred the comicity and absurdity of the 1st Dragon Ball series, and those who loved the sci-fi macho fights between ubermuscle'd saiyans of Z. GT obviously tries to give bread to both fan-bases, making the 1st part of the GT series a tribute to the 1st series with all the searching of the Dragon Balls - some plots even rip-off completely previous plots from the 1st series! Even the trio, Goku, Trunks and Pan seems a homage to the Goku - Yamcha - Bulma trio of 1st series. In fact, the 1st part of the series is actually pretty lame. It gets interesting in some parts, but only the Baby part really changes the things for the best, thus making GT actually worth a watch.
This part is obviously a homage to Z, more like to Buu series, and it's the longest enemy in GT, lasting quite some episodes - which is good, because I find this part far the most interesting in the series. Here we get some insane combats, some actually pretty inventive, but most of them kind of missing the thrills of DBZ, but with many situations that are resolved by luck and not by skills. This thing happens later on as well, in the following enemies, which are far less interesting than Baby in fact. The way Toei tries to continue the android-saga over 3-4 years after it ended is quite mad, as it really adds no depth - except for the final words about it maybe, which I won't spoil. The last part of the series focuses on a situations that fans were "what-if-ing" from several years - what would happen if the Dragon Balls turned against our friends? Well, despite the logical happening of that, this part is actually very boring, and only at the very end it gets any interesting, even thought it's very much like the Janemba movie of Z. The ending is fairly logical, but it's not worth the wait, and I think a better ending should have been made.
At the end, GT is not bad, considering. The core fighting is still very good, and some fights are really well-done, especially for the time. Some parts though fail very hard, because they completely rip-off earlier plots. The characters aren't as good as before either, with Pan being so whiny that it's often annoying. Goku turned out to be stupid as well. And there's some heavy plot-hole. But at the core, this is Dragon Ball. If you liked the mindless combats in Z, there's no reason for you to miss GT either. Just be prepared that GT is a cheap and unofficial way to end an amazing series, and while it's not bad compared to general animes, it's quite a downfall for Toriyama.
A must for hardcore fans, otherwise you won't be missing much.
There are many complaints against DragonBall GT. Many people complain
the lack of characters who get things to do, the lack of favourite
characters from the first two series, and the mix of styles from the first
two series. The first DragonBall was a very comedic show that centered
around Goku growing up as a child, while DragonBall Z introduced many new
characters, evolved the existing ones and took itself a lot more
Both shows worked fine in their individual styles, but did feel slightly
contrasting next to each other.
DragonBall GT is also disregarded by many fans, as the series original creator did not work on this series other than having the job of character consultant.
But looking past the complaints, and regarding it as a series in it's own right, DragonBall GT is very fine. The first step it takes is noticeable - reducing Goku back to the state of a child. The second is probably more noticeable - reducing the regular cast list to only 3; only two of which were favourites from DragonBall Z. In later episodes, an all new fourth party is also added - Gil, a robot who swallowed the Dragon Radar from the original series - unfortunately, he generally slows things down, but at least there has been innovation, which is commendable.
What this series does - and very successfully, it's worth noting - is consistently merge the comedic DragonBall with the action-laden DragonBall Z. Everyone is a winner here, even if their favourite style is not featured as much as in their favourite of the two original series. Reducing Goku to a child was a sensible move, as it allowed fans of the original who drifted during Z's adult-Goku to become interested in the series with the character they knew and loved again. The series utilises it's license to the fullest - resurrecting Emporer Pilaf from the original series (noticeably absent from DragonBall Z), and recreating the importance of the DragonBalls (who were generally merely aesthetic in DragonBall Z). The series also introduces the character of Pan - who showed a lot of potential at the end of DragonBall Z. Perhaps the most controversial aspect of the show, Pan does take up a lot of the screen time, but her character is a direct descendant of Bulma from the original series (despite family tree relations), with the role of 'growing up' given to Goku in DragonBall and Gohan in DragonBall Z.
The series is not perfect, however. Early episodes are generally unengaging, with sometimes uninteresting villains and often farcical situations. The early episodes seem to focus mostly on the DragonBall style over the DragonBall Z one - and because of this the series feels alienated to those who have only experienced DBZ (which is probably a large percentage of the fanbase). Animation has dropped noticeably in quality from DragonBall Z - feeling a bit more 'clunky' and hard-edged. Character re-designs are generally awful; Vegeta starts off the series with a moustache, Gohan's glasses now dominate his face, Trunks has been given an odd suit that really can't be categorised, and Krillin is almost completely unrecogniseable from the first series.
On a redeeming note, though, some character redesigns are good - Pan's costume suits the feel of the show, and Bulma looks exactly the same as in DBZ, save a few wrinkles. Goten also looks great as the skinny teenager, and his role is well written. Hercule also looks much better than expected with a bald patch.
Fans of DBZ will be disappointed that many of the characters are left out of the action - Gohan, Goten and others seemingly never get to fight at all, or do anything of utmost importance. Krillin is annoyingly underused, but he was becoming like that in DragonBall Z as well. Yamcha, again, is noticeably missing. And most surprisingly, Vegeta gets considerably less screen-time in DBZ - though of all the supporting cast, he probably does the most, so it's not all bad.
So what is DragonBall GT? It's a decidedly mixed bag - many good features, and many bad. But as a series in it's own right, it is very good, and a few steps above many other action animes that have all action and barely any substance. The light humour adds a lot, too, and feels very much a part of the DragonBall continuity. And because of the linked styles from the first two series, which works very well in the later episodes, the series really does take on a new perspective, and truly does feel like a DragonBall series. It's not perfect, but for fans of the series it's more of the same - repetitive fight after repetitive fight, with Hercule throwing in some overused (but still welcome) cameos here and there.
A good follow up, if not perfect. Definitely worth investing in if a fan of either original series - or if DBZ left you begging for more - which it did for many people.
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OK As A Huge Fan Of Dragonball Z I was (like most) dissapointed with the
start of the DBGT it focused more on comedy than fighting. Later the
creators started to pick up on this and so lots of fighting was added. The
plot runs thus: Gokou training with Ubuu on Dende's lookout is wished back
to being a kid by Pilaf (remember him?) and the black star dragonballs.
Gokou is informed that unless the dragonballs are collected and returned to
Earth in one year the Earth will explode there is one minor snag though ,
the dragonballs split across the whole universe. Gokou, Trunks and Pan
(Gohan and Videl's daughter) travel all over the universe to collect the
dragonballs and of course fight against some new enemies and some old ones
with new power.
The Good: Super Saiyan 4, Gokou-Vegeta and Gogeta, Pan is really CUTE!!!(my weird) really cool battles, the dragons are bad guys for once. Lots of humour and a cool new opening song.
The Bad: Early episodes suck, New character designs are (mostly) horrible.
Overall: This appears to be the last of the DragonBall series and so therefore it has a definitive ending (Gokou dies...sort of) and it also just happens to be one of the best of any type of show. Supposedly Funimation are making a movie version of DragonBall personally I hope not since the dubbed version is bad enough. So If you miss DB/DBZ then GT is what you need.
Im not sure if anyone reads this Thread anymore but i would just like
to say dragon ball dragon ball z and gt was the best thing i every
watched on TV and I'm very sad that it has finished especially with
such a poor ending in gt i was very confused about the ending but Apart
from that It was a excellent series and the Only Animation i have ever
enjoyed. And people saying there fans and they complain about the dub
etc please if you really enjoyed the series you wouldn't care about
that. And yes even till this day i still watch Dragonball z and
hopefully I can one day see all the movies
Just thought id say that
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So, I really hadn't heard of GT until later on. I was very familiar with DBZ in the early 2000s, when they began to show on Cartoon Network in the USA. I got one of the games later on and saw a few characters that I never heard of; Baby, Super Android 17, etc... I eventually purchased GT and started watching. The first part of the show was funny, especially with the Para Para brothers (LOL). But, once we started getting to the Baby saga, I was really getting hooked. Super Android 17 was another really interesting saga, as well. The dragon saga was a little goofy at first, but was OK. Some people didn't like the character development, but I think the all the show up to the dragons was very entertaining. If you go in there expecting Frieza, Cell or Majin Buu sagas, you may be a little let down. But, if you open your mind and enjoy for what it is, you won't be disappointed!
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Dragon Ball GT was one of my favorite anime's growing up, the story had
decent writing in my opinion, the new villains including baby, super
17, and the shadow dragons were very exciting to me with their enormous
power and various forms, and the super saiyan 4 looked incredible and
their power was amazing even though they were incredibly cocky in that
But all of these events except for baby's attempt to rule the galaxy happened in the second season of the series. The first season was my least favorite part of GT, don't get me wrong it had its moments but for most of it i didn't like it. pan absolutely drove me crazy with her bossiness and overconfidence, trunks barely helped at all with goku and pan, and the para para brothers made me want to pull my hair out, and before i found out how to change the DVD set soundtrack i had to stick with the Japanese one and the over abundance of the show's theme song got annoying very fast.
stick with the second season for the better part of the series but if you want the full story be prepared for a lot of repetition and annoying characters
Still, it was a nice series, I do believe the main problems the show has are both rather easily fixed. Granted, it is to late to do that now. The first problem is the show needed more development. A good twenty episodes more could have helped this show immensely. That way some fights could have lasted longer, Vegeta could have had more face time and new characters explored a bit more. The other problem is the problems in the stories plot. These are not mistakes I am used to seeing in a Japanese animation, but rather the type found in American animation of the type found in a lot of the cartoon shows I watched in the 80's. Like they said let's forget about what happened here, and try this idea that does not fit in the universe anyway. However, complaints aside there is still a lot to enjoy about this series. It starts out like "Dragonball" with Goku being reduced to child form by black star dragonballs that for all purposes should not exist (see the plot problems complaint). These balls are scattered across the universe and Goku, his granddaughter Pan and Trunks must track them down or the earth will be destroyed. Why they pick Trunks is a mystery, I would have rather seen Vegeta tag along as seeing his and Goku's friendship continue to develop after the Z series would have been nice, not to mention Trunks is virtually a non factor once the fighting portion of the show begins with the battle between Goku and Baby. During the search portion of the series the adventures tend to be on the humorous side and sometimes the annoying side as you wonder why Goku and Trunks do not simply turn into super saiyans during some of their fights as that would have simplified things immensely. Once Baby enters the picture the show shifts to more of a "Dragonball Z" feel to it. Then Android 17 reenters the fray and finally there are numerous battles with what are called shadow dragons with the final battle against a rather tough foe called Omega Shenron. Piccolo is almost a no show through the whole series only really making a contribution in the short Super 17 saga. Vegeta was needed more too, but he really makes an impact during the final battle with Omega as he fuses with Goku and Gogeta is born, for like a half an episode (a place where another episode would have worked). All in all though the fighting once Goku begins his battle with Baby as a Super Saiyan 4 is nearly nonstop the rest of the way. Shame it had to end the way it did, I would have liked to seen more, however as the original creator had stopped doing anything Dragonball at this time it was time for this show to be laid to rest.
DBGT starts of ten years after the end of the Dragon ball z series, with
Goku training on Kami's lookout. Gohan is an adult now , married to Videl,
and has a slightly out-of-control adolescent daughter named
The series, being the only one NOT based off a comic series by its creator -Akira Toriyama, tries to be a balance between the previous two. Keeping the goofy fun of the first series, with a group of youngsters (Goku gets wished back to a child in the first ten minutes) on a quest for the Dragon balls, and mixes it with the action packed fights of the DBZ series.
Its decent and its kinda nice seeing ur favorite characters getting a little older, if youre a fan. And Basically thats what it comes down to, if you're a fan, you'll like this series. If not, it probably wont be the one to convert you (but it could).
Dragonball GT began life in 1996 as the immediate 'sequel' to Dragonball Z.
However, its creator Akira Toriyama was only used as a character consultant
and its clear from watching the show that it has taken on a new creative
For the first 25 episodes the show returns to its roots with the original Dragonball, filled with oddball humor, various locales (and its denizens), and of course the hunt for the black star dragonballs. The premise of the whole series is that Son Gokuh has been turned into a little boy again by the evil Pilaf, and now must beat the clock to recover the black star dragonballs which have now spread out across the galaxy (as opposed to merely the Earth).
As they wrap up their dragonball hunting, they unleash a mutant machine named Baby whose goal is to get revenge on Gokuh and take control of everyone on Earth. I won't spoil the plot from here on.
What I truly enjoyed about this series was that all the characters seemed to have evolved and changed, although not in a way that alienates their original personality. Vegeta is still a hardass who wants to be the strongest fighter ever, but (as he had conceded at the end of DBZ) knows Gokuh is #1 and has made a life for himself with Bulma and his two kids. Trunks has turned from an arrogant brat into the mature Future Trunks we saw back in the Cell saga. It is this great attention to detail and plot that made this a joy to watch.
The final two episodes are filled with raw emotion- deservedly so, for it represents the end of three generations of great anime. So long, Gokuh!
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