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While dragon ball and dragon ball z are two of the best animes ever created the pitiful ending that it was given doesn't do it any justice.Dragon Ball GT was clearly poorly written while it was some what entertaining it is a utter disgrace to previous dragon ball sagas.The fact that is was canceled was shame enough.The creators should have just ended it with Dragon Ball Z as the original plan was.Another thing,Goku in his super saiyan 4 form is as cocky as Vegeta since when Goku has the cockiness of Vegeta.All he is babbling about is what he is capable of when really there doesn't seem to be much strength in that form.Its Super Saiyan 4 for God sakes at Super Saiyan level 1 he seemed to had more power.How the hell you could get trashed so much at level 4?Very disappointed in this stupid end to a brilliant anime saga.
I feel like I am the only person that sees how incredibly pathethic
weak they made the characters in GT. I'm not sure if you have forgotten
how powerful people were in DBZ, example in freezia saga they were able
to make nuclear type blasts just by lifting a finger. In DBZ they would
move at like 5000mph and punch each other with force that makes the
earth crumble around them. DBGT IS PATHETIC! They are supposed to be
super powerful SS4 or whatever, but the explosions and speed was far to
little to even be slightly believable. Some times it looks like they
move at 10mph and when they punch, no effect to the ground around them,
just a simple very slow weak looking punch with no effect to anything.
Its a freaking SS4, when a punch makes contact it should make a huge
shockwave and make the ground crumble. The biggest blasts in GT were
nothing compared to DBZ's. People need to stop basing how powerful guys
are by how powerful they saythey are, and how powerful they ACTUALLY
are animated as. In the freezia vs guku, they were by far animated
strongest. SS3 was animated too weak in DBZ, it actually felt at times
more of a downgrade in speed and power than an upgrade.
Dubbing was bad. Anyone that is satisfied with DBGT needs to watch the ss1 guku vs freeiza fight right now just to refresh your memory on the power the series is based on.(English dubs are poor though)
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It's hard to be unbiased when you talk about anything with the "Dragon
Ball" name slapped onto it. If your a fan, as I am, you'll say it's
great, and if your not, you probably won't get it. Understandably so,
as DBZ and it's predecessor are both series so filled with twists and
turns and a boatload of characters that if your brain isn't wired to
hold mountains of trivial information, you probably won't be able to
comprehend it all.
However, I think there's one thing that non-dragon ball fans and the majority of Dragon ball lovers can agree on. The sequel series to Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT, is sub-par, to say the least.
The flaws with this show do not simply stem from the irritating changes made to beloved characters, like making the protagonist Goku into a little kid again and making the beloved Trunks into an annoying pest, the show just...well, it just doesn't FEEL right. The hectic action of DBZ is nowhere to be found in this series, replaced only by tired fight scenes that you've probably seen in a thousand anime series by now.
Perhaps that's the biggest hurdle that GT fails to leap over. DBZ was a cartoon so influential to how action cartoons have been made since the late eighties that the bar has been set too high for anyone to leap over. You can see this in the GT's story lines and villains, who have very little life to them and fall far short of the memorable bad-guys of yesteryear, like Cell or Frieza. Heck, the fact that those two actually RETURN in this series, along with every villain from DBZ and DB, is a definite sign that the writers were "jumping the shark," to coin the phrase.
GT is not a terrible series on it's own, but the fact that it bares the name "Dragon Ball" immediately demands for a high level of quality it just doesn't possess. Many of the characters fans have learned to love are reduced to practical cameos, and none of the bad-guys really feel that threatening. Just because a character says "We've never fought anyone as strong as this guy before" can't immediately convince the audience that that phrase is actually TRUE. In the wake of Majin Buu, easily the most powerful villain in DBZ, (he did blow up the Earth after all) villains like "Baby" or a girly haired version of Android 17 fall far from the mark (I mean, c'mon. Android 17? The guy who Cell ate back when slap bracelets were considered cool?)
I could be nice and say GT had a lot of potential, but I'd be lying a little. Some masterpieces are best left alone, and the Dragonball series was one of them. This pitiful tack-on series is little more than a means to make money, and it wears this on it's sleeve the whole time. There was no reason to create a "Super Saiyan 4," which is really little more than a red gorilla suit with pants, especially when it doesn't follow ANY of the conventions of the previous super-saiyans (Green eyes, gold hair. How do you get a red-furred monkey from THAT?) SSJ 3 IS the ultimate Saiyan form for many DBZ fans, and I'm inclined to agree with them. It's hard to feel respect or awe towards a guy who looks like he wants to pick ticks off his scalp.
To end this little review, only watch Dragon Ball GT for one of two reasons. A, your a ravenous, bloodthirsty, "must complete the series" die hard DBZ fan, or B, you really don't care what cartoon you watch. Everyone else, don't set your hopes up too far. You'll be in for a hell of a disappointment.
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Out of the DB Trilogies, DBGT is definitely the worse pile of crap composed. The show takes off 10 years after Dragonball Z where Goku and Uub (The Reincarnation of Buu) train and apparently an Old enemy from the Original Dragonball makes a wish using the black star dragonballs for the Dragon to turn Goku into a kid. The story follows unless Goku collects the black star dragonballs the earth will be destroyed. Stupid isn't it? Well things become worse when Goku goes an journey in space with his granddaughter Pan (Who becomes a whiny annoying teenager) and Trunks (Who was so much cooler in DBZ). The show pretty much becomes stale and the first 20 episodes of the series neither feature Gohan, Vegeta, Piccolo or any of the famous DB/Z characters. One after another each idiotic saga fails to implement a stable balance of action and plot like the previous sagas and instead become DBZ copycats with less heart on interest. The show even added another level of Super Saiyan which obviously didn't help. Overall it was very poor,at times un-entertaining, the action didn't match DBZ, the plot didn't even come close and the characters from previous series were basically unused or wasted. DBGT was a poor effort that was created to milk the DBZ series despite the fact the Original Creator left the series. It's no wonder this is the shortest DB series of the trilogy and only lasted 64 points.
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I was a die hard fan of Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. I loved Goku and
his friends. The hype online for this show made it sound pretty cool.
Super Sayian 4 looked amazing. I couldn't wait. Then the show hit and
all the great things that the first two held was gone. So many mistakes
happened. 1. It seems like the creators just ripped off Dragon Ball and
Dragon Ball Z and combining the campy fun of Dragon Ball, and the
action of Dragon Ball Z. What do you get? Crap. Each show was special
for being different. GT brings nothing special of it's own to the table
because honestly, there is no story left, just some people who want
money. 2. Why is Goku a kid? I loved Goku as a kid back in the day but
that was then, this is now. I want the adult Goku. I really can't take
little Goku seriously. I mean I understand that's how they figured they
could bring back Goku's tail which meant he could go Super Sayian and
be monkey, which turned him Super Sayian 4 but then why doesn't he
return a kid at Super Sayian 4? 3. The villains in this are horrible.
Baby looks like a combination of Buu and Cell. Can't anyone make a new
villain??? Super 17???? Android 17 could very well be my least favorite
villain in DBZ next to Garlic Jr.(I did like him a little cause it was
Gohan, Krillen and Piccolo that fought him and not Goku) The Dragons
could have been cool but just were another version of Buu. 4. Our old
friends were worthless. Goku and Vegeta are the only heroes in this
entire show. In Dragon Ball Z, the others (Gohan, Krillen, Piccolo,
etc.) hung around and fought the villain to make time for Goku to
arrive. Now they sadly, have been overlooked. Most are old or just gave
up fighting. Gohan once had some spotlight but now is nothing but an
idiot. Goten I had such high hopes for. While Gohan had always been
pretty weak in DBZ, Goten could have been greater then Goku but of
course, Goku can never be beaten. One of my biggest problems is Trunks.
I remember future Trunks from DBZ and the later kid Trunks and they
were awesome. This Trunks is stupid. He's about as intimidating as a
paper bag. Pan is beyond annoying too. Pan could have been the female
hero of the show which would have given the show a female audience.
Instead she's weak and annoying. She can't even go Super Sayian.
Sadly the only good part this show is the end which was sad cause it was the end to one of my favorite series. GT was horrible. I think me and my friends could have done a better job. Too bad......it could have been great.
There are so many logical errors in this show it's barely worth me
stating. 1) Mystic Gohan is non existent 2) Uub is as powerful as MAJIN
BUU yet plays absolutely no role in the show, somehow he is easily
overpowered by every bad guy 3) The whole Super Saiyan 4 idea is
retarded and it's appalling that he loses to super 17 (which is the
worst idea for a DB villain EVER) 4) Super Saiyan 4 Goku is no match
for Super 17 but non transformed Goku using a move he learned in a
movie that wasn't supposed to happen, kills him with ease 5) Vegeta is
utterly useless 6) No character other than Goku has any impact to the
outcome of the battles 7) The series ends with a spirit bomb...come on
8) Goku invincible? absorbs dragonballs? lame 9) Gotenks?...better yet
Goten??? Trunks??? they both suck 10) Super Saiyan 4 involves a magical
transformation into an adult 11) Goku is a kid 12) Goku is a kid 13) No
super saiyan level 2 (characterized by electricity) 14) No imagination
with the animation of Gogeta 15) Gogeta utterly useless 16) Big Bang
Kamehameha is the biggest let down in anime history (not really logical
but I'm going off on a tangent) 17) Shortest character fights ever
I could go on longer if I hadn't repressed the majority of memories associated with this show. When I make enough money I am going to fund the remaking of this series.
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
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.
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.
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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