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[Dragon Ball GT]
AKA: ドラゴンボールGT, Dragonball GT, Dragon Ball Grand Tour
Genre: Martial arts action
Length: Television series, 64 episodes, 25 minutes each
Distributor: R1 DVD and VHS from FUNimation
Content Rating: 13+ (violence, child nudity)
Related Series: Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z
Also Recommended: Pretty much any other Shonen Jump anime adaption
Notes: Anime-only sequel to Dragon Ball Z, and is the only series not written by creator Akira Toriyama. However, he did do some character designs.

When this series made it to America in 2003, the first quarter of the series was skipped to get to the fighting. It was eventually released months later on DVD.
Rating: One Star

Dragon Ball GT

Synopsis

After many, many years, Emperor Pilaf and his henchmen have collected the Dragon Balls. To get revenge on their long-time nemesis Goku, they turn him into a child. But this wish wasn't made with the ordinary Dragon Balls..these Dragon Balls are black-star Dragon Balls. And unless Goku, with the aid of Trunks and his grand-daughter Pan, collect them within a year, the universe will be destroyed!


Review

I find it extremely ironic that Dragon Ball GT came out the same exact year that Sailor Moon Sailor Stars did, because the two series have two major things in common:

1.) They're both based on manga whose original creators were pressured by Toei to continue their series for the sake of merchandise.

2.) They both represent the nadir of both series' animated history.

You know how some people joke about some anime's opening and ending themes are better than the actual show itself? This is one of them.

Dragon Ball GT sounds like a good idea: take the humor of Dragon Ball and add to it the fighting of Dragon Ball Z. Unfortunately, it fails on every level: the humor is forced, juvenile, and stupid, the characters are trite, and the villains are ugly, power-hungry monsters with no personality whatsoever. Forget about memorable villains like Freeza, Cell, and Buu - I can't name a single villain's name from the 6 episodes I watched. And one of the few villains I did remember was just a souped-up version of one from Dragon Ball Z!

What about the characters? Goku is a brat whose antics got old years before this anime aired. It's actually quite amazing that despite all the years that have passed by since Dragon Ball, he's still a stupid goof-off who only thinks of food, fighting, and his friends/family whenever they need his aid (if he's even there). Trunks? He's little more than a babysitter. Pan? She's our annoying, butt-kicking heroine, rarely going out of the boundaries that that entails. They are all also accompanied by an annoying, stupid robot named Giro, who serves as an irritating, backstabbing, walking dragon ball radar. He is the worst character in the franchise, bar none. What about the rest of the Dragon Ball cast? Aside from Vejeta, don't expect much: the rest of the cast are reduced to glorified cameos.

At least Toei went to the trouble of bringing up the animation, and especially the music, up a notch, even if the character designs are ugly as sin and they ruined everything else about Dragon Ball in the process.

In short, avoid Dragon Ball GT. It has none of the fun, excitement, or likable characters the franchise is known for. Its rare moments of worthwhile entertainment and humor are not worth the time, money, or effort to sit through this anime; it's like digging through a garbage can for pieces of gold. Die-hard Dragon Ball fans need not apply unless they must see every bit of animated Dragon Ball ever made.

The fun stops the second the opening ends. For some, it might stop long before that. Tim Jones

Recommended Audience: Typical Dragon Ball violence and non-sexual child nudity in the form of young Goku. Content wise, it fares a little better than Dragon Ball Z.



Version(s) Viewed: Prerelease fansub; VHS, English dubbed
Review Status: Partial (6/64)
Dragon Ball GT © 1996 Toei / Fuji TV / Bird Studio
 
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