Dragon Ball GT
Dragon Ball GT (Japanese: ドラゴンボールジーティー Hepburn: Doragon Bōru Jī Tī) is a Japanese anime series based on Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball manga. Produced by Toei Animation, the series premiered in Japan on Fuji TV on February 7, 1996, spanning 64 episodes until its end on November 19, 1997.
It is a sequel to the previous Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z anime series, and was the only series in the Dragon Ball franchise not based directly on the original manga by Akira Toriyama until the release of Super Dragon Ball Heroes. The show was poorly received by fans of both Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, and is considered to be one of Toei Animation's biggest flops. As a result, it has since been declared non-canon to the entire Dragon Ball franchise.
Ten years after leaving his friends and family to hone his skills, Goku has become helpless against the mystic power of the Dragon Balls when a wish made by his old enemy Emperor Pilaf - that Goku become a child again - comes true. Despite this setback, Goku teams with his granddaughter Pan and Capsule Corp. President Trunks to go into outer space to find the missing Black Star Dragon Balls. Unknown to Goku and his team, the balls have a secret: If they are not collected within a year, the Earth will be destroyed.
- Goku gets turned back into a child in the first episode and stays that way for the rest of the show, pretty much ruining his character development. This was a cheap attempt at bringing back the old charm of the original anime.
- Pan is a really annoying character, especially for a new character in the franchise.
- In the final arc, she was eventually reduced into a "dumbass in distress" who always needs to be saved by Goku.
- In one instance of the show, Super Saiyan 4 Goku swallowed the Four-Star Dragon Ball to prevent Omega Shenron from taking it. While he did mean well, it was an incredibly dumb idea that could've resulted in him being killed.
- The Funimation soundtrack from Mark Menza (no disrespect to him) is nothing but generic American music, much like the Ocean/Saban dub of Dragon Ball Z.
- Most of Dragon Ball Z's heroes, such as Vegeta, Gohan, Bulma, Goten and Piccolo get sidelined in GT in favor of Goku and Pan. It's no surprise that the show ended up getting the nickname of "Dragon Ball: Goku Time".
- Bonus points for Piccolo being absent for most of the series, only to die soon after he appears.
- The Black Star Dragon Balls Saga and the Super Android 17 Saga are often considered by fans to be some of the worst story arcs in Dragon Ball history.
- When Dragon Ball GT first aired in North America on Toonami, the entire Black Star Dragon Balls Saga episodes didn't air and went straight to the Baby arc because it was more action-oriented like Dragon Ball Z and in its place was a Funimation exclusive recap episode to show Goku turning into a child and having Goku, Trunks, and Pan being involved with the Machine Mutants. The missing episodes were later released as "lost episodes."
- The show makes references to filler episodes from Dragon Ball Z and the movies such as the Tuffles and their war with the Saiyans and Gogeta's appearance. The Dragon Ball Z Kai edit omits most of the filler so people who watch that version or people who don't like watching filler will be lost when watching this show.
- Atrocious character designs from series creator Akira Toriyama that are a step back from Z, with Trunks, Vegeta and Baby's being especially bad.
- Gogeta is portrayed as an idiotic goofball and not as the pragmatic badass he was in Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn and Dragon Ball Super: Broly.
- In fact, he acts more like Vegetto when you think about it.
- Piccolo gets killed off in an incredibly stupid way at the end of the Baby Saga.
- Vegeta is reduced to a "Megward The Wizard"-type character who gets routinely humiliated by the villains.
- No-one bothers to use the Earth Dragon Balls, or even the Namekian Dragon Balls for that matter, to turn Goku back into an adult, which REALLY could've been useful.
- In fact, during the first episode, Goku actually says that he likes being a kid again and doesn't want the Dragon Balls being used to make him an adult again.
- Super Android 17 is a terrible villain whose only purpose is to make Android 17 completely irredeemable by having him murder Krillin in cold blood.
- The Blue Water dub is even worse than the Funimation dub.
- The original Funimation intro attempted to be "hip" and "modern" by using a rap verse, which strayed from the type of genre Dragon Ball was supposed to be. It even tries to sound "epic" by using metal guitar riffs.
- Some episodes re-use the same animations over and over again.
- Most of the villains (minus the Para Para brothers) fall into the "For the Evulz" trope.
- The second Funimation opening by Vic Mignogna (an English translation of the Japanese theme) is awesome.
- Awesome soundtrack in the original Japanese version, especially the opening theme "Dan Dan Kokoro Hikareteku" (DAN DAN 心魅かれてく) by Japanese rock band Field of View.
- The Super Saiyan 4 transformation is still well-regarded, even by the show's detractors, and the design looks pretty good.
- The final episode ("Goodbye, Goku... Until the Day We Meet Again") is very emotional and serves as a fitting conclusion to both the show and (at the time) the entire Dragon Ball franchise.
- Some of the villains still manage to be awesome, such as General Rilldo, Baby and Nuova, Eis and Syn/Omega Shenron.
- Despite the mediocre voice acting, the Blue Water dub was at least more faithful to the Japanese version, because it kept the original score and was produced almost uncut.
- Continuity was actually much more consistent in this series than the previous two.
- Even some of the show's detractors admit that GT has great concepts (e.g., Baby and the Shadow Dragons), but they were poorly executed.
- Passable animation and art style.
- There are some decent characters such as Trunks, Vegeta, Uub (despite their bad character designs and them being sidelined) and Super Saiyan 4 Goku.
- The generic Funimation soundtrack can be catchy at times.
- Some fans of the Dragon Ball franchise may enjoy it.
The show received mixed-to-negative reviews from critics, audiences and Dragon Ball fans alike. It is considered by many to be the worst installment in the Dragon Ball anime series. However, there are still some fans who like it, though not all of them.
- DBGT: A Grand Tour of Disappointment on Deviantart