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Dragonball GT


Genre: Action
Company: Toei Douga
Format: 64 episodes
Dates: 2/7/1996 to 11/19/1997

Ten years have passed since Goku and the rest of the Z Senshi restored peace to the world. Goten, Gohan, and Trunks have grown up living out their daily lives. Gohan is happily married to Videl, and they have a daughter of their own, Pan. Unfortunately, with the power of the black star dragonballs, Pilaf transforms Goku into a little child! If the gang can’t find all seven of the dragonballs within one year, the planet Earth will explode. Once again it is up to Goku, Trunks, Goten and the rest of the bunch to save the world.

summary by Keitaro


Reviewed: 05/28/2004 by
Grade: 50% av-Keitaro

Highs: Improved animation and fight scenes

Lows: Boring; repetitive; reused storylines

Once upon a time in Japan, a show called Dragonball Z swept the charts and its popularity was like nothing before it. When it was all over, in a vain attempt to keep the Yen rolling in and the fans happy, a third series was planned. Dragonball GT was born.

Most people agree that this anime was poorly done and tend to focus on the bad points (trust me, there are a lot), but I must admit it isn’t all bad. This series does offer some redemption in that the animation is clearly a step up from Dragonball Z and the fight scenes tend not to drag on as much. In fact, at a “mere” sixty-four episodes (compared to the two hundred and ninety-one of its predecessor), the anime as a whole is less monotonous. Also, for better or for worse, there is finally a serious attempt at a plot. The music isn’t half bad, either. The same goes for the seiyuu cast.

The thing that really hurts Dragonball GT is the same thing that hurts the anime that came before it: it is simply boring. It’s about as uninspired as it is uncreative. Everything about this gives me the feeling of “haven’t I seen this before?” Take, for example, one saga in which Android 17 comes back to life… but this time more powerful than before, more powerful than Goku even. Now Goku must train hard to reach the next level of Super Saiya-jin to defeat the “mighty” android. That gets about a “1” on the Originality-o-Meter.

If you were once a fan of the Dragonball series, you have probably already seen this one. If you are a fan of it now, you are probably going to see it regardless of my opinion. If you aren’t a fan, however, take my advice and do not put yourself through the horror.


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