Synonyms: Dragonball GT
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 7, 1996 to Nov 19, 1997
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 6.831 (scored by 60992 users)
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Popular Tagsaction adventure comedy shounen
May 10, 2008
The one major thing that Dragonball GT suffers from is an identity crisis. It starts off as a primarily comedy anime with action as a secondary, something that worked very well for Dragonball and occasionally worked here as well. Unfortunately, the series received poor ratings, mainly because everyone wanted more action and less goofing off. At about Episode 17, the focus shifted from comedy to action, and that's also when the plot started to suffer. It's difficult to be original when one uses plot devices that have been seen in so many other anime, not to mention done better. And as well all know, with a lack of originality comes boredom. At least this series is "only" 64 episodes in length, so it's not as much of a chore to sit through as, say, Dragonball Z.
On an more positive note, the art and animation received a nice upgrade. Some of the character designs are a bit iffy, but it's still passable. The music is also rather good, especially the opening, DAN DAN Kokoro Hikareteku, and all four endings. I can safely say that I enjoy listening to all five songs on a regular basis. The fights are enjoyable more often than not, though once again, I've seen better...much better.
It may be far from perfect, but Dragonball GT at least makes an attempt to be entertaining. If you still want to watch, then by all means, go for it. Just don't expect too much, and enjoy the opening and endings as they come. read more
Jan 18, 2011
This review will be going into just about every plot hole, very F up, just about everything that is terrible and wrong in DBGT that I can find or remember.
*Just so you know, I am a GIGANTIC DBZ FANBOY, and I do know DBZ isn't "perfect" and yes this review is nothing but a whinny nit-picking troll intended bash fest, so if you hate reading about hate or if you are not familiar with the majority of dragonball and most of the stuff that accurs before GT cause this review will spoil most of the "plot" of GT, then go ahead and click unhelpful *
STORY: Sequels, well they usually give justice to the original, or remind you that the original is as good as it gets.
Dragonball Z, anime franchise king, the big long winded battle, overrated fail, BEST ANIME EVAR!!, whatever your take on DBZ is, you can not deny it's popularity, calling it a household name in Japan (And around the world) is more than an understatement.
Probably the best best comparison I can made is: DBZ is like Mario, everyone knows what is it is.
And of course one thing always happens when a series becomes popular, a sequel is made.
I remember when I found out about Dragonball GT, I went crazy! Fanboying like no tomorrow, but I was young and very easy to impress, and there was a side to me that wished DBZ never ended, and that Goku would continued to beat up baddies and fire Kamehamehas until the cows come home.
But enough of that.
I watched Funimation's version, the one where they skipped the first 20 or so episodes, but that was actually a present in disguise because those episodes were just a laughable gimmacky version of a dragonball search from Dragonball, but instead they're looking around the galaxy for the black star dragonballs!
Stop, I'm not going to ask what's the difference between these black star dragonballs and the original ones cause I don't give a damn, but I want to know why are they there.
From how DBGT explains it, the black star dragon balls were an extra set of dragonballs that Kami, the namekian guardian of the earth before dende, made for no apparent reason.
Hold on... Wasn't the earth destroyed by Kidd Buu? I'll explain this F up, you see when Kidd Buu destroyed the earth at the end of DBZ, they had to use the Namekian dragonballs to bring the planet back to normal... but before that, Super Buu destroyed the lookout(Where Popo and Dende live at), where these balls are said to be.
If memory serves me right, Dende had to recreate the Dragonballs again cause they got destroyed along with the earth... So no one except Dende could've made them, but it's pointed out that Kami made them... Sooooooo yeah, if you look at it this way, DBGT is completely non canon.
Next let's talk about the first major villian, Baby, who's name is impossible to take serious, I mean I laugh every time one of the characters say his name with anger or seriousness.
Baby's er... Babie's (I'm not sure how to write that) story is that he is the last of the race called the tuffles, and that he seeks revenge against the saiyans...
Wait a minute, something like this had already happened, although it was non canon, there was an ova about the last creation of the tuffles trying to get revenge on the saiyans, and said ova was made years before GT.
Unoriginality is one thing, but to use the same concept twice shows that there was no creative thought used in the making of this anime.
Anyway, after Baby gets his ass whooped twice, he goes to Earth and starts to take control of everybodies minds (Except Hercule, Buu, and Uub... and Piccolo). Mainly Vegeta's, and the result of baby taking over his mind? You get the worst named villian of all of Dragonball, Baby Vegeta... probably the least threatening name of a villian next to Buu.
Next up the Super 17 saga... which needs to be renamed the Fan Service saga.
This is without a doubt the most shallow part of DBGT, premise; all hell breaks loose on earth, literally! And the main characters have to go around the world rekilling their old foes (Except Baby for some reason) even the ones from the movies.
Oh my god, once again GT takes a pre existed plot, this time from the DBZ movie Fusion Rebirth, and just switches a few things around like who is fusing into a super fighter, actually both the movie and GT seem to rip off the OVA, cause they all feature villians coming back to life, except the OVA was the one that had the original concept of revived villians for the series.
The main villian this time is Android 17, 2 of them actually that fuse together into a super android named, heh, super 17.
I'm tired of naming similiarites between GT and the movies, cause fusing androids had already been used in the DBZ movie, Super Android 13.
Usual DBZ plot setups accur, super 17 beats every one to death until Goku arrives and Goku uses a last resort attack to beat him. But before any of that happens, two notable things happen:
1. Goku goes to hell and fights Frieza and Cell in a goofy battle, and Goku gets sends sent further down to hell with filler episodes.
and 2, An android 17 that already exists on earth (Which is actually canon, because Krillian, after the Cell games saga, wishes android 17 back to life but this part is pretty easy to over look), kills Krillian just to piss off android 18. This part really irritates me alot actually, just piece together what I said in this paragraph, and you'll understand.
And last but not least, the Evil Dragon saga, which isn't that bad actually.
While the villians revived on the last saga were on earth, their negative energy corrupted the dragonballs making them crack and when they gathered them together to make a wish, instead of shenron appearing, an evil dragon appears and spreads the dragonballs along with 7 evil dragons around the earth.
So Goku and his granddaughter, Pan, basicly just go around killing each dragon and taking each dragonball from each evil dragon, simple and probably the best arc GT has to offer.
But these is where I need to point something out, GT does not know what mood to take, sometimes it gets really serious and dark, then next episode it gets so silly and whimsical that the first dragonball series seems more mature, never does it get into a comforable middle of these moods like DBZ does.
I know I haven't touched everything yet (like super saiyan 4 for instance, or how Goku gets turned into a kid, sigh) but I feel like I have made my point.
Except I will actually admit there is ONE thing and one thing only that GT actually does better than Z.
And that is: The relevancy of the dragon balls, unlike Z where they simply used to bring people back to life, the dragon balls are so important to the plot that three of the major story arcs are heavily affected by the dragon balls, especially the shadow dragons arc.
ANIMATION: I know it's a pre 2000's anime, but even DBZ looks better than most of GT's animation.
SOUND: This is the only thing I'll say it's decent, Funimation's dub cast returns to repraise their roles, making the dub more than tolerable.
Hahahahaha, except the really stupid rap for the opening theme.
+ It's another dragonball adventure, and dbz fanbase loses its shit.
+ The dragon balls are actually important to the plot.
- Completely unoriginal
- Doesn't know what mood to take
- More plot holes than a fan fiction
- It's another dragonball adventure, and dbz fanbase goes insane (DBAF) read more
Jun 20, 2008
The good and bad points about this anime:
GOOD: If you actually live through this entire series, you just proved yourself to have unlimited patience
BAD: If you actually watched all the episodes (like me), you better find a hobby or counseling, fast.
Honestly I only watched all that because of my love for Dragonball when I was very little, and as of that, I finished this anime when I was very little. And boy did it warp my fragile little mind.
I'm not going to go any farther, but I'll say that the story is like the same thing as Dragonball, but with more "evil" guys that make Hercule look like Cell. If you're curious about this anime, then watch it, but I warn you, many viewers are going to tear up their computers, curse themselves, and swear never to watch another anime again. Thats kamehameha for you. read more
Dec 28, 2011
there are several reasons why I didn't like this anime and here they are.
1. repetition. There was nothing unique about this anime in the slightest. I even recall one episode where they dressed trunks up like a girl to save this village, it was the EXACT same episode from dragon ball where Goku was dressed like a girl to trick oolong. But the worst part is baby, I could not stand him. It was basically the android saga and the buu saga smashed into one steaming pile of repetition. Evil scientist creates an android that brainwashes (sorry buu absorbs people to gain their strength, but big woopdydo its the same thing people, if you can't see the connection here watch dbz. What I'm trying to say is dragon ball GT isnt unique, it doesnt offer anything i havn't already seen.
2. The plot. God I have seen animes with stupid plots but this one takes the cake. I can deal with the whole black star dragon ball thing and finding them iin space, but when the ship takes off is the moment I get a little ticked off. I was looking forward to seeing all the z fighters going on an awesome quest to find the dragon balls. What I get is Goku as a kid (whitch I dont mind) a girl who is supernaturally strong for no apparent reason (another part of the plot I hate) and trunks who is ok I geuss. Well thats acceptable you can say, until they get to lord luud. He turns people into dolls and absorbs them from energy. How lame is that, and to top it hes more powerful than majin buu. What? The Supreme Kai, who is supposed to oversee the entire universe , said majin buu was the most powerful/most evil beeing in existance, and it took a super mega spirit bomb to take him down. Well go a couple planets ver and some idiots built a robot who eats dolls for fuel he's stronger than majin buu. literally the only thing that kept me going through the show was the fact it was kind of funny and reminded me of dragonball.
So why then did I stop watching it? Funny you should ask it was because I could not stand the fight with baby. Mostly because I hate baby as a character, because he isn't unique at all, has aan anoying voice, and for some unexplained reason is stronger than majin buu. But super saiyan four did it for me. Really? how creative, im noticing a pattern here antagonist shows up, eveyone is doomed to die, someone goes to the next level of super saiyan, and then its gumdrops and ice cream from there. I'm sorry this repetition was the reason I didn't like dbz as much as dragonball, and is the reason why I hate GT.
Now you can argue that the dragon ball series is repetitive and doesn't make any sense, and I will agree with you. So why do I hate GT and not the others? Because dragon ball was creative, funny, and interesting, it didnt need to make sense. also liked the whole saiyan and freiza story arcs in dbz because they were interesting, also creative, created background stories for the alien characters, and flowed well together as a story.
Now from the Cell arc and all the way to GT itself was repetitive and boring. At least the Majin buu arc served to end the series by killing the most powerful being in existence, which is why I can accept DBZ.
I guess my conclusion is GT adds nothing to the dragon ball series, I guess if you don't like a good story and character development and all you care about is watching Goku reach super saiyan one million, then GT is right for you, otherwise I wouldn't bother.
If Anyone read this far, I thank you for your patience, I do write alot. Of course I don't mean to force my opinions on others this is just my view on the series, thank you. read more
Jul 17, 2009
DB and DBZ where based on the mange, they had finished, along with the manga.
After the series ended, a new range of games in Japan where due to come out, his is the reason why this mediocre-at-best series was released, in order to keep the franchise frest in people's minds.
DBGT focuses a lot on Goku's granddaughter Pan, a vaccant, needy teenager who freeloads on Trunks' spaceship as he prepares to go into search in serach of the dragonballs, universewide, with Goku.
The reason behind this adventure is... Goku has been turned into a child by old Dragonball villian Pilaf, the dragonballs are scattered throughout the universe for some reason I can't remember, the group must search for them in order to restore Goku to his adult form.
What is annoying about 'GT is that eveything you have come to love has changed:
-Goku was an innocent child in Dragonball and an immature adult in DBZ, yet in GT, he's fairly wise and not too charasmatic
- Characters that have been with us for a while, those we have come to like, such as; Gohan, Bulma, Vegeta, Roshi and Piccolo are a rare sightthroughout most of the series
- Trunks' becomes a main, yet his personality seems to have completly changed; future Trunks was cool, present Trunks was a loveable brat, GT Trunks is a stressed out yet mellow businessman with no particular personality or say in events
On the plus side, DBGT is better than DB evolution? read more
Jun 12, 2007
It has lots of plot-holes, and full of contradictions. Apparently, old-man Krillin is the strongest...
But lets get to the key points on why it sucks:
Story: Very poor. In the beginning, they attempted to recreate the feeling that the original Dragonball had, but they ultimately failed. In later parts of the story, they tried to recreate the Vegeta Saga, and later the Android Saga, but they have failed to keep me entertained. Overall, the story was full of disappointment. Instead of seeing other characters beating the enemies, Goku ends up doing so, which gets kind of repetitive.
Feb 3, 2008
In my personal opinion, I must comment that this is more following a fan fiction. It's meant to be an anime in it's own, but I beleive it's been dragged out too far, and if you didn't enjoy Dragonball Z, DONT CONSIDER GT!
Okay, the story, dragged out from Z, Goku remains the strongest, more enemes that can't be killed, oh look here comes...SUPER SAIYAN 4! What a guess...I'm sure EVERYONE knew this was coming, it's not even a spoiler...especially if you google dragonball GT images. Super Saiyan 4 not strng enough to beat ultimate enemies forms...guess what happens? (Not SSJ 5, but's it's fairly obvious if you watched Z) Like i said if you wasn't a huge fan of Z, don't consider this. If you loved Z, then your a fool to miss this :)
The animation is pretty decent, the whole atmosphere efect given by the animtion seems to me to be better than dragonball z although this is about the only thing better than Z.
The sound was ok, went well with the anime but I feel it lacked the effect that Dragonball Z gave.
Same as Dragonball Z, new enemies. The kick ass attitude vegeta has changed slightly but Gok is still...umm...too kind of an unstoppable warrior...Gohan isn't what I personally expected/cheered for...Big let down...but then the anime is based on Goku so i guess you can't expect much.
I personally really like this and would watch it again but then I was a big fan of dragonball Z. Like I said, if you don't like Dragonball Z, this is a huge NO!
Dependant on DBZ fans, enough said. read more
Jul 18, 2010
ART SECTION [Up in quality, down in action]
General Artwork 2/2: The world became scarier but is still quite wacky with little sense but also with extreme originality and humor. Makes a fine JRPG world. It definitely isn’t detailed or realistic but it is still one of the most distinguished worlds, ever made into anime.
Character Figures 1/2: Most characters are just still slight modifications of one another. A small change in the hair and in the cloths and they are presented as a different person. Especially the Super Saiyans, it gets hard to tell who is who after a while.
Backgrounds 1/2: There are several different backgrounds but most are just the same type of hill or tree, repeating over and over. Still, they change a lot faster than in Z, thus they become less boring. Overused but good.
Animation 1/2: The animation in the Z series was crude and repetitive, with too many reused frames and with a lack of variety. GT had a lot better production values and corrected this problem. It doesn’t feel that repetitive anymore. But in the same time, there were few scenes where battle choreography was needed, thus the action part became apparently more sluggish. The duration of a battle scene was way shorter because it DIDN’T have reused frames and it became simply less interesting.
Lightning/ Visual Effects 1/2: Most special attacks (energy beams and visual effects) are just a monochromatic beam that blows anything in its path or an aura that emanates from someone’s body. Although the main characters have different attacks, the result is just an explosion. No side effects or further strategy, whatsoever.
Total for Animation: 6/10 In general, the animation quality is good for its time and way better than in Z. Unfortunately, they took out the reused frames and the battles became very dry and boring. Some mistakes existed for the best…
SOUND SECTION: 6/10 [I’m the strongest – No, I’m the strongest. – No, you are not. – Yes, I am.]
Nothing much to write about. Catchy opening, medium music themes and decent voice acting. Quite average as a whole. The dialogues tend to be very cheesy and irritating, filled with phrases like “I’m going to become stronger and beat you!” and “Run! You can’t win!” or “He is so strong!”. Also, the tone of their voices while intimidating or screaming can vary from imposing to awful, based on your personal tastes. So, if you are looking for sophisticated talking, look elsewhere.
STORY SECTION: 5/10 (spoiler alert!) [Let’s roam around until some strong people pop out of nowhere and have a fight with us.]
General Scenario 1/2: The story is comedy/adventure-oriented in the first half (as the original series was) and action/mystery-oriented in the second (as the Z series was).
The scenario is about Son Goku, becoming a kid again and travelling to space in order to find another set of Dragon Balls and again protecting the universe from evil aliens that want to rule or destroy it.
Form of Development/ Pace of Plot 1/2: The series began very lightly and cheery and progressively became darker and scarier. This alienated many fans of the Z series, as it felt too childish and without epic-scaled battles. It returned to that formula towards the end, but the bad taste was there to stay.
The general story is quite complicating. There are three story arks in only 64 episodes, with a lot different elements on each. But it also has erratic plot and pace of story. Some episodes are very interesting and story-driven, others are a waste of time.
Side Stories/Extra Spices 1/2: The general story is presented in a non-predictable way. There are various revelations that easily make you forget its predictability.
Believability/Reasoning/Realism 1/2: The world definitely isn’t detailed or realistic but it is still one of the most distinguished worlds, ever made into anime. And those silly explanations from time to time are enough for this kind of story. Still, the general story:
-Undermines the gravity of pain and death to ridiculous levels. No matter how much someone is injured, he can easily be completely healed, without permanent damage or even scars. No matter how many die, they can easily be resurrected. And always only the good people return to life, while the bad remain dead.
-Undermines the idea of the after life and of the gods. Heaven and Hell are amusement parks and the gods are just strong creatures that even mortals can surpass in power.
-Has no realism in terms of empowerment. It makes no sense how someone can get a million times stronger in a few months, while others needed eons to do the same. Or it is quite stupid to always see someone getting stronger at the gravest moment and save the day with a Deus Ex Machina way.
-Pays no attention to the laws of nature. Energy beams that explode on air, cause dust even when they didn’t hit anything. A mountain or a moon or a planet that blows up has no effects on the surroundings (not much debris, gravity alteration or planet trajectory/axis mix up). Time travel does not cause time paradoxes. Faster than light speeds don’t increase the temperature of those running.
Also, the general story is not about strength alone. It is generally a lot better than Z as a whole.
-The first villain, Baby, is an alien creature that can possess the body of anyone he touches. He intends to possess the strongest Saiyan warrior in the universe, avenge those who were killed by the Saiyans and build a homeland, where everyone is brainwashed to consider him a God. There is also some drama on the parts of the bad guy and a big surprise about the Earth, which eventually is not saved!
-The second villain, Super 17, is the fusion between two androids. He is a generic villain but if he succeeds, all the villains of the past will escape Hell and return to life. There is no drama in this story ark and the general scenario makes no sense.
-The third villain, Li Shen Long, is the evil embodiment of the Dragon Balls. If he succeeds, the universe is his. This story ark was too reminiscent of the Z series but the battles were quite dry and the ending was lukewarm.
Conclusion 1/2: There is one but it is like that of a fairy tale.
CHARACTER SECTION: 4/10 [Me smash puny human. Ough!]
Presence 2/2: Some men are funny, some are dramatic, and some are scary. But the thing they all have in common is that they all solve their problems with violence. Is something wrong in your life? Just kick the shit out of it and it’s solved!
Women are treated purely as fan service. You won’t find any good female fighters in it. Pan is a brainless lolita that exists just for to undress and make sexual jokes about boobs and marriage. Toriyama’s phalocrasy continues even without him present!
In general, only four characters have a strong presence in the series (Goku, Trunks, Pan and Vejita), while all the others (about a hundred!) are simply stunts. Son Goku and Vejita are amongst the most distinctive fighting shounen characters. Their continual empowerment and Super Saiyan transformations make the general cast to appear better with these two alone.
Personality 1/2: All the character’s names are based on some cultural (Pan) or fetish (Bra) object. It is very funny to look for the meaning and origin of each one’s name. Their personalities are simply either comical or battle frenzied, making them quite repetitive. You almost feel like the series has only two characters that change cloths all the time. Still, they are two quite distinctive characters.
Backdrop & Development 1/4: But then, they all have simple backdrop stories (just enough to excuse their existence in the story) and no character development. No one matures; just gets older and/or stronger. And always fights! No one tries to reason with his enemies; he just fights them. No one tries to trick his enemies with cunningness; he just gets stronger and fights them.
It is very cool to see them getting stronger, with new cloths and haircolor but it is also quite disappointing to see them acting the same way, no matter how many years pass and regardless of how many hardships they face.
Catharsis 0/2: Here is something left out completely. In the previous two series, the only sign of maturing the characters had, was losing to Goku and becoming his lapdogs. But here, we don’t have even that! No new antagonists remain alive to be added to the gang. Everyone ends the way he/she began. Even Goku’s ending does not count as catharsis.
VALUE SECTION: 4/10 [The stocks went down a lot with this one.]
Historical Value 1/3: The least famous of the three Dragon Ball series because of its boring first half.
Rewatchability 1/3: Low. The story is slow and the battles are quite dry.
Memorability 2/4: Obviously the least interesting of the three Dragon Ball series. It tried to be different and better but failed.
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 3/10 [Open ending for another series? No, thank you! I had enough beatings for a lifetime.]
The enjoyment equals the percentage of the worthy duration of the series. I personally have the following remarks about the flow of the story.
-The first half of the series is completely boring. More reminiscent of a cheesy children’s adventure than of Dragon Ball as we knew and loved it.
-The second half was more reminiscent of the Z series, with more action and interest. But even this one had rather boring battles and without much battle choreography. These episodes were half good.
-There is also a movie special. The movie takes place 100 years after the ending of Dragon Ball GT. The great grandson of Goku, looks exactly like him but is quite a crybaby. His grandmother, Pan, sends him to find a Dragon Ball as a test of courage, out of Goku’s original house. The movie attempted to continue the GT series by introducing a kid, following the steps of its forefather. But the plot is simply boring and the story feels like watching the first episodes of the first Dragon Ball series, only without the catchy humor. Goku jr., Pan and Vejita jr. are not appealing at all. It is generally a pointless movie, where nothing great happens. No major threat, no memorable villains, no thrill for the ending.
If you sum it up, only 1/4th of the total duration was worthy, giving an average of 3.
VERDICT: 4.5 / 10
The accused is found … NOT GUILTY! … He is repetitive and shallow but in a very cool way.
Famous Shounen to choose from:
Saint Seiya. Lots of brainless action and teen drama.
Bleach. Interesting, until those fillers popped up.
Fist Of The North Star. A lot less characters but a lot more bloody action scenes.
Naruto. Interesting, without the fillers.
Tekkaman Blade. Interesting characters with cool costumes and action scenes.
One Piece. Mostly comedy, but it packs a good story hidden somewhere.
If you like Akira Toriyama’s style of animation, look for the series Doctor Slump and Blue Dragon as well as games such as the Dragon Quest series and Chrono Trigger. read more
Sep 1, 2010
I personally liked the ending, unfortunately it was the only thing that i liked about the series.
To sum up, the series is just boring, there are some upsides, but many more downsides. I'm not sure how much more specific I can be given the spoiler rule. The key to watching GT is going in with no expectations.
May 20, 2012
First off, I don't consider this a direct sequel or even a spin-off, it's a what-if made fan-fiction conceived by the unimpressive writing staff who worked under Toriyama. This proves just how flimsy the DBZ plot was with him in charge, watching how this festering pile of feces made it into production. The biggest hurdle these clowns probably had was "how do we manage to come up with a plot that is just coming off of the heels of the epic Buu story arc?". Asking that question alone should've alerted these nitwits that ANYTHING you attempt to create will be nowhere near as gripping as the Z Fighters battling the most powerful villian ever. Even turning Goku back into a child (a feeble generalization to make him weaker?), adds nothing more than short term laughs. I'll get to the kid Goku thing in a bit, back to the plot.
They try early on to return to quest-based adventures that made Dragonball so enjoyable, but this clearly doesn't work, as the audience has been overexposed to the mind-numbing action of it's predecessor, and this new/old direction didn't sit well. So, with no substance or wit, GT quit being a light-hearted adventure and clumsily returned back to an action show. But the fights aren't the same. they lack the polish and pace of Z, and honestly, after watching Goku dispatch stronger enemies in the past, seeing him struggle with these interstellar geeks and dancing Par par Brothers (EEARRGGHH!!!!!) is quite insulting. If the writers were banking on the viewers saying "Oh well the universe is huge, so strong enemies can be anywhere", then nobody bought it. The story arcs just play out with little reason to care, especially the Baby story, which drags for what seems like an etenity. The Super 17 arc make little to no sense and is a bastardization of one of my favorite characters (17), but it's really short. The final arc is only story with credibility and makes some pretty solid reasoning in regards to the Dragonballs and their usage. The big downside to this in retrospective is just how utterly terrible these "heroes" are at saving the world, or anyone's lives for that matter. To have to run to a mystical dragon everytime they fail to protect their fallen comrades or an innocent race of people on a quaint little planet and wish them back to life makes the Z Warriors look very pathetic, and watching all of this come back to bite them in the ass was a little satisfying for me. By the way, constant revivals really cheapens the drama of a fight when we know they'll just be back, idiots!!
For as bad as the story is, the characters is where GT really takes a nosedive. To start, i'm going to get this out of the way: Goku has become my most hated shonen lead ever and is a strong candidate for the most despicable character in anime history. I know I'm over-analyzing this, but this has bugged me for years about him. Back when he was a kid in Dragonball, his fish-out-of-water antics and tactlessness was kind of funny. In Dragonball Z, it got very annoying watching this karate bum ignore being a responsible father figure or a decent husband drove me crazy. "But it's alright," people would say. "It's Goku being Goku!" NO. NO, no, no, NO! This mantra is drillied into not only the fans' heads, but the characters as well! Am I supposed to give him a pass because beats up a couple of bad guys long after the heroes have been beaten to within an inch of their lives? I started to feel bad for Chi Chi for having to put up with this neglectful son of a bitch, but the writing "convinced" people into thinking she was just a nagging shrew who needed to step aside and let men hit each other! Hooray for objectifying women in such a one-demonsional tone!! So anyway, Goku is still the same miserable little golem in GT, just smaller and the act has worn thin. Trunks is no better, really serving no real purpose that I could speak of. He's not as funny as young Trunks from the Buu arc, and not as deep or interesting as Future Trunks, so he's dead weight. And then there's Pan, an annoying, grating, beastly little girl that's about as comfortable as sandpaper in your underwear. She's even more irritating than Bulma in her prime, and I can only conclude that this writing staff hated women in general. Oh, and all of your favorite other characters from Z? Not present!!! The entire damn show just focuses on those three. two characters that are burnt out and an original character that adds nothing you haven't seen already from Bulma in the past. The only other original character worth noting is Uub, who would've been better suited joining the quest in the beginning instead of Trunks. He had potential to be a pretty cool character, but is quickly forgotten about and is tossed aside like any other character who isn't a damn saiyan. Long time favorites like Gohan, Krillin, Piccolo, Vegeta, serve little purpose outside of punching bags for the new uninspired and rehashed villains until Goku shows up and pulls the same tired act we've seen before, only worse.
IN CLOSING: I honestly could rant forever about this, but I'll spare you. I chalk GT up as a prime example of a franchise that has long overstayed it's welcome. Even DBZ Kai just looks like a decrepit old man at a party with hip kids like Soul Eater and Tiger & Bunny trying to talk about how cool he was when he was in school, GT is a complete debacle to anything that would make an anime entertaining. Tired characters, lazy writing, poor attention to detail, does nothing new, lame villains, same scenery, bad jokes, awful Funimation soundtrack, lame animation, stupid-looking Super Saiyan 4, mediocore ending...All of this combines to make a hideous amalgam of a once decent and enjoyable franchise.
OVERALL SCORE: 2 out of 10
PROS: The Don Don Kokorou opening theme is one highlight of this mess
CONS: For cons, scroll to top and reread read more
Jun 23, 2012
Apr 15, 2013
Story changed its main line suddently, but the "essence" didn't fade, in my opinion. The fighting theme still remained, as well as many other values, like hope and family. Strong bosses and great battles are also featured in it.
Of course, it can't be compared to DB and doesn't even get close to DBZ, but I laughed, I cried, I believed...
Since I watched it as kid (like DB and DBZ), all those critics looked weird and I gave it a shot. It wasn't bad, I loved Pan, and seeing her relationship with Goku growing through the episodes is just amazing.
I don't care for what other people may say, because everything has its good side. So just try to understand and watch the anime, despite the bad comments and reviews.
I agree with what most people say about it, really, but I liked watching it and I hope others can think the same way I do. Despite not being related to the original work, it isn't a total waste of time and, who knows? You may like it or you may not, but saying something without even giving a chance just isn't fair. read more
Jun 10, 2010
Story: 7 (Starts really bad but later on turns out ok)
Art: 3 (Very poor, worse than it's prequel)
Sound: 8 (The music during the fights got a significant upgrade, more upbeat)
Character: 5 (Every good character gets worse...and pan is annoying as hell)
Enjoyment: 7 (Not much but watchable)
Overall: 6.0 (Fair ending to a great franchise, maybe this one shoul've never been done...)
Apr 4, 2010
Hm, I have a different opinion.
The beginning episodes where a little poor, but later it became more enjoyable, especailly the 4th Sayan level.
Generally it's not so bad I think.
If you have watched Z version, you should watch it too, I think.
It's not the best, but quite OK.
Aug 4, 2009
art: same as earlier, might be slightly more dark/gritty, i dont know
sound: its like dbz
character: they had some different aliens, but most of them fought the same. i also would have rather had other people get stronger and not just goku/vegeta
enjoyment: it was alright cause it was just adventures going on to get the ballz. i did find some of the 'negative dragon' things cool.
Oct 18, 2009
due to Z's original creator, Akira Toriyama, absence from this series the storyline line as well as the type of villains were reused with different names but the main goals and abilities of each one was the same.
the first saga villain wanted to rule the universe, freeza from Z
the second saga villain was a parasite, cell from Z
the last saga villain was pure evil, buu from Z
the main character goku also suddenly goes from super hero to zero with him being reverted back to a child thus destroying or limiting all his abilities from being shown in battle
the sound and artwork is much better than Z due to the availability of technology developed later than Z
but the only highlight i believe came only when goku achieved super saiyan 4 and super saiyan 4 gogeta
watch it to pass the time, dont expect too much read more
Jun 16, 2012
Th character & art are awesome. Everyone knows that Akira Toriyama is a good character designer.