Dragon Ball GT
|Dragon Ball GT|
North American Dragon Ball GT logo
(Doragon Bōru Jī Tī)
|Genre||Action, Comedy, Martial arts, Science fantasy|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Osamu Kasai|
|Written by||Atsushi Maekawa|
|Music by||Akihito Tokunaga|
|Network||Fuji TV, Animax|
|Original run||February 7, 1996 – November 19, 1997|
|Dragon Ball franchise|
Dragon Ball GT (ドラゴンボールGT(ジーティー) Doragon Bōru Jī Tī?) is the third television anime series based on Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball manga. Produced by Toei Animation, the series premiered in Japan on Fuji TV on February 2, 1996, spanning 64 episodes until its conclusion on November 19, 1997. Unlike the previous two anime series in the Dragon Ball franchise, Dragon Ball GT does not adapt the manga series by Akira Toriyama, but is a sequel show to the Dragon Ball Z anime with an original story using the same characters and universe.
The series continues the adventures of Earth's hero, Goku, who is turned back into a child by the Black Star Dragon Balls used by Emperor Pilaf (Dark Dragon Balls (ダークドラゴンボール Dāku Doragon Bōru?)) and is forced to travel across the universe to retrieve them along with his granddaughter Pan and Trunks. The three go through various adventures in their journey to find the Black Star Dragon Balls, until they encounter the evil artificial Tuffle, Baby, who intends to destroy the Saiyan race. Baby has the ability to invade other people bodies and turn them into tuffles, as well as using a body to combine it with his own power and become a fighter. After turning practically all of the Earth's population, including the Saiyans, into Tuffles, Baby decides to remain inside Vegeta's body and use it to confront Goku. Goku fights him and is defeated, but after having his tail regenerated, achieves the level of Super Saiyan 4 (超サイヤ人フォー Sūpā Saiya-jin Fō?), and destroys Baby, propelling him into the sun with a Kamehameha.
After Baby's defeat, Dr. Myuu (Baby's creator) and Dr. Gero (creator of the Red Ribbon Army androids), create a replica of Android 17 and have it fuse with the original Android 17, creating Super 17. Super 17 at first seems impervious to Goku's attacks, but when Android 18 attacks him for killing Krillin, Goku takes advantage of the distraction to penetrate through Super 17 with his Dragon Fist technique, then fires a Kamehameha through the wound.
Due to overuse of the Dragon Balls, seven Shadow Dragons are then created. All but the most powerful, Syn Shenron, are defeated. Syn Shenron appears to be losing until he absorbs the Dragon Balls and gains more power, becoming Omega Shenron and overwhelming Goku. Goku is about to sacrifice himself to destroy the evil dragon, but then Vegeta turns up in Super Saiyan 4 form, thanks to Bulma's new device, the Blutz Wave Generator. Goku and Vegeta fuse, creating Gogeta, who uses his immense power to taunt Omega Shenron. However, their fusion then ends and Goku loses Super Saiyan 4 form. Eventually, using the energy of every living being in the universe, Goku makes a Spirit Bomb powerful enough to destroy Omega Shenron. The real Shenlong appears to grant Goku and his friends one last wish, and then proceeds to disappear — along with Goku and the Dragon Balls. 100 years later, Goku's great-great grandson, Goku Jr. participates in the World Tournament as his grandmother Pan (the only surviving Z-Warrior) cheers for him. Pan then sees Goku (now an adult again without his tail) as she tries to see him, but he walks away. Goku then leaves the World Tournament with a flashback of his timeline. After the flashback of his timeline ends, Goku then catches his power pole and rides off on his nimbus cloud ending the series.
Unlike the other anime series in the Dragon Ball franchise, Dragon Ball GT does not adapt the manga series written by Akira Toriyama, but tells an original story conceived by the Toei Animation staff. Toriyama did however come up with the Dragon Ball GT name, which stands for "Grand Touring" in reference to the series having the characters travel through the universe, and designed the appearances of the main cast. Toriyama himself referred to GT as a "side story of the original Dragon Ball".
Chief character designer Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru said he agonized over designing Super Saiyan 4 Goku, which was the idea of the show's producers, questioning whether it was necessary to go further with the transformations. Because Super Saiyan 4 is brought about while in a Saiyan's Ōzaru ("Great Ape") form, he made the hair more "wild" and covered Goku's body in red fur. There was only a single final draft of the character, although Nakatsuru did consider making the hair blonde, but ending up choosing black as it provides more contrast with the red fur.
The music of Dragon Ball GT was composed by Akihito Tokunaga, although the series uses five pieces of theme music by popular recording artists. Field of View performs the series opening theme, "Dan Dan Kokoro Hikareteku" (DAN DAN 心魅かれてく?), which is used for all 64 episodes. "Hitori Janai" (ひとりじゃない?), performed by Deen, is used for the ending theme for the first 26 episodes. Starting at episode 27, the series begins using Zard's "Don't You See!" for the ending theme. Episode 42 marks the next ending theme change, with "Blue Velvet" by Shizuka Kudō being used. "Sabitsuita Machine Gun de Ima o Uchinukō" (錆びついたマシンガンで今を撃ち抜こう?), performed by Wands, is introduced as an ending theme in episode 51. It was used as the ending theme for the remainder of the series, except for the final episode which reuses the opening theme.
Funimation Entertainment licensed the series for an English language broadcast in the United States. Their English dub of the series utilized their own musical score and aired on Cartoon Network from November 7, 2003 to April 9, 2005. The company's home video release and original television broadcast both skipped the first 16 episodes of the series. Instead, Funimation created a composition episode entitled "A Grand Problem," which used scenes from the skipped episodes to summarize the story. The skipped episodes were later shown on Cartoon Network as "The Lost Episodes" after the original broadcast concluded. Funimation's English dub began re-airing in the US on Nicktoons on January 16, 2012.
In Japan, Dragon Ball GT did not receive a home video release until June 15, 2005, eight years after its broadcast. This was a remastering of the series in a single 12-disc DVD box set, that was made-to-order only, referred to as a "Dragon Box". The content of this set began being released on mass-produced individual 6-episode DVDs on February 6, 2008 and finished with the eleventh volume released on June 4, 2008.
In North America, Funimation began releasing Dragon Ball GT on both VHS and DVD in edited and uncut formats in April 2003, starting with episode 17. After the final fifteenth volume, they released the first 16 episodes in five "Lost Episode" volumes between July 2004 and February 2005. They then released the series in DVD box sets; the first (beginning with episode 17) in October 2005 and finished in November 2007 with the first 16 episodes as a "Lost Episode" box set. Two years later, they began releasing the series again in DVD "remastered season" sets that finally put the episodes in proper chronological order; the first on December 9, 2008 and the second on February 10, 2009. A complete series DVD box set was later released on September 21, 2010. Manga Entertainment began distributing Dragon Ball GT on DVD in the UK on January 20, 2014, which are re-releases of Funimation's 2008 and 2009 sets.
Art books and anime comic
There are two companion books to the series, called the Dragon Ball GT Perfect Files, released in May 1997 and December 1997 by Shueisha's Jump Comics Selection imprint. They include series information, illustration galleries, behind-the-scenes information, and more. They were out of print for many years, but were re-released in April 2006 and this edition is still in print.
There have been several video games produced based on Dragon Ball GT. The first being Dragon Ball: Final Bout in 1997 for the PlayStation, which received international releases that same year, making it the first Dragon Ball game to be released in North America. The 2005 Game Boy Advance game Dragon Ball GT: Transformation was released exclusively in North America.
In contrast to Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT has been met with a more negative critical reception. IGN called it "downright repellent," mentioning that the material and characters had lost their novelty and fun. They also criticized the GT character designs of Trunks and Vegeta as being goofy. Anime News Network (ANN) also gave negative comments about GT, mentioning that the fights from the series were "a very simple childish exercise" and that many other anime were superior. The series' plot was also criticized for giving a formula that was already used in its predecessors. Although, ANN did call it "a fun ride when not taken very seriously." THEM Anime Reviews criticized the humor and characters stating, "the humor is forced, juvenile, and stupid, the characters are trite, and the villains are ugly, power-hungry monsters with no personality whatsoever". However gave some praise to the animation and music stating, "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."
- Akira Toriyama message in the Dragon Book included with the Dragon Ball GT Dragon Box DVD set.
- DRAGON BALL アニメイラスト集 「黄金の戦士」 (in Japanese). Shueisha. 2010. pp. 78–79. ISBN 978-4-8342-8413-3.
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- "Forum Buzz: New Anime on YTV this Fall". AnimeOnDVD.com. 2004-08-18. Retrieved 2008-06-05.
- "DRAGON BALL GT1 [DVD]". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
- "DRAGON BALL GT #11 [DVD]". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
- "FUNimation announces DBGT". Anime News Network. 2003-01-18. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
- "Dragon Ball GT - The Lost Episodes - Reaction (Vol. 1)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
- "Dragon Ball GT - The Lost Episodes - Activation (Vol. 5)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
- "Dragon Ball GT Volume 1-5 Box Set". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
- "Dragon Ball GT: Lost Episodes Box Set". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
- "Dragon Ball GT: Season One". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-03-10.
- "Dragon Ball GT: Season Two". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2010-07-23.
- "Dragon Ball GT: The Complete Series". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2010-07-23.
- "Manga Entertainment 2013 Q1 Schedule Includes Evangelion 3.33 in March". Anime News Network. 2013-11-26. Retrieved 2013-12-22.
- "復刻版ドラゴンボールGTパーフェクトファイル vol．1 (Dragon Ball GT: Perfect File vol.1)". Shueisha. Retrieved 2013-12-22.
- "復刻版ドラゴンボールGTパーフェクトファイル vol．2 (Dragon Ball GT: Perfect File vol.2)". Shueisha. Retrieved 2013-12-22.
- "Dragon Ball GT Gets Anime Comic Series". Anime News Network. 2013-10-30. Retrieved 2013-12-22.
- Harris, Jeffrey (2007-11-12). "Dragon Ball GT — The Lost Episodes DVD Box Set Review". IGN. Retrieved 2008-10-03.
- Bertschy, Zac (2004-06-06). "Dragon Ball GT DVD 8: Salvation". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2008-10-04.
- Divers, Allen (2004-01-15). "Dragon Ball GT DVD 7: Annihlation". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
- Jones, Tim. "Dragon Ball GT". THEM Anime Reviews. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
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- Official website (Japanese)
- Funimation Entertainment's Dragon Ball GT site
- Dragon Ball GT (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia