Dragon Ball GT
|Dragon Ball GT|
Dragon Ball GT logo
|Genre||Action, Adventure, 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 , G(rand) T(ouring)) is the third and final anime series in the Dragon Ball franchise and a sequel show to the Dragon Ball Z anime series. 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 other anime series in the Dragon Ball franchise, Dragon Ball GT is not based on the manga series written by Akira Toriyama, but the same characters are used.
The series continues the adventures of Earth's hero Son Goku, who is turned back into a child by the Black-Star Dragon Balls 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, 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.
Produced by Toei Animation, Dragon Ball GT premiered on Fuji TV on February 2, 1996, spanning 64 episodes until its conclusion on November 19, 1997. Unlike the other anime series in the Dragon Ball franchise, Dragon Ball GT is not based on the manga series written by Akira Toriyama. The series is divided into four "sagas" or story arcs.
Funimation Entertainment licensed the series for an English language Region 1 DVD release and broadcast in the United States. Funimation's English dub of the series aired on Cartoon Network from November 7, 2003 to April 9, 2005. The original television broadcast 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. The series was later released to DVD in the Season set form. The first set was released on December 9, 2008, and the second set was released on February 10, 2009. A "Complete Series" DVD box set was later released on September 21, 2010. AB Groupe (in association with Blue Water Studios) developed an alternate dub for Europe and Canada and was aired on YTV and Toonami UK, which divided the episodes into two seasons instead of sagas. Funimation's English dub began re-airing in the U.S. on Nicktoons on January 16, 2012.
Dragon Ball GT uses five pieces of theme music. 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 Mashingan 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.
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.
- Akira Toriyama message in the Dragon Book included with the Dragon Ball GT Dragon Box DVD set.
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- Official sites
- Toei Animation: Dragon Ball GT (Japanese)
- Dragon Ball GT "Dragon Box" Official Site (Japanese)
- FUNimation Entertainment's Dragon Ball GT Site