Dragon Ball GT
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GenreAdventure, comedy, fantasy[1]
Anime television series
Directed byOsamu Kasai
Written by
  • Aya Matsui
    (Episodes #1-50)
  • Atsushi Maekawa
    (Episodes #51-64)
Music byAkihito Tokunaga
StudioToei Animation
Licensed by
Original networkFNS (Fuji TV)
English network
Original run February 7, 1996 November 19, 1997
Episodes64 (List of episodes)
Anime television film
A Hero's Legacy
Written byAtsushi Maekawa
Music byAkihito Tokunaga
StudioToei Animation
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Original networkFuji TV
ReleasedMarch 26, 1997
Runtime46 minutes
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Dragon Ball GT (Japanese: ドラゴンボールGT (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.

Unlike the previous two anime in the Dragon Ball franchise, Dragon Ball GT does not adapt the manga by Toriyama, but is a sequel show to the Dragon Ball Z anime with an original story using the same characters and universe. It was succeeded by Dragon Ball Super, which acts as an alternate sequel to Z.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Five years after the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament (10 years in the Funimation dub),[2] Goku is accidentally turned back into a child by the Black Star Dragon Balls (究極のドラゴンボール, Kyūkyoku no Doragon Bōru, lit. "Ultimate Dragon Ball") used by his old enemy Emperor Pilaf and is forced to travel across the universe to retrieve them, accompanied by his granddaughter Pan and Trunks. The trio go through various adventures in their journey to find the Black Star Dragon Balls, until they encounter the artificial Tuffle parasite, Baby, who intends to destroy the Saiyan race as his revenge for their extermination of the Tuffles many years ago.

Baby has the ability to invade other people's bodies and turn them into Tuffles, as well as mutating a host's body and combining its power with his own to become an incredibly powerful warrior. After turning practically all of the Earth's population, including the Saiyans, into Tuffles, Baby decides to convert Vegeta's body into his own and use it to kill Goku. Goku fights him and is quickly defeated, but, after having his tail regenerated by Kibito Kai and Old Kai, transforms and achieves the power of Super Saiyan 4 (スーパーサイヤ (じん) (フォー), Sūpā Saiya-jin Fō). In this new form, Goku easily overpowers Baby before destroying the evil Tuffle by propelling him into the sun with a 10x Kamehameha (10倍かめはめ波, Jūbai Kamehameha, lit. "10-Fold Turtle Destruction Wave"). Piccolo then sacrifices himself to permanently destroy the Black Star Dragon Balls when the Earth explodes after Goku and the others help the people of Earth evacuate to Planet Plant, which Baby had wished back into existence using the Black Star Dragon Balls.

A year after Baby's defeat, Dr. Myuu (Baby's creator) and Dr. Gero (creator of the Red Ribbon Army androids) create an evil replica of Android 17 and have it fuse with the original Android 17, creating Super Android 17. Super 17 seems impervious to Goku's attacks, but when Android 18 attacks him for murdering her husband, Krillin, Goku takes advantage of the distraction to penetrate through Super 17 with his Super Dragon Fist (超龍拳, Chō Ryūken) technique, then unleashes a Rapid-Fire Kamehameha (連続かめはめ波, Renzoku Kamehameha, lit. "Continuous Turtle Destruction Wave") that completely eradicates him.

Due to the constant misuse of the Dragon Balls, seven Shadow Dragons are then summoned to destroy the Earth. All but the most powerful, Syn Shenron, are defeated by Goku and Pan. Syn Shenron appears to be losing until he absorbs the Dragon Balls and gains tremendous power, transforming into Omega Shenron and surpassing even Super Saiyan 4 Goku's power. Goku is about to sacrifice himself to destroy the evil dragon, but Vegeta intervenes and gains the Super Saiyan 4 transformation with help from Bulma's newest invention, the Blutz Wave Generator. Goku and Vegeta merge using the Fusion Dance technique to create Gogeta, who uses his immense power to beat Omega Shenron to a pulp. However, after being too confident in his ability to defeat Omega Shenron, he uses up too much time in an attempt to embarrass him. Gogeta then defuses and Goku and Vegeta revert to their base forms. Eventually, using the energy of every living being in the universe, Goku creates the incredibly powerful Universal Spirit Bomb (全世界の元気玉, Zensekai no Genki Dama, lit. "Energy Sphere of the Whole World") and uses it to destroy Omega Shenron once and for all.

The real Shenron appears to grant Goku and his friends one last wish, and then proceeds to disappear - along with Goku and the Dragon Balls. Several decades later, Goku's great-great-grandson, Goku Jr., competes in the 64th Tenkaichi Budōkai ( (てん) () (いち) () (どう) (かい), lit. "The Number One Under Heaven Martial Arts Gathering") against Vegeta's descendant, Vegeta Jr., as the now-elderly Pan cheers him on. Pan then sees a rejuvenated Goku and tries to approach him, but he quickly disappears into the crowd. Goku then leaves the Tenkaichi Budōkai with a flashback of the events of his timeline. After the flashback ends, Goku then catches his Power Pole and rides off on his Flying Nimbus cloud.

Production[edit | edit source]

Unlike the previous 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 staff of Toei Animation using the same characters and universe from the original Dragon Ball manga and it continues the story where Dragon Ball Z had left off. Toriyama did, however, come up with the Dragon Ball GT name, which stands for "Grand Tour", 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".[3]

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 Great Ape (大猿, Ōzaru, lit. "Great Monkey") 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 blond, he ended up choosing black as it provides more contrast with the red fur.[4]

Music[edit | edit source]

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.

Localization[edit | edit source]

Funimation licensed the series for an English language broadcast in the United States. Their English dub of the series utilized their own musical score composed by Mark Menza and aired on Cartoon Network from November 7, 2003 to April 16, 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 from January 16 to December 13, 2012, and rerun until January 2, 2015 (possibly) due to Adult Swim having rights to air Dragon Ball Z Kai through their Toonami programming block.[5]

AB Groupe (in association with Blue Water Studios) produced an alternate dub for Europe and Canada and was aired on YTV and Toonami UK, which divided the episodes into two seasons while the original Japanese music composed by Akihito Tokunaga is retained in the Blue Water dub.[6][7] The AB Groupe Dub first ran in the UK from March 3, 2003 on CNX until August 17, 2003.

Related media[edit | edit source]

Home media[edit | edit source]

First Dragon Ball GT DVD volume, released in Japan by Toei Animation on February 6, 2008.

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,[8] starting with episode 17, after they made their own clip show episode titled 'A Grand Problem' to bring the audience up to speed with the story. 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 Game Boy Advance Video cartridge containing the episodes "A Grand Problem" and "Pan's Gambit" was released on September 7, 2004 by Majesco Entertainment. A complete series DVD box set including the TV special 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.[9][10] The first season of Dragon Ball GT contains the first 34 episodes of the series on five discs will be released alongside MVM Films' release of Is this a Zombie? of the Dead.[11]

DVD releases[edit | edit source]

Region 1 (North America);;Individual Discs
Name Disc # Release Date Episodes Saga
Affliction 1 April 15, 2003 17-19 Baby Saga
Incubation 2 April 15, 2003 20-22
Creation 3 June 3, 2003 23-25
Proliferation 4 June 3, 2003 26-28
Ramifications 5 July 15, 2003 29-31
Preparation 6 July 15, 2003 32-34
Annihilation 7 October 14, 2003 35-37
Salvation 8 October 14, 2003 38-40
Calculations 9 December 30, 2003 41-44 Super 17 Saga
Revelations 10 December 30, 2003 45-47
Evolution 11 February 3, 2004 48-51 Shadow Dragon Saga
Revolution 12 February 3, 2004 52-54
Realization 13 March 30, 2004 55-57
Conversion 14 March 30, 2004 58-60
Generations 15 May 11, 2004 61-64
The Lost Episodes
Name Disc # Release Date Episodes Saga
Reaction 1 July 13, 2004 1-3 Black Star Dragon Ball Saga
Rejection 2 September 7, 2004 4-6
Ruination 3 November 23, 2004 7-9
Conviction 4 December 14, 2004 10-12
Activation 5 February 8, 2005 13-16 Black Star Dragon Ball Saga/Baby Saga
TV Special
Name Release Date
A Hero's Legacy November 16, 2004
Season Box Sets
Name Date Discs Episodes Sagas
Season One December 9, 2008 5 1-34 Black Star Dragon Ball/Baby Saga
Season Two February 10, 2009 5 35-64 + TV Special Baby Saga/Super 17/Shadow Dragon Saga/A Hero's Legacy
The Complete Series September 21, 2010 10 1-64 + TV Special Black Star Dragon Ball/Baby/Super 17/Shadow Dragon Saga/A Hero's Legacy
Region 2
Dragon Ball GT Set (Japan)
Name Date Discs Episodes
Dragon Box GT: Dragon Ball GT DVD-BOX February 28, 2005 12 1-64 + TV Special
Season Box Sets (United Kingdom)
Name Date Discs Episodes
Dragon Ball GT Season 1 January 20, 2014 5 1-34
Dragon Ball GT Season 2 March 17, 2014 5 35-64 + TV Special
The Complete Series December 3, 2018 10 1-64 + TV Special

Art books and manga[edit | edit source]

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.[12][13]

In 2013, an anime comic version of Dragon Ball GT, starting from the final arc, began running in Shueisha's Saikyō Jump magazine. It began serialization in the January 2014 issue, which was released on December 4, 2013.[14] Upon completing the arc, the comic resumed by starting from the beginning of GT in June 2019.[15]

Video games[edit | edit source]

There have been two video games produced based on Dragon Ball GT. The first being Dragon Ball GT: 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.

Two "GT Packs" were released for the game Dragon Ball Xenoverse on March 10, 2015, and April 14, 2015, respectively. Both Packs can also be obtained through the game's season pass.

Goku as he appears in Dragon Ball GT is a playable character in Dragon Ball FighterZ. The character was released as paid downloadable content on May 9, 2019.[16]

Reception[edit | edit source]

In 2010, Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 producer Ryo Mito stated that "GT is popular with fans overseas. In Japan, it's not as popular."[17]

The English dub of Dragon Ball GT, produced by Funimation, received mixed-to-negative reviews. 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 Vegeta and Trunks as being "goofy."[18] Anime News Network (ANN) also gave negative comments about the anime, mentioning that the fights from the series were "a very simple childish exercise" and that older fans will want to stick with other anime. The series's plot was also criticized for giving a formula that was already used in its predecessors.[19] Although, it did call it "a fun ride when not taken very seriously."[20]

References[edit | edit source]

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  3. Akira Toriyama message in the Dragon Book included with the Dragon Ball GT Dragon Box DVD set.
  4. (in Japanese) DRAGON BALL アニメイラスト集 「黄金の戦士」. Shueisha. 2010. pp. 78–79. ISBN 978-4-8342-8413-3. 
  5. "U.S. TV's Nicktoons to Run Dragon Ball GT in January". Anime News Network. December 15, 2011. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-12-15/u.s-tv-nicktoons-to-run-dragon-ball-gt-in-january. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
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  8. "FUNimation announces DBGT". Anime News Network. January 18, 2003. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2003-01-18/funimation-announces-dbgt. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  9. "Manga Entertainment 2013 Q1 Schedule Includes Evangelion 3.33 in March". Anime News Network. November 26, 2013. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-11-26/manga-entertainment-2013-q1-schedule-includes-evangelion-3.33-in-march. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  10. "Trailer: Dragon Ball GT". Anime News Network. January 9, 2014. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-01-09/trailer/dragon-ball-gt. Retrieved January 9, 2020. 
  11. "First Dragon Ball GT Plus Is this a Zombie? of the Dead Released Monday". Anime News Network. January 19, 2014. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-01-19/first-dragon-ball-gt-plus-is-this-a-zombie-of-the-dead-released-monday. Retrieved January 19, 2020. 
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  17. "Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 Producer On Cross Cultural Dragon Ball Development - Siliconera" (in en-US). Siliconera. 2010-07-28. http://www.siliconera.com/2010/07/28/dragon-ball-raging-blast-2-producer-on-cross-cultural-dragon-ball-development/. 
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