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This is a review of the whole series.,
This review is from: Dragon Ball Gt: Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
NOTE: I own the American COMPLETE SERIES DVD's which are the same as the UK versions.
When some people say the word Anime their minds think of various anime's in particular. One of them just happens to be Dragon Ball Z. Dragon Ball Z was a classic. The original series, Dragon Ball, defined the anime genre for various people, then Dragon Ball Z came along and defined it even more. It became an extremely popular franchise, and still is to this day, but then Dragon Ball GT came a long. Dragon Ball GT was based on the Manga by Akira Toriyama, but was an original idea. Some People refer to this as the black hole of Dragon Ball, but some people do tend to put this series down a bit. While this series is, by far, not the best of the Dragon Ball series, it's still OK and ends the series well.
The cast from the previous Dragon Ball series return for two last seasons of glorious, overpowering, battles. This set has also been digitally remastered, like the previous seasons, and that does show every now and then, but do you expect from a series that's just over ten years old. Again you also get the choice of the Japanese music or the American music. I prefer the American music, because it's rock like soundtrack seems to suit the series better than the dated Japanese soundtrack. But that doesn't mean that the Japanese soundtrack is bad, it just doesn't suit the series as much as the American version.
The plot is set one year, or so, after Dragon Ball Z. When Goku is finishing his training with Uub, emperor Pilaf sneaks into Kami's look out and steals the Black Star Dragon Balls. When he summons the Shenron Goku enters the scene. Pilaf accidently whishes Goku to be a kid again, and then the Dragon Balls spread out across the galaxy. Goku then must find the Black Star Dragon Balls within one year, otherwise earth will explode.
That's the whole basics of the plot. From then on out it feels like a cross between Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. In some places the concept works, but sometimes it doesn't. There are episodes that are good, but then there are some that are quite bad. It seems like that with all of the story arcs in GT there is always something that the viewer might find annoying, episode ruining, or even moment ruining. There is always a downside to each story arc. But, again, doesn't make it bad. The first story arc get's a bit repetitive when Goku, Pan and Trunks are looking for the Dragon Balls. There some moments that I found a bit annoying, like the Para Para Brother's for example. The whole series does get better around the Baby arc, as well as introducing some good idea's. The super Android 17 arc is OK, and the Shadow Dragon arc is again OK but brings in some interesting idea's. Mostly the whole Super Saiyan 4 idea.
The animation for this series is probably the best out of the three series, which does allow GT to be cool. Maybe cooler than Dragon Ball Z at times. Another improvement is that there is less talking in GT than there is in Dragon Ball Z. Dragon Ball Z always had countless amounts of talking than actual fighting to save the world. Sometimes it got a bit boring. But GT has balanced amount of talking and fighting, but that's doesn't make a good series. The whole reason why GT has less talking is, probably, because the story isn't as detailed as the last two series.
Overall, despite the not so detailed story and some of the annoying bits here and there, Dragon Ball GT is a fun and entertaining sequel. It may not be the best of the series, it is, rightfully, said to be the worst of the series, but it's not as bad as people make it out to be. The good parts of the series can be weighed by the bad parts. There's an equal amount of good things and bad things about the series, but its not all bad. You also have to give the series credit for having the best songs in series, especially the opening, Bit By Bit, which is sung by the American voice actor Vic Mignogna (Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist and Broly the Legendary Super Saiyan in Dragon Ball Z).
If you are a fan of the whole Dragon Ball series I recommend to buy GT, because it does have some good idea's and ends the series well. If you are a Dragon Ball Z only fan I recommend that you stream it, or rent it, first before deciding to buy it. If you are new to the Dragon Ball series I recommend to watch Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z first.
NOTE: I would just like to point out that the American DVD's are region free and are the same as the UK DVD's. Region free meaning it'll play in any DVD player. The same can be said about the Complete Series DVD box set. The only difference is that the American versions come in a foldout collectors case, while the complete series comes in a Digi-pack case, with a booklet telling you about the story, the characters, it tells you who voices which characters, and has an episode guide. While the UK versions are just the DVD's. If you own the US versions your not missing out, but if you don't own the DVD's I recommend that you get the UK versions and support Manga Entertainment.