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Dragon Ball GT opening title card

Dragon Ball GT (ドラゴンボールGT, Doragon Boru Ji Ti; GT meaning "Grand Tour") is the sequel to Dragon Ball Z, whose material is produced only by Toei Doga. The Dragon Ball GT series is the shortest of the Dragon Ball series, consisting of only 64 episodes; as opposed to its predecessor Dragon Ball Z which consisted of 291 episodes, and Dragon Ball which consisted of 153. Originally intended to span 40 episodes (ending after the Baby Saga), the series continued for another 24 episodes, and is concluded by the TV special Dragon Ball GT: A Hero's Legacy released after the Baby Saga.

Plot

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The GT logo designed by Toriyama (Perfect Files)

The series again continues the adventures of Goku who is turned back into a child in the beginning of the series by the Black Star Dragon Balls and is forced to travel across the galaxy to retrieve them. The first half of the series focuses on Goku, Pan, and Trunks, while the second half brings back most of the prominent characters from Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. It is the only series that is not based directly on the original story by Akira Toriyama. The series follows the Z Fighters against far more powerful foes such as Baby, Super 17 and the Shadow Dragons.

Overview

Series history

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GT main characters as designed by Akira Toriyama

The first two anime series were directly based off the Dragon Ball manga, which took much longer to produce than the anime did. This often resulted in "filler" episodes, one of the most obvious of which is when Frieza tries to destroy Planet Namek with a five-minute timer, yet the battle lasted well over five episodes, much less five minutes. Since Dragon Ball GT was not based off of the manga, no filler episodes were required. As a result, four entire sagas (the Black Star Dragon Ball Saga, the Baby Saga, the Super 17 Saga, and the Shadow Dragon Saga) were completed in only 64 episodes.

Dragon Ball GT began on Fuji TV at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 7, 1996, exactly one week after the final episode of Dragon Ball Z. It ran for 64 episodes, the last of which aired on November 4, 1997. It has also been aired across Japan by the anime television network, Animax, where it is currently being regularly broadcast. Unlike the Dragonball and Dragon Ball Z series, the creator Akira Toriyama had only minor involvement in the show's early stages, setting forth the initial premise of the series, as well as creating designs for most of the villains and main characters, including newcomer Giru. Early episodes are much more comedic in tone, reminiscent of early Dragon Ball. The later episodes, however, are action-packed and feature the same sort of dramatic tone that existed in Dragon Ball Z. Originally intended to span 40 episodes (ending after the Baby Saga), the series continued for another 24 episodes, ending after two years on the air seemingly due to lower-than-expected ratings. There are no subsequent Dragon Ball anime or manga (rumors of new series have existed since the end of Dragon Ball GT in 1997, but are untrue), except the Dragon Ball Kai series which is simply a condensed remake of Dragon Ball Z rather than being an entirely new plotline.

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Goku, Pan, and Trunks adventuring, drawn by Toriyama (Weekly Jump No.3-4, 1996)

There are two companion books to the series, called the Dragonball GT: Perfect Files, released in May 1997 and December 1997 by Shuisha'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.

On June 15, 2005, Toei Animation (in conjunction with distributor Pony Canyon) released the entire series (including the Gokū Jr. TV special) in an extremely limited-edition DVD boxed set (called "Dragon Box GT"), along with a Dragon Radar remote control and an exclusive booklet. While the set features remastered audio and video, there are no subtitles, English or otherwise. It's also unavailable to general public due to its scarce numbers and its huge cost.

Toriyama's involvement in GT and canon debate

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Akira Toriyama credited as the author of the Japanese GT anime

Akira Toriyama is credited as a writer of GT, and he strictly oversaw its production; this was the same process that was used during the production of the anime series Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. He drew a rough design for the GT logo, he designed the GT appearance of the series main cast, and he designed the appearances of Giru and the GT spaceship used in the Black Star Dragon Ball Saga. He also drew at least three color pictures of Goku, Pan, and Trunks adventuring on various planets (Monmaasu, Rudeeze, and an area in Hell).

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Toriyama's drawing of the Super Saiyan 4 transformation

Toriyama seems to have positive feelings towards his works' continuation, as he drew his version of Super Saiyan 4 Goku (which was originally designed by Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru), exclusively for the Dragon Box GT. Characters and events from GT have also been included in more recent Dragon Ball video games.

Despite these facts, some fans do not consider GT canon, most often claiming incorrectly that the series was not directly written by Toriyama. GT was not originally produced as manga like its predecessors Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, and contains minor, rarely seen elements which are inconsistent with Dragon Ball Z. However, GT has the least inconsistencies of all three anime series, making it difficult to cite the few that exist as a reason for the series to be set aside as non-canon.

English adaptations

US (FUNimation) version

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FUNimation's GT logo

The English adaptation of Dragon Ball GT ran on Cartoon Network between 2003 and 2005, but the version by FUNimation had a major alteration: the first 16 episodes of the series, the "Black Star Dragon Ball Saga", were cut and replaced by a single US-only episode which summarized the episodes; this became the new series premiere. This edit was implemented by the producers of the English dub to prevent viewers from possibly being put-off by these differently-toned early episodes. The missing episodes have since been released as the "Lost Episodes". When first aired, FUNimation Entertainment recorded a new musical score and the openings and closings were replaced with something completely different from the original. For example, a rap was used for the opening and used different clips from the show to make up the visuals. However, when FUNimation released the series to two remastered boxed sets in 2008, the original Japanese music was restored, and English versions of the opening and all four closings were created, which are all very close to the original versions. In 2012, the FUNimation version, including the "lost episodes" were shown on Nicktoons network.

International (Blue Water) version

Outside of the United States, (excluding Australia and New Zealand) a different English dub of the series was aired, featuring the voice actor of Canadian voice acting group Blue Water Studios. While the voices are different from both the American and international English dubs of Dragon Ball Z, the original background music by Akihito Tokunaga was kept, the episodes were aired in their proper order, and the scripts were kept much closer to the original Japanese version. However, the international version kept the original Japanese theme song but used English subtitles. An English version of the GT theme song was sung while this dub aired on Toonami in the UK, however these were different lyrics to the original song and not a direct translation.

TV special

Japanese title

  • Gokū Sidestory! The Proof of his Courage is the Si Xing Qiu [Four-Star Ball] (悟空外伝! 勇気の証しは四星球, Gokū Gaiden! Yūki no Akashi wa Sūshinchū)

FUNimation title

Release

FUNimation Remastered Box Sets

In 2008 FUNimation began production of remastering the entire Dragon Ball GT series similar to the remastering process of Dragon Ball Z. Unlike the Dragon Ball Z remastered sets, the Dragon Ball GT Remastered Season Sets are presented in a 4:3 full frame and come with 5 discs rather than 6. The GT Sets are not presented in high definition. Just like the Dragon Ball Z remastered sets, the GT Sets include English dialogue with original Japanese background music, 5.1 surround sound, English dialogue with US broadcast stereo and original Japanese mono. Both Dragon Ball GT Season Box sets include a booklet including character profiles" and an episode guide.

Dragon Ball GT: Season One was released on December 9, 2008. The box set includes the Black Star Dragon Ball Saga and most of the Baby Saga, spanning the first 34 episodes over 5 discs.

Dragon Ball GT: Season Two was released on February 10, 2009. The box set includes the last six episode of the Baby Saga, Super 17 Saga and Shadow Dragon Saga, spanning the final 30 episodes concluding the series. The Dragon Ball GT movie, Dragon Ball GT: A Hero's Legacy is included as part of the Box set.

On September 21, 2010 Funimation released Dragon Ball GT: The Complete Series which featured all 64 episodes of the show and A Hero's Legacy movie.

Season Release Date Sagas
Dragon Ball GT: Season 1 December 9, 2008 The Lost Episodes and Baby Saga
Dragon Ball GT: Season 2 February 10, 2009 Super 17, Shadow Dragon Sagas and Dragon Ball GT: A Hero's Legacy Movie
Dragon Ball GT: The Complete Series September 21, 2010 All 64 episodes and Dragon Ball GT: A Hero's Legacy Movie

Cast list

Character name Japanese Voice actor Funimation English Voice Actor Blue Water English Voice Actor
Goku Masako Nozawa Stephanie Nadolny (child)
Sean Schemmel (adult and Super Saiyan 4)
Zoe Slusar
Jeremiah Yurk
Goten Masako Nozawa Robert McCollum Scott Hendrickson
Trunks Takeshi Kusao Eric Vale Matthew Erickson
Giru Shinobu Satouchi Sonny Strait Matthew Erickson
Uub Atsushi Kisaichi Sean Teague Scott Roberts
Pan Yūko Minaguchi Elise Baughman Caitlynne Medrek
Vegeta Ryō Horikawa Christopher Sabat Roger Rhodes
Bulma Hiromi Tsuru Tiffany Vollmer Kristin Nowosad
Bulla Hiromi Tsuru Pariksi Fakhri Leda Davies
Gohan Masako Nozawa Kyle Hebert Jonathan Love
Videl Yūko Minaguchi Lucy Small Jennifer Holder
Chi-Chi Naoko Watanabe Cynthia Cranz Pascale Hutton
Krillin Mayumi Tanaka Sonny Strait Dan Gascon
Android 18 Miki Itō Meredith McCoy Jennifer Bain
Marron Tomiko Suzuki Meredith McCoy Jennifer Bain
Dende Hiro Yuki Justin Cook Scott Roberts
Mr. Popo Toku Nishio Christopher Sabat Dave Pettitt
Piccolo Toshio Furukawa Christopher Sabat Ethan Cole
Emperor Pilaf Shigeru Chiba Chuck Huber Dean Galloway
Shu Tesshō Genda Chris Cason Jonathan Love
Mai Eiko Yamada Julie Franklin Debbie Munro
Mr. Satan Daisuke Gōri Chris Rager Dave Pettitt
Majin Buu Kōzō Shioya Josh Martin Corby Proctor
Master Roshi Hiroshi Masuoka Mike McFarland Dean Galloway
Kibito Kai Shinichirō Ōta Kent Williams Roger Rhodes
Elder Kai Reizō Nomoto Kent Williams Dean Galloway
Sugoro Bin Shimada Brice Armstrong Jonathan Love
Shusugoro Mayumi Tanaka John Burgmeier  ???
Dr. Gero Kōji Yada Kent Williams Jonathan Love
Dr. Myuu Kazuyuki Sogabe Duncan Brannan Dave Pettitt
General Rilldo Kiyoyuki Yanada Andrew Chandler  ???
Baby Yūsuke Numata Mike McFarland Adam Hunter
Android 17 Shigeru Nakahara Chuck Huber Ethan Cole
Frieza Ryūsei Nakao Linda Young Maureen Jones
Cell Norio Wakamoto Dameon Clarke Ben Jeffery
King Kai Jōji Yanami Sean Schemmel Dean Galloway
Syn Shenron Hidekatsu Shibata Bob Carter/Christopher Sabat Victor Atelevich
Shenron Kenji Utsumi Christopher Sabat Dave Pettitt
Narrator Joji Yanami Andrew Chandler Steve Olson

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