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Dragonball GT

A Parent's Guide to Anime
Rated: PG

Parental Guidance Advised

Reviewed by Michael Wilson:

Dragonball GT is the sequal to Dragonball Z and is the third series in the Dragonball series. It takes place 10 years after the Majin Buu saga, so all of the characters are older. Another company bought Dragonball, and so this has elements of both Dragonball and Dragonball Z.

It starts off in the Budokai Tenkaichi Tournament. After meeting the reincarnated Majin Buu (now called UUB or Uubu) Goku stumbles upon the evil plot of one of his old enemies, Emperor Pilaf. Pilaf, who has summoned the Ultimate Dark Dragonballs tranforms Goku into a kid again and Pilaf disappears for the rest of the series. Because those were special Dragonballs, the Earth would magically be destroyed in a year after their use and they, unlike the Earth Dragonballs are scattered across the universe. Trunks and Pan follow Goku into space for the ultimate search for the Dragonballs. In this way (Goku being a kid again and searching for the Dragonballs) it is like the original Dragonball series.

In the first adventures, there really is not much fighting. The Dragonball Z element returns when a new menace arises by the name of Bebi and attacks the Earth. In a battle with Goku on the recreated Planet Plant, Goku reaches a new power level, the true Super Saiyan 4. After Bebi's defeat, Earth is destroyed and Piccolo dies with it. Later in the series, the Z Fighters are able to bring back Earth and then they later fight Super Android 17. 17, under Dr. Gero's control breaks open the door between Earth and Hell and all of the old bad guys come to Earth for revenge only to be defeated. The series concludes when the Eternal Dragon splits into seven evil dragons and is the ultimate menace of the Earth. Vejita artificially becomes a Super Saiyan 4 and fuses with Super Saiyan 4 Goku to form Super Gogita 4. Together with Pan, the Shenlongs are defeated, but become good again. At the end, Goku rides off with the Shenlong. There is a DBGT movie about Pan's grandson Goku Jr. that become a Super Saiyan. It is not based on a manga series like the other Dragonballs. The only form to find it in currently is in subtitles, but I hear that Funimation may dub it in the future.

The artwork is a bit different and darker(in a literal sense). Many hardcore DBZ fans will love it while others will hate it. Those who are not used to the lack of violence in the original Dragonball series will not like the first 25 episodes.

Parent's Guide Rating:

yellow (parental guidance advised)

nudity: Very little, but not nearly as much as Dragonball and DBZ. The little there is is frontal nudity of Goku as a child. It is not graphic and hopefully will not make a lasting impression on your child.

sex: None

profanity: A fair amount, but not as much as in DBZ. Nothing to worry about.

violence: There is plenty of violence, but very little of it is bloody. It is little worse than a normal Saturday morning cartoon.

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