Saturday, May 30, 2009

Dragon Ball GT

So, as promised, this time I will talk about Dragon Ball GT. While there isn’t much to say, because it is not the same caliber as DBZ, it still is an entertaining experience. The plot is that ten years after Bu's defeat and Emperor Pilaf has gathered the dragon balls and promptly turns Goku back into a child-like form; and with the help of Trunk and Pan, the now inexperienced and young Goku must search for the dragon balls in order to help him return to his old self. However, retrieving the scattered dragon balls will be difficult, as Earth will be destroyed if they are not brought back to it within a year. In addition, they have been used one too many times, and evil dragons have since been released. In the midst of this chaos, Goku and the gang must face their strongest enemies yet: Professor My and Doctor Gero, who are building a copy of C17, and hordes of foes that were previously sent to Hell by Goku himself... First of all let’s start with the reasons why it is NOT as good as DBZ. My first complaint is described in the plot. The developers turned Goku into a KID. Why ? I’m not interested in that. I already saw Goku as a kid in the very first Dragon Ball. I don’t want to see that again. Fortunately, the cast from DBZ is still here ( I’m talking about Vegeta, Gohan, Goten etc. ), but again, as the plot describes, for a good part of the show you only get to see mini Goku, his granddaughter Pan and a teenager Trunks. The others are still here but you only get to see them involved in the plot in the first 2 episodes and somewhere after the middle. But when they get involved you’re in for some good action. Also, I like how the heroes turned out after ten years. Gohan is an adult, a scholar and a family man, Goten is a teenager Don Juan, Vegeta is also a family man and has a daughter, and Trunks is a young CEO of Capsule Corp. But they’re calm and peaceful lives are interrupted by the evil Baby ( what a fucked up name ) who bends them to his will, and conquers the Earth. Only Goku is left to stop him. That’s where they make up for the fact they turned Goku into a kid. He gets to transform into SUPER SAYAN 4 ( SS4 ). That is awesome. Another complaint is that the villain cast isn’t as big as in DBZ ( also counting the movies ) but it’s still satisfying. Also there is a new addition to heroes cast, and that is Uub ( very hard to pronounce ), Bu’s good reincarnation. You get to see him at the end of DBZ but he doesn’t contribute to the plot very much, and is still untrained. This time you see him powerful, and he even merges with Majin Bu to transform into Majin Uub, and gets to fight Baby Vegeta ( that’s Baby merged into Vegeta, and not actually a baby Vegeta ). While he isn’t very memorable, he still is a nice addition, and you won’t regret his presence. Graphics are good, even for 1996. Images are sharp, smooth and detailed, and character models are stunning. Sound effects are Ok, and the voice work is done by the same people who did it for DBZ ( yes I watched the English dub ). So there is not much else to talk about. Most what I had to say about the series, I already said in my DBZ review which started this marathon ( yes my next review is about the very first Dragon Ball ). But to finish this I’d like to say that GT can’t really hold a candle to DBZ, but it’s still worth the fun.

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