Anime DVD Review: Dragon Ball GT: The Complete Series

The Dragon Ball GT: The Complete Series box set is a ten disc DVD set that contains all 64 episodes of the series, as well as the Dragon Ball GT television special, A Hero’s Legacy. When FUNimation put this box set together, all they did was take the Dragon Ball GT Season One and the Dragon Ball GT Season Two box sets and combine them into one big set.

Dragon Ball GT: The Complete Series
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: November 3, 2011

The first four discs in the set contain seven episodes, the fifth disc contains six episodes and extras, the sixth and seventh discs contain seven episodes, the eighth and ninth discs contain six episodes, and the final disc contains four episodes, extras, and A Hero’s Legacy.

At the beginning of the series, Emperor Pilaf and his cronies sneak into the Upper Realm and find the Black Star Dragon Balls that had been hidden away by Kami before he had split with Piccolo Daimao. Goku is also there, training with Oob. Goku catches Pilaf in the act, and out of frustration, Pilaf wishes that Goku was a child again. Shen Long grants this wish, and Goku is a child again.

It’s quickly discovered that the Black Star Dragon Balls scatter across the universe instead of across the Earth after a wish has been granted. It’s also learned that if the balls are not gathered together and returned to Earth within a year, the Earth will be destroyed. Using a spaceship from Capsule Corp, Goku sets out on a journey to find the Black Star Dragon Balls; he is joined by Trunks and his granddaughter, Pan.

From here, the series progresses to the Baby arc. This is followed by the joining of the Earth and the Other World and a battle with a resurrected No. 17. The final arc of the series sees the Dragon Balls cracking and unleashing seven evil dragons with negative energy who are bent on destroying the world, due to overuse of the balls by Goku and his friends. They must try to defeat the evil dragons and restore the Dragon Balls’ positive energy.

A Hero’s Legacy is set 100 years after the end of Dragon Ball GT, and the only character who remains from the cast we know is Pan (who is now an old woman). The story of this special follows her grandson, Goku Jr., and his journey to find the Dragon Ball at his ancestor Goku’s home. Pan falls ill, and Goku Jr. thinks that finding the Dragon Ball and making a wish on it will make her feel better. Unfortunately, unlike his ancestor Goku, Goku Jr. doesn’t show that he has strength and bravado.

It should be noted that Dragon Ball GT is the only Dragon Ball anime series to not be based off of Akira Toriyama’s manga. And I can also say without hesitation that Dragon Ball GT is the weakest series in the Dragon Ball franchise. In my opinion, the whole concept of the Black Star Dragon Balls was rather ridiculous, and the story just didn’t seem to be quite as strong as the story of the other Dragon Ball series.

When it comes to the DVD set itself, one of the best features is the marathon feature; this allows you to watch all of the episodes back-to-back. However, with the marathon feature, you only see the opening credits once, and the ending credits are not shown. This feature is very helpful when you’re trying to watch all of the episodes on a disc in a single sitting.

In the setup menu, you can choose between the English audio from when the series originally aired on television, the English dialogue with the original Japanese music, and Japanese dialogue and music. In this menu, you can also choose to turn the subtitles on and off.

The main menu of the fifth disc adds in a link for the special features. This set includes a textless opening and a textless version of the first closing song. On these textless songs, the credit text is gone, but there are still subtitles that appear on the screen. Also in the extras menu is a link for trailers.

The main menu of the final disc gives you two options: “A Hero’s Legacy” and “Episodes.” If you choose “A Hero’s Legacy,” it takes you straight to the TV special. If you select “Episodes,” it takes it to the main menu you would see on the previous four discs, except it adds in a selection for the special features. This disc includes a textless opening and a textless version of the fourth closing song; just like the textless songs that appeared on disc five, the credit text is gone but there are still subtitles that appear on the screen. Also in the extras menu is a link for trailers.

If you’re a Dragon Ball fan who enjoys Dragon Ball GT but haven’t purchased the two individual season box sets already, then I would recommend purchasing this set in order to add it to your library.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of Dragon Ball GT: The Complete Series set that my husband and I purchased.

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