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"Dragon Ball - GT" - (Season Sets)
Reviewer:
Taylor Carlson
Studio: FUNimation
Genre:
TV-Series
Release Date:
2008-2009
Special Features:

Textless Songs, Trailers, Booklets, Hero's Legacy movie in Season 2

Review:

The Dragon Ball franchise has been around for nearly 30 years now. Akira Toriyama, also known for his work on numerous video games and other series, created a classic for the ages when he put the first volume of the Dragon Ball manga into Shonen Jump magazine in 1984. Like many manga series, it inspired an anime adaptation. ***

Dragon Ball GT is not based on the manga by Akira Toriyama, but rather, is an anime-only sequel series made by Toei Animation, on which Toriyama had minimal involvement. The show attempts to recapture the adventure/comedy feel of the original Dragon Ball in its earlier episodes, but gradually reacquires the straight-up action approach of Z. ***

Dragon Ball GT gets a mixed reception from fans - with many of them straight-up hating it, calling it a disgrace to Toriyama's original work. I agree with much of the negative criticisms, the series borrows too much from its predecessors and feels like a compromise of them at best. There are some great moments in this series, but you have to wade through a bunch of uninteresting stuff in the process. GT is worth watching ONCE if you were a fan of the older series (original and Z), but don't come in here expecting something amazing. There is a reason the series only lasted 2 seasons. ***

FUNimation originally skipped the first episodes of GT, wanting to get right into the action parts. This got an outcry from fans, prompting FUNimation to eventually release those missing episodes - which they did. In the long run, all of GT was released on DVD uncut, along with the Hero's Legacy movie. Were Season Sets, after all that, even necessary? --

Image And Sound:

FUNimation must have heard the fan outcry on the complaints about the Z series, because the Dragon Ball GT sets are presented in the original 4:3 ratio, with no cropping or annoying noise reduction. These could very well be the same transfers Toei used on the Japanese Dragon Box sets, though I can't verify this since I don't own those. But the show looks very good, and these transfers are, if nothing else, a slight step up from the old Saga sets. ***

Sadly, the audio on the Japanese track is still fairly weak in comparison to the quality that was given to the dub. The dub version of the original Dragon Ball is more accurate and appealing than that of the Z sets, though I still have my quibbles here and there. I'll be sticking with the Jap audio, but that's just me.

Special Features:

There aren't any features on the discs aside from textless songs and trailers, however like the Z sets, each set comes with an informative booklet. The Season 2 set, however, has the Hero's Legacy movie, set 100 years after GT, as a bonus.

Final Words:

Like or hate the GT series, there is no denying that these Season Sets do the show justice. As they can be acquired for a decent price now, why not pick them up?

 

 
 
 
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