After enduring trials that would have crushed any other soul, Goku is now faced with the most important journey of his life. The Dragon Balls have been scattered to the ends of creation! The universe is dense with danger and the Saiyan hero must plunge head first into the peril, for if the seven magic relics of Shenron are not gathered within a year s time, Earth will meet with final catastrophe.
Alongside his friends, Pan and Trunks, Goku will struggle against the most formidable evils yet, be they savage beast with the power to crumble mountains, false gods intent on sacrificing those who believe, or cruel manipulators of science who seek to strip the good of all power. The countdown to oblivion has begun... And before the clock strikes eternal midnight, the most incredible menace to ever threaten existence will rise! Dragon Ball GT
(1996), the third animated series based on Akira Toriyama's manga, takes place ten years after the final episode of Dragon Ball Z
. Things have changed: Trunks is the president of the Capsule Corporation; Gohan has married Videl. Goku's old enemy Pilaf invades the Celestial Realm to seize the ultra-powerful Black Dragon Balls, but he messes up his wish and asks that Goku be reduced to a child. King Kai warns that the Black Dragon Balls, which have scattered among the stars, must be returned to Earth within a year or the planet will explode. Goku and Trunks set off to find them, accompanied by Pan, Gohan's obnoxious daughter. After fighting a number of underlings, the trio finally meets the main villain of the series: Baby, the last survivor of the Tuffle (originally Tsufrulian) race. A nasty creature with a head like a crescent moon, Baby can infiltrate the bodies of others and absorb their energy. He wants to acquire the power of the Saiyans and subjugate the galaxy. Quite a number of battles ensue, and Goku has to have his tail restored to give him the power to tackle Baby. The filmmakers undercut their efforts to create excitement by being silly. Buu and Uub reunite to form Majuub, but he fights by turning his foes into chocolate. The story also lacks originality: when Trunks is caught in a metal trap by General Rilldo, it's too obviously copied from Han Solo's emprisonment in the block of carbonite. Both Dragon Ball
and Dragon Ball Z
were boys' clubs: Goku and the Z-fighters trained together, fought common enemies and sought to become the strongest. Creating a major role for a girl in the series was a worthwhile idea, but the filmmakers make too Pan whiny and fussy to fit into the rough and tumble world. The weakest entry in the Dragon Ball
only ran for 64 episodes. (Rated TV PG, suitable for ages 8 and up: violence, violence against women, alcohol use, nudity) --Charles Solomon
(1. A Devastating Wish, 2. Pan Blasts Off, 3. Terror on Imecka, 4. The Most Wanted List, 5. Goku vs. Ledgic, 6. Like Pulling Teeth, 7. Trunks, the Bride, 8. Whisker Power! 9. Lord Luud, 10. Dance and Attack, 11. Lord Luud's Curse, 12. The Last Oracle of Luud, 13. The Man Behind the Curtain, 14. The Battle Within, 15. Beginning of the End, 16. Giru's Checkered Past, 17. Pan's Gambit, 18. Unexpected Power, 19. A General Uprising, 20. The Source of Rilldo's Power, 21. A Secret Revealed, 22. The Baby Secret, 23. Hidden Danger, 24. Discovering the Truth, 25. Baby's Arrival, 26. Saiyan Hunting, 27. The Attack on Vegeta, 28. A Worldwide Problem, 29. The Fall of the Saiyans, 30. The Game After Life, 31. Collapse From Within, 32. The Return of Uub, 33. The Tail's Tale, 34. Back in the Game)