Dragon Ball GT, GT standing for "Grand Tour", is the sequel series to Dragon Ball Z. The anime series was produced by Toei Animation and aired in Japan on Fuji TV from February 2, 1996 to November 19, 1997. Since Dragon Ball GT was not based on the manga, no filler episodes were required. As a result, four entire sagas were completed in only 64 episodes.
The series again continues the adventures of Goku, who is turned back into a child in the beginning of the series by the Black Star Dragon Balls and is forced to travel across the galaxy to retrieve them. The first half of the series focuses on Goku, Pan, and Trunks, while the second half brings back most of the prominent characters from Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. It is the only series that is not based directly on the original manga series by Akira Toriyama. The series follows the Z Fighters against far more powerful foes such as Baby, Super 17 and the Shadow Dragons.
Goku — In Dragon Ball GT, at the age of 51, before the wish by Shenron turning him to a small child, Goku has finished training Uub, and they have just finished testing their abilities against one another in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. Soon after, an accidental wish by Emperor Pilaf transforms Goku back into a child. This wish was made on the Black Star Dragon Balls. As a result, Goku must travel the galaxy and return them to Earth to prevent the planet from exploding from the negative energy created by the wish. While fighting the Baby controlled Vegeta Goku transforms into Super Saiyan 4 for the first time.
Pan — The granddaughter of Goku, Pan's heritage is primarily Human, being the offspring of the Saiyan-Human hybrid Gohan and the Human Videl, thus making her 1/4 Saiyan. Pan is good friends with Bulla and Trunks, the children of Vegeta and Bulma. Pan is introduced near the end of the Dragon Ball manga, and only appears in a few episodes of Dragon Ball Z. Her role is more extensive in Dragon Ball GT, which takes place several years after the end of Dragon Ball Z. She is the last member to "join" the Z Fighters, as she fights along side and supports the others against the enemies within Dragon Ball GT. She has shoulder length black hair, wears a red belly-baring T-shirt, sports an orange bandana on her head, has chains on her right side of her gray pants, and finger-less gloves much like her mother wore in Dragon Ball Z. She wears a blue-school bag as well.
Trunks — At the beginning of Dragon Ball GT, Trunks has become the President of Capsule Corporation. Although it pays quite well (so well that he can afford his own chauffeur and servants), he does not like the job and its overwhelming responsibilities, and will often slip out the window and fly away. Forced by Vegeta, Trunks goes on a journey with Goku and Pan to recover the Black Star Dragon Balls.
Giru — Originally known as T2006 or DB4649T2006RS, is a Machine Mutant that accompanies Goku, Pan, and Trunks on their quest to find the Black Star Dragon Balls. He is friends with Pan; however, he is frequently the recipient of a lot of abuse (both verbal and physical) at the hands of Pan, which makes him somewhat fearful of her. Trunks, Goku and Pan first meet Giru on Imecka while he is on the brink of death. After eating the Dragon Radar for energy, he tries to escape from them, but is ultimately caught by Goku. After that, the three Z Fighters find out that Giru has integrated the radar's functionality into his software. Giru then helps the group track down the Black Star Dragon Balls acting as the Dragon Radar. Upon arriving on Planet M-2, Giru "betrays" Trunks, Goku, and Pan, though he is actually pretending, as ordered by Trunks.
|Goku||Masako Nozawa||Stephanie Nadolny (child)
Sean Schemmel (adult)
|Zoe Slusar (child)|
Jeremiah Yurk (adult)
|Pan||Yūko Minaguchi||Elise Baughman||Caitlynne Medrek|
|Trunks||Takeshi Kusao||Eric Vale||Matthew Erickson|
|Giru||Shinobu Satouchi||Sonny Strait||Matthew Erickson|
|Uub||Atsushi Kisaichi||Sean Michael Teague||Scott Roberts (1st episode)|
|Goten||Masako Nozawa||Robert McCollum||Scott Hendrickson|
|Vegeta||Ryō Horikawa||Christopher Sabat||Roger Rhodes|
|Bulma||Hiromi Tsuru||Tiffany Vollmer||Kristin Nowosad|
|Bulla||Hiromi Tsuru||Pariksi Fakhri||Leda Davies|
|Gohan||Masako Nozawa||Kyle Hebert||Scott Roberts|
|Videl||Yūko Minaguchi||Lucy Small||Jennifer Holder|
|Chi-Chi||Naoko Watanabe||Cynthia Cranz||Debbie Munro|
|Krillin||Mayumi Tanaka||Sonny Strait||Dan Gascon|
|Android 18||Miki Itō||Meredith McCoy||Jennifer Bain|
|Marron||Tomiko Suzuki||Meredith McCoy||Lori Barnes Smith|
|Dende||Hiro Yuki||Justin Cook||Jeffrey Watson|
|Mr. Popo||Toku Nishio||Christopher Sabat||Dave Pettitt|
|Piccolo||Toshio Furukawa||Christopher Sabat||Ethan Cole|
|Emperor Pilaf||Shigeru Chiba||Chuck Huber||Dean Galloway|
|Shu||Tesshō Genda||Chris Cason||Jonathan Love|
|Mai||Eiko Yamada||Julie Franklin||Debbie Munro|
|Mr. Satan||Daisuke Gōri||Chris Rager||Dave Pettitt|
|Majin Buu||Kōzō Shioya||Josh Martin||Corby Proctor|
|Master Roshi||Hiroshi Masuoka||Mike McFarland||Dean Galloway|
|Kibito Kai||Shinichirō Ōta||Kent Williams||Roger Rhodes|
|Old Kai||Reizō Nomoto||Kent Williams||Steve Olson|
|Sugoro||Bin Shimada||Brice Armstrong||Jonathan Love|
|Shusugoro||Mayumi Tanaka||John Burgmeier||Dan Gascon|
|Dr. Gero||Kōji Yada||Kent Williams||Jonathan Love|
|Dr. Myuu||Kazuyuki Sogabe||Duncan Brannan||Dave Pettitt|
|General Rilldo||Kiyoyuki Yanada||Andrew Chandler||Steve Olson|
|Baby||Yūsuke Numata||Mike McFarland||Adam Hunter|
|Android 17||Shigeru Nakahara||Chuck Huber||Ethan Cole|
|Frieza||Ryūsei Nakao||Linda Young||Jennifer Bain|
|Cell||Norio Wakamoto||Dameon Clarke||Ben Jeffery|
|King Kai||Jōji Yanami||Sean Schemmel||Dean Galloway|
|Syn Shenron||Hidekatsu Shibata||Bob Carter||Noah Umholtz|
|Shenron||Daisuke Gōri||Christopher Sabat||Dave Pettitt|
|Black Smoke Shenron||Daisuke Gōri||Christopher Sabat||—|
|Valese||Natsumi Yanase||Amber Cotton||Carol-Anne Day|
|Dolltaki||Hirotaka Suzuoki||Barry Yandell||Jonathan Love|
|Cardinal Mutchy Mutchy||Takeshi Watabe||Justin Cook||—|
|Commander Nezi||Hiroyuki Satō||Cindy Beal||—|
|Natt||Shinchi Yamada||Kyle Hebert||—|
|Ribet||Ichiro Nagata||Chris Cason||—|
|Bon Para||Yukitoshi Hori||Brad Jackson||Adam Hunter|
|Don Para||Kazunari Tanaka||Bill Townsley||Corby Proctor|
|Son Para||Bin Shimada||Iman Nademzadeh||Kevin Tokarsky|
|Ledgic||Kazuyuki Sogabe||Robert Bruce Elliott||—|
|Don Kee||Kōji Totani||Jakie Cabe||—|
|Gale||Yasuhiko Kawazu||Steve Sanders||—|
|Sheela||Megumi Urawa||Laura Bailey||—|
|Zoonama||Chafurin||Duncan Brannan||Corby Proctor|
|Doma||Nobuhiko Kazuma||Jerry Jewell||—|
|Omega Shenron||Hidekatsu Shibata||Christopher Sabat||Noah Umholtz|
|Nuova Shenron||Ken Yamaguchi||John Burgmeier||—|
|Eis Shenron||Kaneto Shiozawa||Jerry Jewell||Tommy James|
|Naturon Shenron||Shin Aomori||Christopher Bevins||—|
|Oceanus Shenron (Dragon Form)||Ryūzaburō Ōtomo||Steve Sanders||Zane Simpson|
|Oceanus Shenron (Princess Form)||Masako Katsuki||Laura Bailey||Lana Harwood|
|Haze Shenron||Chafurin||Brad Jackson||—|
|Rage Shenron||Hirotaka Suzuoki||Chris Cason||Adam Hunter|
|Goku Jr.||Masako Nozawa||Stephanie Nadolny||Zoe Slusar|
|Vegeta Jr.||Ryō Horikawa||Christopher Sabat||Scott Hendrickson|
|Narrator||Joji Yanami||Andrew Chandler||Steve Olson|
|Color||Saga||Episodes||U.S. Season Premiere||U.S. Season Finale|
|Black Star Dragon Ball Saga||16||February 5, 2005||April 16, 2005|
|Baby Saga||24||November 7, 2003||July 3, 2004|
|Super Android 17 Saga||07||July 10, 2004||August 21, 2004|
|Shadow Dragon Saga||17||August 28, 2004||January 29, 2005|
Unlike the other anime series in the Dragon Ball franchise, Dragon Ball GT is not directly adapted from the manga series written by Akira Toriyama, but the same characters are featured. The series was later released on DVD as a two Season set. The first set was released on December 9, 2008, and the second set was released on February 10, 2009. A "Complete Series" DVD box set was later released on September 21, 2010.
English Dub Differences
The English dub produced by FUNimation included a major alteration to the episode order. The first 16 episodes of the series, the "Black Star Dragon Ball Saga", were cut and replaced by a single U.S.-only episode which summarized these episodes; this episode became the new series premiere. This edit was implemented by FUNimation to prevent viewers from possibly being put-off by these differently-toned early episodes. The 16 episodes of the "Black Star Dragon Ball Saga" were eventually aired as the "Lost Episodes" after the remaining episodes completed their initial run. When first aired, FUNimation Entertainment recorded a new musical score and the openings and closings were replaced with something completely different from the original. For example, a rap was used for the opening and used different clips from the show to make up the visuals.
Dragon Ball GT premiered in Japan on Fuji TV from February 2, 1996 to November 19, 1997. The series later aired on the International Channel (now AZN Television), unedited and uncut, in Japanese, without English subtitles, from 2002-2003. FUNimation Entertainment licensed the series for an English language release and broadcast in the United States. FUNimation's English dub of the series aired in the United States on Cartoon Network's Toonami programming block from November 7, 2003 to February 13, 2004, after which the series began airing on Saturday Video Entertainment System until the block's cancelation. On March 29, 2004, the series returned to Toonami and continued to air on the block until April 16, 2005. It then had an evening time slot on Cartoon Network, airing Monday-Thursday, through Summer 2005. FUNimation's English dub later aired in the United States on Nicktoons from January 16, 2012 to April 2013.
- Japan (Fuji TV) — February 2, 1996 - November 19, 1997
- Spain (Canal 33 Catalonia) — 1999 - 2001
- United States (International Channel) — November 10, 2002 - December 28, 2003
- Brazil (Cartoon Network) — December 2, 2002 - 2003
- United States (Cartoon Network) — November 7, 2003 - April 16, 2005
- United States (Nicktoons) — January 16, 2012 - April 17, 2013
- Latin America (Cartoon Network) — September 2007 - December 2008
- Canada (YTV) — September 2003 - 2006
- United Kingdom (Toonami) — 2003 - 2005
- Australia (Cartoon Network) — 2004
- Spain (Cartoon Network) — 2006
Toonami Broadcast History
The series premiered in the United States on Cartoon Network's Toonami programming block on November 7, 2003, airing exclusively on Fridays. The first episode Toonami aired, "A Grand Problem", is a recap episode made by FUNimation to summarize the first 16 episodes of the series that were initially skipped by Toonami. This premiere episode saw a jump in ratings with a 9.7 rating for males 9-14 and an 8.6 for males 6-11. The series was removed from the Friday block after February 13, 2004 and was replaced with reruns of The Powerpuff Girls.
On March 29, 2004, the series returned to Toonami for the final 3 weeks of the weekday Toonami block's existence, titled Dragonball Chronicles. After which, Toonami moved to Saturday nights and Dragon Ball GT continued to air on the block through April 16, 2005. Toonami initially skipped the first 16 episodes of the series. However, these episodes were later shown on Toonami as "The Lost Episodes" from February 5, 2005 to April 16, 2005, after the rest of the series had aired.
- Toonami (United States) — November 7, 2003 - February 13, 2004; March 29, 2004 - April 16, 2005
- Toonami (Brazil) — December 02, 2002 - 2003
- Toonami (United Kingdom) — 2003 - 2005
- Toonami (Australia) — 2004
- Toonami (Spain) — 2006
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|Cartoon Network (1997-2008)|
|Adult Swim (2012-Present)|