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"Dragonball GT: Conversion" To Quality

by on January 5, 2005

Goku has been blinded by the combined might of all the Shadow Dragons in the form of Syn Shenron. Can he come through and save the day with his new, Daredevil-esque senses, or shall a blind man lead them to destruction? The Z Warriors and a newly empowered Vegeta might have something to say…

Episodes included on this disc
Episode 42: “Shadow Dragons Unite”
Episode 43: “Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta”
Episode 44: “Super Saiyan 4 Fusion”

ImageHere we are in the final arc of the Dragonball legacy. Goku’s fought villains who have stolen powers and the lives of others, most notably Perfect Cell of two hundred episodes ago, and more recently Buu from the end of Dragonball Z. But Goku’s got his hands full with Syn Shenron, an evil dragon birthed from the Dragonballs themselves! Well, birthed from the fusion of all the Shadow Dragons that were birthed from the Dragonballs… ah, forget it, Dragonball villains always had confusing back stories anyway (the Androids weren’t really androids, Buu’s transformations make no sense if you think about them, and Cell’s time travel was so convoluted that Doc Brown couldn’t even figure it out… I’m not even sure if his name is Syn or Omega Shenron at this point.).

Goku’s been blinded by Syn Shenron, but he miraculously pulls out the ability to sense where the villain is. He’s like Daredevil, just without the red leather or the Bennifer stigma. Still, it doesn’t make up for visuals, and Goku’s taking a beating.

In a moment that’ll get every fan of the franchise to pay attention to Dragonball GT for once, Pan does the one thing we’ve all been asking for them to do throughout the entire Shadow Dragon saga. It never made sense that Goku and his granddaughter were the only ones fighting to save the planet. A call for the Z Warriors brings back nostalgia. Gotenks and Trunks fight side by side, Gohan wears his old gi (just with new glasses), Uub, and even Mr. Satan join in for the fight.

And then comes Vegeta. With the ability to go Super Saiyan 4 (and Goku soon recovering his sight), you would think that two legendary Super Saiyans would be able to take out this horrific beast. Nah, it’s fusion time!

And yes, we get Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta. With the combined might of Goku and Vegeta, the tables turn on the monster… and the storyline.

Honestly, the series finally dishes out what every Dragonball and Dragonball Z fan has been wanting—the return of the Z Warriors. Okay, yes, Piccolo and Krillin are dead, and Tien and Yamcha are… forgotten, so it’s somewhat bittersweet, but it’s the sheer fact that Goku, Vegeta, Trunks, Goten, Gohan, and Majuub join in the fight (Pan… well… she’s there too).

And yet, they dangle a potential plot point in front of your face, and then pull it away. Fusions are always nice, and everyone’s been wanting to see an adult Gotenks (the fusion of Goten and Trunks). They bring up how others could fusion to help fight, but then we remember that the GT in Dragonball GT stands for “Goku Time” (well, it’s supposedly Grand Tour, but that little point was brought up in the Toonami talkback).

Extras are a trading card demo (a free CCG card comes in the case), character profiles, textless song (the intro you see three times on the disc), and trailers.

Should you get it? Dragonball GT fans will, yes. Dragonball Z fans who were turned off by earlier episodes might want to give it a try. Dragonball fans that haven’t watched in 400 episodes… do those even exist? Extras and episodes are somewhat minimal, but the plot picks up a little bit.

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