Dragon Ball GT TV Series
|Original Run:||07 February 1996 – 19 November 1997 (1 year, 9 months, 2 weeks)|
|Corresponding:||Dragon Ball GT Episodes 01 – 64 (64 episodes; 1 TV special)|
|Filler Content:||Anime Only Series|
|Rating Shares:||Average: 14.6%
Maximum: 19.7% (Episode 02)
Minimum: 9.6% (Episode 21)
Series Director — Osamu Kasai
Series Organization — Aya Matsui
Character Design — Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru
Art Design — Tadanao Tsuji & Ryūji Yoshīke
Music — Akihito Tokunaga
Following the success and popularity of the Dragon Ball Z anime series, Toei Animation decided to extend the franchise beyond just the scope of the original manga. The new series was titled Dragon Ball GT, with “GT” being short for “Grand Touring”. This new anime original series picked up right where the previous series had left off, and was initially slated to expand Toriyama’s “Dragon World” into the far reaches of the Dragon Ball universe, with Goku as a child once again. Taking over the Dragon Ball Z time slot at 7:00PM every Wednesday on Fuji TV, the first episode of Dragon Ball GT aired on 07 February 1996.
Beyond creating the title and logo of the series, providing designs for the main characters, and drawing a few promotional illustrations, original manga author Akira Toriyama had very little involvement with the series. The main staff of the series also experienced some significant changes, with the majority leaving to pursue other endeavors. Veteran animator Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru entirely took over the role of character designer and Akihito Tokunaga was brought on as the series’ new musical composer. Numerous new producers were also brought on board from both Toei Animation and Fuji TV to help determine the series’ plot and development.
Unlike the previous two series, the TV ratings quickly dropped as series progressed and much of the overwhelming interest once seen in the franchise began to rapidly dwindle. After only 64 episodes and one feature length TV special, the Dragon Ball GT anime series came to an end when the final episode aired on 19 November 1997. For the first time in over a decade, there was no new episode of Dragon Ball to be seen. The franchise would go on to see considerable reruns of all three series in Japan on various cable TV networks, even to this day. However in early-2009, Toei Animation and Fuji TV would reunite to bring the beloved franchise back to syndicated TV, creating something no one had expected — Dragon Ball Kai.
Series Story Arcs
Select a story arc to view an episode-by-episode break-down of that specific arc, with additional information pertaining to the original broadcast run, filler content, and rating shares. We’ve also included detailed pages for each individual episode, which includes screen shots from the original episodes, episode summaries, next episode information, complete opening and ending credits, and much more.
Five years have passed and all is peaceful around the world as Goku and Oob finish their training in Heaven. However, this peace soon ends as Pilaf makes a terrifying wish, transforming Goku into a child. The rush is on to retrieve all seven Dark Dragon Balls from around the Universe before the Earth and it’s inhabitants are destroyed.
While searching for the Dark Dragon Balls, Goku and the others encounter Dr. Mu and his greatest project Baby. Being the lone survivor of the Tsufruian race, Baby swears revenge on all Saiyans, no matter how innocent or guilty. As friends turn to foe, Goku must fight the ones he loves to destroy Baby and return the Earth to peace.
In Hell, Dr. Gero and Dr. Mu combine forces to create the ultimate Artificial Human, Super No. 17. Goku rushes to Hell to stop the evil duo, but in his haste he is trapped with some old foes, Cell and Freeza. With Goku trapped in Hell, the Earth’s forces must deal with the Super No. 17’s assault. Goku must find a way out of Hell before all of Earth is lost.
With each wish of the Dragon Balls, a dark force has gathered within them. As a result of their misuse, the Evil Dragons are born. Feeling responsible for this new threat, Goku sets off with Pan and Giru to confront the Evil Dragons and regain the Dragon Balls. With the Universe threatened again, Goku must save it… one final time!