With the new Dragon Ball Super movie out, which as of writing this I still haven’t seen, Dragon Ball GT is sometimes nothing but a fading memory to most people. All except those that were actual fans of GT and may even prefer it to Dragon Ball Super. I, however, am not one of those people. So what is it that makes me dislike GT? Well in no particular order here are the big three.
I don’t like the design of Super Saiyan 4.
Super Saiyan 4 was the first thing I saw from GT and I really didn’t like it. To some people, it was a breath of fresh air since it wasn’t just more gold spiky hair, but for me, it was such a drastic change I didn’t like it. A few friends of mine did their own design of Super Saiyan 4 which was literally the same except it made the pink/red fur gold just like regular super saiyan transformations. That I found less jarring especially since Goku and Vegeta both transform into golden great apes before becoming Super Saiyan 4. To be fair I don’t find the Super Saiyan God or Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan transformations from DBS to be much better, but they’re miles ahead of Super Saiyan 4.
Pan and Uub were wasted potential just like the old characters
So the whole Dragon Ball Z being Gohan’s story after the Cell Saga didn’t pan out too well, but maybe a do-over with Pan and Uub would have done better. At the beginning of GT Uub is being trained by Goku so that he can take over as the hero some day for when he’s not around anymore. Eventually, this all leads to Goku being wished back into a kid and if you’ve seen the series then you know where it goes from there.
Pan is shown at times that she can be a confident fighter during the tour in space searching for the Black Star Dragon balls, but as stronger villains show up she’s relegated to what feels like nothing more than a cheerleader which is something non-saiyan characters sort of became in DBZ. She never shows growth as a fighter either as the sagas happen right after each other so she doesn’t get time to train or transform into a Super Saiyan. I’ve heard a rumor that Akira Toriyama didn’t design a super saiyan form for her because he “wasn’t sure what a female super saiyan would look like” which is silly because it makes no sense. Pan could have been more than a side-kick, a lot more.
Uub, on the other hand, was supposed to be the next hero, or at least that’s the way the ending of Z and the beginning of GT made it sound. At one point he even gets a power-up due to the Fat Buu basically giving up his life to give all his power to Uub. However, in every battle, Uub does pretty much nothing and even seems to be an afterthought. In fact, if he was any more of an afterthought he’d be sitting in the same room as Launch from Dragon Ball right now.
They obviously wanted to keep Goku the main hero of the series which is fine, but these two characters could have been so much more.
Goku being transformed into a kid and/or not staying that way
Yeah, I feel like I’m kind of jumping on the bandwagon with this one, but it is a little bit more complicated than that. First, let me say that I loved the original Dragon Ball, it is not my favorite, I will probably always prefer DBZ, but I enjoyed watching Dragon Ball almost as much. Seeing Goku as a kid again was kind of neat at first, but then I was kind of hoping that by the time they’d found the Black Star Dragon balls they would wish him back into an adult. Well, of course, that didn’t happen, but instead, he changes back into an adult every time he transforms into a Super Saiyan 4 but only when he is a Super Saiyan 4.
Again I find this jarring.. either keep him as a kid and let him deal with the trouble of not being as powerful even though he can transform into a Super Saiyan 3. Or have him remain an adult after first transforming into a Super Saiyan 4, or have him wished back into an adult. Even though I didn’t like him being turned back into a kid I’d rather they stay with that instead of switching back and forth with what is probably my least favorite transformation.
All of these three really take the fun out of GT for me, I have other things as well, but they don’t require so much of an explanation. I wasn’t a fan of any of the character designs for the show, the Super Android 17 Saga felt rushed, and they could have really utilized more characters in the Evil Shenron Dragon saga or whatever it is known as.
But did I like anything that came out of GT? I liked the villains as I thought machine mutants from space was something neat and new. I also really liked the idea of the Evil Shenrons being born from the Dragon balls due to them being used too much. The Evil Shenrons even having some elemental based powers like Ice, Wind, Lightning, and Fire sort of got me excited since well I’ve just always liked that sort of stuff.
Dragon Ball GT is the same to me that it is to a lot of Dragon Ball fans, a show that exists out of canon that we never really want to watch again.