A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Dragon Ball GT is the final installment of the Dragonball series and is sometimes even more violent than Dragon Ball Z. Expect tons of onscreen animated violence including brutal beatings, explosions, stabbing, and disintegration. GT has a few villains who have plenty of creepy moments. Sexual humor is also present, and the uncut version of the series has the occasional curse words such as "damn" and "crap."
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What's the story?
A few years after the events of Dragon Ball Z, one of Goku's old enemies finds all seven of the mysterious Dark Star Dragon Balls. Once a wish is made to return Goku to his younger self, it is revealed that all seven Dragon Balls are not collected by the year's end, the earth with explode. It is up to Goku and his friends to scour the galaxy for the Dragon Balls and return them to Earth before time runs out.
Is it any good?
DRAGON BALL GT does little to improve the shortcomings of the previous shows of the franchise. The fighting sequences are more intense and moments to take a breath are very few. That said, the action is well choreographed and plot is complex, if a bit confusing at times.
All of the show's favorite characters are back and everyone gets a good amount of screen time and development. Pan, Goku's granddaughter, plays a huge part in the story's events and grows as a person throughout the course of the show. There are also a few dramatic character deaths as well, so have tissues at the ready if kids are attached to any one of them. People who are familiar with the Dragon Ball series will not find many surprises, since it is more of the same action, with a new twist on the story.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the violence in the show, and how it compares to the rest of the series. Is there a reason why the characters choose to fight instead of solving the conflict another way?
How does the Dragon Ball series compare to other anime shows you have watched? What are its strengths? Its flaws?
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