Dragon Ball GT

Common Sense Media says

Anime series finale is more violent than others.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Many of the tragic events of the series are consequences of actions of the main characters, so facing these consequences rather than running away is the most prominent moral. Wishing always comes with a price, no matter if it is a selfish or selfless wish.

Positive role models

Goku, the main hero of the Dragon Ball series, maintains his positive characteristics such as selflessness, devotion, and a carefree attitude. His granddaughter Pan grows up over the course of the series and becomes stronger as a person in order to help those she loves. Pan also proves to be a very clever heroine and defeats her foes by strategizing rather than overpowering them with brute force.


Much like the previous installments of the series, there is plenty of martial arts violence. The sheer intensity can be overwhelming. Brutal beatings, explosions, stabbing, and disintegration occur during the onscreen action. One of the major villains of the series has a fair share of creepy moments due to his ability to take over peoples bodies. Some cartoon blood.


There is a bit of sexual humor, and some rare non-sexual male nudity. A few female characters wear sexy outfits.


The uncut version contains "damn" and "crap." These words are muted or bleeped on TV and some DVD versions.


Dragon Ball GT is part of a large franchise, full of various merchandise for sale such as DVDs, toys, and posters.

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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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Christopher Sabat, Elise Baughman, Stephanie Nadolny
Genre:Kids' Animation
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD

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Kid, 12 years old June 9, 2013

An Attempt to Milk a Franchise Goes Terribly Wrong

It's terrible. Goku does everything leaving the other characters useless and Hercule are whiny brats. Gohan's a wimp. Krillin's an old man. Yamcha and Tien are now background characters. Piccolo dies before the series barely even starts. Seriously. All episodes are unoriginal and stupid with little decent action. Very melodramatic too.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written byDinostomper July 2, 2013


It's really good it starts out really good for kids then slightly goes away from it.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Kid, 12 years old September 19, 2014

Very good

Great show great main character. Gets very violent but it's no big deal if you're not sensitive
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence


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