Way back before I started any of this, I had it in my mind that I’d take an objective look at Dragon Ball GT. I’d try to find the pearls of what made the show memorable, then compare and contrast them with the other shows in the franchise. Specifically Dragon Ball Super. After this week of talking about the Baby Saga, turns out things didn’t exactly work out that way.
When I last spent an entire week talking about Dragon Ball GT, I dedicated an entire day to discuss the character of Pan, and then another one after that to delve into GT’s interpretation of Goku. While not enough has changed for me to deem it necessary to go there again, they’re still two of the most noteworthy characters to dig into.
I touched upon this when I spoke about GT’s erratic structure yesterday. And not to tip my hand or anything, but the writing in Dragon Ball GT is simply terrible. I guess that’s really just showing the whole hand, but at this point; it’s hardly a hot take on this old series.
Within the first 16 episodes, I had no problem with the show’s writing. It was a light and fluffy affair, focusing on smaller, two part stories as the characters took their grand tour and collected Dragon Balls. As the story takes a more dramatic turn and a major villain becomes the new threat, GT”s writers seem to lose themselves and forget some pretty basic tenants of how to construct a story.