Is ‘Dragon Ball GT’ Canon Or Not?

Dragon Ball GT
Dragon Ball GT

Dragon Ball‘ has multiple versions and sequels. Each sequel has been amazing and has given the fans something to look forward to, and every time the anime has gone beyond the expectations of the fans. One of these sequels is ‘Dragon Ball GT‘. This series was released in 1996.

There have been multiple debates and heated discussions over this series. Some fans argue that this series is not connected to the ‘Dragon Ball’ universe and therefore isn’t canon. Some fans, however, disagree with this statement. Let’s find out what Dragon Ball GT is and if it is canon.

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What Is Dragon Ball GT?

Baby Goku in Dragon Ball GT
Baby Goku in Dragon Ball GT

Dragon Ball GT‘ is an anime sequel that was released after ‘Dragon Ball Z‘. The series is the shortest in the ‘Dragon Ball‘ universe with only 64 episodes. The series follows Goku and his friends on another adventure.

In this series, Goku was mistakenly turned into a child due to a misplaced wish upon the Dragon Balls. The first half of the series follows Goku and his friends traveling across galaxies to find the Dragon Balls to reverse the change. The second half, however, brings back many iconic and unforgettable characters from ‘Dragon Ball Z‘ such as Baby, Super 17, and Shadow Dragons.

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This series took place after the peaceful world saga, but there is a debate on exactly how many years after it took place. This is because it is commonly referred to as taking place after 5 years. However, in the promotional material for the dub, it is said that it takes place after 10 years of the peaceful world saga.

Is It Canon?

Vegeta in Super Saiyan 4 form
Vegeta in Super Saiyan 4 form

The ‘Dragon Ball GT‘ series was produced by the same animation studio which produced its previous versions and franchise, however, the series is not based on manga.

This implies that whatever events take place in this series, are not written or mentioned in the official ‘Dragon Ball‘ manga. This makes it non-canon as whatever events take place in GT, do not affect the actual storyline of the series.

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This was further proven when the Super Saiyan God form was introduced in the later series and Super Saiyan 4, which was introduced in ‘Dragon Ball GT‘, was never mentioned. However, Akira Toriyama agreed for the series to be released. This is why ‘Dragon Ball GT‘ is not considered canon.

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