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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: C
  • Packaging Rating: C
  • Menus Rating: C+
  • Extras Rating: C+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
  • MSRP: 24.95
  • Running time: 62
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Dragon Ball GT

Dragon Ball GT Vol. #12: Revolution

By Chris Beveridge     February 05, 2004
Release Date: February 03, 2004


Dragon Ball GT Vol. #12: Revolution
© FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.


What They Say
The Seven-Star Dragon
After stumbling upon Naturon Shenron as he burrowed through the ground, Goku and Pan have to save an entire city from the earthquakes caused by this dragon's digging. But when the dragon takes a fall a little too soon, all may not be what it seems - and Pan may be in for far more than she bargained for.

Saying Goodbye
Naturon Shenron's secret has come out - The dragon can posses another body and take on the powers of whomever he possesses! After the dragon takes control of Pan, Goku is forced to make the most heart wrenching decision of his life! The shot to possess the dragon ball lies directly through his granddaughter!

The Four-Star Dragon
With four dragon balls safely in their possession, Goku and Pan set off in search of the fifth. But standing in their way is the incredible Nuova Shenron, the Dragon of Fire! With Pan succumbing to Nuova's sweltering power, the battle for the 4-star ball is about to boil over!

The Review!
Goku and Pan continue their tour of the world while eliminating goofy minus energy dragons in an effort to save the Earth from being completely destroyed. Can you imagine the pitch meeting for this?

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. Though listed as stereo, the series has a heavy mono feel with the bulk of all the sounds coming through the center channel. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout it but there’s little dynamic to it or even the music.

Video:
Originally airing in 1996 and 1997, the transfer here comes across well but suffers from seemingly poor source materials considering the recent age of the series. The bulk of the problem comes in the form of the sheer amount of grain, with some episodes heavier on it than others. This causes a number of areas to look less than stable, from anything showing blue skies to the fiery sequences that look like they’re macroblocking more than they should. Other issues are pretty minimal to non-existent however, such as cross coloration and aliasing.

Packaging:
Continuing with the same design as earlier in the series, the top third of the cover is made up of a solid backdrop for just the large logo with the volume title below it. The artwork for this volume gives a clean look at one of the Dragon energy creatures in the foreground while the color-shaded background gives Goku a chance to really act with a pained expression. Volume numbering, now that we know where and what it is, continues to be atrocious here and illegible. The back cover provides a few shots from these episodes as well as an English-dub based summary of the show. The insert has the same piece of artwork from the front cover and opens to a two-panel spread that has numerous shots from the episodes on this volume but with individual dub-centric episode summaries included.

Menu:
Using the same elements as the cover but rearranged with the menu selections in the middle, the static menu has some of the US music playing along to it. With little on the disc and no transitional animations, submenus are quick to load and the layout works well, though I dislike the way episodes are broken down without an actual eye-catch chapter mark.

Extras:
The extras for this volume are similar to past volumes. The character profiles covers various ones such as Trunks, Pan and one or two others as well as the dragons that they face in these episodes. The textless song included in this release is the English dub version of the opening sequence. We made it through about 3 seconds of that…

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the formula firmly set in place in the last volume about the problem at hand, this volume drops an episode and drops a villain as well, giving the focus to the villains a bit more time than just one episode. While this isn’t bad since it means the villains are getting tougher, it starts to move into that slightly drawn out feeling. Thankfully, the villains are at least amusing.

After securing three dragon balls previously, all of which are now back in pristine condition having been excised of their minus energy, Goku and Pan continue their journey around the world to find the next one. They manage to come across it pretty quickly once an earthquake starts rattling through the area and they discover it to be a gigantic mutant mole of some sort. As they discover, it’s got a minus energy dragon ball wedged in its head, so the pair head off to fight it. Before they realize it though, as they follow it while it burrows underground, the creature is about to strike a small city and cause massive problems.

This particular dragon is pretty interesting in its power. Apparently it inserts itself into the bodies of other creatures and absorbs their powers and energies. So as he combined with the mole, he was able to take on its digging abilities and more. Being gigantic with sharp claws helps. When that fails to stop Goku though, he creatively gets to take over Pan and is suddenly able to use her fireball abilities, which unleashes massive amounts of damage and a severe amount of angst for Goku, since Pan is now effectively trapped inside this creature.

While that fight lasts through two episodes of fun, though it does start to drag on a bit as it gets closer to the end, the next one provides some good fun with a minus energy dragon that’s taken on humanoid form but is red skinned and has some attributes of a dragon. This guy marks a difference in the power levels of the guardians as he’s more serious and nowhere near as campy as the past ones. There’s even the acknowledgement that things are going to get nasty when Goku doesn’t really blink much after the guardian puts Pan to sleep so that the two of them can fight without interference. While Goku does pull off some comical moments throughout it, this is a fun fight to watch that’s pretty engaging and even sets up the next fight slowly.

In Summary:
While GT does slow down to do some more extended fights and tries to up the tension level, things start to feel a bit more drawn out even though there’s less episodes here than the previous volume. What I’m finding is that while I enjoy Goku when he’s in short form, I’m also enjoying the setup aspect of the show as well. I liked the beginning of this short arc, but the actual lengthier fight scene areas start to remind me of sections of Dragonball Z that I had seen and hated to watch. While I’m not at that level yet, it’s getting closer as the battles start to drag on.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Character Profiles,Textless Opening (Dub)

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Panasonic RP-82 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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