seawasp (seawasp) wrote,

Thirty Days of Anime -- Day 13: Worst Installment of a Franchise you DO like

Second of three entries and then I'll be caught up with this, I think!

Here we have the opposite problem: so many possibilities. Almost all series/franchises have Fail moments, episodes that you really don't think should have been made, character events that made no sense, movies that undid what went before in a completely annoying fashion. But while I do have a LOT of candidates, upon thinking carefully I must in the end vote for:

The EPIC FAIL that is Dragonball GT. (no, I'm not linking to THAT steaming piece of crap)

DBZ had been on a downslide since the end of the Cell Game -- not surprising, as Toriyama had AGAIN wanted to end it there but they waved more money under his nose. The Buu saga had been a rehash of Cell in many ways with, unfortunately, the humor of Dragon Ball thrown in at inappropriate moments. But it ended at what was at least a reasonable point and didn't completely screw the pooch (although some of the implications of that ending, and other events within the Buu saga, did not paint Son Goku in a good light).

But it was at least an ending.

Far be it from Bandai, however, to allow the cash cow to go un-milked for any length of time. This time Toriyama refused to personally involve himself, but with enough cash offered did give them the okay to go ahead and make a new DB series. Hell, they had the pictures, they had a dozen seasons of stories to build on, he handed them a few new character designs, how bad could it possibly be?

AAAAAUUUGH! My EYES! The goggles, they do NOTHING!

Vegita in a flat-top haircut. This, by itself, should be enough to warn one of the titanic badness lying ahead, Failure of a magnitude to rival even George Lucas' own worst nightmares ("Even MEESA?" "Yessa, even yousa.").

But that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Bandai invents, out of whole cloth, the "Dark Dragonballs", a failed first version of the Dragonballs (which, in itself, makes no sense for a number of reasons). Instead of destroying them or otherwise getting rid of them, all seven are kept in Kami-Sama's fortress in the sky. Well, okay, that's a FAIRLY safe place, and at least it should be hard for anyone not on the level of Piccolo Daimao to get into --

WTF? PILAF-SAMA? Where the living HELL did he come from? Well, okay, he's inventive, even if geriatric by now, but it should be amusing to see him get caught by the ever-alert Mr. Popo....

I said, the EVER-ALERT Mr. Popo... *crickets*

All right, Mr. Popo's getting a bit on in years, but hey, Goku's visiting, and Kami-Sama's there, so they'll sense something before it really becomes a ...


All right, all right, we can handle this, Pilaf's never been quick on the uptake, and he's never going to make a wish in time to ---


So in the space of ONE EPISODE, we manage to: make a mockery of Mr. Popo, who used to be one of the best teachers on the planet or off it and one of the most perceptive and dangerous people anywhere; make Kami-Sama look like a senile idiot (despite being a young Namek) who can't even manage security good enough to keep the most incompetent bad guys in the UNIVERSE out of his Most Secure And Dangerous areas; make Goku seem utterly clueless even in his fighting and sensing capabilities; and reverse-age Goku so we can go back to adventures of Wacky Hijinks (TM).

Oh, and the Earth is Doomed. Just thought you should know.

There's a REASON I ignore the existence of this abortion. You should too.

The List:
Day 1 - Very first anime:Saint Seiya
Day 2 - Favourite TV series: : The Vision of Escaflowne
Day 3 - Your anime crush: Belldandy, from Ah! Megamisama/Ah/Oh My Goddess! and Shun from Saint Seiya
Day 4 - Favourite Film: Tonari no Totoro/ My Neighbor Totoro
Day 5 - Anime character you feel you are most like (or wish you were): Shikamaru from Naruto Shippuden
Day 6 - Most annoying anime character: Mihoshi, Tenchi Muyo!
Day 7 - Character you’d most like to slap: Sasuke, Naruto Shippuden
Day 8 - Most epic scene ever: End battle of YuuYuu Hakusho: The Poltergeist Report Movie
Day 9 - Saddest anime scene: Belldandy erasing herself from Keiichi's life in Ah! Megamisama/Ah/Oh My Goddess!
Day 10 - Favorite slice of life anime: Koko wa Greenwood
Day 11 - Favorite mech series: Giant Robo: The Day The Earth Stood Still
Day 12 - Best instalment of a franchise you don’t like: Nihao My Concubine
Day 13 - Worst instalment of a franchise you do like. Dragonball GT
Day 14 - Current (or most recent) anime wallpaper
Day 15 - A reality check for a genre you like
Day 16 - An anime classic that simply doesn’t work for you.
Day 17 - Best Background Music
Day 18 - Best Five-team (?)
Day 19 - Change you’d like to make to any one anime
Day 20 - Most ambiguous anime character
Day 21 – Favourite OAV Series
Day 22 - Animation studio you'd most like to slap.
Day 23 - Anime you think had the best, or most intriguing art
Day 24 - Favorite anime hero or heroine
Day 25 - Best anime villain
Day 26 - Your favorite harem anime
Day 27 - Favorite anime opening theme song
Day 28 - Favorite anime companion/summoned creature
Day 29 - Best Anime Music Video
Day 30 - Favorite anime ending theme

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