Episode 1 of Dragon Ball GT revolved around Goku being turned back into a child through the usage of the Black Star Dragon Balls and discovering that unless all seven are returned to Earth, the planet will be destroyed. Episode 2 revolves around everyone focusing on getting Goku into space. Gohan was originally going to go with Goku, but Vegeta suggests Trunks and Goten go instead. Pan stows away as Trunks and Goku are on board and starts the ship up before Goten can even board. Unlike the first episode, there wasn’t too much to really scratch one’s head at. Except for one big design change…
“I’m the Star! Pan Takes off Into Space!!”
As Trunks enters the Capsule Corporation, he’s greeted by several female employees who are practically swooning over him. The only male employee that isn’t behind him directly kissing up to him that’s swooning with the female employees is actually a familiar face. If you’ve seen the previous Strongest Under the Heavens Tournament, you’ll automatically recognize that man as Otoko Suki. If you haven’t figured it out, his name can be read as “Man Love” or “Guy Crazy.” It’s pretty hilarious how he now works for Capsule Corp. and wears a regular suit, after having entered a martial arts tournament while wearing a “gay cop” uniform.
Suddenly, Vegeta has a haircut and mustache! It turns out Akira Toriyama was the one who provided this design for Vegeta. It really is an odd choice. We’ve seen Vegeta travel from a bug planet all the way to Earth non-stop (Arlia was filler) within a timeframe of several months passing, he was on Namek for several days, as well as in space. Not once did he grow a mustache. One appearing now is incredibly odd and makes about as much sense as his flat top.
“Super-Greedy!! The Merchant Planet, Imegga”
Episode 3 continues in space, where the three realize their ship is in need of spare parts and repairing. They make an emergency crash landing on a planet known as Imegga. There they learn the entire planet is run off making money due to the ruler, Don Kia, forcing everyone to pay for every little thing and keeping anyone from leaving the planet. As Goku and the others try to make a break for it to return to their ship, they run into a small robot named Gill that swallows their Dragon Radar whole. To make matters worse, their space ship is being taken away by Don Kia’s men!
Back on Earth, Chichi thinks to herself about how everyone’s doing and is hoping Goku is taking care of Pan. In this scene, we see what’s likely a nod towards Dr. Slump, Toriyama’s hit manga before Dragon Ball. In Dr. Slump, the sun is easily recognizable for having a smiling face, arms and can talk. A second anime series for Dr. Slump was made that continued in Dragon Ball GT’s time slot in Japan once it ended. The design on the shirt looks closer to the one used in the second anime series.
One of the rockets comes off of the ship and sort of “falls” horizontally. It could be the ship traveling fast and giving off that impression, but this one bugged me, mainly because it doesn’t look like it’s just floating as the ship moves on.
As the ship starts to go crazy, Trunks tries to go for an emergency landing. During this whole time, Pan complains about not having any finished dates. Here’s the 14-year old Pan that Toei tries to play her off as. Then, within a the same scene, she starts crying for her mama and papa as an ordinary 9-year old would. This sadly isn’t the last time Toei bounces back and forth with how old she’s supposed to act.
Goku and the others land on Imegga and learn it’s a merchant planet – thus it has its own currency known as Gammets. Here’s something I could never get; how could Trunks and the others actually pay for anything? On Earth, their form of currency is Zenni, so it’s clearly different from Imegga’s. Pan mentions having been forced to buy something and later Trunks tips a robot with a coin for bringing their bags (and Goku) to their hotel room. Where in the world did they get that money? How is it the differences in currencies never came up? Heck, even Digimon brought this up when the kids tried paying with Japanese money at a restaurant in the Digital World!
After escaping the overcharging hotel, Pan asks Trunks if there’s a Dragon Ball on the planet. After Goku insists on checking it out, Trunks pulls out what looks like a newer model of the Dragon Radar. While Bulma’s certainly a genius, I have to call shenanigans on being able to make a Dragon Radar that could detect the Black Star Dragon Balls when she’s never even seen one before. I mean, the last one she built obviously couldn’t detect them while they were on Earth. How can this newer one do so?