A Devastating Wish (謎のＤＢ出現！！悟空が子供に！？ Nazo no Doragon Boru Shutsugen!! Gokuu ga Kodomo ni!?, lit. "Mysterious Dragon Balls Appear!! Goku Becomes a Child!?") is the first episode of the Black Star Dragon Ball Saga and the first overall episode of Dragon Ball GT. The episode first aired on February 7, 1996. Its original American air date was February 5, 2005.
Five years after Goku and Uub left the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament to train, Uub has an all-out battle with Goku within the depths of Kami's Lookout, which causes it to crack and crumble under their power. Upon finishing their battle, the two pass out from exhaustion.
Meanwhile, after decades of persistence, Emperor Pilaf along with his two henchmen, Mai and Shu, arrive at the Lookout in order to obtain the Black Star Dragon Balls. Finding them, Pilaf explains that these balls are different from the Earth Dragon Balls and much more powerful.
With Dende having healed their injuries. Uub thanks Goku for all the years he dedicated to training him and heads back home to his family. After having a hearty meal, Goku also decides to head home and tells Dende and Mr. Popo that he hasn't been home for so long and believes that Chi-Chi is going to be mad at him again. Just then, Pilaf summons Ultimate Shenron. Before Pilaf can make his wish for world domination, Goku encounters the Pilaf Gang when he goes to investigate the source of the disturbance.
After a brief confrontation and discovering that Goku looks very familiar, Pilaf accidentally wishes for Goku to reverted back into a child so he can beat him up, unaware that Ultimate Shenron is listening. Ultimate Shenron grants Pilaf's wish and turns Goku back into his 12-year-old self. Ultimate Shenron then leaves and the Black Star Dragon Balls scatter.
After Dende contacts King Kai telepathically, he tells Goku that the only way for him to return to normal is to have another wish granted, but Mr. Popo explains that when the Black Star Dragon Balls scatter, they head across the entire universe instead. Goku then says that he actually likes being a kid again and thinks it's no big deal, much to the obvious dismay of Dende and Mr. Popo.
The criminals begin to cause havoc and an annoyed Pan intervenes, but shortly afterward, Goku arrives and attempts to take them on himself, which causes Pan to pull him aside and tell him not to get involved, not realizing that it is actually her grandfather. Pan takes out all the criminals easily with her strength, scaring off her date.
Suddenly, Master Roshi arrives and greets Pan and recognizes Goku before asking Goku why he's gotten so small. Goku tells Master Roshi that Emperor Pilaf summoned Ultimate Shenron and accidentally made a wish to turn him back into a kid again before asking if Chi-Chi is going to be mad at him for being gone for so long. Pan becomes shocked and horrified as she discovers that the little boy is her grandfather, Goku.
Goku returns to his home, where Chi-Chi cries after seeing her husband as a child and Gohan questions what Goku will do next after Goku tells his family of what happened. King Kai interrupts to tell them that, if the Black Star Dragon Balls are not found and returned to Earth within a year, the planet will explode due to the negative energy they give off. This grim news leaves everyone uncertain as to what they'll do next...
- Uub finishes his training with Goku and heads back home.
- Goku is turned back into a child by Ultimate Shenron.
- King Kai explains that the Black Star Dragon Balls must be gathered or Earth will explode in one year.
- Goku vs. Uub
- Goku and Pan vs. Criminals
- The original Japanese version and the Blue Water dub states that GT takes place five years after DBZ, while the Funimation dub states that it takes place a decade after DBZ.
- When Goku and Uub emerge from their sparring session and collapse, Dende asks Mr. Popo to retrieve a first aid kit in the Funimation dub. This should not be necessary, as Dende has healing abilities at his disposal. In the original Japanese version and in the Blue Water dub, Dende tells Mr. Popo that they should treat them immediately.
- The blonde teenager that Roshi attempts flirting with in this episode looks rather similar to the blonde teenager that Goku asks where he could find a police officer in "Monkey in the City" and its anime episode counterpart "A Trip to the City".
- Goku's outfit is changed again in this episode, as he now sports a blue Gi with yellow pants, pink wristbands and white socks. This new outfit replaces the old one that Goku wore in the last three episodes of DBZ where he had a turquoise Gi with dark green pants, orange wristbands and orange socks, though the white sash and black kung fu shoes are retained. His skin color was also changed from light pink to tan.
- Goku's new Gi also bears a resemblance to his first Gi from the Emperor Pilaf Saga.
- This is the first episode in the FUNimation dub to feature the new score composed by Mark Menza, replacing the Faulconer Productions score.
- This is also the first episode in the original Japanese version to have the original background music composed by Akihito Tokunaga, who replaces Shunsuke Kikuchi following the latter's retirement.
- In the Funimation dub, Elise Baughman replaces Susan Huber as the voice of Pan during Dragon Ball GT.
- Also in the Funimation dub, Stephanie Nadolny returns to the role of Goku as Goku is transformed back into a child by Emperor Pilaf using the Black Star Dragon Balls which makes it the first episode since "Hotter than Lava" where Stephanie Nadolny voices Goku, with Sean Schemmel not returning until "Goku's Ascension", save for the flashbacks in "The Return of Uub" and "Back in the Game".
- In the Blue Water dub, Zoe Slusar returns to the role of Goku as Goku is transformed back into a child by Emperor Pilaf using the Black Star Dragon Balls, with Jeremiah Yurk replacing Jeffrey Watson as the voice of Adult Goku.
- Emperor Pilaf, Shu and Mai make their return, having been absent since "Outrageous Octagon" back in the Piccolo Jr. Saga.
- This is the only time in the Blue Water dub where Scott Roberts voices Uub instead of Brendan Hunter.
|Black Star Dragon Ball Saga|
|← Peaceful World Saga||Baby Saga →|
|1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 • 15 • 16|
|This saga is TV Original and not based on the manga.|