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A Grand Problem

English titleA Grand Problem
SagaBaby Saga
Episode numberSpecial recap
Manga counterpartNone
Japanese airdateNovember 7, 2003
Previous episodeGiru's Checkered Past
Next episodePan's Gambit
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A Grand Problem is the first episode of Dragon Ball GT that aired on American television. It is a recap episode created by FUNimation Entertainment to work around the first 16 episodes of the series, as FUNimation did not think the more adventure oriented tone of those episodes would work well with western audiences.


The episode begins with Goku and Trunks being wrapped up by some robotic ooze. Everyone wonders how it started, so a flash back occurs to Goku training Uub. He and Uub have become completely equal in strength, and after 10 years of training at the lookout Goku feels he's trained Uub in every way possible. He decides to head off towards home when a mysterious light appears.


Goku and Uub training

The scene flashes to Emperor Pilaf and his minions who have snuck onto Kami's Lookout. They are looking for Dragon Balls, but not just any Dragon Balls. They are looking for what are called the Black Star Dragon Balls. These Dragon Balls were created by Kami before he and King Piccolo split into two people, so they didn't turn into stone because King Piccolo and Kami were still alive as Piccolo.

They found these mysterious Black Star Dragon Balls in a hidden chamber under the lookout, and so Emperor Pilaf called the dragon forth. Goku arrives and recognizes Emperor Pilaf, and when Emperor Pilaf realizes who Goku is he wishes Goku was a little kid so he could beat him up. Ultimate Shenron grants the wish, and Goku is turned into a little boy of 12 years old.

King Kai then contacts Goku. He informs Goku that he must gather the Black Star Dragon Balls back to the Earth within one year, or the Earth will blow up. Goku enlists the help of Bulma who builds a new spaceship, and Vegeta makes Trunks and Goten prepare to go look for the Dragon Balls as well. Just before Goten boards the ship, he gets a phone call from his date. Pan has snuck onto the ship, so she takes off with just Goku and Trunks on board.

A few Dragon Balls are found, and then a mysterious robot named Giru swallows the Dragon Radar. The Z Fighters are forced to bring Giru along so they can track the Dragon Balls.

Giru leads them to Machine Planet M-2, but the Saiyans are attacked by a group of robotic people. They capture Goku and Trunks, and now Pan must find a way to free them.

Baby Saga
A Grand Problem · Pan's Gambit · Unexpected Power · A General Uprising · The Source of Rilldo's Power · A Secret Revealed · The Baby Secret · Hidden Danger · Discovering the Truth · Baby's Arrival · Saiyan Hunting · The Attack on Vegeta · A Worldwide Problem · The Fall of the Saiyans · The Game After Life · Collapse From Within · The Return of Uub · The Tail's Tale · Back in the Game · Goku's Ascension · The Tuffle Gorilla Attacks! · Old Kai's Last Stand · Family Bonds · Baby Put to Rest · Piccolo's Decision

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