Anime Underground The 6 Absolute Worst Dragon Ball Sagas  

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For being revered as one of the most popular anime of all time, the Dragon Ball series sure has some really bad sagas. Like, really bad. Whether it's Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, or Dragon Ball GT, no matter how much you like the anime, you'd be lying if you said that there aren't some sagas in the series that stand out just because they're boring or stupid (especially in DBZ). Here's a list of the worst sagas in the Dragon Ball anime series, so vote up the dumb sagas you wish you would have just skipped and vote down the ones that you actually enjoyed.

In a franchise known for its insane amount of filler and extremely long-running installments, you can bet that there are going to be some really bad sagas. The Dragon Ball Z animated series was especially known for getting ahead of the manga's storyline. So how did the studio make up for it? They put in a lot of filler, of course! On this list, you'll find sagas that are mostly filler (some even completely filler) and ones that are full of just plain bad writing, lame character design, and dumb plot devices.

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Garlic Jr. Saga


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The Garlic Jr. Saga is an entire filler saga that wiggled its way in between the Frieza Saga and the Trunks Saga. The Garlic Jr. Saga can only be found in the Dragon Ball Z anime since the anime had caught up to the manga by the end of the Frieza Saga. To fill in the gap, they made up for it with Garlic Jr., which is just based on the events that happened in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone. Although not completely pointless, it's one of the weakest sagas in Dragon Ball Z.

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Black Star Dragon Ball Saga


Black Star Dragon Ball Saga is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 6 Absolute Worst Dragon Ball Sagas
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The video game-like logic and antics carried out by the team in the very first season of Dragon Ball GT didn't get the series off to the right start. The Black Star Dragon Ball Saga is uninspiring and boring, probably because it's predictable and the action is far from spectacular. All of this on top of slowly coming to terms with the fact that you're going to have to listen to Pan's whining throughout the series makes the first saga in GT a tough one to get through. 

Even though Dragon Ball GT does get better, it's clear that the studio was scrambling to figure out what to do without Toriyama.

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The Great Saiyaman Saga


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Here we have the most slice-of-life point in the Dragon Ball Z anime. It's cool because we get to explore Gohan's high school life, but that's basically all we get to see. Instead of sweet intergalactic fights, we get to watch Gohan focus on school and deal with identity issues by adopting the persona of Saiyaman. If you had faith in Gohan becoming a cool kid despite all of his previous character development, this is where you're proven totally wrong.

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Super 17 Saga


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Fans of the classic Dragon Ball series already have a dislike for the Dragon Ball GT series. Not only for the fact that it's not canon, but also because it's filled with bad sagas. In the Super 17 Saga, we get to witness the return of Android 17, wished back to life after the Cell Games Saga. This would be fine except that Android 17 is a diva with really bad character design and a backstory that doesn't really make much sense. It's probably the shortest-lived arc in the entire Dragon Ball series for a reason.