Release: Jul 16, 2011 - Author: -Der-Tribun - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB - more from this series
Compared are the heavily censored US TV Version and the German TV Version.
The anime series Sailor Moon should ring a bell. The 200 episodes-series about a group of girls, who can perform magic tricks, fighting Evil is a classic which left a mark in the awareness of Japanese Productions (in both directions). No doubt about that. The series was a major success worldwide. But the German Version is quitr a surprise. In comparison to Saber Rider for instance, the German Version are based on the original Japanese master and the effort to keep it as close as possible to the Original was being made. Besides a few modification (please see below), the German Version is equal to the uncensored original Japanese Version.
Unlike the US North American Version.
The company DiC was calling the shots for the adaption of the first two seasons and Cloverway for the following two seasons. The final season 5 has never been released in the US, probably because of the controversial "Sailor Starlights", which also change the gender during their transformations. The realization is legen.... wait for it.... [sorry, wrong franchise -:)] The realization is legendary but it's also a perfect example for heavy censorship in animes these days. Especially season 1, produced by DiC, has a very dreadful rep and is the one with the most censorships being made. "Highlights" are the last two episodes of the first season. The remains of these episodes were put together to one single episode. Really preposterous.
The modifications / censorship
Unfortunately there are some
In the second season, episode 67 was being removed. (Note: The German Vesion lacks episode 89 but it only consists of stock footage and is hated by the fanbase, so it's not a big loss at all.)
It's also worth being mentioned that the German was being modified here and there, too. Zoisite e.g. is a woman as well (I guess the channel changed that) and attempts to avoid words like "kill", "die" etc. were being made, which causes an odd result in some scenes. But still: these modifications are pretty harmless in comparison to the DiC Version. Comparisons of the dialogs with subtitled Japanese episodes proof how close to the Original the German dialogs are.
Only the comparison of the first episode mentions the differences of the opening and final credits, the title of the episodes, the preview of the next episode and the "Sailor Says". All these elements are being ignored in the calculation of the different lengths. Basically, cuts and modifications are the two issues that might have happened. Sometimes it's only of them, sometimes both at the same time. The time index is based on the German Version.
Episode 19: Molly's Folly
Bunny is really worried about Naru because she's still in love with Nephrite's alias Masato Sanjouin. She and her friends agree to tell Naru about Nephrite. Meanwhile Queen Beryl is pretty upset because Nephrite doesn't bother to appear for the report. Zoisite tells him but loses her feeling of triumph when she gets to know that Nephrite is looking for the silver crystal as well to humiliate her. He creates a black crystal to find the sliver one but for his astonishment he sees Naru in him. Meanwhile Kunzite calms Zoisite down and they make a plan for Nephrite. They intend to set a Youma on him as a snitch. After a shortwhile, Bunny spilled the ugly truth about Sanjouin to Naru by telling her he's dangerous. But Nephrite lures Naru in the park and makes her trust him again. He listens very carefully when she Naru describes a new piece of jewel in her mom's shop. He suspects Naru's talking about the silver crystal and lets her steel it but it is a lead balloon. The Sailor warriors show up instead, reveal Nephrite's true identity to Naru and intend to finish Nephrite off. But Naru says she knew he was wicked but she loved him anyway. That's why she protects him. The crystal reacts to Naru which makes Nephrite wonder. Suddenly the Youma pops up and wants to kill him because he'sa traitor. Nephrite protects Naru and Sailor Moon destroys the Youma. Nephrite leaves, claims he didn't have any feelings for Naru and leaves her back with Naru, who is familiar with the ugly truth now: Nephrite belongs to the dark side.
Running time German episode: 18:25
Running time US episode: 17:39
That means: minus the non-existent scenes in the Original Version, the US Version lacks 50 seconds.
Extended shot of the sky before the the pan shot of the outdoor pool.
An unfortunate inconcistency which affects the entire episode.
In the US Version, Naru knows Nephrite's name in one scene but she doesn't in another one, until Sailor Moon finally mentions it to her. This is pretty interesting because Naru still thinks as Sanjouin about him in the Original Version until Sailor Moon tells his real name. And it's getting worse. Naru still acts surprised when she gets to know Nephrite's real name.
Bunny is so shocked about Naru being in an adult relatinship that she didn't realize how she got hit by a beach ball and drowns (but she surfaces in the end).
When Naru tells Bunny some details about her feelings for Masato Sanjouin, a huge drop of sweat on Bunny's head has been spotted on out.
Missing shot of Bunny looking at Naru before she tries to appeal to her conscience.
The conversation between Bunny, Ami, Rei and Luna about the situation with Naru is DESTINCTLY longer. Bunny is worried because she knows about Naru's feelings for Sanjouin. Rei snappily says they were supposed to tell Naru about him for that exact reason. Ami warns Rei not to start a fight and asks Bunny what she thought. Bunny agrees that Naru ought to know the truth. Then Luna asks how she intended to do so.
Different footage of the Kingdom of Darkness.
Extended shot of Nephrite being abstracted before Zoisite drops by.
Missing shot of Nephrite making the black crystal.
When Nephrite looks at the crystal, Naru's picture dulls after some time. But not in the US Version because the US Version contains a freeze frame here until the change of scenary.
One of the moths at the park comes to close to a UV lamp and burns. It's really sad that this particular scene is missing because it lowers the dramatic of the scene at the park, which points out danger for Naru.
Two additional shots when Naru intends to stop Sailor Moon's moonstone.
The Youma's hornes transform into metal driller to attack Nephrite.