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Dragonball Kai

1.96 Join Forces! The Mightiest Kamehameha

original title: Doragon boru Kai

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Release: Nov 28, 2015 - Author: MajoraZZ - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB - more from this series
This is a comparison between the cut broadcast on American TV networks (e. g. Cartoon Network or USwpix) and the uncut Japanese Version.

While other countries have not yet aired Dragonball Kai, the series was already broadcasted a few times in the USA.
In comparison to Dragonball Z you can immediately see that Dragonball Kai was obviously toned down in a few scenes:

Dragonball ZDragonball Kai



Additionally, many violent sequences were not even altered for Dragonball Kai, but cut out in the first place. Thus, you will hardly see any close-up shots of Tenchinhan after Nappa cut half of his left arm off. Also, you do not see Freezer's beam going through Vegeta's chest. Even the well known sequence in which Freezer massacres Kuririn is much more harmless than in Dragonball Z.


Getting ready for US-TV:
The series was censored in order to be bradcasted on US TV. The censoring reminds one of Naruto's US Version. Sometimes there are cuts which are very noticeable due to a crack in the music, while at other times they used a few tricks, e.g. by retouching things or using alternative material. Sometimes they even altered or postponed soundtracks or sound effects in order to make the cuts less noticeable.


The overall difference in time amounts to 14.5 seconds.
(The rest of the difference in time results from differently long intros.)
0:04
The blood is black/grey.
no difference

UncutCut




0:20
Ditto.
no difference



0:31
Ditto.
no difference



0:32
In the US TV Version, the frame that contains the actual hit has been replaced by an entirely white screen (0.04 sec).
no difference



0:37
The blood is black/grey.
no difference



0:56
Ditto.
no difference



1:12
Ditto.
no difference



1:33
Ditto.
no difference



1:49
Retouched blood.
no difference

UncutCut




1:54
The blood is black/grey.
no difference

UncutCut




2:05
Retouched blood.
no difference

UncutCut




4:07
The blood is black/grey.
no difference



4:12
The blood is black/grey.
no difference



4:40 bis 4:56
The blood is black/grey.
no difference



5:12
Shot of Gohan.
1.5 sec



5:16
The blood is black/grey.
no difference



5:33
The blood is black/grey.
no difference



5:44
The blood is black/grey.
no difference



5:55
The blood is black/grey.
no difference



6:01
Retouched blood.
no difference

UncutCut




6:32
The blood is black/grey.
no difference



6:41
The blood is black/grey.
no difference



7:14 bis 7:21
The blood is black/grey.
no difference



8:17
The blood is black/grey.
no difference



8:30
The blood is black/grey.
no difference



8:47
Retouched blood.
no difference

UncutCut




8:54
The blood is black/grey.
no difference



9:06
The blood is black/grey.
no difference



9:13
Retouched blood.
no difference

UncutCut




9:18
The blood is black/grey.
no difference



9:29
The blood is black/grey.
no difference


9:36
The blood is black/grey.
no difference



9:46
The blood is black/grey.
no difference



10:01
The blood is black/grey.
no difference



10:18
The blood is black/grey.
no difference



10:59
The blood is black/grey.
no difference

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11:12
The blood is black/grey.
no difference



11:26
The blood is black/grey.
no difference



11:39
The blood is black/grey.
no difference



12:02
The blood is black/grey.
no difference



12:33
The blood is black/grey.
no difference



12:56
The blood is black/grey.
no difference



13:06
Missing shot of Gohan.
1 sec



13:12
The blood is black/grey.
no difference



13:17
Retouched blood.
no difference

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13:23
The blood is black/grey.
no difference



14:13
The blood is black/grey.
no difference



15:43
The blood is black/grey.
no difference



16:03
The blood is black/grey.
no difference



16:10
The blood is black/grey.
no difference



16:23
The blood is black/grey.
no difference



18:56
The blood is black/grey.
no difference

UncutCut




19:15
When Cell gets slowly shredded, the US TV Version zooms in on it.
no difference

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19:29
Cell gets shredded.
5 sec



19:37
Cell's cells get destroyed.
7 sec



20:02
Retouched blood.
no difference

UncutCut




20:12
Retouched blood.
no difference

UncutCut




20:45
Retouched blood.
no difference

UncutCut




21:07
The blood is black/grey.
no difference

UncutCut

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