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Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs

1.01 Star Sheriff Round Up

original title: Seijûshi Bismarck

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  • US Version
  • Japanese Version
Release: Aug 18, 2011 - Author: Mario - Translator: DaxRider123 - external link: IMDB - more from this series
Comparison between the American Version (represented by the German DVDs released by Anime House) and the Japanese Version included in the limited Seijushi Bismark DVD box-sets 1 and 2 released by Pioneer LDC.

Runtime of the American Version: 00:21:42:09
Runtime of the Japanese Version: 00:24:08:22


Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs is a 52-episode American TV series with a Japanese origin. The series combines Mecha-Anime and western-elements.
The theme song (performed by Dale Schacker) has a cult status and alwaysw brings back childhood memories every time you hear it.

Naturally, the series was also licensed for other countries: England, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Poland, Russia, China, and others just to name a few. The series was also very popular in southeast Asia. It was pracically marketed and released all over the planet so you can really say that it was a huge success.




The Story of Saber Rider


In a remote future humanity lives on the planet Yuma. Soon, they start to colonize other planets. The Galaxy soon is called "New Frontier". To maintain all the laws and regulations, humanity created the Cavalry Command to protect all the planets. The peace is disturbed when aliens known as Vapor Beings or Outriders attack the planet Alamo. Unfortunately, the Cavalry Command's intervention comes too late - the battle of Alamo ends in a tragedy. Both the Outriders and the Alamos lost heavily. The Outriders fall back and planet Alamo breaks contact with Yuma. 15 years later, the Outriders strike again. The humans are heavily ountnumbered and seem to have no chance. Their last hope is a secret project which is called Ramrod - a huge battleship which is capable to transform into a giant robot. The project is planned under the direction of Commander Eagle - leader of the Cavalry Commando's special unit "Star Sherrif". When a spy named Vanquo finds out everything about Ramrod they face a race against time. Star Sheriff agent Saber Rider is supposed to catch Vanquo before he makes Ramrod's secret location public. When his mission fails, Saber Rider forms an alliance with race driver Fireball and headhunter Colt. In company with Commanrer Eagle's daughter April they're able to save Ramrod and use to obtain and keep peace for the New Frontier.




The Origin of Saber Rider


The series is based on the anime series Sei jûshi Bismarck produced by the Japanese company "Studio Pierrot.CO LTD". In Japan, the series bombed, therefore it was sold to the American company "World Events Productions"(WEP) in 1986. WEP wanted to create a child-friendly series for afternoon television in the tradition of other Sci-Fi-western series such as Galaxy Rangers or Bravestarr. Therefore, they had to change a lot of things.




The Story of Seijûshi Bismark


It's the year 2069. Humans have left the earth to colonize other planets of the solar system. However, the peace they wanted to achieve recedes into the distance - the aliens "Deathcula" attack the planets of the solar system. The humans mobilize against the offenders and form a confederation to fight against the Deathculas. However, some sectors refuse to be a b part of this confederation and choose to fight on their own. One of these "mavericks" is planet Ganymed. While the confederation is already able to defend itself against the attacks, there's a decisive battle between the Deathculas and the army of planet Ganymed. The battle is lead by General Domes. Domes asked the earth for help but didn't get any. The battle seemed to become a shellacking when susdelny pilot Shinjiro Hikari steps in the battle. Thanks to the spacepilot's brave behavior they were able to beat the Deathculas. However, Shinjiro pays for his fame with his life. The following time of piece is characterized by the cold-hearted relationship between Ganymed and the earth since general Domes lost any trust in the humans living on planet earth. The Deathculas had to return to their home planet Meteus and then tried to rebuilt their army. 15 years later in the year 2084 the enemy strikes again and starts to attack all the peoples (who now live in peace with each other) of the solar system. The solar system cofederation can't protect all the humans on all the planets who are unable to defend themselves against the enemies. Scientist Dr. Charles Louvre develops a new battle group which is called "Bismark". It is a special unit which is capable to transform into a giant robot. With this weapon they now have the strength to fight back. The team consists of 4 high qualified and very different persons: 17-year-old Japanese Shinji Hikari, 16-year-old American Bill Willcox, 18-year-old Richard Lancelot from Scotland on his Majesty's service, and 15-year-old Marianne Louvre from France who is Bismark-designer Charles Louvre's daughter.

This information was taken from the German "Seijûshi Bismark" webpage.




Editing the Series


    Names
  • The series (obviously) was renamed from "Seijûshi Bismark" to "Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs".
  • Almost all the persons, places, planets, organizations, and vehicles were changed / Americanized (for this, take a look at the chart below).
  • Many of the places/vehicles/etc. were named after American words/cities such as Eagle, Yuma, Colt, New Dallas, Dakota, Alamo, and so on. Thus, they eliminated all the Asian-sounding names.
  • By changing the names they also blanketed any connection to the real world. In the Japanese version the series takes place in our solar system. Because of the different names for the planets, the American version takes place in an unknown galaxy far away.

    Intro and Credits
  • The intro as well as the credits are completely different. For further details, look at the main report of the first episode.

    Music and Sounds
  • All the music for the American version was composed by Dale Schacker and has a "Wild West" feel to it.
  • All the sounds were (gunfire, engines of space ships, and so on) were edited / added by the American company.





Story


The central topic of the Japanese original is an unadorned war where innocent people die.
Thus, the Japanese version is rather violent and (despite the humor) has a very serious and aggressiv undertone.
To form this into a childrens TV series they had to change this undertone as well as reduce the violence.
They also changed a lot of other things (either for the different American notion or other reasons), resulting in a completely different series in terms of story as well as mood and style.


  • Diferent Background Story
    The background story of the series was completely changed (for this, read the paragraph "Outriders").

  • Different Story of the Episodes
    The crucial course of the episodes stayed intact but had to be adapted to the American mentality as well as the American TV standards (some characters stayed alive even though they were killed in the Japanese version). This sometimes changes the whole story of the episodes.




    Shortened Scenes


  • Violent Scenes
    They mainly cut out violence against human beings (especially if the scens show humans being shot, hit, or blown to bits). However, they also cut out drastic violence against the alien Outriders.

  • Morally Alarming Scenes
    Morally alarming scenes (e.g. the consuming of alcohol, bad/aggressive behavior, violence against kids, kids carrying guns, ...) had to be cut out.

  • Humor and Emotional Scenes
    Funny scenes (including weird facial expressions) as well as emotional scenes were cut out.

  • Dialogues
    For each episode they shortened numerous dialogues. They did this in order to fit the dialogues to the American dialogues (which were more or less rewritten) in terms of length, timing, and lip synch.

  • Various Scenes
    For all the episodes thes deleted various scenes (e.g. pan shots of buildings and places).
    These scenes probably didn't quite fit in the American storyline or were just not needed there.
    However, they mainly cut such scenes away to achieve a consistant runtime for every episode.

  • Framecuts
    There are numerous cuts that only cut away a few frames and that would fit into the above-mentioned category. Lots of these cuts are probably a result of a faulty master or something like this.
    Every now and then they cut a few frames away to eliminate minor mistakes (e.g. a black screen in the middle of a scene).





The Characters


One of the major changes of the series are the characters. Especially the "leader issue" has far-reaching consequences for the whole series.


  • Alteration of the Ages
    The main characters are older. In the Japanese version they're aged between 15 and 18. In the American version they seem to be way older.

  • The Leader Issue
    The "leader issue" is one of the main differences of the series and concerns the characters Saber Rider and Fireball.

    While in the Japanese version Fireball (Shinji Hikari) is the leader of the Star Sherriffs (Team Bismark), the American version made his older brother Saber Rider (Richard Lancelot) the leader of the team.
    He's the leader because he's the oldest, most experienced and most balanced characters of the bunch; Fireball is a little younger and hastier.


They had to change several things in order to make Saber Rider the leader of the troop.

  • Saber Rider now is the name giver of the series.
  • Saber Rider also is the narrator of the story. In the first episode he introduces the series like a story by telling the audience what the series is all about. In the individual episodes he always introduces and ends the story. This makes him a person of authority which makes it easier to accept him as the leader.
  • Whenever Fireball gives orders or commands, they tried to cut these out as often as possible or just replaced them by orders/commands given by Saber Rider.
  • Even though Saber Rider often rather stays on the sideline, he still very often is a conversational topic and gives orders.


Even though they really tried to cover up Fireball's position as the leader of the group, it still doesn't work every time.
Fireball still is a way too dominant character. He mostly assumes control and almost constantly gets the final word for important decisions. Additionally, he's always standing in the front while Saber Rider can rather be seen in the far right.




    Additional Changes of the Characters
  • In the Japanese version, April Eagle (Marianne Louvre) is 15 years old and therefore acts more childlike and emotional than the other characters. In the American version she seems to be a little more mature.

  • Archenemy Jesse Blue (Perios) is not a human being in the Japanese version, he's an Outrider (Deathcula) and also their security chief.
    In the American version he's an arrogant ex-cadet of the Star Sherriffs who fell in love with April Eagle. Because of injured pride and rejection he leaves the team and defects to the Outriders. He wants to prove to April that he's a good fighter. This background story is told in 2 additional episodes that were exclusively produced for the American version.




    The Outriders (Japanese: Deathcula)
  • In the Japanese version, the Outriders are an intelligent and brutal alien race who want to conquer the human galaxy.
  • In the American version teh Outriders are rather stupid. They often have sily conversations along with dumb-sounding voices (one example would be a scene where one Outrider asks another one what time it is. The other Outrider replies that he doesn't know the time since he doesn't know how to read a clock.).
  • The Outriders are said to be "phantom beings" who don't die but rather jump back to their own dimension every time they're wounded/shot. The American version underlines this fact by several dialogues that talk about this ability.
    This change suggests that the Outriders can't die. This also means that it doesn't matter how many Outriders are killed in each episode. This makes the American version a little less menacing than the Japanese version.
  • The reasons to why the Outriders attach the humans is rather ridiculous:
  • In the Japanese version, the Outriders want to conquer a new habitat since their home planet was completely destroyed and exploited. Additionally they want revenge for their critical defeat.
  • In The American version the Outriders attack the humans just for fun.
    Since the Outriders neither have feelings nor fun they want to win a war against the humans in order to find out what fun is.





The Dubbing


The dubbing is the key element of the changes as well as the censorship of the series. Due to the change of names and the plot as well as the censorship, most of the dialogues had to be re-written. Some dialogues were just rephrased, while several were mitigated / changed in order to make them funnier than in the Japanese version. Other dialogues were completely changed. The American version also offers dialogues where the Japanese version is just silent. Most of these additional dialogues are just for the sake of fun.


Censorship via Dubbing
With the help of the dubbing the characters sometimes say things that are included to censor the series. These dialogues are mostly very conspicuous and one of the series' trademarks.

  • One of the best examples are the stupid dialogues of the Outriders (for a more detailed description, read the paragraph "Outriders").
  • Humans are never killed but shot with capture guns (they often switch their guns to a torpidity-mode).
  • If any secondary characters die in the Japanese version, the American version usually contains dialogues that "save" them from death (such as "He's just unconscious but not heavily injured.").
  • Every time the Outriders attack, they only destroy remote-controlled cars or emptiy / evacuated buildings.




    Miscellaneous


  • Deleted Episodes
    5 Japanese episodes were completely deleted since they didn't fit in the concept / idea of the American producers. Two of these episodes include a character named "Captain Holiday" who's constantly drunk.

  • Added Episodes
    6 episodes were exclusively produced for the American version. The drawings are a little worse than those of the original episodes and are include a very stereotypical Wetern community by e.g. also including native Americans.

  • Inserted Scenes
    A regular method was to include scenes from other episodes. Most of the time they added some dialogue-scenes to feature characters that were originally not included at this point in the Japanese version of the episode. Many of these scenes are rather irrelevant for the story and often just inlcude funny dialogues.


  • Altered Order
    For the American version they altered the order of the episodes. One can only spaculate to why they did this. Maybe the storyline was the main reason for this akteration. In the first two thirds of the episodes, Commander Gattler is the opponent of the Star Sheriffs. In the last third you only have Jesse Blue as the main villain. By changing the order of the scenes, the series seems to have a little more variety, however, this also carries problems. During the episodes with Jesse Blue, Commander Eagle originally was taken hostage - not so in the episodes with Commander Gattler.
    Additionally, there are episodes including Gattler that take place after his last appearance in the episode "Gattler's Last Stand". Even though they could explain this inconsistency by saying that the Outriders don't die but just warp back to their own dimension - then again, if that's the case, why did they call the episode "Gattler's Last Stand"? This just causes confusion.

    For the German version (which is the main source of this report) they used the original Japanese order of the episodes. Only the 6 episodes that were exclusively produced for the American version were not included in a sensible way but rather just included after the last epsiode. For the DVD they remedied this mistake.


  • Inserted Transitions
    The American version regularly fades from one scene to the next one. In the Japanese version this happens way less frequently / not at all.


Animated Transitions
In the American version there are 2 types of transitions:

  • Sword-Transition

A transition-effect that pays tribute to the titular character.



  • Transition

This type of transition moves fast from right to left / left to right. Depending of the direction of the movement, the transition is either green or brown. This type of transition originates from the Japanese version, however, there it occurs way less frequently.



  • Non-Animated Transitions

Most of the transitions are just regular transition effects that you know from movies.

Examples:






The DVD


Saber Rider
  • In the years 2003/04 the complete season was released as a DVD box-set with 10 DVDs. In april 2007 they also released a limited collector's edition that included pewter figures of the main characters.
    After this limited box-set was (almost) out of print, they released yet another edition of the series in september 2009. It was released in 2 different boxes (each including 5 DVDs).
  • In the USA they at first released a "Best Of" DVD, including 10 episodes of the series. Then in november 18th, 2008, they startet releasing the complete series in 3 different box-sets. Finally, in October 2009, they also released a complete box-set (including 6 DVDs) with all the episodes in 1 box.
  • In the UK they momentarily just sell a DVD that includes 4 episodes.



Seijûshi Bismark
The Japanese original was released in 2 seperate DVD-boxes as a limited edition in Japan.
Unfortunately they don't include any subtitles and have so far only been released in Japan. By now, these DVD-boxes are very rare and unbelievably expensive. So far, there are no future plans to release the series in any other country.




Comparison of the Names


You now will see a list of the most important characters along with their names in both versions.

Japanese Version:American Version:
DeathculaOutrider
Team BismarkStar Sheriffs
Solar System ConfederationNew Frontier
Planet EarthPlanet Yuma
Planet GanymedPlanet Alamo
Shinji HikariFireball
Richard LancelotSaber Rider
Bill WilcoxColt
Marianne LouvreApril
Chales LouvreCommander Eagle
General DomesKing Jarred
HyuzaNemesis
PeriosJesse Blue
ZatoraGattler
BismarkRamrod
Road LeonRed Fury Racer
DonatelloSteed
Arrow StrikerBroncobuster





Comparison of the Images


The Japanese version has a better image quality than the American version.
For this comparison, the images come from the German and the Japanese DVD. Generally, the image of the German DVD is more blurred and paler. Additionally, the German DVD includes interlace flickers (resulting from a bad transition from NTSC to PAL) which are very apparent when you watch the DVDs.

Japanese DVD: German DVD:






Conclusion


It's not easy to say which of the versions is the better one. The Japanese version is more complex, more serious and more realistic than the American version. The American version tones down the violence and pretty much erased death from the series. There are a few plotholes which most of the time result from all the alterations from the American version. However, the great dubbing of Saber Rider as well as the music are a great advantage of the American version. Still, the Japanese version has quite a good soundtrack as well.

So, it pretty much is a matter of your own taste, so check out both versions and make up your own mind.

If you want to have more information on Saber Rider and Seijûshi Bismark, there are plenty of webpages to choose from.


We would like to thank the following webpages for supplying us with background information about both of the series, covers, and translations for this report:



    Note:
  • The time designations refer to the Japanese version.
  • To ensure a comparison that is frame-exact, the version was converted from NTSC to PAL.
  • The Japanese titles of the episodes will be translated - therefore, they might not be 100% accurate.
  • Framecuts up to 5 frames will be ignored for the reports - after all, they're already very extensive; including every single difference would just simply break the mold. However, if any of these cuts include important footage, they (of course) will be mentioned.
  • Both versions always include a little preview of the following episode. These previews won't be mentioned in the reports.

Plot Differences in Episode 1


The original version of the first episode is included in the bonus material of the German Saber Rider-DVD (Volume 9, includes subtitles). The differences between the stories will be presented as detailed as necessary throughout this report - after all, the first episode is the basis of the whole series.


The Intro


The intro is different for both versions. The Japanese intro only consists of exclusive scenes, while the American intro is a combination of different scenes from the series and the original intro. In the original intro you see Japanese characters which were not oncluded in the American version. The Japanese intro-song is called "Fushigi Call me" - it was written by Takeshi Ike and performed by MIO.
The American intro-song is the "Saber Rider Opening Theme" and was written and performed by American composer Dale Schacker. This song has a cult following and is the trademark of the series.

Runtime Japanese intro: approx. 1.43 min
Runtime American intro: approx. 1.29 min


Added/Postponed Scene
00:00:00
At this point you see a scene that originally included at 00:49:21-00:53:00. It was postponed to the beginning of the intro to show the main character of the series right at the beginning. Additionally, the song begins with a long-drawn-out "Saber Rider".
No difference in time.



00:00:00-00:04:04
The beginning of the Japanese intro was cut out. There you see Fireball, since he's the main character of the original version. Afer a short black screen the scene fades in. Fireball's head moves from he right corner to the middle of the screen. Then, the scene zooms out and shows his whole body. He pulls out his gun and pulls his arms up over his head. The scene where he shoots 3 holes in the wall/the screen can also be seen in the American version.
4 sec and 4 frames



Added/Postponed Scene
00:06:00
You now see a scene of Saber Rider which in the original intro is shown at 00:53:05-00:57:09.
No difference in time.



00:09:24-00:28:01
At this point, they cut a few scenes out that don't need any further description.
18 sec and 2 frames



Added/Postponed Scene
00:09:24
Here you see a scene that in the original is shown at 00:40:21-00:40.24. Fireball shoots at the right side of the screen.
No difference in time.



Added Scene
00:09:24
A few scenes (that originate from different episodes) were added.
+14 sec 5 frames



00:28:02-00:29:14
You don't see how fireball jumps in the shot. Then he's standing there for a short moment, holding his gun.
1 sec and 12 frames



00:39:05-00:40:20
After Fireball shot at the middle of the screen (image 1) you don't see him doing a backflip and slightly turning to the side.
1 sec and 15 frames



00:40:21-00:40:24
After the backflip, Fireball shoots at the right side of the screen. This scene was postponed to 00:09:24.
No difference in time.



00:41:07-00:41:18
You don't see Fireball shooting at the left side of the screen.
11 frames



00:41:19
1 missing frame.
1 frame



00:44:06-00.44:16
Just before Colt shoots, a few frames were cut out when the camera zooms away from him.
10 frames



00:47:10-00:48:01
Colt is shown a little longer. His hat flies away and it compleley leaves the screen.
16 frames



Added scene
00:48:02
A scene was added.
+1 sec and 19 frames



00:48:02-00:49:20
A short part of Saber Rider riding through the asteroirds was cut out.
1 sec and 18 frames



Postponed Scene
00:49:21-00:53:00
This scene was postponed to 00:00:00.
No difference in time.



00:53:01-00:53:04
A few missing frames.
4 frames



Postponed Scene
00:53:05-00:57:09
This scene was postponed to 00:06:00.
No difference in time.



00:57:10-01:03:15
You don't see Saber Rider fyling in jet-propelled. Then, another scene (including the first few frames of the following scene) was cut out as well.
6 sec and 5 frames



Added Scenes
01:05:19
At this point, a few scenes were added.
+12 sec and 5 frames



01:10:14-01:11:18
A short missing scene.
1 sec and 4 frames



Added Scenes
01:10:14
Some more scenes were added.
+9 sec and 17 frames



01:14:15-01:15:13
Colt's ship is flying a little longer and you also see the Red Fury Racer.
23 frames



01:18:15-01:43:02
The complete ending of the Japanese intro (along with the short black screen) were cut out.
24 sec and 17 frames



Added Scene
At this point they added a last scene that includes the Saber Rider logo. The scene fades out, followed by a short black screen. This is the end of the American intro.
+9 sec and 19 frames




Titles of the Episodes


In the Japenese version, the titles of the episodes are always shown during an additional scene after the intro. In the American intro, the title of the episode is shown during the frst scene of the episode. The Japanese version is 5 seconds and 24 frames longer.

Seijushi Bismark



Saber Rider


5 sec and 24 frames


Prologues


Both versions begin with completely different prologues.


The Japanese Prologue


01:49:03-05:30:18
Since both versions are very different from each other, the following sequence will include the Japanese names so that it's easier to understand. At the beginning of the Japanese episode, you see planet Jupiter for several seconds. The camera slowly pans down to Jupiter's moon Ganymed. You see a blue spaceship converging to the planet. During the landing process there's a cut to the inside of the spaceship. Then (the spaceship still lands) Deathcula/Outriders attack. Then follows a cut to the crew (they all seem to be panicked). The spaceship is destroyed in a matter of seconds and the attackers disappear as quickly as they appeared. Then, the camera pans trhough space. You see the earth and then the Confederation's headquarters. Inside the building you see general secretary Charles Louvre (Commander Eagle) who sits at a table with several commanders. They talk about the Deathcula's/Outriders' attack on the spaceship. Louvre tells them about the first battle against the Deathcula/Outriders 15 years ago. They talk about the fact that the Deathcula/Outriders now started an invasion on Ganymed and that the earth's armed forces are not strong enough to fight back. Louvre decides to use project Bismark/Ramrod to stop the Deathcula/Outriders.Shinji Hikari (Fireball) is supposed to be the pilot since he's the best pilot in the whole confederation. Unfortunately, he was accused of refusal to obey an order and fled from custody. Louvre receives a message via the intercom which is standing on the table. His daughter Marianne (April) wants to talk to him. Marianne tells her father that she knows where Shinji is located at the moment. He's on Ganymed to participate in the 24-hours-race on Mars.
Runtime of the Japanese prologue: 03 min 41 sec 15 frames




The American Prologue


Time index American version: 01:29:07-03:06:13
The American version begins with an own prologue which is a combination of several different scenes cut together. Saber Rider tells the series' story in a kind of monologue.
He says that not too long ago, their newest defensive weapon. They called it Ramrod and it's a mechanical guard that looks like a giant cowboy. It was built to protect the stettlers at the borders (which constantly expand). Ramrod's combat power was absolutely necessary since the Outriders' attacks became more frequent every day. Saber Rider tells us that the Outriders are devilish creatures that invaded their dimension and attacked their outposts. They basically came out of nowhere, using their Hyperjumpers. They ruined huge areas and then disappeared as quickly as they appeared. Ramrod seems to be the only possibility to fight back. However, they found out that not Ramrod saved them but the Star Sheriffs - real human beings. Saber Rider tells us that he's their leader. Then he begins to tell the origin story of the Star Sherrifs. He says that he was told to find Vanquo, an Outrider with scary eyes and a long, pale and skull-like face. Several headhunters were after Vanquo for a while and Saber Rider barely had the time to inform operation Ramrod's headquarters. They allocated a special agend named April to him. Her father was the commander of the fleets and armies that protect the United Star Systems.


Then follows the conversation betwen Commander Eagle and his daughter April which is also included in the Japanese prologue. April tells her father about the spy named Vanquo who was able to find out about Ramrod. April wants to fly to planet Yuma as quickly as possible.
In the American version this conversation is about 4 seconds longer:

  • Before April comes through the door, the door is closed for 2 additional seconds in Saber Rider.


  • April is standing at the door for 5 additional seconds. This is related to Saber's monologue during this scene.


  • April's dialogue is 1 sec and 6 frames longer.


  • April's dialogue is 6 frames longer.


  • Eagle's dialogue is 12 frames longer. Additionally it was slightly altered for reasons of lip synch. In the Japanese version, Eagle's mouth is opend at the beginning and the end of the scene (whereas in the American version his mouth is opened).


    In the American version, the scene is surrounded by a white frame during the beginning of the scene (to clarify that it's a flashback).
    Now you see the scene from the beginning of the Japanese prologue. The camera pans down from Jupiter to Yuma/Ganymed and the blue spaceship converges to the planet. In the American version, this is the sapce ship that Sber Rider used to fly to the planet. At the beginning of this scene, the American version is 6 seconds shorter than the Japanese version. Saber Rider adds a short monologue where he tells us that April arrived at Yuma just about the same time as he did. None of them knew what exactly was happening on Yuma - the biggest motorsport event of the year: the Yuma Grand Prix. A young driver called Fireball was in the lead. When you hear the last sentence about Fireball, the American version cuts to the race.
    Runtime of the American prologue: 1 min 37 sec 6 frames



    Overall difference in time (Prologue): 2 min 3 sec 9 frames

    You can only speculate to why they completely changed the prologue. Here are some of the most likely reasons:

  • The American version's prologue is noticeably shorter than the Japanese version's prologue, yet still it provides all the necessary information. This really ups the tempo and the episode quickly builds momentum which is especially important for a younger audience. In return, the Japanese version includes a little more background information.
  • In the American version there's a real focus on Ramrod. In the Japanese version, the Outrider don't know about Ramrod while in teh American version they're looking for it.
  • A few characters are already different in the prologues. In the Japanese version, Commander Eagle is the general secretary of the United Star System while in the American version he's the commander of the cavalry. In the original version, Vanquo doesn't have a name and his appearance in the series happens by accident. In the American Version he's the main villain.
    Saber Rider and Fireball are definitively different in both versions due to the fact, that Saber Rider is the leader in the American version. In the Japanese version, Fireball is the leader.
  • Fireball
    In the Japanese prologue, Fireball is intended for being the main pilot of Ramrod/Bismark which makes him the leader. You also find out that he's one of the confederation's pilots. Additionally he rejected commands and fled from custody to participate in a race. These maverick attributes make him a very interesting character and a perfect leader. In the American version we only get to know that he's a race driver. This makes him a little nicer and also downplays his importance for the series. Over the course of the series, Fireball again and again is figured as being too young to be a real leader.
  • Saber Rider
    In the Japanese prologue you don't get to know Saber Rider. His first appearance happens rather late in this episode. Therefore, he narrates the whole story in the American version. He introduces himself as the leader of the Star Sheriffs and that he's supposed to capture Vanquo. Additionally, Saber Rider is shown at the beginning of the episode so you quickly develop a certain respect for this character. In the Japanese version, Saber Rider is a British agent who is supposed to join the Ramrod's/Bismark's crew.


    The Race


    05:39-05:43
    The front view of Fireball's face is 5 seconds longer in Saber Rider since his dialogue is a little longer than in the Japanese version.
    +5 sec



    05:46-05:48
    A scene which was just shown in both versions was deleted.
    2 sec



    06:02-06:03
    When Colt flies towards Fireball, Fireball's shocked facial expression is shown for 1 additional second in Saber Rider.
    +1 sec



    Different Stories

    During the race, headhunter Colt flies towards Fireball with his spaceship and almost runs into him. Fireball can barely dodge him.

    Saber Rider
    Just as Saber Rider, Colt is also looking for Vanquo and confused Fireball with Vanquo.

    Seijushi Bismark
    The confederation told Colt to capture Fireball. He stops Fireball to "annoy" him a little. He wants to get him after the race.

    In this episode, Colt's role was slightly changed. In the Japanese version he's supposed to bring Fireball back so he can become Ramrod's/Bismark's chief pilot. In the American version, Colt is supposed to get Vanquo.

    06:28-06:29
    Before Colt enters the screen, the speedway is shown a little longer in the Japanese version.
    1 sec



    06:30-06:36
    The scene where Colt looks at the speedway from above is 2 seconds longer in Saber Rider. For this, a part of the scene was repeated. If you look closely, you see how one of the race cars mysteriously changes its position on the speedway.
    +2 sec



    06:44-06:49
    The scene was postponed and also misses out on 1 second of footage.
    1 Sec



    06:55-07:03
    After Fireball jumped over a hill with his car, you don't see him landing and having a neck-and-neck race with another driver.
    7.5 sec



    Added Scene
    07:05
    Here they added the footage from 06:44.
    Difference was already mentioned.



    07:09-07:12
    A missing front view of Fireball's Red Fury Racer just before arriving the finish line.
    3 sec



    07:17-07:23
    The tracking shot of the speedway (just before Fireball gets out of his vehicle) was cut.
    6 sec



    The Taking of the Hostage


    07:35-07:45
    The taking of the hostage at the spaceport was slightly altered as well as shortened.

    Seijushi Bismark

  • You see the legs of the fleeing gangsters.
  • A long shot from above. The 2 gangsters run from the right side of the screen to the left side; 3 guards follow them.
  • One of the gangsters grabss a little girl to take her hostage. The mother tries to intervene but one of the gangsters decks her.
  • The guards point their guns at the gangsters - this is shown in a close-up shot.

    Saber Rider

  • You see the legs of the fleeing gangsters.
  • A long shot from above. The 2 gangsters run from the right side of the screen to the left side; just before the 3 guards appear on the right side, there's a cut.
  • One of the gangsters grabs a little girl.
  • Cut back to the long shot; you see the 3 guards coming from the right side of the screen.
  • The mother grabs the arm of the gangster. Cut.
  • The guards point their guns at the gangsters (shown in a close-up shot). This scene is 7 frames longer since the guards say something (which is not the case in the Japanese version).
    Overall, Saber Rider is 2.5 seconds shorter.
    2.5 sec



    07:45-07:48
    The gangsters and their hostage go backwards. The gangster who holds the gun says that the guards shouldn't move, otherwise he would kill the girl. Saber Rider continues when a guards hoots the gun out of the gangster's hand.
    3 sec



    07:48-07:51
    In both versions you see the gun of the first gangster flying away and landing on the floor. In the American version, they slightly slowed this scene down and the last frame when the gun hits the floor freezes for 16 frames. This makes the American version 1 second and 17 frames longer.
    +1 sec 17 frames



    07:52-07:53
    When they shoot the second gangster's gun out of his hand, you don't see how he drops his bag, resulting in the its content - "white powder" - to drop out.
    1 sec



    Saber Rider's Arrival


    08:05-08:08
    After you saw Saber Rider with his gun, there's a missing pan shot over the wondering crowd of people.
    3 sec



    08:13-08:16
    Saber Rider rides over a bridge.
    3 sec



    08:16-08:21
    Saber Rider's ride is 2 seconds shorter in the American version.
    2 sec



    08:25-08:27
    During his "flight", Saber Rider pushs himself off the wall of a building and then glides downwards.
    2 sec



    The Hotel


    08:39-08:43
    At this point they included a dissolve. These dissolves are a reoccurring stylistic device in Saber Rider. Such a dissolve usually is 1 second and 20 frames long (including a few frames that are lost during the fade-in/out). The rest was cut. Overall there are 4 missing seconds of the pan shot (missing frames not included) of Saber Rider who is standing at the hotel's reception. Saber Rider is 1 second and 20 frames longer (due to the dissolve).
    4 sec
    +1 sec 20 frames



    Comparison of the Dialogues
    In order to reduce these comparisons a little, a summary of both dialogues will be quoted in indirect speech.
    Saber Rider
    Saber Rider wants to find a hotel room for his mission. Unfortunately, the hotel is full. Suddenly Fireball arrives. After he won teh race he wants to take a rest in one of the hotel rooms. Saber Rider absolutely wants a room and tries to steal Fireball's key. They come into conflict with each other.
    Seijushi Bismark
    Saber Rider wants to check into his hotel room which was already booked for his mission. Unfortunately, the winner of the race - Fireball - has special rights and therefore gets the room. Saber Rider refuses to accept this and wants his room back. He gets into conflict with Fireball about the key.

    For whatever reason they totally switchend Saber Rider's and Fireball's dialogue. They probably did this in order to make Saber Rider look predominant - in the original, Fireball seems to have more "power".

    09:46-09:51
    Saber Rider and Fireball argue some more.
    5 sec



    09:56-10:02
    This scene misses out on 2 seconds of footage.
    2 sec



    Comparison of the Dialogues
    When Saber Rider and Fireball argue some more, Colt arrives and hits the key out of their hands.

    Saber Rider
    Fireball immediately wants to have the key back. Colt reacts rather intimidating and says that he's dicing with death. Fireball realizes who he is - the guy who almost made him lose the race. Colt pulls out a gun and points it at him. He tells him that he didn't mean to disturb him and that he's looking for someone else. He says that he's looking for an Outrider with scary eyes and a long pale face.

    Seijushi Bismark
    Fireball asks him who he is. Colt responds that he seems to have the prize money with him. Again, Fireball seems to realize who he is; Colt points his gun at him and says that his name is Bill Wilcox. And actually, Fireball does know who Bill is - he's the chief pilot of Space Impulse. Colt is "flattered" that he knows him. In his head, Saber Rider is thinking that Bill Wilcox so far won all the pilot competitions and that he's said to be the best headhunter of them all.

    In the American version this scene is rather odd. The dialogues don't really fit to what's happening - after all, Colt points his gun at Fireball for no particular reason. Additionally, they used this scene to mention Vanquo. In the original version, Colt wants to capture Fireball. Additionally, the Japanese version gives you some background information about Colt.

    10:23-10:25
    When Colt is standing in front of Fireball with his gun, Fireball remembers their first encounter. This flashback bizarrely was altered.

    Seijushi Bismark
    In the original version you see the scene from 06:07-06:08 where Colt moves closer to the screen in his spaceship. This scene (image 2+3) is shown 3 times in a row and then you see a close-up shot of Colt's face "fixed" by a blue frame.



    Saber Rider
    In Saber Rider the first scene is only shown once, immediately followed by the blue frame. Then you see the rest of the scene (06:09-06:12) where Colt flies off. This scene actually is better than the original version's scene. Also, it's 2 seconds longer in Saber Rider.
    +2 sec



    10:39-10:45
    The close-up shot of Saber Rider's face is 10 frames shorter.
    0.5 sec



    10:59
    The scene freezes and lasts 1 second longer since the guy on the opposite side says something.
    1 sec



    11:19
    When Colt looks at his ragged clothes, the last frame freezes - you hear an interior monologue of Colt which was not included in the Japanese version.
    +1.5 sec



    11:36-11:38
    Due to the longer dialogue this shot is 1 second longer in Saber Rider.
    +1 sec



    11:42-11:45
    Ditto.
    +2 sec



    Comparison of the Dialogues
    Saber Rider
    Saber Rider suggests that him and Fireball could share the hotel room.
    Seijushi Bismark
    Fireball suggests that they could share the hotel room.

    Just as during the argument over the room key, they switched the dialogues.

    Comparison of the Dialogues
    Saber Rider and Fireball go to the elevator.

    Saber Rider
    Saber Rider says that if Fireball should come across the Outrider that the Cowboy just mentioned he should inform him. He's worried that if he doesn't find Vanquo, planet Yuma soon could be destroyed.

    Seijushi Bismark
    Fireball asks Saber Rider why he is on Ganymed. Saber Rider responds that the queen sent him there and that it is a part of a training to become a knight.

    They again tried to make a connection to Saber Rider's mission to find Vanquo. In the Japanese version you get some background information about Saber Rider.

    12:21-12:23
    Fireball looks at Saber Rider in a strange way. Then, they cut out the fade-out along with a short (0.5 sec) black screen. 6 frames of this scene were re-included after the cut - however, they reversed these 6 frames. Fireball's eyes shortly twitch. Apart from that, you only hear Saber Rider saying 1 word in the background. So it's not obvious to why they added these 6 frames.
    2 sec



    Added Scene
    After these 6 frames they added a scene that was already shown before. In this scene, Saber Rider says another sentence. Subsequently, there's the typical Saber Rider transition to the next scene.
    +3 sec
    +1.5 sec dissolve



    After the Saber Rider transition they addad a scene from a different episode. Colt changes clothes and you hear him having an interior monologe. He says/thinks that he fortunately wore the sombrero and a corresponding suit. As a headhunter he has to be able to dress himself up. Now he plans to go back to work to find Vanquo. Then follos a dissolve.
    +17.5 sec
    +1.5 sec Blende



    12:23-12:34
    The following eye-catching scenes are missing.
    11 sec



    The Quest for Vanquo


    Different Stories
    Colt flies along the hotel wall and looks through all the windows. Finally, he spots Vanquo.
    Saber Rider:
    Colt looks for Vanquo and in the end also finds him.
    Seijushi Bismark:
    Colt looks for Fireball to finally capture him. Accidentally he comes across an Outrider.

    12:37:07-12:38:02
    Colt flies up the building a little longer.
    20 frames



    12:41:04-12:41:11
    Colt's flight is 7 frames longer in the Japanese version.
    7 frames



    The Bugging Operation


    12:52:03-13:08:14
    After Colt spotted the Outrider-spy, he overhears one of the spy's phone-calls. 3 of the scenes were extended since Colt has a little more dialogue in the American version. In Saber Rider, the phone conversation focuses on Ramrod. In the original version the Outriders have no clue about Ramrod and are also not looking for it. Additionally, Vanquo's dialogue is mor harsh than in the American version.

    Saber Rider
    In Saber Rider, Vanquo wants to speak to Nemesis as quickly as possible since he found out where the humans are hiding Ramrod.
    Seijushi Bismark
    Vanquo says that the security takes part in the greeting of the cargo ship that comes from planet earth. He says that they're all drunk - therefore it's the perfect time for them to attack.



    Saber Rider
    Colt says that Vanquo is not better off - after all, he doesn't know that Colt overhears his phone call (who knows what might happen to Vanquo...).
    Seijushi Bismark
    Colt: "What!?"

    In the Japanese version, Colt talks for about 1 second and 5 frames. Then he just looks to Vanquo with his mouth opened. Overall runtime: 1 sec 24 frames.
    In the American version, Colt talks for about 1 second and 3 frames. However, in the American version he talks the whole time without looking around with his mouth opened (which explains the 2 missing frames).


    2 frames

    You see Colt continuing to listen to the phone conversation and in the background you hear Vanquo talking. In the American version, Vanquo's dialogue is 1 second and 11 frames longer.
    Saber Rider
    Vanquo says that Ramrod is stationed at the northerly frontier post - they can't really miss it.
    Seijushi Bismark
    Vanquo tells the person on the phone to start the attack. No one should survive.
    +1 sec 11 frames



    After Vanquo's dialogue is over, Colt says something before he enters Vanquo's room. In the American version, Colt's short dialogue is 21 frames longer.
    Saber Rider
    Colt says that Vanquo came from nowhere - and soon will be no more.
    Seijushi Bismark
    Colt finally seems to notice that Vanquo is one of the Deathcula's spies.
    +21 frames



    Vanquo's Death


    Colt shoots Vanquo who then vanishes into thin air. Just before he does so he in Saber Rider says that he will be back. Then he laughs and finally disappears. This is supposed to show you that Vanquo only "beams" to the his home dimension - he doesn't die.

    Added Scenes
    13:28:23
    Colt shoots Vanquo. In the original, his body is surrounded by red gas and then suddenly disappears. The only thing that remains is some green gas in the air and some mud on the floor. In Saber Rider, they added 7 frames from this sequence 3 times. These frames show the body disappearing. Vanquo's body "flickers" for a moment before it completely disappears. The images below show the course of the scenes (from left to right) and also clarify the difference between the American and the Japanese version.
    +21 frames
    Seijushi Bismark


    Saber Rider



    Comparison of the Dialogues
    After Colt shot Vanquo, there's a conversation.
    Saber Rider
    Saber Rider says that Colt send Vanquo back to his home dimension. This means that Saber Rider now is unable to get the information he was supposed to get. When Fireball wants to know what he was supposed to find out, Saber Rider replies that Vanquo was a spy who found out about Ramrod. Colt then mentions that Vanquo already gave away Ramrod's exact location. When Saber Rider assumes that Colt is probably interested in finding out what Ramrod is, Colt replies that he's only interested in the reward for his job.
    Seijushi Bismark
    Saber Rider explains that according to a British database the Deathcula are able to transform into human beings. Fireball wants to know how anyone is supposed to know the difference. Saber Rider explains that the Deathcula have to drink a very huge amount of water. Colt says that the security base is in danger since Vanquo told Deathcula troops to attack the area. Saber Rider says that they should inform the security base.

    The American Version focuses on Vanquo and Ramrod. Saber Rider's first sentence is a typical example of the series' censorship: He again explains that Vanquo didn't die but instead "jumped" back to his home dimension. The Japanese version on the other hand gives away some details about the Deathcula/Outriders.

    13:30-13:33
    In the original version, Saber RIder and Colt look at Vanquo's remains.
    1.5 sec



    13:51-13:52
    The scene freezes for 1.25 seconds since Colt talks a little longer.
    +1.25 sec



    13:58-13:59
    After Saber Rider's dialogue, Colt waits a little longer until the knight turns around. Saber Rider is shown for 1 additional second.
    +1 sec



    14:00-14:01
    After Colt left, Fireball waits a little longer before he turns to Saber Rider. In teh American version you hear Colt talking in the background.
    +0.75 sec



    14:21-14:22
    You don't see Saber Rider closing the hotel room's door. Fireball's legs are shown a little longer in the Japanese version. Also, you don't see Fireball's occiput.
    1.5 sec.



    Travelling to the Outpost


    14:27-14:28
    Just before Saber Rider comes through the window the shot of the window was shorted.
    1 sec.



    14:36-14:40
    Steed's ride is shorter.
    1.25 sec.



    Added Scenen
    14:52
    Before Fireball drives out of the garage, 2 short scenes were added (originating from 06:15-06:17 and 06:22-06:24). Fireball engages a gear before he hits the road. He comments it by saying "Red Fury Turbo on." This is what he usually says when he takes off. They did a very similar thing with Colt. Apparently, the goal was to establish some quotes with recognition value.
    +3.5 sec.



    Added Scene/Dissolve
    15:07
    Colt tries to phone the base. When he doesn't reach anyone, Colt hits the road. For this they added a little scene (which was already shown at 14:59-15:00). The man sitting at the reception takes the telephone handset. However, they reversed this scene so that it looks like the man hangs up the phone after Colt left. During this scene you hear the rest of a dialogue that doesn't exist in the Japanese version. Then follows a typical Saber Rider transition.
    +1 sec.
    +1.5 sec. dissolve



    15:07-15:13
    4 seconds of Fireball driving towards the outpost were cut out.
    4 sec.



    Battle for the Outpost


    Added Scene
    15:47
    At this point they added a fight scene from a different episode.
    2 sec.



    16:10:16-16:12:04
    They altered the order of the scenes a little - 3 short scenes were reorganized. The images below show the course of the scenes for both versions. The American version is 14 frames longer since the 3 scenes were slightly extended. In the scene where you see Fireball's head, one of the frames freezes for 3 frames. The two other scenes were slightly slowed down. In the American version Fireball says that he's trapped.
    Seijushi Bismark


    Saber Rider


    +14 frames

    Added Scene
    16:18
    Again, they added a scene. You see a crosshair on Colt's ventail. Then you shortly see an enemy inside the crosshair. Then follows a close-up shot of Colt firing off the aircraft cannon. Just before that scene you see 4 frames of another scene (-> image 1) which is completely shown after the added scene.
    +4 sec.



    16:20-16:24
    After Colt shot 2 opponents you don't see him shooting another 2 opponents during a power dive.
    4 sec.



    Added Scene
    Again, they added a scene from a different episode. After you shortly see Fireball's vehicle, he turns around and drives towards a distant object, because apparently "That must be Ramrod."
    6 sec.



    Comparison of the Dialogues
    Fireball meets April in front of Ramrod's hangar.
    Saber Rider
    April: „Over here! Hurry! Did the Star Sheriffs send you?“
    Fireball: „Star Sheriffs? Who are they?“
    April: „Nevermind. If you can drive a race car, you can help with Ramrod. It's an experimental frontier fighter system. I'm afraid it's never been tested - but it's the only chance we've got."
    Fireball: „Hop in.“
    April: „Right.“
    Seijushi Bismark
    April and Fireball immediately recognize each other. April already expected him to show up. Fireball asks her why she's there and she replies that she brought along Bismark, her father's robot. She says that he's the only one who's able to steer Bismark. Via radio, Colt asks him what he's doing. Fireball replies that they all should come to help him.

    There's not much to say about these scenes. In the Japanese version, April and Fireball already know each other. Additionally you get to know that Commander Eagle invented Ramrod and not April. Fireball's last few sentences underline his leadership abilities in the Japanese version.

    16:48
    After the conversation with April, Fireball enters the hangar. There are 8 missing frames of Saber Rider following him.
    8 frames



    Added Scene
    Now follows a short fight scene of Saber Rider that was added. After that, you see Saber Rider entering the hangar.
    +3 sec.



    16:51
    When Colt flies into the hangar, a shot of Colt's face was added from a different episode. Colt says "Hey, don't forget about me!“
    2 sec.



    The Hangar


    16:56-17:02
    You see a close-up shot of Ramrod that slowly zooms out to a long shot. Colt is amazed by the sight of it. April tells them that this is Bismark. Fireball adds that it was invented by the general secretary of the confederation. This scene is included in a different episode of Saber Rider.
    7.5 sec.



    17:02-17:07
    Now you see Ramrod from above. The camera doesn't move while Fireball, April, Saber Rider, and Colt approach Ramrod. For the American version they cut 1 second of this sequence away. The last frame freezes for about 1.5 seconds. This should show that the characters stop in front of Ramrod to talk (which happens in the next scene).
    +0.5 sec.



    Added Scene
    17:07
    3 scenes from a different episode were added. Fireball, Colt, and Saber Rider are standing next to each other.
    Saber Rider: „I will take charge from here.“
    Fireball: „The lady did invite me!“
    Colt: „That's cause she didn't know I was here.“
    Saber Rider's sentence is supposed to show right from the beginning of the series that he is the leader because he took this position. Subsequently, you see 1 second of the scene from 17:02. Then they enter Ramrod.
    +8.5 sec.



    Ramrod's Control Room


    17:22
    Now you see a still of Ramrod's control room (the still lasts for 1 second). Then, the camera pans to the right to show the rest of the control room. In Saber Rider, the still was extended. Fireball says "It's cool".
    + 1 sec.



    Added Scene
    17:23
    After the extended still they added a shot of Colt from a different episode. Colt says "Bet this baby packs a lot of horse power." Then follows the pan shot of the rest of the control room.
    +3 sec.



    17:29:22-17:30:06
    Just before the heroes run up the stairs the previous shot is slightly longer in the Japanese version.
    9 frames



    17:38:01-17:38:12
    Fireball looks around the corner and pulls his head back before he sits down.
    11 frames



    17:54-17:57
    The dialogue scene of Fireball was extended.
    +0.5 sec.



    18:00:06-18:00:23
    April is shown for 17 additional frames. There's no dialogue.
    17 frames



    18:03:16-18:06:23
    In the American version, the radar screen is shown for 7 additional frames. That's because April says something (as opposed to the Japanese version).
    +7 frames



    18:06:24-18:07:13
    After April spotted the Renegade on the radar, she disbelievingly sits in front of the screen before she informs the others. The camera pans to April.
    14 frames



    18:10:13-18:11:23
    In the American version Fireball is shown for 9 additional frames.
    +9 frames



    18:47-18:49
    The Renegade unit's claw/hand is shown a little longer in the original version. It charges and flashes before the attack. In Saber Rider you only see the first frame and the last 9 frames of this scene.
    1.5 sec.



    Added Scene
    18:51:16
    The Renegade shoots at Ramrod. In the original, this scene is shown at 18:55:16-18:56:18 (in Saber Rider, they show it twice).
    +1 sec.



    19:25-19:26
    In the Japanese version the zoom towards the control console is longer.
    1.5 sec.



    Added Scene
    19:26
    After the pan shot towards the control console they added a scene from a different episode. In the background you hear April say "Saber Rider, you give the signal.". Saber Rider says: "Okay. Get ready. Not yet... hold it..... This scene was added to underline Saber Rider's leadership qualities.
    +3.5 sec.



    19:26-19:30
    Before Fireball moves his hand towards the button there are 4 missing seconds of footage.
    4 sec.



    Added Scene
    19:33
    Before Fireball pushs the button, they again added the scene with Saber Rider.
    He says: „NOW!“
    +1 sec.



    19:34-19:41
    After Fireball pushed the button you see a longer shot of the button. Then it cuts to the control room which is brightly illuminated. The camera pans bottom up Fireball's face.
    7 sec.



    The Transformation Sequence


    Ramrod's transformation is the highlight of almost every episode. In Seijushi Bismark there are 2 different versions of this sequence. Let's call them Sequence A and Sequence B. Sequence A is the one which they use most frequently in the Japanese version. This Sequence A varies in all the episodes (the differences are pretty small). Sequence B is only used a couple of times. In the American version they combined all the variations of Sequence A to create one sequence that is used in almost every episode. The transformation sequence in both versions is accompanied by music. In the American version you hear a conversation between April and Ramrod (which gained cult status for this sequence).

    April: "All right. Ramrod will now take over navigational control.“
    Ramrod: "Acknowledged April. Navigational Control - mine. Ramrod challange phase - one.
    Head 'em up, move 'em out.
    Power stride and ready to ride!"

    19:41:04-19:42:12
    The beginning of the sequence was slightly shortened. In the Japanese version you see more light before the transformation begins.
    1 sec. and 8 frames



    19:41-19:46
    Ramrod's hull opens. In the American version you always see blue lightning during that scene - except for this episode.
    No difference in time.



    19:47:06-19:47:11
    In the original version, Ramrod's hull moves a little closer to the camera.
    5 frames



    19:47:12-19:53:01
    Ramrod's legs are lowered and Ramrod shortly "hovers". During this sequence the American version never shows blue lightning - same goes for this episode. The last images shows the scene WITH the lightning.
    No difference in time.



    Added Scene
    19:53:02
    At this point they added the transformation of the control room. In the American version you always see this. In the Japanese version, you only see this scene in a few episodes.
    +14 sec. and 9 frames



    19:52-20:02
    Ramrod puts out its hand and then clenches his fist. The fist gleams blue. Then the camera pans to Ramrod's head which opens up. In the Japanese version, the hand and the fist are shown longer and in the American version the fist doesn't gleam. In return, the American version always includes lightning in this scene (see last image). The Japanese version is about 2 seconds longer.
    2 sec.



    The Ending of the Transformation Sequence


    20:02:09-20:16:09
    Seijushi Bismark
    After Ramrod completely transformed the camera shows a close-up shot of its face. The camera then stays in place while all the main characters move around the screen in the foreground. Then the Japanese version cuts to a long shot of Ramrod.
    Runtime: 14 sec. and 1 Frame



    Saber Rider
    After Ramrod completely transformed you see a short close-up shot of Ramrod's control room, followed by a shot of Fireball at the wheel. Then the American version cuts to a long shot of Ramrod.
    Runtime: 2 sec. and 17 frames



    Overall, the Japanese version is 11 sec. and 9 frames longer.

    The Battle Against the Renegade


    Added Scene
    20:32
    A shot of Colt was added.
    Colt: „Allright boys, let's laser-rope this Renegade dope."
    +4.5 sec.



    Added Scene
    20:42
    A short dialogue scene of Saber Rider was added.
    Saber Rider: „Nice move, Cowboy. Now shall we follow it up with a soccer kick?"
    Colt: "Take it away!"
    +4 sec.



    20:44:19-20:47:00
    In the Japanese version, the camera zooms over Ramrod's leg 4 times before it finally hits the Renegade to finish it off. In the American version they only included one of these zooms.
    2 sec. and 6 frames



    Added Scene
    20:53
    An added dialogue scene.
    Fireball: "Let's vaporize this viper."
    +3 sec.



    21:03-21:08
    You don't see Ramrod carting out the cannon.
    5 sec.



    Added Scene
    21:03
    Another added dialogue scene.
    Saber Rider: "We may only have one shot so let's shoot all the fire power we have."
    Colt: "All right Amigo. You want fire power - you got it!"
    The last few words can be heard during the scene where Colt aims for the Renegade.
    +7 sec.



    21:10:18-21:11:14
    In the American verison, he aims for the Renegade a little longer.
    Saber Rider: "Ready...."
    +1 sec. 8 frames



    21:11:15-21:13:15
    Fireball issues the order to fire and Ramrod fires the cannon. In the American version, Saber Rider is the one who gives the command during the next added scene.
    2 sec.



    Added Scene
    21:11:15
    At this point they added a scene from a different episode. Ramrod aims with its handgun and shoots twice.
    Saber Rider: "Ready....Blast 'em!"
    They probably added this scene because Ramrod shortly before this scene pointed its handgun at the enemy and then shot the Renegade with its cannon. This is the reason why you don't see the cannon being carted out and fired.
    +2 sec. and 23 frames



    The Conversation in the Control Room


    21:21:02-22:31:23
    After their victory, the 4 heroes talk to each other. Since they heavily altered the story for the American version, they completely switched the order of this conversation around. They also extended some of the scenes and (of course) completely changed the content of their talk.

    Comparison of the Dialogues
    Saber Rider
    Fireball and Colt are spontaneously appointed Star Sheriffs and therefore team up with Saber Rider and April.
    Seijushi Bismark
    April tells Fireball that his lawsuit due to insubordination was repealed and that they appointed him Ramrod's pilot. Fireball is happy and accepts the job. Colt is also supposed to be a part of the crew. Surprisingly, Saber Rider tells them that the British secret service commissioned him to back the crew up. Now the crew is complete and they can start to fight back.

    21:24:06-21:25:16
    In the Japanese version Colt is standing around a little longer before he goes to Saber and Fireball.
    1 sec. and 10 frames



    21:35:07
    When Colt turns his head, one frame (image) freezes since Saber Rider says something from off screen.
    +1 sec. and 23 frames



    21:45:10-21:52:13
    After April's dialogue you don't see her holding up a silver card. Then follows a close-up shot of the card. After that there's a missing shot of the four of them. Colt and Fireball each say something.
    7 sec. and 3 frames



    21:52:14-21:57:09
    April's dialogue is 7 frames longer.
    +7 frames



    Added Scenen
    21:57:09
    Colt's dialogue scene was inserted again.
    +4 sec. and 2 frames



    Now they added the major part of the scene of April and the silver card and extended it a little.

  • At the beginning of this scene there are 12 missing frames of April walking forwards.


  • April's dialogue before she holds the card up was extended - it now is 1 second and 17 frames longer.


  • The card is shown for an additional second and 4 frames.



    Overall, the American version is 9 seconds and 8 frames longer than the Japanese version.
    +9 sec. and 8 frames

    Postponed Scene
    21:57:10-22:13:06
    A part of the conversation was postponed.
    They talk some more and Colt feints hitting Fireball's chin - the two of them laugh while Saber Rider passes them.
    The difference in time is mentioned below.



    22:24:16-22:25:23
    You don't see the 4 of them turning their heads in the same direction.
    1 sec. and 7 frames



    22:25:24-22:28:10
    A missing zoom on Fireball's face before he talks.
    2 sec. and 11 frames



    22:25:24-22:28:10
    Fireball's face is shown a little longer. After that scene the conversation ends in the Japanese version.
    1 sec. and 4 frames



    Added Scene
    22:25:24
    April's dialogue scene from 21:52:14-21:57:09 is repeated again.
    +5 sec. and 13 frames



    Added/Postponed Scene
    22:25:24
    At this point they included the dialogue scene from 21:57:10-22:13:06. In the American version they altered it a little:

  • The following shot is shown for 15 additional frames before Fireball starts to talk.


  • April's dialogue was extended - it now is 2 seconds and 7 frames longer.


  • Colt and Fireball laugh 2 seconds and 9 frames longer. Then, the scene is is nestled in a white frame followed by a dissolve to the final scene. The conversation now ends in the American version. The dissolve was not included in the difference in time.


  • At the end of the scene there are 23 missing frames of Saber Rider passing Colt and Fireball.


    Overall, the American version is 4 seconds and 4 frames longer than the Japanese version.



    The Final Scene


    Seijushi Bismark
    The camera slowly moves away from Ramrod, followed by the credits. In Saber Rider this scene is 2 seconds and 20 frames shorter and reversed. Therefore, the camera moves towards Ramrod. This scene is shown during the American version's credits.
    Runtime: 16 sec. and 9 frames



    Saber Rider
    The conversation of the American version ends, followed by a dissolve to Saber Rider. We hear a short interior monologue. During this monologue you see the ending of the Japanese transformation sequence.






    The Monologue:
    "That's how it all began. A bounty hunter, a racecar driver and a beautiful girl from cavalry command. We made a commitment to the spirit of the frontier freedom fighters. Wherever danger leads us, wherever the people need us, that's where you find - the Star Sherriffs."
    Then, the credits roll in Saber Rider.
    Runtime: 19 sec. and 18 frames


    Overall, the American version is 3 seconds and 9 frames longer.



    The Credits


    Just as the opening credits, the end credits are completely different for both versions. The Japanese version always shows the same background and the credits either roll on the right or the left side of the screen. On the opposing side there are either pictures or short scenes. The American credits are just a best of of several scenes from the series. The credits roll in front of these scenes. The Japanese final song is called "Galaxy Dream" and is more or less a "love song". The American final song is the „Saber Rider End Theme“ and basically is the exact same song as the intro song.
    Since both credits are entirely different, the following images will illustrate the differences way better than any description would.

    Runtime Japanese credits: 00:01:19
    Runtime American credits: 00:01:02
    17 sec.

    Seijushi Bismark



    Saber Rider

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