Release: Aug 08, 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:
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 42.5 seconds.
(The rest of the difference in time results from differently long intros.)
In the US Version, two hits have been replaced by two rather harmless shots.
The shot of Vegeta yanking off C-19's hands has been replaced.
C-19's head hits the ground.
Piccolo loses consciousness.
In the US Version, the frame that shows the actual hit has been replaced by an entirely white one (it only lasts 0.04 seconds).
Piccolo hits Dr. Gero.
The US Version only contains the end of the shot when Dr. Gero is falling down.
Piccolo hitstritt Dr. Gero in the stomach, Gero squalls in pain.
Piccolo severes Dr. Gero's hand.
Piccolo drops Dr. Gero's hand.
Trunks looks at C-19's head.
Bulma explains everything was fine and if everyone was alive, they had won already. Yajirobi threats to throw the child out of the window if Bulma came any closer. Bulma tells him to remain calm and reminds him that Vegeta was the child's father.
Shot of Dr. Gero's wound.