Release: Aug 04, 2011 - Author: Jim - Translator: DaxRider123 - external link: IMDB - more from this series
"Digimon Savers", in the USA better known as "Digimon Data Squad", is the fifth series of the popular franchise revolving around the monsters of the virtual world and their partners.
Just as all the seasons before, the fifth series was slightly edited as well. As usual the American version offered a different opening as well as a different ending. Unlike previous openings this one wasn't replaced with a monotonous rap song but with a pop/rock song. The title screen for the episode was also changed, just like the preview for the next episode. Those are typical changes for the US version.
The translation itself is good but in the American version Agumon refers to Masaru (or Marcus in the US version, yet I stick to the Japanese names) as "boss", while in the Japanese version he calls him "Aniki" (brother). Most likely this was changed because it could be seen as an analogy to the Yakuza, which have a family-like hierarchy. Additionally several signs are blank in the American version whenever they originally showed Japanese graphic characters. While in the first episode they translated some of these signs while the rest of them were still blank, they quickly decided to just simply leave them all blank. Since it would be too much for this report to list all of these small differences, I'll just give you an example from episode 8. Strangely enough, they decided to also edit the English-language Coca Cola sign. Normally, the editors did not edit any signs that were ritten in Romanji (= Western) graphic characters.
The images will be shown in the following order:
Left: Japanese version
Right: US Version
About this episode: In this episode there are only very few cuts, nothing too speical. However, it's interesting to mention that Rosemon's second transformation to her "Burst Mode" was also shortened - to be exact, there's nothing left of it besides her last posture.
Not including the Intro and Outro, the difference in time comes to 25 seconds.
The still picture which in the Japanese version comes right after the Opening was cut out.
Tokomon poops right next to Yoshi. Yoshi screams.
The scene of Yoshi screaming was used at a different spot in the US version a few moments proir to this scene. Therefore, this sequence doesn't count for the overall difference in time.
Rosemon's transformation was shortened - just as usual.
You can see that Rosemon and Ravemon hit the ground far away.
Rosemon's humps were retouched.
No difference in time.
Almost every bit of Rosemon's "Burst Mode" transformation was cut out.