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Naruto

1.18 The Weapons known as 'Shinobi'

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  • US TV Version
  • Japanese Version
Release: May 07, 2011 - Author: Jim - Translator: Matar - external link: IMDB - more from this series
In this episode there is no time difference. The intro as well as the credits are not taken into consideration.

On September 10th in 2005 the smash hit anime "Naruto" started airing in the "Toonami" program of Cartoon Network. However, for a lower rating some edits were necessary.
Yet, the level of editing is really moderate (especially compared to the german which contains almost not a single drop of blood and is also otherwise HEAVILY censored). Usually it's just that some blood has been removed or reduced, the fights itself are usually completely intact.
Besides that the US version had some scenes redrawn. Usually faces of characters or other minor "mistakes" were corrected, to look more like the manga.

Of course the US version had it's own opener and ending, which was resented by many fans because it wasn't really a song, sounding as good as the original songs used for opening and ending credits. Besides that all the original names were kept, but some are spelled or pronounced not correctly.
Yet, the US version is very good - for a censored version.
For comparisons goes:
Left: japanese version
Right: US version

Concerning this episode: This is definitely the most censored US episode, but roughly censored is not the right expression. In most cases the edits were only some blood changes and a lot of blood was still available in this episode. Even the editing of both Kunais to the end does not worry. Generally speaking, the censoring measures are hardly recognizable for those who do not know the uncensored original. At the end two edits are made a bit sloppy and recognizable.
It is strange that only few blood-drops have been retouched when the faces and the rest of the bodies are covered in blood. Scenes containing blood spitting are not new to this series but the sense of editing those seems very pointless considering the mass of still existing blood.
In this episode the intro as well as the credits have not been taken into consideration, therefore there is no time difference.
0:03:53
Giichi’s room has been edited. The following take shows the background edited as well.

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0:04:43
The scene in which Inari runs over the plank has been drawn new.

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0:05:12
As been seen in the last episode one can see Zabuza’s running through the gras. The US versions shows this animation faster.

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0:08:36
Some needles have been removed.

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0:08:44
Again a running animation has been made faster to make the image more fluent.

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0:09:13
Kakashi’s silhoutte can not be recognized that well as in the Japanese version.

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0:10:03
Blood has been removed.

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0:10:19
The blood which spurts into Kakashi’s face has been removed as well as the blood dropping on the ground.

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0:10:28
Blood has been reduced.

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0:10:43
Error correction: blood has been added to the mirror. Zabuza has been edited as well.

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0:10:54
The blood in Kakashi’s face has been edited.

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0:10:59
Again blood has been added.

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0:11:07
Haku spits out some blood which has been removed in the US version (where he also starts to cough). When he takes Kakashi’s hand the blood on it was also removed.

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0:12:44
The blood on the ground has been heavily reduced and the dripping blood has been removed completely.

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0:12:58
A greater line of blood in Haku’s face and blood on Haku’s hand has been removed (it can also be an error correction).

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0:13:12
The blood spot over Zabuza’s right eye has been removed as well as the blood on his headband. The view on the already dead but smiling Haku does not show up but is covered by an extended take of Zabuza. Afterwards blood has been retouched again.

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0:13:35
Again reduction of blood.

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0:14:45
Reduction of blood.

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0:15:08
Reduction of blood.

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0:16:01
Reduction of blood.

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0:16:08
The blood on Kakashi’s mask has been removed as well as the blood on Zabuza’s forehead.

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0:16:18
Error correction: Naruto has been inserted into the background.

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0:16:44
Needles in Sasuke’s throat has been retouched.

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0:16:53
Retouched needles.

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0:17:00
Sakura has been drawn new. The needles were retouched in the upcoming scenes.

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0:17:58
Retouched needles and Sakura’s hand has been decreased in its size.

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0:18:27
Retouched needles. .

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0:18:35
Error correction: the position of Sasuke’s collar was corrected.

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0:19:05
Both Kunais, Zabuza’s arm and traces of blood have been retouched.
The last take of Zabuza has been indirectly censored to reduce the effort for editing this scene. The precedent takes are running minimally slower.

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0:19:46
Again a longer Kunai and blood reduction.

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0:20:13
Retouched Kunai.

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0:20:20
Instead removing the Kunai the whole arm was only blurred and blood was already retouched in Zabuza’s face.
In the last take the editors were pretty sloppy. One can clearly see the repainted part and a part of Zabuza’s headband has been covered with paint as well.

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0:20:29
Again the Kunai in Zabuza’s arm were retouched. The following close-ups in which Kakashi hacks both Kunai in the other arm were avoided. This scene was made slower in the US version and the end was simply cut.
When Zabuza pushes away Kakashi, blood from the armwound has been retouched as well as the Kunai’s itself.

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0:20:49
Reduction of blood.

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0:20:54
Reduction of blood.


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0:21:04
Reduction of blood.

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Preview
The preview lacks some blood on Zabuza’s bracers and his shirt.

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