Release: Oct 19, 2012 - Author: -Der-Tribun - Translator: -Der-Tribun - external link: IMDB - more from this series
Compared are the heavily censored US TV Version and the German TV Version.
The anime series Sailor Moon should ring a bell. The 200 episode series about a group of girls, who can perform magic and fight Evil is a classic which left a mark in the awareness of Japanese Productions (in both directions). No doubt about that. The series was a major success worldwide. But the German Version is quite a surprise. In comparison to Saber Rider for instance, the German Version is based on the original Japanese master and the effort to keep it as close as possible to the Original was being made. Besides a few modifications (please see below), the German Version is equal to the uncensored original Japanese Version.
The US North American Version however is a different matter.
The company DiC was calling the shots for the adaption of the first two seasons and Cloverway for the following two seasons. The final season 5 - "Sailor Stars" - has never been released in the US, probably because of the controversial "Sailor Starlights", which also change the gender during their transformations. The realization is legendary, but for all thw wrong reasons. It's a perfect example for heavy censorship in animes these days. After the horrors of the first season, everyone expected the worst... and it happened. DiC also created an absurd broadcast schedule. They first released 2/3 of the season (with the first 13 episodes for some reason put at the end of the broadcast) and then waited for almost three years before they bothered to do the remaining episodes (that's because they'd had the insane idea to just do 65 episodes for sydication, regardless if the story is done or not).
The modifications / censorship
It's also worth being mentioned that the German Version was being modified here and there, too. Zoisite e.g. is a woman as well (I guess the channel changed that) and attempts to avoid words like "kill", "die" etc. were being made, which causes an odd result in some scenes. But still: these modifications are pretty harmless in comparison to the DiC Version. Comparisons of the dialog with subtitled Japanese episodes prove how close to the Original the German dialog is.
Only the comparison of the first episode of the second season (episode 47) mentions the differences of the opening and final credits, the title of the episodes, the preview of the next episode and the "Sailor Says". All these elements are being ignored in the calculation of the different lengths. Basically, cuts and modifications are the two issues that might have happened. Sometimes it's only one of them, sometimes both at the same time. The time index is based on the German Version.
Episode 66: A Curried Favor
Chibiusa really wants to have a curry-party, but Bunny's family for one reason or another doesn't have the time for it, so that the tasks falls to a rather reluctant Bunny. She even manages to get Mamoru to help her, after some efford. Meanwhile, the Balck Moon Clan has found a new point of origin of Crystal Tokyo in a supermarket. Kavalerite and Petzite together are sent to contaminate it. Bunny meanwhile got a crush-course in cooking curry from Makoto and then goes shopping with Mamoru and Chibiusa. However, After Mamoru and Chibiusa leave Bunny temporarily after an argument, Bunny is trapped, since this was the supermarket the sisters have contaminated, turning all customers into zombies. Sailor Moon alone can't do much, only after reinforcements arrive, can she defeat the droid, reapir the damage and chase away the sisters. Afterwards, Bunny cooks curry, and to Mamoru's and Chibiusa's surprise, it actually tastes good.
Length German TV Version: 19:00
Length US TV Version: 17:48
The US TV Version lacks 1 Minute und 26 Seconds of footage.
Quite a number of things were canged. This scene originally was placed after Bunny's visit at Mamoru's, but re-located to just after Chibiusa on the balcony.
What Kavalerite and Petzite say, was altered as well.
In the German Version, Petzite eats pie and asks Kavalerite what's this with the lemon slices on her face. Kavalerite says, it keeps the skin young, which men find attractive. Petzite states she hates such shallow men. Kavalerite implies she just says that, because she's ugly and therefore has little luck with men. Petzite is angry but right then, Rubeus arrives.
In the US Version, Kavalerite has no idea if the lemons work, but she'll do everything, as long as men come to her. Petzite states, she can't use that kind of men. Kavalerite says, if some women don't want to care for their looks, fine, then they shouldn't wonder about men avoiding them. Right then, Rubeus arrives.
[-1 min 24 sec]
A huge monster-cut plows straight through the episode. Speculations about the reasons after this entry.
The girls have gathered in Ami's apartment to practice cooking curry. Ami lists the ngredients from a book, which irritates Bunny. Rei suggests instant-curry out of the box, which irritates the others, since Bunny has to coook it herself.
Makoto demonstrates how to cut the carrots. Ethusiastically, Minako wants to try next. During her wild hacking, Makoto warns she's going to injure herself. Suddenly it seems that Minako has cut off a finger! Everyone goes into panic mode until they realize, it just was a piece of carrot.
Now Bunny tries her luck. However, her posing hides that she's just cutting thin air. Makoto voices doubt in Bunny's cooking skill and asks, if she really meant it serious.
At the end, a scene transition is missing as well.
Of course, that raises the question, WHY this was done. It can be speculated that the scene was cut because of the supposedly cut-off finger, but nothing is sure. DiC's reasons remain unknown. To crown it, much of the scene appears in "Sailor Says" for the episode, ironically with the topic of household accidents.
Here the wisdom of the day that was given:
"We all need to know what to do when there’s an emergency. First of all, don’t panic, your injured friend is counting on you. Quickly alert an adult to get help. If you’re all alone and someone’s in bad trouble, call 911 and let them decide what to do. And for less serious injuries, everyone should have a first aid kit at your home and your doctor’s number by the phone. Talk to your parents or school nurse about your own first aid kit. It’s not a toy, but if you learn how to use it everyone will feel safer. Sailor Moon says!"
The front of the un-contaminated supermarket was replaced with the one of the contaminated one, most likely bcause of the Kana. Useless, since you still clearly see them.
Petzite and Kavalerita extesively explain their plan in the US Version and then again a view of the contaminated supermarket is seen (with all Kana intact), which is from later in the episode (this happens just before the US commercials).
It was probably added to fill up the time after the hefty cut and wasn't in the original episode.
Strangely, the now fitting view of the contaminated supermarket is cut.
The episode fade-out was replaced by DiC with the generic CGI one. A bad decision since the original fade-out used a heart to show that Bunny is happy that Mamoru is pleased with her effords.
This episode shows Bunny's second attempt at cooking Curry. While the first attempt in Episde 45 (cut by DiC) ended with Bunny burning her tongue at the far too hot curry, this second attempt is, despite its looks, very edible.
Why curry of all things? Well, it's an inside joke in the anime industry, where curry is practically the first thing that charactes with little cooking ability (mostly girls) manage to do right (meaning a beginner's meal).
Another well-known curry cook is Akane Tendo in Ranma 1/2, who otherwise is a disaster in the kitchen. A subersion is Misato Katsuragi in Neon Geneses Evangelion, who can even ruin instant curry and has learned nothing even after years.