Release: Aug 29, 2011 - Author: -Der-Tribun - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB - more from this series
Comparson between the heavily censored US TV Version and the German TV Version.
The anime series Sailor Moon should ring a bell. The 200 episodes-series about a group of girls, who can perform magic tricks, fighting 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 quitr a surprise. In comparison to Saber Rider for instance, the German Version are 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 modification (please see below), the German Version is equal to the uncensored original Japanese Version.
Unlike the US North American Version.
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 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 legen.... wait for it.... [sorry, wrong franchise -:)] The realization is legendary but it's also a perfect example for heavy censorship in animes these days. Especially season 1, produced by DiC, has a very dreadful rep and is the one with the most censorships being made. "Highlights" are the last two episodes of the first season. The remains of these episodes were put together to one single episode. Really preposterous.
The Modifications / Censorship
Unfortunately there are some
In the second season, episode 67 was being removed. (Note: The German Vesion lacks episode 89 but it only consists of stock footage and is hated by the fanbase, so it's not a big loss at all.)
It's also worth being mentioned that the German 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 dialogs with subtitled Japanese episodes proof how close to the Original the German dialogs are.
Just as in the first season, the second season also offers a different opening, different credits, different episode titles, as well as the "Sailor Says". These things will only be mentioned in the report of the first episode of the second season. Any of these differences will be ignored for the overall difference in time for each episode, which means that only the "real" content of the episode matters for these statistics. Therefore, the reports will basically concentrate on cuts as well as alterations (some of the scenes actually offer both things at the same time). The time designations always refer to the German version.
Episode 51: Detention Doldrums
Ail's and Anne's permanent Kardian attacks begin and cost much of the Sailor Warriors' time. It ends up in Bunny, Ami and Makoto being late for school. But Bunny is lucky as hell because Mrs. Haruna is in a pretty good mood. This changes when her boyfriend cancels the date. Just then, Bunny and Anne make her angry which brings them detention. It turns out Mrs. Haruna's boyfriend can make it to the date after all but she leaves them for detention anyway. Meanwhile Ali summons a new Kardian. Unfortunately the new one is an insane nut job who totally snaps so that Ail loses control. The other warriors are trying to hunt him down while Bunny and Anne are talking about Mamoru. Finally the big showdown at school. Sailor Moon arrives and she can pulverize the Kardian without much effort. Considering the fact that she lost control, Ail asks herself whether the tree of the dark forces was dying.
Running time German episode: 19:00
Running time US episode: 17:44
That means: minus the non-existent scenes in the Original Version, the US Version lacks 1 minute and 16 seconds.
A lof ot dialogs got modified, one could also say "mutilated".
The entire opening scene is missing, which is pretty impressive in a negative way because it's one minute long.
The Sailor warriors are fighting another Kardian and Sailor Moon pulverizes the monster with a special attack. Ail and Anne are complaing that their plan failed again, they swear to take revenge. Then they vanish. Shot of the entire city at dawn. The battle lasted the whole night.
When Bunny, Ami and Makoto are on their way to school, the entire dialog has been modified.
In the Original and German Version, Ami is pretty bugged because she arrives late because it's never happened before. Makoto sarcastically mentions she wondered about the consequences.
In the US Version, Ami complains she was never going to Rei's temple before school again and Makoto adds Rei's request to the holy fire lasted ages.
The reason for the modification is quite obvious: the opening scene has been cut out (the reason why they're late) so that another explanation for being late needed to be made up.
For some reason, DiC thought adding some brightly clolored CG crescent moons would be necessary.
This goof goes through the entire episode.
In the Original Version, it's been mentioned several times that Mars. Haruna is an English teacher. The subject she teaches has been changed to philosophy or sth. in the US Version. This fact has been reduced to absurdity in this current episode because Bunny obviously opened an English book, which is being confirmed by the title on the back. This modification is apparently a result of the attempt to relocate the plot to the US but it seems pretty made up and not very convincing.
Two further problems result of that issue:
[03:10]-[03:14] In the Original Version, Mrs. Haruna wants Anne to translate sth. from the English book. In the US Version, she's supposed to come up with a poem.
starting [05:15] The test Mrs. Haruna gave to Bunny and Anne in detention is just a regular test in the Original Version but it has become an essay in the US Version. This modification is unsustainable because the viewer can see the test in detail.
Due to a CG transition, the original one gets lost.
Modified + shortened scene
When Makoto, Rei and Minako meet, the dialog has been heavily modified.
In the Original Version, it's Minako who tells the others Bunny was stuck at detention. Rei says she got what she deserved because she's lazy. Makoto feels sorry for her and so does Luna. Artemis adds that, because Ami wasn't there either, they had to cancel their meeting. Minako suggests to go to the movies, the others like the idea. Luna and Artemis protest but they don't succeed.
In the US Version, Minako wants to know where Bunny is. Rei says she was stuck at detention. Makoto suggests to go the movies immediately but Artemis doesn't like the movie she proposes. Minako wants to watch a romance and Rei and Makoto agree. Luna doesn't want to watch a tear jerker but she's being made shut up when Minako threatens they're wasn't going to be any tuna for her.
[05:06]-[05:09] [-2 sec] Moreover the shot of Minako locking Luna and Artemis in her bag to cut off any further protest is missing.
Modified + shortened scene
And another modification that results in an entirely different meaning of the scene.
In the Original Version, Bunny intends to slip away to head Mamoru off. Anne can't believe that Bunny is still after Mamoru. Bunny spits Mamoru and her were very close and Anne doesn't like it at all. So she says that the person, who finished the exercises first, should have him. Bunny agrees.
In the US Version, Bunny intends to do the exercise at home. When Anne mentions she was well aware that Mamoru was on his way at that time, she accuses Buny of spying on her. Anne spits back she was watching Bunny spying on Mamoru. Anne faces the challenge.
[06:22]-[06:30] [-8 sec] Furthermore the shot of Bunny explaining to Anne that Mamoru and her were connected by the red string of fate that couldn't ne cut by anyone, even though Anne wishes she could.
There are two reasons for the cut. Reason I is the fact that the string of fate is an Asian thing, reason II is Bunny's gesture. It symbolizes the string around her finger but it might look like she shows her pinkie finger to Anne.
The front of the crammer school Ami goes to has been replaced by a generic shot of the town. The reason are the Japanese ideographs. A transition got lost in process of modification as well.
A gag got screwed up when Mrs. Haruna is on her date.
In the Original Version, Mrs. Haruna knows she'd forgotten sth. (Bunny and Anne) but she doesn't know what, so she stops thinking about it because it couldn't have been important.
In the US Version instead, she simply hopes it wasn't going to rain while she's on her date.
ANOTHER modified dialog!
In the Original Version, Anne thinks about the fairy tale "The Hare and the Hedgehog" (which is a reference to Bunny's name) and how to act like the hedgehog to outsmart the hare.
In the US Version, she thinks about the tree of the dark force gaining power if Bunny was nice to her (for whatever reason).
This modification is escpecially pointless because the audience can still see the image of the hare and hedgehog.
Sailor Moon takes a leap out of the window to help her friends.
The Kardian tries to strangle Sailor Moon.
For some reason, the shot of the tree of the dark force at the end of the episode has been surrounded by an pretty ugly CG frame.