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Sailor Moon

1.40 Day of Destiny (Part 2)

original title: Bishôjo senshi Sęrâ Műn

Comparison:

  • US TV Version
  • German TV Version
Release: Aug 14, 2011 - Author: -Der-Tribun - Translator: DaxRider123 - external link: IMDB - more from this series
Comparson between the heavily censored US TV Version and the German TV Version.











German Version:US 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



The
  • removal of scenes is the most common censorship. The length of the removed scenes is purely and simply impressive. Looks like the episodes were censored randomly. Besides the violence cuts, which could be expected, plot scenes, some gags and anything that could cause trouble with the FCC, was precautionally removed.
  • The meaning of scenes was changed very often, too. In most cases, the lines in the dub are softer but modifications of the footage were also being made. As a result of that, a scene might have an entirely different meaning than the exact same scene in the Original.
  • Americanization describes the pathetic attempt to make the series less Japanese. Not only the character names are different (please see below for details) but the Japanese ideographs (Kanji, Katakana, Hiragana) are wiped out as well. Further differences are renamed foot (but it still looks the same which is quite hilarious). But the best thing is: anything takes place in the US, Tokyo isn't being mentioned for once. These modifications aren't going to be mentioned anymore because it happens too often. Exeptions are extraordinary examples for that.
    Examples:
    German Version:US Version:


  • Images were censored, especially when it became to revealing. This also and particularly concerns the transitions (except Sailor Moon's) where curves were removed like there were no tomorrow.
    Examples:
    German Version:US Version:


  • CGI was added to a lot of scenes which doesn't contain any CGI in the Original Version. Listing all the CGI of any episode would break the mold but I can assure you: if there's a conspicuous CG shot, it wasn't in the Original Version.
    Examples:
    German Version:US Version:


  • Transitions were added digitally as well. Recognizing them is a piece of cake because they're obviously a break of style and they're supposed to cover up the cuts. And here also counts: listing any transition would break the mold, so I'm not going to do that.
    Examples:


    Unfortunately there are some
  • removed episodes, too. From 46 Original episodes of season 1, only 40 were left over. The removed episodes Nr. 2, 5, 6, 20, 42 and the episodes 44 and 45 were so heavily cut that it was one single episode in the end.
    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.)
  • Gender change is a popular method to hide homosexuality. In this case, two characters are being affected: Zoicite (in Germany Zoisite) in season 1 is actually a man. But to avoid his homosexual relationship with Kunzite, he's a woman now. The second character is Fish Eye in season 4. Though he acts very feminine, he's actually a male (and he's also gay). A further victim of a gender change is Zirconia in season 4 for instance. And if such a censorship wasn't possible, the status of their relationship was being changed. The lovers Uranus and Neptun e.g. are cousins now.
    The
  • modification of the audio track is no censorship in the proper sense but a lot of atmosphere gets lost. The reason for that is pretty simple: the US Version takes a pass on the original music and noises - a new audio track was being made. It works for the noises but it doesn't for the music. The original music is way better.
  • "Sailor Says" is a segment which exists exclusively in the US Version. If you know Filmation's "Masters Of The Universe" (good old times), the last scene should be look very familiar because it also with a scene where the kids were supposed to learn a lesson. This could be realized with stock footage.
  • Different names for the attacks and transformations were used, despite the fact that the names in the Original Version are English as well. But I must say that someof the German names were just made up, too. Here some examples of attacks, an entire list would be too long.

    Original Version:US Version:German Version:
    Moon Tiara ActionMoon Tiara MagicMondstein, flieg und sieg
    Shabon SprayMercury Bubbles BlastSeifenblasen, fliegt
    Fire SoulMars Fire IgniteFeuerball, flieg
    Supreme ThunderSupreme Thunder CrashDonnerschlag, flieg
    Cresent BeamVenus Cresent Beam SmashHalbmondstrahl, flieg

  • Change of names affects all characters. Here's a list of characters with more than one appearance in season 1. Find the original name in brackets if the German name is different.

    German Version:US Version:
    Bunny(Usagi) TsukinoSerena Tsukino
    Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo MaskDarien Shields/Tuxedo Mask
    Ami MizunoAmy Anderson
    Rei HinoReye Hino
    Makoto KinoLita Kino
    Minako AinoMina Aino
    LunaLuna
    ArtemisArtemis
    Königin Perillia(Beryl)Queen Beryl
    Königin MetalliaNegaforce
    Jedite (Jadeite)Jadeite
    Neflite(Nephrite)Neflyte
    Zoisite(Zoicite)Zoycite
    KunziteMalachite
    Naru OsakaMolly Baker
    Motoki FuruhataAndrew
    Umino GurioMelvin
    Shingo TsukinoSammy Tsukino
    Ikkuko TsukinoMom
    Kenji TsukinoDad
    Mika KayamaMika Cassidy
    Haruna SakuradaPatricia Haruna
    ReikaRita
    Yuuichirou KumadaChad

    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.

    Only the comparison of the first episode 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 of them, sometimes both at the same time. The time index is based on the German Version.
  • Folge 40: Day of Destiny (Part 2)



    Sailor Moon is able to enter the Dark Kingdom. However, Queen Beryl is already waiting for her and Sailor Moon finds out that Endymion is loyal to her again. Additionally, Sailor Moon is unable to heal him - hes completely possessed by an evil force. In return, Endymion starts to torture her. Only when he wants to do a deadly move Sailor Moon finally strikes on the idea to show him the star amulet - this finally breaks the spell. This makes Beryl really angry so she attacks the two of them. Mamoru gets fatally injured; however, she's still able to strike back and hurt Beryl. Mamoru dies in Bunny's arms. Beryl is still not dead; instead, she and Queen Metallia fuse to Berallia. They want to steal the silver crystal and destroy Sailor Moon. However, the latter (with the help of her friends' ghosts) uses the crystal to destroy Berallia. Sailor Moon is at the end of her rope and dies. A light swallows up all the corpses. The next day, all of them are alive again, however, they've lost their memories and are "normal people" again. Luna and Artemis know that they will one day meet again, however, they hope that it will happen because of a less threatening situation.

    End of the first Season...

    Runtime of the German episode: 19:00
    Runtime of the American episode: 09:21
    (For the US-version, the 2 episodes were piled together)

    Minus the scenes that were not included in the original version, the US version overall misses out on 9 minutes and 53 seconds.



    Introduction


    Well, here it is - the first season's finale, decisive battle against the Dark Kingdom. Apparently, DiC was shocked because of all the violence in the last 2 episodes. Unfortunately, they decided to cut the episodes togehter, resulting in an unbelievable loss of footage; the result is the episode "Day of Destiny". As if this wasn't enough, they also completely altered the plot. The story which in the original version is exciting and at the same time tragic was completely ruined - by today's standards, this is one of the prime examples of the horrid censorship in the Anime-genre.

    Note:
  • All the dialogues have been altered, therefore the reports will be narrowed down to only listing cuts, additions and image alterations. Everything else would be a Sisyphean task and completely break the reports' mold.
  • Alterations of the order of the scenes were ignored as well.
  • The story of the American version was altered as follows: Almost all the dialogues were cut out. Mamoru doesn't die and Beryl just gains a little more power. Additionally, the Sailor Soldiers do not loose their memory. This is quite hilarious if you consider the fact that DiC were also responsible for dubbing the second season where you find out that the Sailor Soldiers in fact DID loose their memory. Good job...

    [00:00]-[00:07]
    [-7 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    The entrance to the Dark Kingdom is shown from further away. Then the camera pans to a steep wall of ice. After that, the camera pans to Sailor Moon. Then, the American version continues.


    [00:11]-[00:16]
    [-5 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    Sailor Moon remembers all the sacrifices which were made by her friends.


    [00:42]-[00:45]
    [-3 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    QUeen Beryl talks a little longer. She's standing in the darkness. Then she steps forward.


    [01:12]-[01:14]
    [-2 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    Sailor Moon is able to dodge Endymion's first sword stroke.


    [01:28]-[01:30]
    [-2 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    Sailor Moon's unsuccessful attempt to heal Endymion is shown a little longer.


    [01:41]-[01:48]
    [-7 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    Beryl asks Sailor Moon to give her the silver crystal. The latter is desperate because her healing powers do not work.


    [01:51]-[01:53]
    [-2 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    Endymion almost cuts Sailor Moon in half with his sword.


    [01:55]-[02:42]
    [-47 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    Endymion tells Sailor Moon that she will die now. He throws a black rose which then transforms into a lasso and ties around Sailor Moon. Then he starts to use electroshocks to torture her. She screams in pain while Beryl watches it appreciatively. Desperately Moon tries to awake Mamoru's memories but she just can't do it. Instead her begging just annoys him. Full of rage he kicks her in the stomach; she falls to the side.


    [02:50]-[03:08]
    [-18 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    Endymion chokes Sailor Moon and tortures her some more with his electroshocks. He really seems to enjoy hurting her. Beryl says that Metallia will soon be awake.


    [03:10]-[03:28]
    [-18 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    Endymion throws Sailor Moon to the ground. Beryl says that she now will die. Moon desperately tries to reach the silver crystal but Beryl jeers that this is completely senseless. Endymion approaches her with his sword equipped.


    [03:29]-[03:40]
    Scene Alteration
    While Beryl shows off with Metallias power, the American editors decided to put an ugly CGI-frame around the images. It does not at all fit to the scene and therefore appears to be rather misplaced.
    German VersionAmerican Version


    [03:40]-[03:54]
    [-14 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    Sailor Moon lies on the floor and has to listen to Beryl's mockery. She remembers her friends who died for her. This gives her new strength.


    [03:56]
    [+4 sec.]

    Added Scene
    In the American version you now see a few sequences that were previously cut out. With the help of the new dubbing, Beryl's mockery goes on while Endymion does absolutely nothing (as you will see in the next cut, this is not the case in the original version).


    [03:56]-[04:00]
    [-4 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    Sailor Moon can see that Endymion lunges out to decapitate her.


    [04:12]-[04:15]
    [-3 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    The moonstone's effect is shown a little longer when it is thrown at close range.


    [04:27]-[04:30]
    [-3 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    You see Sailor Moon from above kneeling next to Endymion who is stunned.


    [05:06]-[05:10]
    [-4 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    Endymion is on the brink of decapitating Sailor Moon.


    [06:16]-[06:45]
    [-29 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    The sequence where Mamoru regains his memory was cut out. At first he sees himself as a child after his accident. He's desperate because everyone left him. Suddenly, Bunny appears and tells him that this isn't true. She tells him that she's still with him. Suddenly, Mamoru is grown up and Bunny assures him that she's with him. Then, the scene fades to a white screen.


    [07:28]-[07:33]
    [-5 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    Mamoru protects Sailor Moon from the shower of crystals. Unfortunately, he's deadly hit by one of the crystals.


    [07:36]-[07:51]
    [-15 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    Beryl asks Mamoru why he did this. If he had married her, they would've been able to rule the world. Suddenly she realizes that the part of her body which was hit by Mamoru's projectile turns to stone and starts to crumble (this was probably cut out because her breasts are pretty exposed). Then follows a missing shot of Moon and Mamoru.


    [07:55]-[08:07]
    [-12 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    Beryl now understands that Mamoru's love for Bunny was used as a weapon against her. She knows that she can't compete with that and falls back.


    [08:30]-[08:56]
    [-26 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    Mamoru again tells Bunny how much she means to him. Then he dies in her arms. Bunny can't believe that another one of her friends died - she despairs. The following shot of Queen Metallia's soul-container is missing, too.


    [09:04]-[09:22]
    [-18 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    Queen Beryl begs Metallia to help her destroying Sailor Moon. Metallia agrees and proclaims that the time has come to spread the darkness in the world. You see a shot of the sun which is partially covered up.


    [09:40]-[10:34]
    [-54 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    Moon tells Mamoru that she regrets not giving him a farewell kiss. She tells him that everything will be back to normal. Then she leaves while the cave is about to collapse. You see the Dark Kingdom's crater. The fog stopped coming and the Earth quakes.


    [10:38]-[10:45]
    [-7 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    Black energy shoots out of the crater and finally something starts to take shape.


    [10:51]-[11:02]
    [-11 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    Berallia talks to herself and enjoys being overly powerful. She plans to conquer the Earth.


    [11:06]-[11:10]
    [-4 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    Berallia doesn't take Sailor Moon's appearance seriously.


    [11:44]-[11:50]
    [-6 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    The strange events cause a stir in Tokyo. You can see the apartment tower of the Juuban-shopping area which was cut out because of the Kanji.


    [12:03]-[12:35]
    [-32 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    Luna acts more and more irrationally and worries that Bunny might use the silver crystal. Artemis says that this is the only way to save the Earth. However, Luna reminds him of the fact that this will also kill her. Helplessly they remain on the roof.


    [12:43]-[13:01]
    [-18 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    Berallia waits for Bunny to take the first step.


    [13:28]-[14:25]
    [-57 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    Berallia asks why Bunny even tries to defend herself - she demands her to give up while intensifying her attacks. She sneers at Bunny, saying that her dreams of a beautiful future are ridiculous. Bunny replies that she still believes that the Earth can be saved. Berallia laughs and intensifies her atteacks even more. While she does so, she also makes fun of love and friendship.


    [14:51]-[15:08]
    [-17 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    The battle continues and Berallia presses for the destruction of Bunny. The latter doesn't even think about surrendering.


    [15:18]-[15:21]
    [-3 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    A missing shot of the Moon-scepter (from Bunny's point of view).


    [15:51]-[16:53]
    [-1 minute 2 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    Bunny dies - using the silver crystal was the death of her. Dazzing light spreads like an orb and swallows up Bunny, Mamoru, Rei, Minako, Ami, and Makoto one by one. Before she dies, Bunny thinks about the small things in life and wishes to be normal - just like all the others. Finally, the light surrounds the whole ice-valley.


    [17:22]-[17:30]
    [-8 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    You don't see Bunny going to school. Makato passes her.


    [17:42]-[17:45]
    [-3 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    From the bus stop Minako sees Bunny running past him on the other side of the road.


    [17:53]
    [+10 sec.]

    Added Scene
    The editors re-dubbed this scene (which in the original version was already shown) in order to be able to pull off the American "no one dies"-plot. They act as if Bunny visits Mamoru in the hospital. Of course, this does not work out at all - in later episodes they don't remember each other.


    [17:53]-[19:00]
    [-1 Minute 7 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    The rest of the episode is missing, too.

    We see the rest of Bunny's day. She realizes that she got another bad mark and jealously looks at Ami Mizuno. Later she's so angry that she angrily crumples up and throws away the test - Naru watches her in horror. The test lands next to Mamoru who makes fun of her bad mark. When they go away, Naru asks her if she knows him because he really seems to be a great guy - Bunny doesn't think so. Bunny then describes her dream man who "oddly enough" seems to be like.... Mamoru.



    END OF THE FIRST SEASON
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