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Dragonball Kai

1.93 Fighting Spirit Free from Hesitation! Gohan, Pulverizes the Cell Juniors

original title: Doragon boru Kai

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Release: Nov 25, 2015 - Author: MajoraZZ - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB - more from this series
This is a comparison between the cut broadcast on American TV networks (e. g. Cartoon Network or USwpix) and the uncut Japanese Version.

While other countries have not yet aired Dragonball Kai, the series was already broadcasted a few times in the USA.
In comparison to Dragonball Z you can immediately see that Dragonball Kai was obviously toned down in a few scenes:

Dragonball ZDragonball Kai



Additionally, many violent sequences were not even altered for Dragonball Kai, but cut out in the first place. Thus, you will hardly see any close-up shots of Tenchinhan after Nappa cut half of his left arm off. Also, you do not see Freezer's beam going through Vegeta's chest. Even the well known sequence in which Freezer massacres Kuririn is much more harmless than in Dragonball Z.


Getting ready for US-TV:
The series was censored in order to be bradcasted on US TV. The censoring reminds one of Naruto's US Version. Sometimes there are cuts which are very noticeable due to a crack in the music, while at other times they used a few tricks, e.g. by retouching things or using alternative material. Sometimes they even altered or postponed soundtracks or sound effects in order to make the cuts less noticeable.


The overall difference in time amounts to 61 seconds.
(The rest of the difference in time results from differently long intros.)
0:15
Vegeta's blood is colored black/grey.
no difference

UncutCut




0:26
The same has been done to Tenchinhan's and Goku's blood.
no difference



0:47
The actual hit is shorter (only 0.08 seconds resp. 2 frames in the US TV Version).
0.5 sec



0:53
Vegeta's blood is black/grey.
no difference



1:26
So is Gohans blood.
no difference



4:13
And Goku's blood.
no difference



4:31
And Gohan's blood - again.
no difference



5:26
Ditto.
no difference



5:29
Gohan decapitates a Cell Jr.
0.5 sec



5:34
Gohan's blood is black/grey.
no difference



5:34
Headless Cell Jr. hits the ground.
1 sec



5:50
Goku's blood is black/grey.
no difference



6:30
A Cell Jr. takes Kuririn hostage.
8.5 sec



6:47
Ditto.
2 sec



6:55
Shot of Kuririn. He tells Son-Gohan to not worry about him and to destroy them.
7 sec



7:02
More missing footage because Kuririn is in it.
11.5 sec



7:41
Gohan's blood is black/grey.
no difference



7:50
Ditto.
no difference



7:57
Goku's blood is black/grey.
no difference



8:21
Gohan's blood is black/grey.
no difference



8:29
Ditto.
no difference



8:39
Ditto.
no difference



8:58
Goku's blood is black/grey.
no difference



9:07
Piccolo's blood is black/grey.
no difference



9:27
Gohan's blood is black/grey.
no difference



13:20
Ditto.
no difference



13:35
In the US TV Version, a Cell Jr. vanishes for no reason because the shot of Gohan killing that Cell Jr. is missing.
2.5 sec



13:41
Another Cell Jr.gets taken out.
With the shot of the explosion, the US TV Version is back in the game.
1.5 sec



13:48
Ditto.
1 sec



13:51
Another decapitation is cut.
This time, an explosion has been added.
0.5 sec

UncutCut




14:15
Gohan destroyed the arm the last Cell Jr. left behind.
6.5 sec



15:07
Missing close-up of Gohan.
5.5 sec



15:32
Another shot of Gohan is cut.
1.5 sec



17:15
Gohan's blood is black/grey.
no difference



17:23
Missing close-up of Gohan.
1 sec



17:26
And again: a shot of Gohan is cut.
2.5 sec



17:38
Gohan's blood is black/grey.
no difference



17:49
Ditto.
no difference



17:53
Ditto.
no difference



17:58
Ditto.
no difference



17:59
Ditto.
no difference



18:17
Ditto.
no difference



18:41
Ditto.
no difference



19:52
Ditto.
no difference



20:19
Ditto.
no difference



20:38
Ditto.
no difference



21:07
Ditto.
no difference



21:15
Ditto.
no difference



21:29
Ditto.
no difference



21:33
Ditto.
no difference
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