Release: Jul 30, 2011 - Author: -Der-Tribun - Translator: Mr Miau - 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 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.
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.
Episode 29: Sailor V Makes the Scene
Queen Beryl gets impatient and give Zoisite one last chance to take the last two crystal shards from Tuxedo Mask, and Zoisite already has devised a plan. Dressed as Sailor Moon, she lures him into the harbor area and almost stabs him to death while the Sailor Warriors who have followed him are trapped in a ball of dark energy. During the fight Tuxedo loses his mask and Beryl, watching the battle, seems to recognize him. Eventually, Mamoru escapes with the help of some unknown girl. When Kunzite and Zoisite threaten Tuxedo Mask with killing the Sailor Warriors, the unknown girls says she was Sailor V or Sailor Venus and liberates the others. Queen Beryl surprisingly appears and orders her generals to retreat. The injured Tuxedo Mask disappears and the warriors welcome their newest member and her cat Artemis to their ranks.
Running time of the German episode: 18:25
Running time of the US episode: 17:42
Disregarding newly added scenes, 49 seconds are missing.
Notes About the Episode
In this episode the producers obviously tried to cover up the cuts by reducing the speed of the other material. This makes it harder to compare the two episodes because they are not in synchronicity.
There is also an essential problem in this episode. Until Minako corrects it herself, everybody calls her by her disguise name Sailor V. This gets lost in the US Version, there they call her always Sailor Venus (except for the title).
Queen Beryl is watching the battle in which Nephrite was killed. Next to Nephrite, Tuxedo Mask and the Sailor Warriors can be seen. She gets more and more angry until the battle ends with the death of the three Youmas. [After this cut one wonders why Zoisite is looking at the ceiling.]
After Makoto said something about the alleged Sailor Moon, the picture zooms onto a blond girl with a white cat in the crowd and then shows them in a close-up. This first introduction is missing in the US Version, too.
A shot of the girls walkind around the harbor is missing.
The four longer look terrified when Kunzite builds up his black wall.
[11:48]-[11:50] und [11:52]-[11:55]
Two shots are missing when Zoisite, dressed as Sailor Moon, attacks Tuxedo Mask. In the first one she stabs him with a crystal, in the second one she jumps off him and the crystal can be seen in his back. It should be mentioned that is cut is totally pointless as the footage can be seen in the episode preview.
A continuity goof of the original was removed. When Queen Beryl sees Mamoru in her crystal ball, the original showed an empty ball whereas the US now actually shows Mamoru inside the ball.
[14:41] und [15:06]
When Zoisite meets Nephrite, a shot of the black ball was inserted in the US Version, which could not be seen in the original. The same happen after Mamoru put on his mask again.
At the very end, Moon asks Venus whether she was the Moon Princess. In the original, she does not answer. In the US Version, the effect of suspense is destroyed because she says "I don't know." This also contradicts the next episode, in which she exactly knows she is NOT the Moon Princess.