Release: Aug 08, 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.
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 35: Ice Princess
Bunny and Minako find out that Mischa and Janelin (who are Olympic champions in figureskating) offer free figureskating classes for one day. All Sailor-Warriors go there, not knowing that Kunzite bewitched the two athletes to find Sailor Moon - after all, figureskating used to be a popular sport during the Silver Millenium. Bunny is pretty bad on the ice, however, Makoto seems to be a natural which attracts Mischa's attention. Janelin gets a little jealous and Makoto ends up falling in love with Mischa. After an argument they end up attacking Makoto. However, the others and Tuxedo Mask (who came out of nowhere) are able to protect her. However, Kunzite only waited for the argument to excalate; she manipulates the air conditining in order to freeze the girls. Tuxedo Mask is able to prevent her from doing so - then he disappears. Meanwhile, Sailor Moon is able to heal Mischa and Janelin. Makoto is a little embarrased because of her "feelings" for Mischa. Bunny asks herself why Tuxedo Mask behaves so weird - at first he helps them, then he does them harm, then he disappears.
Runtime of the German episode: 19:00
Runtime of the American episode: 17:52
Minus the scenes that were not included in the original version, the US version overall misses out on 1 minute and 8 seconds.
The Tsukino-house is shown longer in the original version.
The tracking shot of the people on the ice during the Silver Millenium is longer. In the end, Princess Serenity enters the screen - she's also ice skating.
Janelin and Mischa practice their routine. However, during their final figure something goes wrong and Jenelin falls to the ground. She yells at Mischa, asking him what this was all about. Mischa doesn't think that it was his fault; instead he says that she just messed her jump up. Jenelin gets even more angy.
Janelin and Mischa fight some more. Mischa accuses her of being unconcentrated (even though they won the gold medal). He thinks about looking for a new partner (and also says that out loud). She then angrily replies that she might also look for a new partner. Suddenly, Kunzite's voice rings out - she tells them that they're not allowed to separate.
Bunny and Minako try to talk the others into joining them. According to Luna's and Artmis' glimpses, they seem to be quite sceptical. In the end, Bunny and Minako quote a (completely wrong) saying - Ami criticizes them and tells them to buy a book full of sayings.
A missing shot of the other contestants.
After Mischa applauded for her Makoto blushes. Mischa leers at her. When Janelin sees this, she gets quite jealous and then demonstratively looks away.
After Janelin and Misha (transformed into Youma) kicked Makoto with their skates you don't see Makoto flying back - her clothes are ripped.
For no particular reason the editors decided to use a (badly animated) CGI crescent moon when Sailor Moon transforms Janelin and Misha back to their normal form. This is listed here because the effect immensely comes to the force.
At the end of the episode Bunny talks a little longer.