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original title: Bishôjo senshi Sęrâ Műn


  • US TV Version
  • German TV Version
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.

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

  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.

    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.
  • 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
    Königin Perillia(Beryl)Queen Beryl
    Königin MetalliaNegaforce
    Jedite (Jadeite)Jadeite
    Naru OsakaMolly Baker
    Motoki FuruhataAndrew
    Umino GurioMelvin
    Shingo TsukinoSammy Tsukino
    Ikkuko TsukinoMom
    Kenji TsukinoDad
    Mika KayamaMika Cassidy
    Haruna SakuradaPatricia Haruna
    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.
  • 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.

    [-3 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    The Tsukino-house is shown longer in the original version.

    [-4 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    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.

    [-16 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    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.

    [-14 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    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.

    [-14 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    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.

    [-3 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    A missing shot of the other contestants.

    [-7 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    After Mischa applauded for her Makoto blushes. Mischa leers at her. When Janelin sees this, she gets quite jealous and then demonstratively looks away.

    [-4 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    After Janelin and Misha (transformed into Youma) kicked Makoto with their skates you don't see Makoto flying back - her clothes are ripped.

    Scene Alteration
    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.
    German VersionAmerican Version

    [-3 sec.]

    Shortened Scene
    At the end of the episode Bunny talks a little longer.