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Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs

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original title: Seijūshi Bismarck


  • US Version
  • Japanese Version
Release: Aug 23, 2011 - Author: Mario - Translator: DaxRider123 - external link: IMDB - more from this series
Comparison between the American Version (represented by the German DVDs released by Anime House) and the Japanese Version included in the limited Seijushi Bismark DVD box-sets 1 and 2 released by Pioneer LDC.

Runtime of the American Version: 00:21:42:09
Runtime of the Japanese Version: 00:24:08:22

Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs is a 52-episode American TV series with a Japanese origin. The series combines Mecha-Anime and western-elements.
The theme song (performed by Dale Schacker) has a cult status and alwaysw brings back childhood memories every time you hear it.

Naturally, the series was also licensed for other countries: England, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Poland, Russia, China, and others just to name a few. The series was also very popular in southeast Asia. It was pracically marketed and released all over the planet so you can really say that it was a huge success.

The Story of Saber Rider

In a remote future humanity lives on the planet Yuma. Soon, they start to colonize other planets. The Galaxy soon is called "New Frontier". To maintain all the laws and regulations, humanity created the Cavalry Command to protect all the planets. The peace is disturbed when aliens known as Vapor Beings or Outriders attack the planet Alamo. Unfortunately, the Cavalry Command's intervention comes too late - the battle of Alamo ends in a tragedy. Both the Outriders and the Alamos lost heavily. The Outriders fall back and planet Alamo breaks contact with Yuma. 15 years later, the Outriders strike again. The humans are heavily ountnumbered and seem to have no chance. Their last hope is a secret project which is called Ramrod - a huge battleship which is capable to transform into a giant robot. The project is planned under the direction of Commander Eagle - leader of the Cavalry Commando's special unit "Star Sherrif". When a spy named Vanquo finds out everything about Ramrod they face a race against time. Star Sheriff agent Saber Rider is supposed to catch Vanquo before he makes Ramrod's secret location public. When his mission fails, Saber Rider forms an alliance with race driver Fireball and headhunter Colt. In company with Commanrer Eagle's daughter April they're able to save Ramrod and use to obtain and keep peace for the New Frontier.

The Origin of Saber Rider

The series is based on the anime series Sei jūshi Bismarck produced by the Japanese company "Studio Pierrot.CO LTD". In Japan, the series bombed, therefore it was sold to the American company "World Events Productions"(WEP) in 1986. WEP wanted to create a child-friendly series for afternoon television in the tradition of other Sci-Fi-western series such as Galaxy Rangers or Bravestarr. Therefore, they had to change a lot of things.

The Story of Seijūshi Bismark

It's the year 2069. Humans have left the earth to colonize other planets of the solar system. However, the peace they wanted to achieve recedes into the distance - the aliens "Deathcula" attack the planets of the solar system. The humans mobilize against the offenders and form a confederation to fight against the Deathculas. However, some sectors refuse to be a b part of this confederation and choose to fight on their own. One of these "mavericks" is planet Ganymed. While the confederation is already able to defend itself against the attacks, there's a decisive battle between the Deathculas and the army of planet Ganymed. The battle is lead by General Domes. Domes asked the earth for help but didn't get any. The battle seemed to become a shellacking when susdelny pilot Shinjiro Hikari steps in the battle. Thanks to the spacepilot's brave behavior they were able to beat the Deathculas. However, Shinjiro pays for his fame with his life. The following time of piece is characterized by the cold-hearted relationship between Ganymed and the earth since general Domes lost any trust in the humans living on planet earth. The Deathculas had to return to their home planet Meteus and then tried to rebuilt their army. 15 years later in the year 2084 the enemy strikes again and starts to attack all the peoples (who now live in peace with each other) of the solar system. The solar system cofederation can't protect all the humans on all the planets who are unable to defend themselves against the enemies. Scientist Dr. Charles Louvre develops a new battle group which is called "Bismark". It is a special unit which is capable to transform into a giant robot. With this weapon they now have the strength to fight back. The team consists of 4 high qualified and very different persons: 17-year-old Japanese Shinji Hikari, 16-year-old American Bill Willcox, 18-year-old Richard Lancelot from Scotland on his Majesty's service, and 15-year-old Marianne Louvre from France who is Bismark-designer Charles Louvre's daughter.

This information was taken from the German "Seijūshi Bismark" webpage.

Editing the Series

  • The series (obviously) was renamed from "Seijūshi Bismark" to "Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs".
  • Almost all the persons, places, planets, organizations, and vehicles were changed / Americanized (for this, take a look at the chart below).
  • Many of the places/vehicles/etc. were named after American words/cities such as Eagle, Yuma, Colt, New Dallas, Dakota, Alamo, and so on. Thus, they eliminated all the Asian-sounding names.
  • By changing the names they also blanketed any connection to the real world. In the Japanese version the series takes place in our solar system. Because of the different names for the planets, the American version takes place in an unknown galaxy far away.

    Intro and Credits
  • The intro as well as the credits are completely different. For further details, look at the main report of the first episode.

    Music and Sounds
  • All the music for the American version was composed by Dale Schacker and has a "Wild West" feel to it.
  • All the sounds were (gunfire, engines of space ships, and so on) were edited / added by the American company.


The central topic of the Japanese original is an unadorned war where innocent people die.
Thus, the Japanese version is rather violent and (despite the humor) has a very serious and aggressiv undertone.
To form this into a childrens TV series they had to change this undertone as well as reduce the violence.
They also changed a lot of other things (either for the different American notion or other reasons), resulting in a completely different series in terms of story as well as mood and style.

  • Diferent Background Story
    The background story of the series was completely changed (for this, read the paragraph "Outriders").

  • Different Story of the Episodes
    The crucial course of the episodes stayed intact but had to be adapted to the American mentality as well as the American TV standards (some characters stayed alive even though they were killed in the Japanese version). This sometimes changes the whole story of the episodes.

    Shortened Scenes

  • Violent Scenes
    They mainly cut out violence against human beings (especially if the scens show humans being shot, hit, or blown to bits). However, they also cut out drastic violence against the alien Outriders.

  • Morally Alarming Scenes
    Morally alarming scenes (e.g. the consuming of alcohol, bad/aggressive behavior, violence against kids, kids carrying guns, ...) had to be cut out.

  • Humor and Emotional Scenes
    Funny scenes (including weird facial expressions) as well as emotional scenes were cut out.

  • Dialogues
    For each episode they shortened numerous dialogues. They did this in order to fit the dialogues to the American dialogues (which were more or less rewritten) in terms of length, timing, and lip synch.

  • Various Scenes
    For all the episodes thes deleted various scenes (e.g. pan shots of buildings and places).
    These scenes probably didn't quite fit in the American storyline or were just not needed there.
    However, they mainly cut such scenes away to achieve a consistant runtime for every episode.

  • Framecuts
    There are numerous cuts that only cut away a few frames and that would fit into the above-mentioned category. Lots of these cuts are probably a result of a faulty master or something like this.
    Every now and then they cut a few frames away to eliminate minor mistakes (e.g. a black screen in the middle of a scene).

The Characters

One of the major changes of the series are the characters. Especially the "leader issue" has far-reaching consequences for the whole series.

  • Alteration of the Ages
    The main characters are older. In the Japanese version they're aged between 15 and 18. In the American version they seem to be way older.

  • The Leader Issue
    The "leader issue" is one of the main differences of the series and concerns the characters Saber Rider and Fireball.

    While in the Japanese version Fireball (Shinji Hikari) is the leader of the Star Sherriffs (Team Bismark), the American version made his older brother Saber Rider (Richard Lancelot) the leader of the team.
    He's the leader because he's the oldest, most experienced and most balanced characters of the bunch; Fireball is a little younger and hastier.

They had to change several things in order to make Saber Rider the leader of the troop.

  • Saber Rider now is the name giver of the series.
  • Saber Rider also is the narrator of the story. In the first episode he introduces the series like a story by telling the audience what the series is all about. In the individual episodes he always introduces and ends the story. This makes him a person of authority which makes it easier to accept him as the leader.
  • Whenever Fireball gives orders or commands, they tried to cut these out as often as possible or just replaced them by orders/commands given by Saber Rider.
  • Even though Saber Rider often rather stays on the sideline, he still very often is a conversational topic and gives orders.

Even though they really tried to cover up Fireball's position as the leader of the group, it still doesn't work every time.
Fireball still is a way too dominant character. He mostly assumes control and almost constantly gets the final word for important decisions. Additionally, he's always standing in the front while Saber Rider can rather be seen in the far right.

    Additional Changes of the Characters
  • In the Japanese version, April Eagle (Marianne Louvre) is 15 years old and therefore acts more childlike and emotional than the other characters. In the American version she seems to be a little more mature.

  • Archenemy Jesse Blue (Perios) is not a human being in the Japanese version, he's an Outrider (Deathcula) and also their security chief.
    In the American version he's an arrogant ex-cadet of the Star Sherriffs who fell in love with April Eagle. Because of injured pride and rejection he leaves the team and defects to the Outriders. He wants to prove to April that he's a good fighter. This background story is told in 2 additional episodes that were exclusively produced for the American version.

    The Outriders (Japanese: Deathcula)
  • In the Japanese version, the Outriders are an intelligent and brutal alien race who want to conquer the human galaxy.
  • In the American version teh Outriders are rather stupid. They often have sily conversations along with dumb-sounding voices (one example would be a scene where one Outrider asks another one what time it is. The other Outrider replies that he doesn't know the time since he doesn't know how to read a clock.).
  • The Outriders are said to be "phantom beings" who don't die but rather jump back to their own dimension every time they're wounded/shot. The American version underlines this fact by several dialogues that talk about this ability.
    This change suggests that the Outriders can't die. This also means that it doesn't matter how many Outriders are killed in each episode. This makes the American version a little less menacing than the Japanese version.
  • The reasons to why the Outriders attach the humans is rather ridiculous:
  • In the Japanese version, the Outriders want to conquer a new habitat since their home planet was completely destroyed and exploited. Additionally they want revenge for their critical defeat.
  • In The American version the Outriders attack the humans just for fun.
    Since the Outriders neither have feelings nor fun they want to win a war against the humans in order to find out what fun is.

The Dubbing

The dubbing is the key element of the changes as well as the censorship of the series. Due to the change of names and the plot as well as the censorship, most of the dialogues had to be re-written. Some dialogues were just rephrased, while several were mitigated / changed in order to make them funnier than in the Japanese version. Other dialogues were completely changed. The American version also offers dialogues where the Japanese version is just silent. Most of these additional dialogues are just for the sake of fun.

Censorship via Dubbing
With the help of the dubbing the characters sometimes say things that are included to censor the series. These dialogues are mostly very conspicuous and one of the series' trademarks.

  • One of the best examples are the stupid dialogues of the Outriders (for a more detailed description, read the paragraph "Outriders").
  • Humans are never killed but shot with capture guns (they often switch their guns to a torpidity-mode).
  • If any secondary characters die in the Japanese version, the American version usually contains dialogues that "save" them from death (such as "He's just unconscious but not heavily injured.").
  • Every time the Outriders attack, they only destroy remote-controlled cars or emptiy / evacuated buildings.


  • Deleted Episodes
    5 Japanese episodes were completely deleted since they didn't fit in the concept / idea of the American producers. Two of these episodes include a character named "Captain Holiday" who's constantly drunk.

  • Added Episodes
    6 episodes were exclusively produced for the American version. The drawings are a little worse than those of the original episodes and are include a very stereotypical Wetern community by e.g. also including native Americans.

  • Inserted Scenes
    A regular method was to include scenes from other episodes. Most of the time they added some dialogue-scenes to feature characters that were originally not included at this point in the Japanese version of the episode. Many of these scenes are rather irrelevant for the story and often just inlcude funny dialogues.

  • Altered Order
    For the American version they altered the order of the episodes. One can only spaculate to why they did this. Maybe the storyline was the main reason for this akteration. In the first two thirds of the episodes, Commander Gattler is the opponent of the Star Sheriffs. In the last third you only have Jesse Blue as the main villain. By changing the order of the scenes, the series seems to have a little more variety, however, this also carries problems. During the episodes with Jesse Blue, Commander Eagle originally was taken hostage - not so in the episodes with Commander Gattler.
    Additionally, there are episodes including Gattler that take place after his last appearance in the episode "Gattler's Last Stand". Even though they could explain this inconsistency by saying that the Outriders don't die but just warp back to their own dimension - then again, if that's the case, why did they call the episode "Gattler's Last Stand"? This just causes confusion.

    For the German version (which is the main source of this report) they used the original Japanese order of the episodes. Only the 6 episodes that were exclusively produced for the American version were not included in a sensible way but rather just included after the last epsiode. For the DVD they remedied this mistake.

  • Inserted Transitions
    The American version regularly fades from one scene to the next one. In the Japanese version this happens way less frequently / not at all.

Animated Transitions
In the American version there are 2 types of transitions:

  • Sword-Transition

A transition-effect that pays tribute to the titular character.

  • Transition

This type of transition moves fast from right to left / left to right. Depending of the direction of the movement, the transition is either green or brown. This type of transition originates from the Japanese version, however, there it occurs way less frequently.

  • Non-Animated Transitions

Most of the transitions are just regular transition effects that you know from movies.



Saber Rider
  • In the years 2003/04 the complete season was released as a DVD box-set with 10 DVDs. In april 2007 they also released a limited collector's edition that included pewter figures of the main characters.
    After this limited box-set was (almost) out of print, they released yet another edition of the series in september 2009. It was released in 2 different boxes (each including 5 DVDs).
  • In the USA they at first released a "Best Of" DVD, including 10 episodes of the series. Then in november 18th, 2008, they startet releasing the complete series in 3 different box-sets. Finally, in October 2009, they also released a complete box-set (including 6 DVDs) with all the episodes in 1 box.
  • In the UK they momentarily just sell a DVD that includes 4 episodes.

Seijūshi Bismark
The Japanese original was released in 2 seperate DVD-boxes as a limited edition in Japan.
Unfortunately they don't include any subtitles and have so far only been released in Japan. By now, these DVD-boxes are very rare and unbelievably expensive. So far, there are no future plans to release the series in any other country.

Comparison of the Names

You now will see a list of the most important characters along with their names in both versions.

Japanese Version:American Version:
Team BismarkStar Sheriffs
Solar System ConfederationNew Frontier
Planet EarthPlanet Yuma
Planet GanymedPlanet Alamo
Shinji HikariFireball
Richard LancelotSaber Rider
Bill WilcoxColt
Marianne LouvreApril
Chales LouvreCommander Eagle
General DomesKing Jarred
PeriosJesse Blue
Road LeonRed Fury Racer
Arrow StrikerBroncobuster

Comparison of the Images

The Japanese version has a better image quality than the American version.
For this comparison, the images come from the German and the Japanese DVD. Generally, the image of the German DVD is more blurred and paler. Additionally, the German DVD includes interlace flickers (resulting from a bad transition from NTSC to PAL) which are very apparent when you watch the DVDs.

Japanese DVD: German DVD:


It's not easy to say which of the versions is the better one. The Japanese version is more complex, more serious and more realistic than the American version. The American version tones down the violence and pretty much erased death from the series. There are a few plotholes which most of the time result from all the alterations from the American version. However, the great dubbing of Saber Rider as well as the music are a great advantage of the American version. Still, the Japanese version has quite a good soundtrack as well.

So, it pretty much is a matter of your own taste, so check out both versions and make up your own mind.

If you want to have more information on Saber Rider and Seijūshi Bismark, there are plenty of webpages to choose from.

We would like to thank the following webpages for supplying us with background information about both of the series, covers, and translations for this report:

  • The time designations refer to the Japanese version.
  • To ensure a comparison that is frame-exact, the version was converted from NTSC to PAL.
  • The Japanese titles of the episodes will be translated - therefore, they might not be 100% accurate.
  • Framecuts up to 5 frames will be ignored for the reports - after all, they're already very extensive; including every single difference would just simply break the mold. However, if any of these cuts include important footage, they (of course) will be mentioned.
  • Both versions always include a little preview of the following episode. These previews won't be mentioned in the reports.

Plot Differences in Episode 8

In the 8th episode they changed the story to it's detriment - it's even worse than in episode 7. Additionally, they obviously changed a lot regarding the characters.

The Background Story

At the beginning of this episode, a convoy is attacked and destroyed by Outriders.

Seijushi Bismark
The convoy which was attacked came from the "Markite"-mine (which is known for ore mining). These convoys are reporting attacks for a while now. Therefore, they always send out 2 convoys that use secret paths. One of these convoys is just used as a deception meneuver. Still, the Outriders always find the correct convoy and destroy it. The Star Sheriffs assume that there's a spy working at the mine. After a fake brawl in a bar one of the Markite-foremen takes notice of Saber, Colt, and Fireball. William Maddox - the mine's superintendent - engages the services of the Star Sheriffs. He hires them as mercenaries to protect the convoys. The Star Sheriffs want to infiltrate the Markite-mines to find out who the spy is.

Saber Rider
The convoy is just a random convoy which is attacked by some bad guys. This incident is shortly addressed by Colt, but they never explain who the gangsters were. Saber Rider wants to check on Maddox and his firm because Maddox seems to be in contact with Nemesis. However, you never really find out what anything of this has to do with the badmen attacking the convoys. There doesn't really seem to be any clear connection. The fake brawl makes Maddox hire the Star Sheriffs - he needs some protection against badmen who threaten him and his firm. The story really has a lot of plotholes and seems to be illogical at times. Too bad - after all, the original story was quite good. If you look at the censorship you'll find out why they had to re-write the story in the first place. However, they could have made some more effort.

The Foreman

The character of the foreman (in the Japanese version he's called Bob) is completely different in both versions.

Seijushi Bismark
The foreman is the leadman of the Markite-mine. He's supposed to find some mercenaries to protect the firm from the Outriders. Due to the fake brawl he comes across Fireball, Saber Rider, and Colt - Maddox promptly hires them. The foreman's plan is to engineer a revolt to take over the company with the help of some punchy people. The same evening, Braimer (in the Japanese version he's called Isaac) - who is Maddox' partner - kills him.

Saber Rider
In the American version the foreman is an agent of the Cavalry Command. They just shortly call him agent but never really explain it any further - this part of the plot is not at all believable. In the American version the foreman is not killed but arrested.

William Maddox

The character of Maddox (in the Japanese version he's called Ortega) was changed as well.

Seijushi Bismark
The real Maddox was killed by the Outriders and replaced him with one of their soldiers who then took Maddox' shape to give away information about the convoys. After Maddox hired the Star Sheriffs he tries to get them killed. At the same time he also lets someone kill his foreman to stop him from taking over the company. At the end of the episode Maddox gets killed.

Saber Rider
In the American verison Maddox is neither killed nor replaced by an Outrider. He is just a power-hungry buisnessman who works for the Outriders. This is where the the reason for the drastic changes of the story come in: since Maddox works together with the Outriders it just doesn't make any sense that the Outriders attack his convoys. This is why they had to wipe out the attacks from the story. However, since the attacks are the reason for the Star Sheriffs to even check on Maddox they just added his connection to the Outriders to make him suspicious. At the end of the episode Maddox doesn't get killed but instead is able to escape. Additionally they cut out any scene that involves a murder. You just see a scene where he runs away and therefore have to assume that he escaped. Actually this does work out fine in this episode.

The Intro

Runtime of the Japanese intro: approx. 1.43 min
Runtime of the American intro: approx. 1.29 min
If you want to have a look at a more detailed comparison of the intros then have a look at the report about episode 1.
14 sec.

Title of the Episode

In the Japanese version, the title of the epsiode is shown during an additional scene right after the intro. In the American version the title of the episode is shown during the beginning of the episode. The Japanese version is 5 seconds and 24 frames longer.

Seijushi Bismark

Saber Rider

5 sec 24 frames

Saber's Introduction

At the beginning of this episode Saber Rider has a short monologue. He tells us that the settlers of the New Frontier are dependet on convoys that carry equipment and supplies. Then he says that the Star Sheriffs are supposed to protect these convoys. However, they never really know when the Outriders will strike again.

Added Scene
At the beginning of this episode they added a short scene from the very first episode. At first you see jupiter; then, the camera pans to Ganymed/Yuma. After the dissolve to the convoy you see the original beginning of this episode. Due to the dissolve the shot of the convoy is a little shorter than in the Japanese version.
+8 sec. and 6 frames

The Convoy

In the Japanese version the man's face is shown 24 frames loner. In Saber Rider it is only shown for 4 frames. There is no dialogue during that scene.
24 frames

Added Scene
A dialogue scene was added. The pilot says that they spotted Hassard in sector 14 and that they will lead him back to the convoy. The first 2 words of this dialogue can be heard before the added scene.
+5 sec. and 23 frames

The Attack on the Convoy

The order of the scenes of the Renegade's attack on the convoy were slightly altered. Whenever a scene was too violent they cut it out.

Postponed Scene
At the beginning of the battle a short scene was postponed. One of the helicopters fires a rocket. Since they only postponed this scene there's no difference in time.
No difference in time.

Added Scene
Right at the beginning of the battle they added a short scene in Saber Rider which originally is shown a little later. The Renegade turns around and detroys the helicopter. Another helicopter is hit by the laser and catches fire.
+5 sec. and 17 frames

You don't see the helicopter firing some more rockets. This scene was cut out because the helicopter's rocket launcher is labeled with a skull and the words "KILL YOU!".
1 sec. and 10 frames

Added/Postponed Scene
The postponed scene from 03:35:17 was included in return for the cut just mentioned.
No difference in time.

You don't see the Renegade's gripper arm turning and in the process destroying a helicopter. This scene is included in the added scene at 03:35:17.
2 sec.

After the helicopter was hit by the laser you don't see it burning and lowering before it explodes. The pilot of the other helicopter is burned by the explosion and screams. When the helicopter crashes against the rocks, the American version continues. parts of this scene were included at 03:35:17.
6 sec. and 1 Frame

The helicopter explodes.
1 sec. and 14 frames

The explosion of the right helicopter was shortened. The left helicopter is hit and explodes as well. Then follwos a cut to the pilots.
2 sec. and 1 Frame

Saber Rider transition
At this point they added a Saber Rider transition.
+1 sec. and 20 frames

The Briefing

After April's dialogue the scene misses out on 1 second and 3 frames of footage since Colt talks a little longer in the Japanese version than in Saber Rider.
1 sec. and 3 frames

Before Saber Rider starts to talk 8 frames were cut out.
8 frames

After Saber Rider took the cup you don't see April continuing to talk - Saber Rider listens. Due to the cut he picks up the cup and immediately starts to talk.
2 sec. and 24 frames

Added Scene
At this point they re-inserted Saber Rider's dialogue scene that was already shown a few moments ago. The end of the original scene (where Saber Rider looks to the side) was cut out and replaced by another part of this scene. Therefore, Saber Rider constantly looks straight ahead and talks. During that scene Saber Rider explains his plan to insituate themselves into Maddox' firm by starting a faked brawl. In the Japanese version the conversation rivets on Fireball (who is the leader in the Japanese version). Again, this is an example of the American version trying to underline Saber Rider's position.
+6 sec. and 9 frames

7 frames of Fireball's dialogue were cut out.
7 frames

Added Scene/Dissolve
The camera moves away from Ramrod and dissolves to the next scene. Then, the original version continues.
For this added scene they used a sequence from this episode (which was shown shortly after the attack on the convoy). This sequence was shortened and reversed.
+3 sec. and 5 frames (including the dissolve)

The Brawl in the Saloon

The tracking shot of the saloon is a little shorter towards the beginning. Due to the dissolve (see previous cut) some footage is lost, too.
2 sec. and 13 frames

The tracking shot through the bar is a little longer. A man picks up a bottle and drinks alcohol. A short front view of the waitress was cut out as well.
7 sec.

Fireball picks up a bottle and hits it on a man's head. The following close-up shot of the angry man was cut out as well. This scene explains why the man attacks Fireball. In Saber Rider the man seems to attack Fireball for no particular reason. Apparently they wanted Fireball to look a little less agressive/brutal. Additionally they probably also wanted to keep the kids from imitating this behavior.
5 sec. and 9 frames

Saber pours champagne over the guy a little longer. Then he kicks him resulting in the man falling to the ground along with a table and some dishes.
2 sec. and 22 frames

The situation escalates into a free-for-all. Then you see the foreman (the brawl continues in the background).
4 sec. and 7 frames

Colt strikes the man several times with the flat of his hand.
1 sec. and 22 frames

The camera passes Saber, Colt, and Fireball who all seem to be quite surprised.
3 sec.

Added Scene/Dissolve
Instead of the previous cut the American version repeats the scene where the foreman grabs Colt's wrist. Subsequently follows a Saber Rider transition.
2 sec. and 21 frames

The Hiring Interview

Maddox talks a little longer in the Japanese version.
22 frames

10 frames

Colt's dialogue was extended for 11 additional frames.
+11 frames

A missing pan shot towards Fireball. The following shot of Maddox was slightly shortened.
1 sec. and 13 frames

Maddox' dialogue is 17 frames shorter.
17 frames

The foreman's dialogue is 5 frames shorter.
5 frames

Fireball's dialogue is 7 frames shorter.
7 frames

Saber's dialogue was extended for 5 additional seconds.
+5 frames

At this point they added a Saber Rider transition.
+1 sec. and 20 frames

Negotiations in the Backyard

A part of the conversation between the foreman and the Star Sheriffs was cut out. The foreman drinks a beer.
31 sec. and 19 frames

Postponed Scene
Saber's dialogue was postponed.
No difference in time.

The foreman gets up from the bench and throws the can away. Then he turns to the Star Sheriffs.
2 sec. and 21 frames

Originally, this scene was 2 seconds and 9 frames long. In the American version we only see 24 frames of this scene.
1 sec. 10 frames

Added/Postponed Scene
Now they added Saber's dialogue from 10:40:12.
No difference in time.

Added Scene
The same dialogue scene was included again.
2 sec. and 7 frames

Added Dissolve
The Japanese version simply cuts from the first scene (=image 1) to the next one (=image 2). In the American version they used a dissolve effect (=image 3). This dissolve is 14 frames long and the sequence where they used this dissolve (timer: 10:59:14-11:01:03) is 1 second and 14 frames long. Therefore, the American version misses out on 1 second of footage.
1 sec.

At this point they added a Saber Rider transition.
+1 sec. and 20 frames

The Assassination Inside the Hotel

A short missing tracking shot of the Hotel.
5 sec. and 10 frames

They added a Saber Rider transition.
+1 sec. and 20 frames

Saber's dialogue is 9 frames shorter.
9 frames


Colt's dialogue is 6 frames shorter.
6 frames

The crosshairs swing over Fireball's head. When the assassin aims at Fireball's head, the crosshairs blinks red. Then the scene fades out, followed by the eye-catching Japanese cutscenes. If you take a closer look at the crosshairs you will see that they look like a swastika. However, it's not quite clear if this is the reason for this cut.
5 sec. and 19 frames

The eye-catching Japanese cutscenes were cut out.
10 sec. and 24 frames

The crosshairs blink a little longer. Then the camera zooms to the gun barrel. Then you see the crosshairs again - they don't blink anymore.
8 sec. and 21 frames

Added Scene
An additional shot of the gun.
+10 frames

You don't see Saber Rider taking shelter behind the wall.
9 frames

Added Scene
Again you see the gun.
+10 frames

The Chase Scene

Added Scene
Fireball's "fly-off-sequence" was added. Startszene wurde eingefügt. Er sagt: "Red Fury Turbo on."
+3 sec. and 1 frames

Added Scene
A shot of the resorting ATV.
+1 sec. and 21 frames

Added Scene
Again you see the ATV.
1 sec.

This scene was extended for 1 second since Fireball talks during this scene. In the Japanese version there's no dialogue.
+1 sec.

The camera zooms to the face.
3 sec.

Showdown in the Mine

Extended Scene/Added Dissolve
This scene is about 3 seconds longer. In Saber Rider you also see a dissolve from this scene to the next one (image 2). Since the scenes belnd into each other, we can only give an assumed difference in time.
+approx. 3 sec.

A missing dissolve effect.
1 sec.

The ending of this dialogue scene was shortened.
1 sec. and 7 frames

Saber Rider cuts the Outrider's arm off.
1 sec. and 21 frames

Strangely enough, there are a few missing frames where Saber Rider jumps into the screen (just before he pulls his sword out of the Outrider's body).
11 frames

Before Colt takes shelter he talks a little longer in the Japanese version.
18 frames

The Renegade's explosion tatters all the Outriders around it.
6 sec. and 1 Frame

When Maddox runs off, the following scenes were cut out: A part of the Renegade flies through the air. While he runs away, Maddox turns around and recognizes that this part of the Renegade flies towards him. The next moment he's slayed by the piece of wreckage.
6 sec. and 19 frames

April pokes her tongue out at the fleeing Outriders.
1 sec. and 3 frames

Extended Scene/Added Dissolve
After Saber Rider holstered his sword the following scene is a little longer in the American version. After that, Saber Rider fades to black. There's no dialogue and the music dies down. Along with the black screen the American version is 1 sec. and 24 frames longer.
+1 sec. and 24 frames

Braimer creeps out from his hideaway. Then follows a long shot of him getting up while Saber Rider dismounts from his horse.
3 sec. and 18 frames

Added Fade-In
After the previous cut the American version fades in the next scene.
No difference in time.

When Saber Rider talks to Colt over the radio 20 frames were cut out.
20 frames

Fireball and Colt talk a little longer over the radio.
15 sec. and 3 frames

The Final Monologue

At the end of this episode Saber Rider again has a final monologue. He says that they were finally able to defeat Maddox, even though it was not easy to do it. The only person who was wounded was the foreman. However, he recovered pretty quickly, especially because he fought for the truth - just like Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs. This monologue mentions the foreman again and clarifies that he's still alive.

The Credits

A more detailed comparison of the credits can be found in the report about the first episode of Saber Rider.

Runtime of the Japanese credits: 00:01:19
Runtime of the American credits: 00:01:02
17 sec.