Release: May 30, 2011 - Author: Jim - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB - more from this series
On September 10th, 2005, the successful anime-series "Naruto" went on the air for the first time on Cartoon Network during their "Toonami"-programme. However, to receive a lower rating for the series they had to alter several scenes of each episode.
However, the changes are rather moderate. Even though several cuts and edits seem rather strange (especially for non-Americans who probably won't see the problem with scenes where one of the characters smokes) the American TV version is still quite watchable. The blood retouchings are also not that noticeable - most of the time they just reduced the amount of blood and if you don't know the original version you probably won't notice it. Other "problematic" things (such as "mean" slurs or mentioning death) didn't have to be altered.
However, they produced a separate opening as well as separate credits for the US version (which is quite the standard for anime-releases in the USA). They are quite different and in terms of music one could describe it as a mixture of Rock and Rap.
Altered Characters: After the first run in Japan several changes were made in order to make the characters look more like in the comics. This will be mentioned, however, not always that detailed. E.g. in Episode 41 Sakura and Ino were completely re-drawn for a flashback scene where you see them as kids. As you can imagine it would simply be too much footage to show if you were to illustrate all of these scenes. Therefore, edits like this will only be listed once (especially when the following edits are similar/identical to this one). Other edits/alterations - of course - will be mentioned.
The images will be shown as follows:
On left side: Japanese Version
On the right side: US Version
About this episode: there's just a single scene that has been censored. That scene refers to Azuma's cigarette which is typical for US censorship. But there's a shot at the end which hasn't been censored for some reason. Maybe it's because the shot is pretty short (almost 1 sec) but it's still weird. Besides the credits, there's no difference in this episode.
The text box has been translated.
Slightly different drawing of Kakashi.
The ascending smoke and the glowing of Azuma's cigarette has been removed.
While the Japanese Version contains a shot of Shino in the background, the US Version contains a shot of Azuma instead.
This editing might be considered a correction because the two previous shots showed Azuma behind two students. That's why it would be pretty pointless if anyone was standing around there.
Redrawing of Naruto.
Redrawing of Shikamaru and Chouji.
Young Ino and young Sakura have been slightly modified. The way they're drawn has been used for the entire flashback.
Different facial expression of young Sakura due to the redrawing.
Ino's and Sakura's poise is slightly different.