Release: Jul 30, 2011 - Author: Jim - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB - more from this series
"Digimon Savers", or better known as "Digimon Data Squad" in the USA, is the fifth series of the popular franchise revolving around the monsters of the virtual world and their partners.
As all seasons before, the fifth series too had been edited a bit. As usual the opening and ending were made anew. Unlike previous openings this one wasn't replaced with a monotonous rap song, but with a normal, new song. The titlescreen for the episode was also changed, just like the preview for the next episode. Those are typical changes for the US version.
The translation itself is good, but Agumon refers to Masaru (or Marcus in the US version, yet I stick to the Japanese names) as "boss", while he calls him "Aniki" (brother) in the Japanese version. Most likely this was changed because it could be seen as an analogy to the Yakuza, which have a family-like hierarchy.
Furthermore some of the signs have just been emptied if they were written in Japanese. Where a sign in episode 1 was translated and the rest remained unchanged for instance, it didn't take long until the producers decided to just simply empty the signs, which makes a worse impression of course. Listing these modifications would break the mold, that's why I only mention a perfect example of episode 8 here in the intro. For some reason, the English-written Coca Cola sign has been modified as well. Usually those kind of signs remain unchanged in the US Version.
The order for comparisons is:
Left: Japanese version
Right: US Version
About this episode: This episode is basically a big flashback and contains the corresponding censorship and edits, just like the previous episodes have. What I haven't mentioned here: the differences in the last fight which are equal to the differences in the actual footage the footage is from. The time difference in this episode is 4 seconds.
Flashback of Kutura firing at Digimon. The US Version contains a shot of a few Gomamon leaping in the water.
Shot of some Digimon running away from the flamw throwers.
Frigimon doesn't get penetrated by the laser in the US Version.
Bombernanimon has been transformed into an orange, just like he has in the actual episode. Furthermore he doesn't throw bombs but oranges.
Gizumon's crosshairs has been removed.
The shot of Merukimon getting hit by the laser has been modified.
Edited laser ray.
Kouki's piercing has been retouched.
Rosemon's dress has been edited again.