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Naruto Episode 003 - Sasuke and Sakura: friends or foes?


original title: Naruto


  • US Version
  • Japanese TV Version
Release: Jun 14, 2008 - Author: Jim - Translator: Jim - external link: IMDB - more from this series
There was no time difference in this episode, differences due to another opening and ending are not counted.

On September 10th in 2005 the smash hit anime "Naruto" started airing in the "Toonami" program of Cartoon Network. However, for a lower rating some edits were necessary.
Yet, the level of editing is really moderate (especially compared to the german which contains almost not a single drop of blood and is also otherwise HEAVILY censored). Usually it's just that some blood has been removed or reduced, the fights itself are usually completly intact.
Besides that the US version had some scenes redrawn. Ususally faces of characters or other minor "mistakes" were corrected, to look more like the manga.

Of course the US version had it's own opener and ending, which was resented by many fans because it wasn't really a song, sounding as good as the original songs used for opening and ending credits. Besides that all the original names were kept, but some are spelled or pronounced not correctly.
Yet, the US version is very good - for a censored version.

For comparisons goes:
Left: japanese version
Right: US version

This report is about:
Episode 03
US title: Sasuke and Sakura: friends or foes?
Japanese title: Shukuteki!? Sasuke to Sakura (宿敵!?サスケとサクラ)

About this episode: Most of the edits here focused on not showing Naruto on the toilet, though these shots are completly harmless. Same goes for the "Kiss"-Scene with Naruto and Sasuke, this one was a humorous element of the episode.
Kurenai has been redrawn.

No time difference

The scene where Naruto and Sasuke kiss accidently wasn't shown. Instead the shot of the astnoished girls had been extended.

No time difference

Kurenai has been redrawn again.

No time difference

The scene where Naruto sits on the toilet has been replaced.

No time difference

First Naruto lowers his head. This was removed in the US version. The shot in the toilet paper has been replaced.
In the following shot on Naruto his face has been overhauled. While he smiles in the japanese version first, he has his "final" face from the beginning in the US version.

No time difference

Naruto takes some toilet paper, wipes his butt, stands up and zips his pants.
This was replaced with scenes that were used before in the episode.

No time difference

The shot of Naruto sitting on the toilet has been replaced.

No time difference