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Naruto Uncut Box Set: Season One, Vol. 1 (Episodes 1-25)

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1.15 Zero Visibility: The Sharingan Shatters


  • US TV Version
  • Japanese Version
Release: May 04, 2011 - Author: Jim - Translator: DaxRider123 - 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 are only 2 minor scenes with censorship. The rest of the edits are corrections or enhancements. In this version (ignoring opening and credits) there's no difference in time.
When Zabuza pulls his Kunai out of Kakashi's hand the small blood splatter was retouched.

No difference in time.

Error correction: when Naruto wants to use his Kage Bunshin no jutsu he in the Japanese version does several different gestures with his fingers. However, he normally only needs 1 gesture for this technique. They corrected this by letting Naruto's hands just do 1 gesture.

No difference in time.

Error correction: when Haku dodges the fireballals and slips into the mirror he in the Japanese version stays three-dimensional. However, since he normally would be two-dimensional in a mirror, they altered this scene afterwards.

No difference in time.

Error correction: another mirror-scene was corrected.

No difference in time.

The mirror in the background seems to be a little more rough and more contoured.

No difference in time.

Blood retouching.

No difference in time.