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Naruto Uncut Box Set: Season One, Vol. 2 (Episodes 26-52)


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  • US TV Version
  • Japanese Version
Release: May 18, 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: The only "real" censorship in this episode is a scene where Anko pushes a Kunai in his hand. The rest of the scenes are just minor revisions. In this version (ignoring opening and credits) there's no difference in time.
Error correction: When the tree cracks due to Orochimaru's attack, a small piece of dark wood suddenly appears in front of the tree and falls to the ground (apparently it's supposed to be a part of the tree). In the US version you also see this piece of wood, however, it falls down behind the tree - this looks more realistic.

No difference in time.

The scene where Anko tacks her and Orochimaru's hand down the tree was re-cut.

No difference in time.

This image was zoomed so that you don't see the Kunai in Anko's hand. The Kunai itself was retouched. Wehn Anko turns her head (accompanied by a camera panning) the hand was retouched pretty sloppy - it looks like it was simply blurred.

No difference in time.

Instead of showing Anko's hand with the Kunai they instead extended the previous shot.

No difference in time.

The scene where Anko pulls the Kunai out of her hand was replaced by a shot of her face which was already shown before.

No difference in time.

The animation of the river is a little more detailed.

No difference in time.