Release: Aug 08, 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: There aren't many differences in this episode but it's interesting that Rosemon's burst evolution got censored again, and this time even rougher than before even though it was uncensored a couple of episodes ago. The time difference in this episode is 4 seconds.
Drasil's attack hits the ground.
Rosemon's evolution is shorter, as usual.
Rosemon's dress has been modified.
Drasil's attack hits the town.
Rosemon's dress has been modified at the beginning of the evolution...
... the remaining part of the evolution has been removed...
... and finally the retouched dress one more time.
Some more of Drasil's attacks hit the towns of humans.
The flashback lacks Merukimon's penatrating gunshot wound again.