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Digimon Xros Wars

1.02 He is Shoutmon, Hear Him Roar!

Comparison:

  • US Version
  • Japanese Version
Release: Nov 05, 2015 - Author: Once - Translator: DaxRider123 - external link: IMDB - more from this series

This is a comparison between the censored US Version and the uncensored Japanese Version.

Created by Saban Brands, the censored version has been marketed out of Asia. Dialogs and images have altered, pieces of music have been replaced, cuts have been made. All in all, the censored US Version differs a lot of from the uncensored Japanese Version. Furthermore, there is no continuity to the previous seasons.

 

 

Fun fact:

 


In Italy, the uncensored Japanese Version of Xros Wars aired as Digimon Fusion Battles in 2013.

 

 

 

The Characters:

 

As knows from the previous seasons, the characters have Western names again.

 

 

General overview of the most important protagonists:

Taiki Kudou - Mikey Kudo

Akari Hinomoto - Angie Hinomoto

Zenjiro Tsurugi - Jeremy Tsurgi

Kiriha Aonuma - Christopher Aonuma

Nene Amano - Nene Amano

Yuu Amano - Ewan Amano

 

 

The Music:

 

 

The entire soundtrack has been replaced. The partially moving pieces of music from the Japanese Version, regardless of whether vocal and instrumental, are missing in the censored US Version. Eve the Japanese title song "Never Give Up!" by Sonar Pocket has been replaced by some English track. It is not as bad as "Digi Rap", it is far from it actually, but it is also far from from the original "Never Give Up!" I am afraid. The insert songs audible during the digitations (resp. DigiXros) are missing as well.

 

 

Censorship and Alterations:

 

 

Since all episodes have not been compared yet, it is rather difficult to summarize at this point. But it is safe to say that serious menacing themes and scenes have been weakened and belittled, to revealing scenes have been altered and/or removed. And of course, almost any single Japanese character is missing.

 

 

Some of the dialogs have been altered as well. This concerns both defusing particular situations and plot related aspects.

Moreover, there are scenes that contain dialog whereas there is not any in the Japanese Version. On the other hand, there are scenes in the Japanese Version without any dialog while there is dialog in the US Version. Furthermore, particular words have been changed, e.g. the term "DigiXros" has become "DigiFusion" or short "DigiFuse" in the US Version.

 

 

Please note:

Some of the alterations (such as the floating rocks) might as well be an alteration made for the DVD release. It is unknown whether they were made by the Japanese or during the editing process in the US. This is why these alterations are about to be mentioned in the following comparison.

 

 

About the comparison:

 


Mentioning any single alteration regarding the dialog would break the mold. For this reason, only the most important differences will be mentioned in the following comparison. Basically, those are altered dialogs with a censorship background or plot altering dialogs. The latter however is rather hard to determine, due to the many many differences between the US and the Japanese Version.

The actual comparison only illustrates the visual alterations. Differences in dialog will be explained at the end of the comparison.

Even though every single altered image and translated text is being mentioned, these things will probably passed on and only summarized at the end in the following comparisons.

In the Japanese TV Version, there were some ads every now and then. They are not going to be mentioned. While there are screenshots for the Eye Catcher in the first comparisons, it will only be mentioned in future comparisons. The same goes for the opening and ending for which this first comparison can be considered an example with screenshots.


As for the names, both the Japanese and the US name will be stated when mentioned for the very first time. When the name pops up again, there will only be the Japanese name.

For the record: the comparisons have been made with the German Version incl. German audio. But since the versions identical, the comparisons are named "US Version".

 

 

 

If not stated otherwise, the time index refers to the Japanese Version. When there is something new in the US Version (e.g. the names of the attacks), the time index of the US Version is mentioned as well.

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Beginn:

The Japanese version shows a few scenes prior to the actual intro.
19.07 sec



Intro:

A more detailed comparison of the intro can be found in the report of the first episode. Additional information can be read in this report's intro. The Japanese version's intro is 81.17 seconds long, while the US intro is 49.01 seconds long.

1.40
Prior to the retrospect which follows after the intro, the Japanese version includes a short introduction that includes commercials and sponsors.
15.16 sec



Retrospect:

The retrospect of the last episode often includes different scenes than in the Japanese version. Translated banners and other things will not be mentioned these are included in greater detail in the previous episode's report.

About the illustrations:
Only those scenes of the retrospect that are different will be illustrated. All other scenes that were not included are identical.


1.58
Different scenes.
No difference in time.

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2.03
The scenes from the Digital World is different and the Japanese text overlay were taken out. The reworking overlooked Lillymon who unlike the last episode (and later also in this episode) - is unaltered in the retrospect.
No difference in time.

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2.15
The overlay of the episode's title is different and additionally 4.07 seconds longer in the Japanese version.

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Actual Episode:

2.29
The text (Shoutmon) is missing in the US version.
No difference in time.



2.34
Another missing text (Ballistamon).
No difference in time.



2.50 (1.39 in the US version)
In the background the US version shows hovering rocks which are not there in the Japanese version.
No difference in time.

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3.05 (1.55 in the US version)
Again, the US version includes hovering rocks.
No difference in time.

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3.11
When Shoutmon is hit, the US version covers this up with an effect. In the Japanese version you can see Jijimon hitting Shoutmon in the head with a stick.
No difference in time.

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3.18 (2.07 in the US version)
Some more hovering rocks in the US version.
No difference in time.

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3.28 (2.17 in the US version)
Ditto.
No difference in time.

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3.30
Different scenes and glowing weapons in the US version.
No difference in time.

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4.42 (3.31 in the US version)
The US version now shows the attack.
No difference in time.

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5.16
The Xros Loader and the DigiXros (Fusion) were reworked.
No difference in time.

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6.24
On Akari's (US: Angie) phone we cannot see the Japanese letters.
No difference in time.

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6.34
Ditto.
No difference in time.

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6.50
The Digimon's overlay was translated.
No difference in time.

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07.13
Ditto.
No difference in time.

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8.21
In the DigiXross (US: DigiFusion) there are some more differences. The Digimon's overlay was translated.
No difference in time.

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9.15
Lillymon (jap. Lilimon) was covered up some more for the US version. Just as in the last episode, her top was colored in green.
No difference in time.

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9.30
Different scenes during Lillymon's dance. In the US version they instead repeated the previous scene.
No difference in time.

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9.49
Lillymon's torso.
No difference in time.

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10.15
Again we can see Lillymon with a retouched torso.
No difference in time.

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10.39
Ditto.
No difference in time.

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11.47 (10.36 in the US version)
Shoutmon is shown longer. As a result, the US version no longer shows Akari (US: Angie) giving a cloth to Taiki (US: Mikey). Additionally the two of them are slightly blurred in the Japanese version (not so in the US version). Only the Japanese version shows Taiki washing his hands (after the movement). In the US version he does not move.
No difference in time.

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