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Dragonball Kai

1.53 The Final Blow, Son Goku... Planet Namek Scatters Throughout Space

original title: Doragon boru Kai

Comparison:

  • US TV Version
  • Japanese Version
Release: Aug 02, 2015 - Author: MajoraZZ - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB - more from this series
This is a comparison between the cut broadcast on American TV networks (e. g. Cartoon Network or USwpix) and the uncut Japanese Version.

While other countries have not yet aired Dragonball Kai, the series was already broadcasted a few times in the USA.
In comparison to Dragonball Z you can immediately see that Dragonball Kai was obviously toned down in a few scenes:

Dragonball ZDragonball Kai



Additionally, many violent sequences were not even altered for Dragonball Kai, but cut out in the first place. Thus, you will hardly see any close-up shots of Tenchinhan after Nappa cut half of his left arm off. Also, you do not see Freezer's beam going through Vegeta's chest. Even the well known sequence in which Freezer massacres Kuririn is much more harmless than in Dragonball Z.


Getting ready for US-TV:
The series was censored in order to be bradcasted on US TV. The censoring reminds one of Naruto's US Version. Sometimes there are cuts which are very noticeable due to a crack in the music, while at other times they used a few tricks, e.g. by retouching things or using alternative material. Sometimes they even altered or postponed soundtracks or sound effects in order to make the cuts less noticeable.


The overall difference in time amounts to 42 seconds.
(The rest of the difference in time results from differently long intros.)
0:00
The blood is black/grey now.
no difference

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0:10
Son-Goku beats up Freezer.
9 sec



0:21
The shot of Freezer getting cut has been replaced by a rather harmless shot of the previous episode. In the following shot, Son-Goku's blood has another color. The shof of Freezer's remains lacks any blood. The shot of Freezer's arm popping up all of a sudden has already been used when Freezer hit the ground.
no difference

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2:12
Shot of Freezer's bloody remains. The following shot has been slowed down to (partially) make up for the cut footage.
Man sieht Freezers blutige Überreste. Man hat die Folgeeinstellung etwas verlangsamt, um zumindest ein Teil der verlorenen Zeit wieder aufzufüllen.
5 sec



2:27
Ditto.
4.5 sec



2:39
Freezer's blood is black/grey again.
no difference

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2:47
Ditto.
no difference



2:51
Retouched blood.
no difference

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2:57
Freezer's reamains again.
4 sec



3:15
Freezer begging for mercy.
15 sec



3:41
Freezer's reamains again.
4.5 sec



3:50
Retouched blood.
no difference

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3:57
Ditto.
no difference



4:01
Retouched blood.
no difference

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4:13
Same here.
no difference

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4:15
And here.
no difference



4:23
Ditto.
no difference

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4:28
Ditto.
no difference

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4:37 bis 6:00
Ditto.
2.5 sec.

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6:07 bis 8:39
Ditto.
no difference

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8:39
Freezer gets shredded.
3.5 sec



9:18
Retouched blood.
no difference

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9:37
Ditto.
no difference

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15:06
Ditto.
no difference

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17:09
Ditto.
no difference

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17:12
Shot of Son-Goku.
2.5 sec



17:17
Retouched blood.
no difference

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18:04
Ditto.
no difference

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18:13
Ditto.
no difference



18:18
Ditto.
no difference



18:57
Ditto.
no difference

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19:23
Shot of Son-Goku.
1.5 sec



19:36
Retouched blood.
no difference

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20:33
Retouched blood.
no difference

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20:46
Ditto.
no difference

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21:10
Ditto.
no difference

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