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Sailor Moon

2.37 Legend of the Negamoon

original title: Bishôjo senshi Sêrâ Mûn

Comparison:

  • US TV Version
  • German TV Version
Release: Apr 29, 2016 - Author: -Der-Tribun - Translator: -Der-Tribun - more from this series
Compared are the heavily censored US TV Version and the German TV Version.

German Version:US Version:


The anime series Sailor Moon should ring a bell. The 200 episode series about a group of girls, who can perform magic and fight Evil is a classic which left a mark in the awareness of Japanese Productions (in both directions). No doubt about that. The series was a major success worldwide. But the German Version is quite a surprise. In comparison to Saber Rider for instance, the German Version is based on the original Japanese master and the effort to keep it as close as possible to the Original was being made. Besides a few modifications (please see below), the German Version is equal to the uncensored original Japanese Version.

The US North American Version however is a different matter.

The company DiC was calling the shots for the adaption of the first two seasons and Cloverway for the following two seasons. The final season 5 - "Sailor Stars" - has never been released in the US, probably because of the controversial "Sailor Starlights", which also change the gender during their transformations. The realization is legendary, but for all thw wrong reasons. It's a perfect example for heavy censorship in animes these days. After the horrors of the first season, everyone expected the worst... and it happened. DiC also created an absurd broadcast schedule. They first released 2/3 of the season (with the first 13 episodes for some reason put at the end of the broadcast) and then waited for almost three years before they bothered to do the remaining episodes (that's because they'd had the insane idea to just do 65 episodes for sydication, regardless if the story is done or not).

The modifications / censorship


  • The removal of scenes is the most common censorship. The length of the removed scenes is purely and simply impressive. Looks like the episodes were censored randomly. Besides the violence cuts, which could be expected, plot scenes, some gags and anything that could cause trouble with the FCC, was precautionally removed.

  • The meaning of scenes was changed very often, too. In most cases, the lines in the dub are softer, but modifications of the footage were also being made. As a result of that, a scene might have an entirely different meaning than the exact same scene in the Original.

  • Americanization describes the pathetic attempt to make the series less Japanese. Not only the character names are different (please see below for details) but the Japanese ideographs (Kanji, Katakana, Hiragana) are erased as well. Further differences are renamed food (but it still looks the same which is quite hilarious). But the best thing is: anything takes place in the US, Tokyo isn't being mentioned for once. These modifications aren't going to be mentioned anymore because it happens too often. Exeptions are extraordinary examples for that.

Examples:
German Version:US Version:


  • Images were censored, especially when it became too revealing. This also and particularly concerns the transformations (except Sailor Moon's) where body lines were removed like there were no tomorrow.

Examples:
German Version:US Version:


  • CGI was added to a lot of scenes which doesn't contain any CGI in the Original Version. Listing all the CGI of any episode would break the mold but I can assure you: if there's a conspicuous CG shot, it wasn't in the Original Version.

Examples:
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  • Transitions were added digitally as well. Recognizing them is a piece of cake because they're obviously a break of style and they're supposed to cover up the cuts. And here also counts: listing any transition would break the mold, so I'm not going to do that.

Examples:


  • Unfortunately there are some removed episodes, too. From 46 Original episodes of season 1, only 40 were left over. In the second season, episode 67 was being removed. (Note: The German Version lacks episode 89 but it only consists of stock footage and is hated by the fanbase, so it's not a big loss at all.)

  • Gender change is a popular method to hide homosexuality. In this case, two characters are being affected: Zoicite (in Germany Zoisite) in season 1 is actually a man. But to avoid his homosexual relationship with Kunzite, he's a woman now. The second character is Fish Eye in season 4. Though he acts very feminine, he's actually a male (and he's also gay). A further victim of a gender change is Zirconia in season 4 for instance. And if such a censorship wasn't possible, the status of their relationship was being changed. The lovers Uranus and Neptun e.g. are cousins now.

  • The modification of the audio track is no censorship in the proper sense but a lot of atmosphere gets lost. The reason for that is pretty simple: the US Version takes a pass on the original music and noises - a new audio track was being made. It works for the noises but it doesn't for the music. The original music is way better.

  • "Sailor Says" is a segment which exists exclusively in the US Version. If you know Filmation's "Masters Of The Universe", the last scene should be look very familiar because it also with a scene where the kids were supposed to learn a lesson. This could be realized with stock footage.

  • Different names for the attacks and transformations were used, despite the fact that the names in the Original Version are English as well. But I must say that someof the German names were just made up, too. Here some examples of attacks, an entire list would be too long.


Original Version:US Version:German Version:
Moon Princess HalationMoon Sceptre EliminationMacht des Mondes, verwandle ihn/sie zurück
Shine Aqua IllusionMercury Ice Storm SplashWasserstrahl, flieg
Burning MandalaMars Celestial Fire SurroundFeuerringe, fliegt
Sparkling Wide PressureJupiter Thundercrash ZapDonnerschlag, flieg
Venus Love Me ChainVenus Love Chain EncircleFeuerhertzenkette, flieg

  • Change of names affects all characters. Here's a list of characters with more than one appearance in season 2. Find the original name in brackets if the German name is different.


German Version:US Version:
Bunny(Usagi) TsukinoSerena Tsukino
Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo MaskDarien Shields/Tuxedo Mask
Ami MizunoAmy Anderson
Rei HinoReye Hino
Makoto KinoLita Kino
Minako AinoMina Aino
LunaLuna
ArtemisArtemis
ChibiusaRini
Der ErleuchteteWiseman
Prinz Diamond(Demand)Prince Diamond
SaphirSapphire
EsmeraudeEmerald
RubeusRubeus
Kermesite(Kōan)Catzi
Bertherite(Berthier)Bertie
Kavalerite(Calaveras)Avery
Petzite(Petz)Prizma
Ail(Eiru)Ali
Anne(An)En
Naru OsakaMolly Baker
Motoki FuruhataAndrew
Umino GurioMelvin
Shingo TsukinoSammy Tsukino
Ikuko TsukinoMom
Kenji TsukinoDad
Haruna SakuradaPatricia Haruna
Yuuichirou KumadaChad
Königin SerenityQueen Serena
König EndymionKing of Earth

It's also worth being mentioned that the German Version was being modified here and there, too. Zoisite e.g. is a woman as well (I guess the channel changed that) and attempts to avoid words like "kill", "die" etc. were being made, which causes an odd result in some scenes. But still: these modifications are pretty harmless in comparison to the DiC Version. Comparisons of the dialog with subtitled Japanese episodes prove how close to the Original the German dialog is.

Only the comparison of the first episode of the second season (episode 47) mentions the differences of the opening and final credits, the title of the episodes, the preview of the next episode and the "Sailor Says". All these elements are being ignored in the calculation of the different lengths. Basically, cuts and modifications are the two issues that might have happened. Sometimes it's only one of them, sometimes both at the same time. The time index is based on the German Version.

Episode 83: Legend of the Negamoon



The group has finally managed to enter the future, only to be greeted by a horrible sight: Crystal Tokyo is in ruin. Suddenly the hologram of Endymion, Mamoru's future self ang of Earth, appears. Mamoru is quite angry when he learns it was Endymion who had caused him so much trouble with Bunny with these nightmares. Endymion then explains the situation: how the Black Moon attacked from Planet Nemesis and that now everything is in danger. Bunny is quite surprised to learn, that not she will be Neo-Queen Serenity, but that she also will be Chibiusa's mother. However, Prince Diamond has also seen the connection and kidnaps her in his fanatical longing for Serenity. Diamond tells her under no terms that if he can't have the future Serenity, the past one will also do. Thankfully, Tuxedo Mask can rescue her before Diamond could do the unspeakable. Bunny is horrified to have such a powerful stalker after her.

Length German TV-Version: 19:00
Length US-TV Version: 17:44


The US TV Version lacks 1 Minute and 16 Seconds of footage.

Generally about this episode

First off it has to be noted that this episode clearly had been deifficult for DiC, which shows in the number of cuts. The actions of Diamond towards Bunny (not to meantion him changing her clothes) causes quite dark associations. Even apart from that, the episode got plucked heavily due to the number of cuts.

Additionally, DiC again got into trouble since they had not used Endymion's name. They therefore got the brilliant idea to call Mamoru's future self "King of Earth", which sounds as stupid as it is.

[00:18]-[00:23]
[-5 Sec.]

Shortened Scene
Right at the beginning a zoom to Tuxedo Mask is missing, as well as the following look at a crystal structure with the Moon in the background.


[00:50]-[00:56]
[-6 Sec.]

Shortened Scene
We see a view of the frozen-over palace gardens, then the picture pans to the side until reaching the road (we again see the Senshi apppearing out of the mist).


[01:01]-[01:06]
[-5 Sec.]

Shortened Scene
The Senshi look around longer.


[03:24]-[03:28]
[-4 Sec.]

Shortened Scene
Sailor Moon agrees to follow Endymion, while there's a zoom to her face.


[03:32]-[03:34]
[-2 Sec.]

Shortened Scene
They chose a very bad place for a digital scene transition here. In the original, there was no transition. Instead the background simply faded to move from the real Sailor Moon to her hologram on planet Nemesis, which was seamless. The effect got lost with the new transition.


[05:03]-[05:07]
[-4 Sec.]

Shortened Scene
Endymion causes a pentagram to appear on the floor. Probably got cut because DiC thought of it as satanic, Questionable decision due to a number of pentagrams appearing in earlier episodes.


[05:43]-[05:45]
[-2 Sec.]

Shortened Scene
The prentagram is cut again.


[06:13]-[06:18]
[-5 Sec.]

Shortened Scene
The third time the pentagram is cut.


[07:45]-[07:47]
[-2 Sec.]

Shortened Scene
The pentagram for the last time, right before it disappears.


[08:36]-[08:39]
[-3 Sec.]

Shortened Scene
Sailor Moon is not exactly happy about the fact that she is supposed to become Neo-Queen Serenity.


[10:08]-[10:13]
[-5 Sec.]

Shortened Scene
Sailor Mars can't believe that Bunny of all people is supposed to rule the entire world, while Moon and Mask are still blushing after the news that Chibiusa is their future daughter.


[13:36]-[13:39]
[-3 Sec.]

Shortened Scene
Due to a digital scene transition, the original fade-out and fade-in got lost.


[14:58]-[15:04]
[-6 Sec.]

Shortened Scene
Diamond touches Bunny at her shoulder, causing her to flinch away. Disgusted, she rejects Diamond.


[15:35]-[15:38]
[-3 Sec.]

Shortened Scene
Tuxedo Mask flies over the destroyed city in a hang glider.


[15:51]-[15:56]
[-5 Sec.]

Shortened Scene
Diamond wants to force Bunny to kiss him, but she resists.


[18:44]-[19:00]
[-16 Sec.]

Shortened Scene
The final scene of the episode is missing.

Tuxedo Mask holds Bunny in his arms in the frozen-over palace gardens. They are kissing until it starts snowing. The sudden coldness reminds them that their mission is not over yet.





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