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Dragonball Kai

1.81 Vegeta's Full-Power Strike! But Cell's Terror Grows and Grows

original title: Doragon bôru Kai


  • US TV Version
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Release: Oct 17, 2015 - Author: MajoraZZ - Translator: DaxRider123 - 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 35.5 seconds.
(The rest of the difference in time results from differently long intros.)
The scene where Vegeta kicks Cell in the neck was replaced by a ridiculous shot of Cell.
No difference in time.


The piece of meat that Son-Gohan wanted to fry with his energy burns. Son-Goku tells his son that he should get his power under better control.
19.5 sec.

Vegeta fires his beams in an additional shot.
1.5 sec.

The explosion spreads further.
7 sec.

On US-TV, the hit was replaced by an entirely white screen which lasts for 0.04 seconds.
No difference in time.

After the hit we don't see Vegeta screaming.
2 sec.

Trunks and Cell fight longer.
2 sec.

Cell hits Trunks in the stomach.
0.5 sec.

Trunks is kicked again.
3 sec.