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Is the US dvd release of Inu Yasha Edited?
Topic by: AFleming
Posted: December 16, 2003 - 5:59 AM PST
Last Reply: December 14, 2004 - 2:39 PM PST

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author topic: Is the US dvd release of Inu Yasha Edited?
AFleming
post #1  on December 16, 2003 - 5:59 AM PST  
My brother has been downloading the fansubs of Inu Yasha and says that the US dvd releases are edited. Does anyone know if that is true?
ivygirl
post #2  on December 16, 2003 - 10:50 PM PST  
Well, Kouga calls Inu Yasha dog face, but he is really calling him "poo poo face" but no so nicely.

Do you mean those types of edits, or cutting of scenes type edits?
larbeck
post #3  on December 17, 2003 - 7:39 AM PST  
> On December 16, 2003 - 10:50 PM PST ivygirl wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Well, Kouga calls Inu Yasha dog face, but he is really calling him "poo poo face" but no so nicely.
>
The same thing appears in the uncut Sailor Moon. I know it was edited for violence, gay relationships, panty shots, and nude silhouettes but didn't except real language that all 14 year olds use. Cool. I will never try a new series unless it is the uncut and subtitle version is available. Then I will investigate the English dub.

IronS
post #4  on December 17, 2003 - 8:02 PM PST  
I had watched some bootleg version episodes in the past and I don't recall them being that different than the official ones. However, I wasn't looking for differences. Besides, it's not like the Cartoon Network version of Yu Yu Hakusho in which they digitally erased the middle finger gestures.
AFleming
post #5  on December 18, 2003 - 5:48 AM PST  
I guess he said there was more nudity, adult scenes, etc. though the edited language counts too. I haven't watched the subs on the dvd release yet (I usually only do that for shows that are either: 1.) So good, I want to learn more, or 2.) have English dubs that are too painful to watch). I really hate it when the American companies do that. I feel like I'm missing out on something.
IronS
post #6  on December 18, 2003 - 11:45 AM PST  
I normally watch the dubbed version with subtitles so I can compare the two. Then I may watch certain scenes in purely subbed to see if the flavor changes.

Bootleg versions have their own issues like the translation may not make any sense. In any case, "salty" language may not be translated anyway.
HOngchua
post #7  on February 9, 2004 - 2:49 PM PST  
I've been wondering about this myself since there's one part of the Inu-Yasha story which appears in the manga but not in the English anime. The story deals with cannibalism and is the second time Inu-Yasha loses his powers during the phase of the moon.

Up until this point, the anime series seemed to be faithful to the manga (with some minor modifications to minimize the gore). It's absence makes me wonder if it was edited out during the actual creation of the series or during the for-US-market translation.
IronS
post #8  on February 9, 2004 - 6:34 PM PST  
I thought the peach man story was a little weak anyway. It's another weak-human-Inu Yasha-saved-by-turning-back-into-demon-in-the-nick-of-time scenario. Sure, there were some fan service in terms of a naked Kagome, but I'm sure they wouldn't have shown anything (just like Kikyo's revival scene).
HOngchua
post #9  on February 9, 2004 - 7:25 PM PST  
Actually, the censors might have gotten more queasy with the heads in the trees and the implied consumption of miniaturized humans.

That was already obvious in the "spider-heads" episode where they reversed the transformation: spider-heads on human bodies instead of human-heads on spider bodies.
IronS
post #10  on February 9, 2004 - 7:34 PM PST  
Then I guess the decision was made in Japan during production and had no input from the American distributors.
HOngchua
post #11  on February 12, 2004 - 11:14 AM PST  
Bad news. I heard from someone in Germany that there WAS a Peach-man episode. Small loss but, if it's true, then there's a bit of editing going on.

Maybe GC should start acquiring unedited DVD of Inu-Yasha.
IronS
post #12  on February 12, 2004 - 11:28 PM PST  
Aw, now I have to rent the bootleg tapes the next time I'm in L.A. to check this out.
Cosplayer
post #13  on February 14, 2004 - 4:02 PM PST  
Hey, a lot of the time editing sucks...a lot...but without it, we'd be watching speed racers right now. If they didnt' edit astro boy, they wouldn't have brought over anything else un edidted, and there'd be no fans, and you wouldn't exist.

OK, you'd exist, but you wouldn't ge to see any anime, and you'd be sad
BaronOfHell
post #14  on February 24, 2004 - 10:42 PM PST  
They were just talking about this in Newtype magazine the greatest mag on earth.

The magna is a lot harsher then the anime but I don't think there is any difference between the japanese version and the american version.
markhl
post #15  on February 24, 2004 - 10:53 PM PST  
In case anyone was curious (and didn't know), there's a column called "The Edit List" available through the Anime News Network in which the guy lists every little difference between the DVD and what's aired.

For me, what's much more interesting was the interview with the folks at the Cartoon Network regarding editing, why it's necessary, etc. For the most part, I'd agree with their logic (they too don't want to edit anime after all). I got a chuckle out of the existence of "digital bikinis" :)
hamano
post #16  on February 25, 2004 - 6:20 AM PST  
> On February 24, 2004 - 10:53 PM PST markhl wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> For me, what's much more interesting was the interview with the folks at the Cartoon Network regarding editing, why it's necessary, etc. For the most part, I'd agree with their logic (they too don't want to edit anime after all). I got a chuckle out of the existence of "digital bikinis" :)
> ---------------------------------

Whew! Thank god for DVDs and GreenCine! I don't have cable, so I was blissfully unaware of "digital bikinis" and getting sloshed on "tea"... Why do American parents let their kiddies run around doing drugs and having oral sex parties if they're gonna complain about a little fan service and blood? They'd be much safer and better off staying home and watching anime.... I guess pestering the producers helps the parents feel like they're involved in the moral lives of their children...
AFleming
post #17  on February 25, 2004 - 10:45 AM PST  
> On February 24, 2004 - 10:53 PM PST markhl wrote:
> ---------------------------------
I got a chuckle out of the existence of "digital bikinis" :)
> ---------------------------------

Thanks for the link, btw, that's really cool. I've known about the "drawing in" of clothes on otherwise nude characters on Cartoon Network. You can usually tell the scenes that have been edited this way because the drawn-on clothes will shift back and forth ever-so-slightly. There was a scene in Dragonball Z (please, MegaDeus, forgive me!) during the Freiza arc where Vegeta comes to Goku in a vision (Vegeta is dead, of course) and Vegeta is nekkid but they've drawn on these pants and it's really hilarious to watch because he keeps walking around and posing while he talks (I think Vegeta may have some homosexual tendencies, hehe). I also noticed that in the same arc, Hurcule comes across a bar, but they've changed the name on the keg to "root" beer (cause, you know, people who drink will burn in Hell, lol). I also had a nice surprise when watching Tenchi Muyo with my husband's 10 yr old brother (he's not my child, after all), when the girls constantly appear nude. When they had shown it on tv years ago, they'd drawn bathing suits on them. We dubbed the show Tenchi XXX, lol.

Anyway, I guess I should stop wasting time at work!
markhl
post #18  on February 26, 2004 - 3:06 PM PST  
> On February 25, 2004 - 10:45 AM PST AFleming wrote:
I also had a nice surprise when watching Tenchi Muyo with my husband's 10 yr old brother (he's not my child, after all), when the girls constantly appear nude. When they had shown it on tv years ago, they'd drawn bathing suits on them. We dubbed the show Tenchi XXX, lol.


Hmm.. perhaps I should try viewing the unedited Tenchi OVA after all.. I guess I never watched the animation close enough to watch for the shift.. I think I'm pretty oblivious to animation quality even unless it's overtly good or bad (or fake).. Luckily, this gives me immunity to be able to watch the '80s animes..

Then again, I can't tell what's more disturbing. The children watching a little bit of anime nudity or having some adult hunched over a computer carefully making sure all of the pixels are covered. O-tsukare-sama-deshita! I imagine that you can only see a certain amount of nudity before it just turns into noise.. especially animated.

Regardless of whether I've seen the anime or not, Cartoon Network has impressed me quite a bit in terms of what they're showing and how they're showing it since they seem to respect the original work.. unlike SOME of these "adaptations" of REAL movies..
hamano
post #19  on February 26, 2004 - 7:02 PM PST  
I'm about a third of the way through Narutaru (thanks, markhl, this is a fun show! worth the bandwidth abuse for the OP sequence alone!) and in first episode there's a scene where an enormous dragon/bug thingie rises out of the ocean and flies off somewhere. Standing on its nose is a woman decorated with swirly tattoos like the girls on the cover of the Neo Ranga DVDs. Her hair covers her nipples, but when the camera pans down as she and her monster fly off, I swear they drew in some pubies! That's the first time I've ever seen that in a non-hentai anime show...they usually just "overexpose" all the details out of that part of the anatomy during magic-girl transformations and stuff... a good candidate for digital panties...
markhl
post #20  on February 26, 2004 - 8:35 PM PST  
Narutaru as a "fun" show.. hmmm.. ok.. just wait a few episodes longer.. I can't confirm the details of the over-exposing since I don't recall so well (I remember the scene).. I will have to re-watch it one day. The OP is fun (I can hum along right now even) but I think it's to increase the contrast the tone with what's to follow... almost disturbingly so by the end.. very... interesting.

Well, let's just say Hoshimaru has some tricks up his "sleeve"..
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