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    "The Censored Version": Did it add nostagic value or disappointment?

    The more I look into this topic, the more it makes me think. I must have been about 14 (give or take a few years) when I found out the the Outlaw Star shown on Toonami wasn't "the real thing". I was thinking to myself "Pfft...no way, man." until I bought the DVD box set. Holy crap, what a difference. Up to this point, I had absolutely no idea how "dumbed down" the Toonami dub was compared to the original dub/sub (or the fact that they totally skipped over Tenrei...for good reason, in hindsight). After this, I asked myself "Well, Toonami couldn't have done this with other shows, right?" Looked into DBZ...Toonami censored it. Looked into Gundam Wing(save for the Midnight Run of both this and DBZ)...Toonami censored it. Looked into Sailor Moon...Toonami censored the crap out of it.

    If I started this thread as a 17 year old, I would've been hardcore against all the censorship moves Toonami had made on shows like Outlaw Star and how if it wasn't for them, we would've been able to see the true uncut greatness of these shows. But now from the perspective of a 20 year old (big difference, huh? ), I see this from a different light. No matter how gratuitous these censorship moves were, it was because of them that we were able to view them and cherish them for what they were when we were kids, because if they weren't censored, they wouldn't have made it to Cartoon Network. It's for this reason that I would like to thank Toonami for helping me cope with the many trivial stressors in my childhood, and as always, for the good times.

    What do you guys think? Censored Outlaw Star: was it good for your nostalgia or bad for your adolescent ignorance?
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    RE: "The Censored Version": Did it add nostagic value or disappointment?

    Censorship back between 2001 to 2008 was an unfortunate, but necessary evil back then. To get these cool anime we now love is because of the censorship to shown on TV. Back in 2001 only half the US might have internet and it was mostly dial-up (shivering to the thought). If not for the censorship of Toonami back then we most likely never seen OLS or the great other anime they had. The censorship gave me the initiative to go and buy OLS VHS (then the DVD). I didn't mind the "digital bathing suits" that was clever for back and even now. They got lazy now with covering up things. The black rectangle, over bearing shadows or the blur (which I hate the most). So, in sort for me added nostalgic value.
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    RE: "The Censored Version": Did it add nostagic value or disappointment?

    The tenrei ep was never censored in the uk, or atleast maybe I seen it late night, I must have seen it as a kid, and as a (13?) year old, I just found it funny as hell xD
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    RE: "The Censored Version": Did it add nostagic value or disappointment?

    You must have seen it on a different channel, surely. I've heard that not only was Tenrei removed from the British broadcast, but it was more heavily censored than the US broadcast.
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    RE: "The Censored Version": Did it add nostagic value or disappointment?

    Really? That's interesting. But about the "digital bathing suits"...as a kid I always wondered why Melfina covered herself up while in the computer tube in the censored version. Heh, I guess it fooled me.
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    RE: "The Censored Version": Did it add nostagic value or disappointment?

    Yup, she was nude the whole time with a 10 year old boy hanging around, for shame Melfina. the "digital bathing suits" was used in other anime if I remember. Tenchi Muyo and DBZ were the first ones to do that. For TM it was the hot springs episode of the OVA andin DBZ I think they did this to Krillin's Bulma clone girlfriend Maron because her swimsuit was too revealing.
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    RE: "The Censored Version": Did it add nostagic value or disappointment?

    I actually remember the DBZ situation; wasn't Marin wearing a two-string bikini which was changed to a one-piece swimsuit?
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    RE: "The Censored Version": Did it add nostagic value or disappointment?

    She was wearing a one piece, but it was like the Baywatch swimsuits. High cut on the legs and unnecessary amount of cleavage, but hey I can't complain being a guy and all.


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    RE: "The Censored Version": Did it add nostagic value or disappointment?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mantis
    You must have seen it on a different channel, surely. I've heard that not only was Tenrei removed from the British broadcast, but it was more heavily censored than the US broadcast.
    I kid you not bro, I remember watching the unedited version when I was older and when the tenrei ep came on I knew exact what was gona happen from the get go, It was probably my favourite ep, not because of all the cleavage etc, but damn I found it funny.

    And nope, cartoon network, toonami Virgin media (was NTL back then).
    And my best friend at that time also seen that ep without internet since we were young.
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    RE: "The Censored Version": Did it add nostagic value or disappointment?

    Just like you, I see it as a "necessary evil" and at the time, some of the uncensored material would have probably distracted us a bit too much.

    At the same time, I am glad I discovered the uncensored versions of these shows later on as well as it added far more depth.


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