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BLUE DRAGON UNCUT #1 -- Watch & Learn

What on Earth needed to be cut out of this?

The version too intense for theaters!
The version too intense for theaters!

The “unrated director’s cut” is one of the more amusing instances of borderline doublespeak in home video’s parlance. Sure, there are a fair number of cases where a director’s vision has been tampered with enough by the studio that it’s worthwhile to get excited about seeing what that vision looks like, without compromise (especially when a movie that should be rated R gets chopped down for a friendly and more commercial PG-13 rating.) Of course, when you have enough exceptions where a studio can get an audience to buy a movie twice, essentially, they then want to make those exceptions the rule. You and I know that, more often than not, this has become a marketing gimmick to make sub-par deleted scenes sound sexier than they actually are. Worse, this leads to material that should be PG-13 getting excessively baited to an R or NC-17 audience.

I went on that long preamble because, judging by the promo image for this show, I couldn’t fathom how intense a show like BLUE DRAGON could ever get that it would need to be cut down. Just look at the image above - - how much tamer can you get? Of course, after watching the show, I can imagine how some especially-cautious distributor might have gotten antsy all the pillaging business in this pilot’s latter half. Burning down villages will, indeed, dial the intensity scale up some.

Maybe that intensity scale didn’t dial up enough for me, actually. It's not like it really needed to, of course. I’ve voiced my vexation before about how anime and manga get so specific about what material’s intended for which intended audience, but I’m going to play the age card on this one and call it shonen that isn’t intended for anybody but young boys. That really shouldn’t be surprising when the show seems like kid Goku battling POKEMON-like beasts in ONE PIECE’s sister realm. The arrested adolescent in me can usually enjoy such material but, this time, I’ll say it - - I’m too old for this.

Watch this episode, “The Shadow Comes Forth” below and decide for yourself.

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of HYBRID BASTARDS! & UNIMAGINABLE. Order them on Amazon here & here. Follow him on Twitter: @tompinchuk

Lurkeroon Oct. 29, 2011 at 6:20 a.m.

I know I sound like a broken record on these recent W&L first eps, but this is another generic shonen show that I needed not to waste time watching.

I'm very picky.

metalsnakezeroon Oct. 29, 2011 at 6:33 a.m.

This is a pretty stale show and it doesn't help that the game its base off of wasn't that good either.

Adnanon Oct. 29, 2011 at 6:43 a.m.

Only viewable with the US :/

Is it really that bad?

metalsnakezeroon Oct. 29, 2011 at 7:10 a.m.

@Adnan: Its more mediocre than bad.

endaroundon Oct. 29, 2011 at 7:38 a.m.

Tom what tends to be cut are things that would give this above a Y7 TV rating since this was on cable TV at one point. So you can't have any references to alcohol or tobacco use and hos violence is protrayed is very regulated (no weapons pointing directly at the camera and actual guns firing bullets are right out though of course deadly lasers are A-OK!)

ComicMan24on Oct. 29, 2011 at 8:21 a.m.

The animation style reminds me a lot of Dragon Ball, at least in the pic there.

Dream moderator on Oct. 29, 2011 at 8:28 a.m.
@endaround: Not to mention scenes of perversion or the slightest bit of sexual innuendo. Just look at Marumaro's character in the original version and he'll tell you enough of his fascination with Kluke's panties.
 
But yeah Tom, the series works as a standard shounen action series thus its very cookie cutter in the way plot and characters are set up. Not the best title to be getting hooked on unless you're a sap for the stuff.
zaldaron Oct. 29, 2011 at 9:20 a.m.

I watched some of this when it was on cable TV and yeah...generic and I didn't give it much time. I would have loved it if I was 7 or younger though. Really they can't have smoking or guns pointing at people in Y7 stuff now....sigh...you can take innocence to far...

Vortextkon Oct. 29, 2011 at 11:03 a.m.

Had a troubling time with the game. Some fun battle mechanics but man everything else was just not my demographic. I imagine the same problem persists here.

Hailinelon Oct. 29, 2011 at 12:02 p.m.

@metalsnakezero said:

This is a pretty stale show and it doesn't help that the game its base off of wasn't that good either.

This, pretty much. The series was meant to capitalize on a game's popularity that never really materialized due to being what largely felt like a mediocre knock-off of Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest.

DocHauson Oct. 29, 2011 at 12:55 p.m.
All I remember about Blue Dragon is that it was the game Mistwalker Studios made before Lost Odyssey. I enjoyed Lost Odyssey (I'll beat the 4th disc sometime! I swear!), but this just looked too kiddy for me. Now I wish those guys would get together to make another RPG. Even if it was a sequel to Lost Odyssey I would gladly give them my money.
SoldierG654342on Oct. 29, 2011 at 1:50 p.m.

Unless this song is in there, this entire series is a waste of space.

sharingan_eyeson Oct. 29, 2011 at 3:46 p.m.

i think this came on 4 kids or something..it was "meh" at best

EganTheVile1on Oct. 29, 2011 at 11:32 p.m.

played the video game a couple years back which was forgettable, and am unimpressed by the anime, plus what is with the young female characters rocking ridiculous displays of cleavage?

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