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Should Anime Be Censored? -- THE VICE PIT

Is the world ready for uncut episodes of SAMURAI PIZZA CATS? Tom & Sam brave bodily harm to examine whether anime is censored nowadays, and if it's ever worth it to wait for the purer version?

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    Nightwolfon Jan. 29, 2013 at 3:09 p.m.

    To sum it up in one word, NO!

    RoninAutomatonon Jan. 29, 2013 at 3:31 p.m.

    Choice of viewing service/medium did cross my mind. Most of the anime I stream online has been thru Hulu, partly because it's free, and partly because the amount of subbed Anime available. The notion of censorship hadn't crossed my mind until I began checking out episodes of High School of the Dead and Deadman Wonderland, where scenes of violence were darkened in order to hide/muddy what was going on. It was most distracting in Deadman Wonderland because there were segments, for minutes at a time, the video screen would be barely visible. Using a different streaming service, I rewatched those same episodes and saw what I had missed.

    Petiewon Jan. 29, 2013 at 3:36 p.m.
    Those Ghost in the Shell fans probably have a few nasty blemishes on their fists. You showed 'em Tom!
     
    There is even still some censorship in anime shown on Japanese TV. Fanservice shows often make use of rays of light to cover up things, I think Blood C had a ton of edits to the point that people said the TV version was like a parody. These are normally removed in blu-ray/DVD releases of the series.
     
    Like you guys said we don't need to necessarily wait for shows to air on TV or released on DVD before we can watch them so I don't mind censorship when it does finally air on TV.
    I don't like when it's obvious action sequences have been trimmed out though. It's really disorienting and messes up the pace. Not anime but the version of Commando (Awesome movie) I have suffers from a lot of cutaways and trims to the action sequences. It just looks bad.
    Elfenlied1012on Jan. 29, 2013 at 3:49 p.m.

    short answer. No.

    Donwunon Jan. 29, 2013 at 4:11 p.m.

    Well the whole One Piece 4KIDS Doboccle fits in nicely with this discussion....but maybe we are all tired with that particular example

    cynically_happyon Jan. 29, 2013 at 4:47 p.m.

    No

    RoninAutomatonon Jan. 29, 2013 at 5:14 p.m.

    Oh yeah! Thanks to Tom and Sam for addressing my topic!!

    takashichea moderator is online on Jan. 29, 2013 at 6:41 p.m.

    I'm going to be bit wishy washy here, but I'm against censorship of Japanese culture, drugs, and violence. Examples include replacing riceballs with sandwiches in Pokemon, changing folk's Japanese names into English, and erasing kanji.

    Some Americans are very culturally sensitive, and censorship against like black face and the Swastika which was intended to be used as a sacred symbol of auspiciousness in Buddhism. Censorship will protect companies from getting off the wrong foot when people misunderstand their intentions.

    MarioRedfieldon Jan. 29, 2013 at 6:48 p.m.

    There could be a censored version, yeah.

    Kino88on Jan. 29, 2013 at 8:09 p.m.

    wow!, some one please send that uncut version of Samurai Pizza Cats' over here ASAP!

    I mean come'on she had a freak'in bottle of sake!, Kawaii!.....

    isawachuckon Jan. 30, 2013 at 3:27 a.m.

    I don't want my anime censored...

    JiCion Jan. 30, 2013 at 5:55 a.m.

    No, no censoring, for crying out loud. We've gotten our share with 4Kids crap, and we don't need more of these.

    sickVisionz moderator on Jan. 30, 2013 at 7:42 a.m.
    It doesn't bother me much, at least for the shows I watch. Almost everything on Crunchyroll is from a censored tv broadcast and I'm fine with it. Most of the shows I watch either don't have censoring or it's so mild that I can't notice it. Plus it just doesn't rub me the wrong away. The Bleach anime did a lot of little things but it was all irrelevant stuff for my enjoyment. Then there is stuff like Panty and Stocking or Cat Planet Cities. I like the bleeps more than the rampant unfunny profanity in Panty and Stocking and I liked Cat Planet when it was just slightly pervy rather than topless kids and teens running around. The only time censoring bothers me like that Qwasar show where there was like 5 minute fight where literally like 90% of the screen was blacked out. That was ridiculous for me. Stuff like that bothers me. Blood turned green, a throw away character getting a cigarette removed, and Rock Lee drinking "loopy juice" rather than whiskey one time in one episode doesn't phase me and seems like a waste of time to get mad over because it has no impact on anything other than whether or not show can be broadcast on tv and ultimately, unless the show is about smoking and cigars, changing a cigarette to a toothpick just doesn't mean anything.
    NickyCharismaon Jan. 30, 2013 at 11:55 a.m.
    I might be luckly but I can't help and feel like this issue is irrelevant. I can't remember a time when a show that I was watching was censored in a way that detracted from the anime. A few years ago when I was watching "Naruto", I watched the reruns on TV and as I was collecting the Uncut DVDs. The difference between the two was negligible. The only other example that I can think of is during "Nisemongatari", certain body parts were left in shadows or behind convenient fog. But that didn't stop the infamous toothbrush scene from disturbing the audience.
    GokaiRedon Feb. 1, 2013 at 7:47 p.m.
    When they censored Sailor Moon they deprived us of Lesbians. 
     
    No Censorship please, i'm tired of seeing black and grey blood or deleted scenes :(

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