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Posted 6/15/14 , edited 6/15/14
They dont make an uncesored version. They make the show as normal, then they make a backup copy and throw on the Light Beams of Censorship or the character head coverups or the black smudges you sometimes see in up-skirt shots. Then the sell the original copy on b-rays.

I dislike censorship, but I can tolerate it when its not obnoxious or it's done cleverly. Like doing the camera shot behind a plant and one of the leaves covering up the bits... sometimes steam in bathroom scenes works well, as long as they don't over do it.

I would go so far as to say that I like censorship if they can make it look like they didn't so it at all. But just slapping on steaks of white lines or blobs of white is incredibly lazy.
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Posted 6/15/14
Censorship is the new fad.
No jk :P
Censoring has always been around in anime and in any entertainment really.
Might be more now in anime because some law that came a few years ago while Bleach was still airing. While Dattebayo was still around they posted something about there being less blood in Bleach from that point, because of the law about blood on tv.
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Posted 6/15/14
Anyone know how much of Tokyo Ghoul will be censored?
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Posted 6/15/14
Part of the reason they censor it, is SUPPOSEDLY, because it sparks more BR sales.
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Ah, I see.
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Posted 6/15/14
The current Prime Minister in Japan is very conservative, and did change some laws on what could be shown on TV in Japan. So things like nudity and extreme voilenxe has be relegated to some forms if censorship even on paired networks. Luckily it f ode not affect what can be sold at the retail level.
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Posted 6/16/14
Many of the laws have changed over the years. If you look at dragonball, what was allowed and not allowed has drastically changed.

Even my cousin, whose not a fan of anime, recalled the same scene which was edited out the second time it was on tv, a mere 3 years after she 1st glimpsed it.

Laws change about what is allowed and what is exclusive to the uncut releases for home media. I respect why they change, sometimes it's down to real events that bring a horrid realism that aches wounds too fresh. Yet there are some edits that question the whole point of how it can cause harm i.e. changing the phrase to make it less frightening but the action is still the same. like a character saying they'll kill them in a horrid way is edited out but the act itself isn't edited.

It comes down to what laws are tweaked when, the extent of the part that is debated for editing & what rating fits it better. i.e. if the show is mostly fits in 12a but has 1 scene that makes it 15, is it better to bump up the rating for uncut or make it more viewable with that scene altered.

Sometimes censorship can do far more intimidating scenes then intended.
Batman of the future movie joker's return is a prime example.

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Posted 10/4/14 , edited 10/4/14
The topic is fresh again with the airing of Terraformars. I can tolerate it, but I agree that when it's done with no finesse at all and for entire scenes instead of just a few seconds here and there it is a bit disruptive and negatively affects the viewing experience.

However, even so, I'm extremely unlikely to purchase a disc just to avoid the censorship and view a bit more gore. I'm not especially partial to gore, and think you can still make an effective impact without too much of it--but I'd prefer that be done as part of the adaptation in choice of how a scene is presented rather than through creating a gory scene and then just blacking it out.
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Posted 10/4/14
although i am sure pushing blue ray dvd sales figure into it. there were a number of incidents in japan a few years ago where life imitated art and the Japanese gvmnt cracked down on the gore in anime. of course anything that also airs in Malaysia or Indonesia is going to be heavily censored for sexual content to keep the Muslims from going into a frothing rage
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Posted 10/4/14 , edited 10/4/14
The 1 CR simulcast I know of that was uncensored (sometimes, DVD/BD version of a show might be even more uncensored than the the AT-X version) was the Winter 2010 series of "Cobra the Animation".
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Yeah, the censorship in the first episode of Terraformars was annoying as heck. If there's another cover-up-one-half-of-the-screen-with-a-black-triangle-and-the-other-half-with-a-white-triangle moment, I'm probably going to drop the series. I'm actually kind of amazed that Akame ga Kill has been getting away with all of its gore. Is it airing on something other than public airwaves?
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Aethix0 wrote:

Yeah, the censorship in the first episode of Terraformars was annoying as heck. If there's another cover-up-one-half-of-the-screen-with-a-black-triangle-and-the-other-half-with-a-white-triangle moment, I'm probably going to drop the series. I'm actually kind of amazed that Akame ga Kill has been getting away with all of its gore. Is it airing on something other than public airwaves?


Akame ga Kill! has actually been censored A LOT on Japanese television. It's a good thing Crunchyroll and other streaming sites were able to get a hold of the "uncensored" versions.
Posted 10/4/14
If it's horror, then it shouldn't really be censored that much because the person who's watching it is SUPPOSED to get scared. Otherwise it's okay.
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Posted 10/4/14

lorreen wrote:

The topic is fresh again with the airing of Terraformars. I can tolerate it, but I agree that when it's done with no finesse at all and for entire scenes instead of just a few seconds here and there it is a bit disruptive and negatively affects the viewing experience.

However, even so, I'm extremely unlikely to purchase a disc just to avoid the censorship and view a bit more gore. I'm not especially partial to gore, and think you can still make an effective impact without too much of it--but I'd prefer that be done as part of the adaptation in choice of how a scene is presented rather than through creating a gory scene and then just blacking it out.


Agreed. I have no problems with censorship per see as long as it is cleverly done. But so much of it lately has been of the ham fisted variety. But for horror/gore most` people seem to have forgotten that less is more. The human imagination is far more scarey that shock TV.
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