Beocat Posted September 1, 2018 Share Posted September 1, 2018 @ArchieKun Alright, allow me to play Devil's Advocate here. Consider that the producers were not willing to bend the story to fit cultural acceptance across international lines through dubbing. Great shows that cemented my love of anime in my childhood like Cardcaptor Sakura would never have been brought over (due to the gay relationship between her brother and his friend, as well as Tomoyo's obsession (and lesbian/incest love) for Sakura) because during that era, children were actually shielded from exposure to extreme social concepts of the time like homosexuality, pedophilia, incest, and so forth (some may not be considered extreme today, but remember folks, you cannot judge yesterday by today's standards!). At the very least, by changing some parts of the dubbing, the anime was able to reach a larger audience and I imagine that is one anime many fans look fondly back on even today, knowing it was changed. My sister doesn't really like anime...but she was into Sailor Moon, which also may not have continued if not subtly altered (to remove animal cruelty (in episode 2 or 3? It was an early episode where her brother kicks Luna maliciously because he hates cats - actually reminds me of some real crazy's I've worked with in the past), premarital sex, again homosexuality, and so forth). Many fans rail against these changes today but the fact of the matter is that they would have never seen the show to begin with if not for those changes having been in place. Sailor Moon was many a fan's (especially when it came to girls) first anime "love". Changes like those were put in place to protect a very young audience who may be watching (remember, a lot of these were on Saturday mornings and weekday afternoons immediately after school). Children are exposed in my opinion to far too much these days. While I too prefer the original storyline as opposed to the changes, I can 100% agree with the reasoning behind instituting those changes, especially because it gave access to those anime earlier rather than later. I do think that some anime does need censorship, because parents are not willing to parent their children these days. Parenting is hard...and sex is easy. Funny how that works. Those anime that should be censored in my opinion are the ones that are being targeted to children (and shown on "cartoon specific channels targeting very young audiences). If you want an uncensored version, I think the producers should always produce for purchase an "uncut" version (which I have for Sailor Moon. Big beautiful boxes that I came across by pure serendipity one day and was very willing to dump some cash on to get them.). I agree with censorship on a level, even though I prefer to see the author's original vision. Some concepts shouldn't be taught to children until they are actually old enough to comprehend them. I worked with pediatrics and I've seen some messed up kids. Yeah, the 90s anime were famous for censorship, but it was done with the right audience in mind. Just my two cents. 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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