As Far as Anime Censorship Goes, This Is Pretty Ridiculous

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Terra Formars follows the struggle between humans and roaches for supremacy on Mars. Originally a manga, the anime's first three episodes have been censored to the point that it's distracting.

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In the anime, there are black bars and dots cover parts deemed unsuitable—like bad Photoshops. Here, have a look:

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And if you are wondering what kind of stuff is being edited, here is a comparison with the original manga:

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Note that this is how the anime is appearing on Japanese television and in online streams. It seems that blood and gore is getting the blunt end of the censorship stick, but other things are not.

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Crunchyroll stated it will be streaming Terra Formars uncensored "at a later date." Or you could also get wait for the Blu-ray release.

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Ungh. Censorship is actually making the anime worse.

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But, at least, some people online have a good sense of humor about this whole thing.

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DISCUSSION

shippoyasha
Shippoyasha

It's a fun show and manga (well, manga most of all) and it really does defeat the purpose of an adaptation if the most fun part of it (the hyper violence) is taken out.

The fans will have to wait for the Bluray release at this point. For everyone else, just go straight to the manga. It has all the gory violence and more on the pages.