In Japan, Dragon Ball Z Blu-ray Edits Out Obscene Hand Gesture

Illustration for article titled In Japan, iDragon Ball Z/i Blu-ray Edits Out Obscene Hand Gesture
Image: Nappasan
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.

In the original Japanese release of Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly, Trunks flips Bio-Broly the bird. However, in the recently released Blu-ray version, he does not.

As pointed out by Twitter user Nappasan, here’s how the edited version differs:

Advertisement

The edited version is on the left and the original one is on the right. Below is a comparison of both in motion:

The gesture was also removed from this month’s Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound Blu-ray release.

Advertisement

Dragon Ball fans will know that middle fingers have appeared throughout the different iterations as taunts. Editing them out isn’t new, either. The bird was cut from certain international releases and in recent years, the hand gesture has been censored for Japanese TV rebroadcasts.

Advertisement

But this is the Blu-ray release.

Flipping people off is not originally an obscene gesture in Japan, but due to the American popular culture, loads of people know what it means.

Advertisement

Blu-ray release or not, since kids in Japan love Dragon Ball, there was probably a concern that children would copy the gesture or that it would also be difficult to broadcast these HD remasters on Japanese TV.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

Share This Story

Get our newsletter

DISCUSSION

The censoring has been a hotly-discussed topic over on the Kanzenshuu forums. On the hand this (on top of the grading and DNR) has put people off buying these Blu-Rays as it removes what was in the original product. But at the same time, Japan has always had a weird dichotomy in being a show for kids that also features the gropey Master Roshi as well as blood and gore.