Toei Offers Refunds After Censoring Dragon Ball Z Blu-ray In Japan

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Last month, it was discovered that the Blu-ray release of Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly was censored. Now in Japan, Toei is apologizing and offering customers a refund.

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Below are the edits made to Dragon Ball the Movies Blu-ray #6 disc release. You can see the original version, which included characters flipping the bird and how the scenes were altered for the Blu-ray. Previously, Twitter user Nappasan pointed out the differences in detail.

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Toei explained that the scenes were changed as not to negatively influence children.

Thing is, the Blu-ray’s jacket said this was not edited. Specifically, it stated that even though there were scenes and dialogue that would now be considered inappropriate, this was a compilation of the original work, which was of historical importance.

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Toei apologized for the confusion and is offering refunds for customers in Japan.

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

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HimikoHime
HimikoHime

I don’t think that children that can be influenced by something like that are the target audience of DBZ...? I understand that someone like Ash shouldn’t do that cause really young children watch Pokémon. I hope they don’t start to censore Trunk’s mooning too, cause it’s a “bad” behavior.