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You know, I've recently spent some time researching some of my favorite anime/cartoons originating from Japan and read up on the editing that is done when it comes to America to be dubbed.
Even in shows where the plot, in and of itself, should make them rated a little higher than PG13. I was reading about the editing done to Naruto and it's "sequel" Naruto Shippuden. They not only edited out the all of the blood but also most of the violence....
I'm sorry, but if you have a show about ninjas, then you are intrinsically going to have both blood and a great deal of violence. Otherwise, the fact that their ninjas is just a word. It would be like calling a person on a show a Power Ranger and never having them morph and fight evil villains; or like calling someone an Alchemist and never have them doing any Alchemy. It just wouldn't make sense.
Other shows, like Digimon and Dragon Ball (and it's 'sequels'), have had the same thing done. This all bugs the ever-living hell out of me and makes me wish day in and day out that I could understand Japanese.
But the point of this random outburst was to ask you some questions.
1. What do you think it is about American studios that makes them do all of this? Do you think it's because it seems like more and more Americans look at this form of entertainment and immediately dismiss it as something for kids and then attempt to disembowel the series of anything that they deem inappropriate for children?
Personally, that's what I believe. I think they just take one look at animation and animated shows and dismiss it off as a childish form of entertainment, even with some shows like American Dad, Family Guy, The Simpsons, Ugly Americans leading the way against that kind of dismissal.
2. Do you feel that there seems to be this over-protective sentiment from parents and that this leads them to "force" agencies like the FCC to create these immense - and sometimes unwarranted - requirements against not only animated shows, but live-action drama as well?
Yes, personally, I do. With everything that's going on in the realm of television, I think some parents are getting too damn over-protective of their children. Many children entering into their pre-teen stage have already heard their first cuss word, seen blood and violence; and it's not because of fictional television. It's because we live in something called the 'real world'. Most times, children have heard their first cuss word and it came from the mouths of the parents.
3. And this question is aimed towards those who would be knowledgable of the answer. Do you know whether or not Japan has as bad a problem with content blocking as America does? In Japan, is anime considered a legitimate form of entertainment or is it dismissed as childish entertainment as is done here?
4. And finally, do you think there is anything we can do that will stop this madness?