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

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 apologising and offering customers a refund.

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.

The 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.

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

Comments

  • That’s interesting, was there mass outrage about this? It’s a pretty good move from them to do this straight up instead of bullshitting like other companies have *cough* Bethesda *cough*

    • Japan has very strong consumer protection laws, so they don’t really have any other choice but to offer refunds.

  • So when they censor in Japan they offer refunds and apologize.

    But when they censor anime in western markets its basically just “Tough luck get over it”

  • They should be refunded for actually watching the movie – it was soooo bad.
    Stick with the first broly movie or the new version.

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