The original Japanese versions of the Dragon Ball Super fight scenes are quick and relentless. However, on Toonami, they were edited and slowed down with dropped frames.
Warning: This article contains footage that might be harmful to those with motion sensitivity or those prone to seizures.
Dragon Ball Super began airing on Adult Swim since 2017. It currently airs in the Toonami programming block.
Here's a short demonstration of the continuing framerate problems in the Toonami broadcast and the Adult Swim stream. These are the only legal ways to watch the dub until this episode (113) comes out for digital purchase. Currently digital seasons are only up to 104. pic.twitter.com/YzZo85zody— Terez @Schadenfreude ????️???? (@Terez27) June 2, 2019
Via My Game News Flash, here is another comparison:
The original untouched scene: pic.twitter.com/ESpqdAGipd— Ajay (@AnimeAjay) June 7, 2019
It’s interesting to see how Toonami’s motion-sensitivity edit stacks up with Fuji TV’s.
Toonami's motion sensitivity edit: pic.twitter.com/mIxnW7fArW— Ajay (@AnimeAjay) June 7, 2019
Toonami’s Jason DeMarco explained the discrepancy on Twitter and the reason why the scenes were edited for broadcast.
#toonami and #DragonBallSuper fans, an update on last week’s slowdown of action scenes. Here goes:— LORD DEATH DEMARCO (@Clarknova1) June 7, 2019
SO. Remember the Pokémon flashing episode that triggered a bunch of epileptic episodes in viewers? Since then, TV networks have something called the “Harding Test.”
Our program edit folks, who do these tests, normally just slow the cuts down in these scenes to about four frames per second. In the case of these DBS eps, it made the fight scenes look insanely slow.— LORD DEATH DEMARCO (@Clarknova1) June 7, 2019
Program edit does this routinely, so they didn’t even think to notify us.
Japan and the US have totally different on-air standards. There’s not a global tv coalition.— LORD DEATH DEMARCO (@Clarknova1) June 7, 2019
Anyway, that’s the best we can do because obviously, we don’t want to be causing people to have epileptic episodes. Thanks to all of you who let us know what was going on, and hopefully we have nipped the worst of this in the bud for the future.???????? enjoy DBS tomorrow!— LORD DEATH DEMARCO (@Clarknova1) June 7, 2019
DeMarco is referring to the “Pokémon Shock” incident in Japan which resulted in 685 kids rushed to the hospital when the “Electric Soldier Porygon” episode aired on December 16, 1997.