Toei Offers Refunds for Censored Japanese Blu-ray of 6th Dragon Ball Movie Compilation

posted on by Kim Morrissy
Characters flipping the bird were edited to fists

Toei Video Company announced on Friday that they are offering refunds to customers of the 6th "Dragon Ball the Movie" compilation Blu-ray after it came to light that every instance of a character raising their middle finger in the footage was censored. The Blu-ray, which went on sale in Japan on December 5 last year, was advertised as an unedited re-release of the original Dragon Ball movies.

Toei posted comparison shots in their statement, and identified where every instance of censorship occurred:

From Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly (0:35:50)

From Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly (0:35:57)

From Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn (0:41:02)

The jacket of the Blu-ray reads: "Parts of the footage and dialog in this product are not considered appropriate for today's audiences, but it is being presented in its original form out of respect for its historical importance."

Toei said that the footage in the Blu-ray was edited at the time of release "out of consideration of its influence on children" and so that "everyone can enjoy it." However, Toei now acknowledges the contradiction between their actions and what was promised on the jacket. In light of that, Toei is now offering recalling the product and offering refunds. The recall period is until January 24, 2020.

"We apologize gravely for the confusion," Toei wrote in their statement.

Source: Toei Video Company official website

Thanks to Craig for the news tip.

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