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All The Times Digimon Was Too Intense For American Audiences

Digimon is actually known as one of the more mature kids' shows out there. With violent imagery, character deaths, and serious family issues like divorce and adoption, you wouldn't necessarily know there are major differences in the Digimon dub. Seriously, where were they drawing the line? But weirdly, Digimon was heavily censored in America. And Digimon isn't the only anime censored in the US. The same thing happened to shows like Dragon Ball Z and Sailor Moon, too.

From touching up the outfits of scantily clad female Digimon to removing everything from guns to incest to Buddhism, 4Kids and Saban turned Toei Animation's original series into a barely recognizable version of itself. While some of these changes detracted from the quality of the series, some actually made it better. The merit of the changes may be up for debate, but one thing's for sure; the sub and the dub are so disparate they may as well be two different series.