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    robotrider

    [1]Sep 6, 2009
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    All of the power ranger are censored from Japaneses super sentai. For example to make power ranger RPM 26 episodes they censored all unmasked Japanese actors form engine sentai Go-onger 50 episodes and a movie. The reason why is that someone in marketing think that we Americans are so vain that we will only watch white people as lead charters just to sell toys. If you want to see photos and reviews of super sentai and more check this fan site *link removed*.
    Edited on 09/06/2009 10:33pm
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    JonathonWolf

    [2]Sep 6, 2009
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    robotrider wrote:
    All of the power ranger are censored from Japaneses super sentai. For example to make power ranger RPM 26 episodes they censored all unmasked Japanese actors form engine sentai Go-onger 50 episodes and a movie. The reason why is that someone in marketing think that we Americans are so vain that we will only watch white people as lead charters just to sell toys. If you want to see photos and reviews of super sentai and more check this fan site japanhero.com.

    While it's commendable to be dedicated to educating the cultural history of the show, Power Rangers is is not censored super sentai. It's edited super sentai. They took footage and changed the context of the footage for a different story. Power Rangers has been doing it for fifteen years. The entertainment industry as been doing it for about forty years or more. It would be censorship if they presented the original footage and audio, and they then removed or changed specific things to adhere to standards and practices. As an example, Robotech is an edited form of Macross. Within Robotech, they deleted certain scenes of graphic violence and death because American broadcast standards do not allow such depictions.

    As for Americans being too vain to watch it without white people, that's fairly true of all cultures. Everything gets dubbed to different languages in different countries. To make something profitable, it has to be tailored to the culture of that country. Anime can do well visually in America because we are used to similar depictions in Looney Toons and other cartoons. Some American cartoons cannot do well in Japan because there are various visual elements that jar against the societal expectations. The 90s X-Men cartoon looks like a bunch of villains fighting each other because even the heroes have small, realistic eyes. There are even basic elements of culture and storytelling that do not translate well. Customs and personality types will seem weird because it's not how things are done in America.

    Even then, your statement about white people being lead characters is over-generalized. The two Asians are the most powerful members of the team. The leaders of both the Ranger team and the city are black. The blue ranger is Scottish. There has always been ethnic diversity throughout the show's run. Commander Krueger in SPD was a dog-like alien.

    Children are a fickle audience, and that is the target demographic for the show. The people that would watch the original source material unedited are a small percentage. And I've met some of them at anime conventions.

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    KyL416

    [3]Sep 6, 2009
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    1. It's 32 episodes, not 26
    2. The reason why it's cut down to 32 is not because they're "censoring" the other 20 or so, it's because that's the episode order Disney gave the producers since unlike Japan, we do not go 52 weeks a year with nonstop new episodes. ABC has way more pre-emptions, especially in the Fall where college football interrupts PR's timeslot on the west coast, which results in them airing reruns on the east coast so the west coast won't miss out on new episodes.
    3. If you would actually PAY ATTENTION to both shows, you would notice that many times they combine footage from MULTIPLE Sentai episodes into one PR episode
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