If the anime adaptation of Masashi Kishimoto’s work is generally very faithful, there are inevitable changes. We bet this one passed you by.
Like all adaptations of shonen (manga for young boys), anime naruto does not escape acts of censorship. In some cases, the violence and symbols that are sometimes depicted in Masashi Kishimoto’s work cannot be accurately portrayed on television.
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Among the best-known censorships, there is obviously the mark on Neji’s forehead, which depicts a swastika in the manga and was changed in the anime series for obvious reasons (since the swastika is the symbol of Nazism). In a slightly lighter way, it can also be noted that Shikamaru does not smoke cigarettes in the anime adaptation of naruto. A constrained and forced choice for the Pierrot animation studio, which cannot advertise cigarettes for minors.
Other forms of censorship exist in anime, but they are on the fringe. Scenes made less bloody, reduction in the number of cuts received… all these modifications are ultimately classic in the adaptations of shonens.
This change in naruto which has surely passed under your nose
In episode 11 from Naruto, Tazuna tells the harrowing story of Inari’s adoptive father, Kaiza. The young child, who has lost all spirit of rebellion against the multi-millionaire and criminal Gâto, is disliked by Naruto for a good part of the Arc of the Land of Waves. It must be said that everything ends badly for the brave and courageous Kaiza, who ends executed and crucified in public square.
If you hadn’t noticed, this sequence differs between the manga and the anime. In Masashi Kishimoto’s original version, Kaiza’s arms are totally ripped off, while in Studio Pierrot’s, they are “only” burned. Accustomed to heavy censorship, the American version of naruto will show greater creativity, since if Kaiza is still nailed to a stake, the cross has disappeared, and his arms are no longer hung by ropes.
Pictures speak louder than words, here’s what the different versions of Kaiza’s run look like: