“Dragon Ball”, “One Piece”, “Naruto”… When their fans reduce them to “kaï” version

Six minutes of story per twenty-two episode. Faced with the stretching of anime, enthusiasts are making “kaï”: condensed versions, stripped of everything superfluous. Decryption on the occasion of the theatrical release of “Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero”.

“How many Super Saiyans does it take to screw in a light bulb?” Only one, but it takes him three episodes. » This little joke launched by a user on a forum sums up very well one of the concerns expressed by many anime fans like dragonball, including the new version, Dragon Ball Super: Superheroes, hits theaters this Wednesday, October 5.

The passage to the screen of manga pushes the animation studios to hold on the length thanks to many “fillers” (from the English verb to fill : fill), episodes disconnected from the original narrative framework. “The studios are always making the story longer. For an episode of One Piece of twenty-two minutes, there are on average only six or seven minutes of history”, laments Arthur, a 21-year-old student.

Enthusiasts therefore took the problem head on. Why not resume the episodes and evacuate everything that is, according to them, superfluous? In the form of films of an hour or two, these “kaï” versions are for Arthur “more comfortable episode formats”, but also “considerable saving in viewing time, without missing the story”. The issue of time saved is often raised by viewers. Zed is part of a community of “kaïeurs”, those who make these new versions. According to him, “We don’t do it so that people can go faster. But look naruto Where Bleach with the fillers harms, from our point of view, the quality of the experience”, he explains.

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