Everyone knows that kids form their perspective on life through television in this age. How can they not when everywhere they go, it is there?
The real problem isn’t that they are learning about inappropriate things on television that need to be edited out. The real problem is that they are learning the wrong ways to react to these inappropriate things that are in plain view, even with the editing.
If you see someone get cut on TV, but no blood comes out, and yet the characters are talking about how to stop the bleeding, it can bring a youth to respond to a situation incorrectly.
These kind of false lessons about reality are especially apparent in anime. Whether this is simply because it’s from another culture that has less censored material remains to be seen. It is mostly unnecessary either way.
According to the edit list on Anime News Network, in episode II of Outlaw Star, one of the most horribly edited anime for American television, they changed the word “gun” to “blaster.” Kids know what guns are and if you try to tell them that they aren’t guns and that they are “blasters” it literally changes their entire image of what they had thought before. This is wrong.
It also had a huge influence on my general knowledge of consequences. When Gene, Outlaw Star’s main character, said “I’d rather eat crow” instead of “I’d rather eat shit” in response to giving an innocent robot girl over to pirates I was utterly baffled.
For one thing, as a child, I had no idea what that meant.
For another thing, this makes it sound as though he actually wants to give her to the pirates after I looked up the phrase, which means to apologize.
The defining of sexuality is also being ruined by editing. Not missing, mind you, just being ruined. The lesbian relationship between Sailor Uranus and Neptune was horribly construed according to The Sailor Moon Wiki. Not only did they label them as “cousins,” but they made Uranus a man.