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In Search of Little Kimba

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http://whitelionshop.kimba.biz/KimbaRestored.htm

If you don’t want to bother with the link, it’s a DVD of a recording of the first Kimba the White Lion episode’s original English version. The more common one is actually a SECOND version, commissioned for reasons unknown. This DVD is a fan-made restoration. So why am I not buying this? Because according to this page on the site hosting the shop’s website (which hasn’t been touched in years) the person who single-handedly ran the shop had a fatal heart attack in 2012. Therefore, no more discs are likely to be sold. That leaves only this low quality clip from the aforementioned deceased man as the only surviving footage online of that version of the episode. I would be ever so grateful if someone could hunt down a copy of this, because this is a piece of history that certainly doesn’t deserve to be lost.

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NeverarGreat said:

Fascinating. So is the “original” version of this episode different in only audio, or have there been video edits as well?

From what I’ve gathered, not only is the script and performances different, but the episode is in the original Japanese order (flashbacks throughout) instead of how the official release does it (all but one flashback crammed into the first few minutes). So presumably this older version is the more faithful to the Japanese. If you check out the clip, you’ll see that, like the Japanese version, Snowene continues to speak over Kimba’s swimming in the ocean, while she stops after a few lines in the more common version.