This was a new link on the Anime Web Turnpike. It claims to be "
the ultimate reference guide to the wonderful world of Sailor Moon."
Immediately wary of such a claim, I decided to take a look at this
page for this month's review.
I like the little CG that the webmaster used in his title image.
Today, I'm not going to bother attacking the aliased image today.
I'm just looking to see if this page is comparable to the already-established
reference page... namely, Hitoshi Doi's online SM encyclopedia.
The author asks that all first-time visitors check out "The
Almighty Guide To Using The Ultimate Sailor Moon Encyclopedia,"
so that was my first stop.
THE ALMIGHTY GUIDE TO THE...ENCYCLOPEDIA
It might be the lighting in this room, but something
about this text and this background is a bad combination on my
eyes. For something like this, I think black text on white background
would have been much better, but that's me. I found that I needed
to highlight things to follow along. Moving right along...
The author gives a brief explanation of how this page works, along
with an example of an entry. There was a link provided to the
now-defunct Miss Haruna's Homeroom to download a clip of Mars'
'Burning Mandala' attack. That's small potatoes. If the rest of
this encyclopedia has entries as concise as the one for Mars,
then I'm already sold.
THE MOONLIGHT LEGEND
Not yet active.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME
Not yet active.
THE ULTIMATE SAILORMOON EPISODE GUIDE
Going in, I was really hoping that this wouldn't be a reprint
of Hitoshi Doi's episode synopsi. Instead, I got a different disappointment.
First off, the background's gotta go or be replaced with something
more subdued. At the top of the page, the author states that he
made a bit of a mistake in naming this section of the page, as
it is not even nearly complete. He makes a plea for interested
parties to write and submit episode summaries. However, all was
not lost yet. The author has provided two charts... one with the
original Japanese episodes and their North American (DIC) counterparts,
and another chart of the original anime and its German counterparts.
While I have seen other pages list the Japanese/English episodes,
the Japanese/German/German-to-English episode listing is something
new, and probably very handy for someone.
THE ULTIMATE SAILORMOON ENCYCLOPEDIA
Okay, okay, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT place a 154K image on
ANY page, ever, for any reason, without giving the viewer
fair warning or a thumbnail! Second, DO NOT combine said picture
with another substantially large 88K image, PLUS another 134K
image. There is just NO reason for that. On to the content,
after waiting for a good three minutes for this page to load...
We got a couple somewhat unattractive images, we got... oh, another
apology from the webmaster on the state of this section, which
is incomplete. Frankly, I'm getting tired of this. Moving beyond
The encyclopedia entries that I looked at were quite impressive.
They're detailed without being droning, and I like that. I chose
to look at three entries... the "Albert Einstein School for
the GIfted", "Mimete" (tee hee), and "Space
Albert Einstein School
For The Gifted
English title is given, followed by the original Japanese name,
followed by a description of this place and its purpose. At
the end, a reference is made to episode numbers. No image given.
definition given of mineral Mimetite, brief description that's
a bit questionable (dirty blond hair? I don't think so), and
one factual inaccuracy. My guess is that the author never saw
the particular episode described in this passage (I won't go
into it, as I don't want to be responsible for giving away a
spoiler), and misinterpreted something he read. Pictures given;
captions for pictures were a bit inappropriate.
of use given. Might want to do some additional research as to
the origins of the talisman symbols, which is kinda interesting...
I felt that could have completed this section.
Overall, I'd say that this section is very well done, and I appreciate
the thought put into some of these entries, with illustrations
given. That is a very considerate touch that you don't always
THE PUN IS THE HIGHEST FORM OF HONOR
This page explores and lists the puns in the series, like kanji
information, complete with visuals. Again, a very considerate
act. Extensive information on name meanings.. I walked away from
this page with more than I came to it with, and that's a big plus!
The usual info is also reitterated here, like the Robocop in-joke.
MINERALS, GEMS AND STONES...OH MY!
The background's an eyesore. There, I've said it. LOSE the background,
PLEASE. The text has to be highlighted to be read. The text in
the chart is too small... I would suggest FONT SIZE="2"
for this section. Aside from that, the information given is invaluable...
you get your Japanese name, you get your North American name,
your mineral, your chemical composition, AND your chemical formula!
I'm not sure what you'd do with that information, but it's good
to have! Additional, extensive notes on other villains follow.
Not yet active.
THE MYSTIC PLANETARIUM
This section's dedicated to astronomical and astrological references
in Sailor Moon. This section is as thorough and informative as
its brethren. Once again, I left this area feeling enlightened.
WHAT DID YOU CALL ME?
Three conversion charts for characters' names in different
countries... one for major characters, one for alter egoes, titles,
and nicknames, and one for supporting characters. Again, the author
has taken pains to make this as complete as possible.
THE X-FILES, PRIVATE
PARTS, PUTTING WORDS IN THEIR MOUTHS, ABOUT THE AUTHOR, IT'S ALL
JAPANESE TO ME, THE BOOMBOX, MANGA VS. ANIME, NORTH AMERICA VS.
Not yet active.
If this page continues to head down the track it's on right now,
it will be up there with Hitoshi Doi's encyclopedia and Ken Arromdee's
Sailormoon FAQ as one of the definitive information sites. For
a "work-in-progress", this page already surpasses the
quality of information found on already "established"
sites, and that's saying a LOT. After certain design issues are
worked out., which will undoubtedly come with age and experience,
this page will also come into its maturity, and emerge, hopefully,
as a new resource for Sailormooon fans everywhere!
Mimete's grade: A-
© 1998 Mimete
Design, content © 1998 The
Sailormoon is © Naoko Takeuchi/Kodansha/Toei Animation
Sing it to me, daddio!