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Title: Sheer Lunacy! A Nitpicker's Guide to the Sailormoon Universe!
URL:http://www.geocities.com/Tokyo/Pagoda/1641/
Nominated By: Mimete
Quick Summary:
A Sailormoon reference guide in the tradition of Doi, Arromdee et al.


Mimete's Review: Sheer Lunacy! A Nitpicker's Guide to the Sailormoon Universe
FIRST IMPRESSION
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.

Main Page
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 that, AGAIN...
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 Sword."

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.

Mimete
Name, dictionary 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.

Space Sword
Name, description 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 see.

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. Well done!

MYTHOLOGY 101
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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. Exceptional work!

  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. JAPAN
Not yet active.

FINAL THOUGHTS
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 Fifth Witch
Sailormoon is Naoko Takeuchi/Kodansha/Toei Animation
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