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August 8th, 2001

Sweety Sakura
(5 stars)

Design and Layout:
Ah, where to begin? The first thought that came to my mind as I looked over this site was: "WATERMELON." It's an interesting color choice, but it does look nice together. This just proves that if all other inspirations fail, look to nature. And even this layout is slightly different than most, with a right side-bar that extends to the top of the page as opposed to below the title banner. 
2 out of 2 stars

Yep, they've got broken links, most notably the costume gallery. Or should I say "costums." I really think that if you're going to make something public, at least proofread it first. Spell check takes 2 seconds guys! Also, their wallpaper and win amp skins links go nowhere. Same with a few of their summaries. Aren't I thorough? I guess that's not too bad, but still, it's something that really should be checked. And... another thing that irked me was that even when the links did work, they just made them targets back to the top of the page as opposed to links to the page described. The side-bars aren't too long and annoying although some degree of consolidation could definitely be made. For example, don't list every gallery page you have just because.

I'm also going to have to point on that while everyone is so against direct linking, this site is direct linking a few of their movie clip files. Would it be so hard to just upload it yourself somewhere as opposed to stealing someone else's bandwidth?
0 out of 2 stars

Well, they do do their own romanji lyrics for the Japanese songs. And I'm saying this because I've never seen obvious Japanese words torn apart like they do on the lyrics for the battle chants as well. But the sounds are correct, and you can totally sing along using the lyrics on this site. 

They have movie screenshots from the first 30 seconds of film that you're "NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE." Look, when half the images on your site are from other sites, you can't lay claim to any of them. In fact, you know that those other sites didn't want you taking their images either. But you did anyway. So you might as well just make everything free. I'd be the first to tell you that if there's anything on the net you can't lay claim to (except for fan art) it's images. And by the way, they have stolen fan art in their images galleries.

Same un-credited second movie summary that I've found on so many sites as well as the first movie Hitoshi Doi summary. It's pretty amazing how this stuff gets around. And I'm pretty sure the webmaster's here didn't even know where their information originated from. It's funny, they just rip each other off. But the episode summaries that they do have are extremely thorough, although they are only for the American series. But hey, long detailed summaries are hard to come by either way. Wait, I spoke too soon, they also have some summaries for the Japanese series as well. And the first few even have screen shots to go along. I'll give them a point for that.

As for interactive games, none of the scripts work. I really wanted to see if it could guess my number too...
2 out of 4 stars

When I really weigh it out, it seems that I found more bad than good about this site. But I think it can improve and perhaps even get somewhere. I mean, from reading the summaries and such, it seems like they actually have a staff that's willing to do some work. That's always pretty rare. ^_^ 
1 out of 2 stars

Et voila! 5 stars! And that's the way the cookie crumbles!


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