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June 26th, 2001

US Card Captors - No One Does Cardcaptors Like Us!
http://uscardcaptors.com/
(3 stars)

Design and Layout:
I found this site to be very colorful and thus visually stimulating. The title graphic and the bottom little copyright notice are lovely. But the layout is the same as numerous other Card Captors and Card Captor Sakura sites. The traditional three column CSS spread that first started appearing with massive Pokemon sites. Thus since there is not much in the way of originality, the graphics get high marks but the layout does not. The load time here is also pretty good, considering I'm on a 56K modem right now.
1 out of 2 stars

Organization:
The two columns are used for navigation and the center of the page is where the information is presented. On the navigation bars, there are several categorical distinctions. But there are also some useless links. For example, they could have easily created a "Characters" page, but rather, so as to occupy more space, they give the short descriptions of Sakura and Li full link status on a main navigation page. They should really belong in a sub-category. Thank goodness I'm nit-picky!
1 out of 2 stars

Advertising and Broken links:
Well, there is a banner on the page, but I'm totally willing to ignore it because it is nicely incorporated in the layout. However, the fact that every other page I click on gives me a pop-up window about something I am not the least bit interested, that upsets me. I mean, if you're going to advertise with those pop-ups, at least advertise something that your viewers might be interested in.

On the plus side, there are not many broken links. In fact, from what I searched, everything went somewhere. So that's good.
1 out of 2 stars

Content:
Well, there's stuff there. I guess that's a good thing. But there really isn't much information that's original, or to put it more plainly, interesting. Fortunately, they don't perform the sin of sins and mix Card Captors information with Card Captor Sakura. This pretty much explains the limited content. I mean, all the information on their site, one can find from the official American Card Captors site. What else... even though they are a Card Captors site, they make it a point to try to have an episode list (and I assume eventual summaries) of the Japanese series. I personally think they should just stick to what they know. This site has so little information though that I don't see the point of it being there when I could just as easily visit the official site.
0 out of 2 stars

Overall:
I don't want to come back to it because I've seen everything they have to offer in 15 minutes. And I mean it. I looked at every page on the site. If a site only takes me 15 minutes to look at, I have to wonder how long it took to put together...

Scarier still is the fact that they've got a staff of 8 people and numerous updaters and yet, I ask, what are they contributing since this site is so lacking content and they didn't even make their own layout.

And if that isn't discouraging enough, it seems like these people didn't even make the site out of a love for the story, especially considering this statement from the "About the Site" section.

"Well PFMoltres was the one who started with the idea of a Cardcaptors site because there were very few good ones probably only two or three at that time. So he started to build his first layout and was sure he would need help because he knew nothing about Cardcaptors."

0 out of 2 stars

Using that scoring, US Card Captors earns a grand total of 3 out of 10 stars. Visit at your own risk.

 

 

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