With the close of SMPCA5, I thought it would be nice to revisit one of the winners
of a previous SMPCA. I choose Manga Style! because it's a site that has managed
to stay active and remain unique in a sea of other Sailormoon sites. Some may say
it's just another manga pic gallery, but Manga Style goes further than that. It
gives you features with background information on the manga, the artbooks, and the
people involved. It also gives tutorials for PSP and resources for web creation,
plus a large links section.
The features are by far my favorite part of the site, providing information on how
the manga was developed and background information on what Naoko did before and
after Sailormoon. The features also have a section on MIXX and the English version
of the manga, plus translations of the liner notes for Artbooks 1, 3 and 4. A lot
of this is still updated whenever Michelle hears of another development or some
new piece of information. The galleries are well set-up, with the thumbnails laid
out in the order they appear in the artbooks.
The other sections still have a lot of the great stuff we touched on in our original
review, including the SM clipart section with lots of pics to use on your web site,
with each offered in jpg and transparent gif. The tutorials and resources are great
for any webmaster. There are not many sites around with this many tutorials and
resources for Paint Shop Pro. If you are just learning how to use this program, this
is a great place to help you start off.
My only negative comment about the site in its current form is the "links box" on the
index page. In IE 5.5, for some reason the bottom of the box covers part of the first
line of the introduction text. The layer needs to be moved up a bit. It could also
be better centered with the image on the left. For those of you using Netscape 4,
this site won't work for you due to the layers, and you will be re-directed to a site
encouraging you to upgrade. I'm assuming the site will work in Netscape 6. Other
than that, the navigation works great. Every page has a full navigation bar on the
right side allowing you to quickly move about the site.
Manga Style! is a great reference for anyone wanting to learn more about the behind
the scenes of the SM manga. Check out images from the artbooks (which are getting
harder and harder to find), and pick up tips on web site creation.