The Sailor Venus Gallery
- Trying to pass off real Sailormoon pictures as her fanart.
- She is trying to sell that so-called "fanart" for quite large sums of money.
- Direct-links various files.
- Various mistakes in info sections: bad names, bad stats, ect...
- Stolen pics that she tries to pass off as her's by stamping her URL on them.
Positives About The Page:
- It gave us all a good shock. Then again, is that a positive thing?
Nominated by: Anna
Hi, this is Casey Kasem with a request and dedication to
one CereCere. Cere writes, "Dear Casey, please play me something that will go with
this web page." Well Cere, here's your request...
"LOADING, LOADING, LOADING..."
Ahww that felt good, it's been a while since I had to slip in the Loading Song.
Yes, this page takes a while to load. Now it isn't the worst I have seen
for loading, but because it has all it's links in little pictures, you have
to wait to find out what is what. You could hit stop, and go by what
your status bar says each link goes to, but that's not very good presentation
wise. It would be nicer to give a text link alternative to all those pics,
or do something with the pics to make them load faster.
The layout of the page is nothing fancy, but other than the loading problem they
work fine. On the bottom of the index page is an animated pic titled "Gif of the Month"
and guess what, it's stolen by direct-linking from thundercrash.simplenet.com.
On to the content and first we have the gallery section. The gallery is filled
with several pics the owner supposedly paid a lot of money for. Hmmm... she paid
200 Rupees for a pic in Japan. You sure it was Japan? [Regis:] "Is that
your final answer!?" [Cere smacks Regis over the head with the guitar] This is my
review! Ahem anyway, you're wrong. Rupee is a form of money used in the countries on
the Indian subcontinent, but not Japan. I hate to say it, but if she really
paid $400 for a SM Wall Scroll she was seriously ripped off. That combined
with the whole Rupee thing makes me think someone might be trying to show off
by telling a few lies. While we are on the subject of galleries, let's skip
ahead to the Fanart Gallery.
Well the first picture seems to be a fanart, but
number 2 is from the anime, first season, number 3 is from Volume 13, Act 38
of the manga, and Number 4 is from the first Artbook! I'm pretty
sure Numbers 2 to 4 are captures and scans of the original pictures.
They are not something drawn by this person. Careful examination of the
pictures show they are exactly the same... shading, colouring, detailing, all the same.
If that wasn't enough, get ready for the kicker!
She is actually selling these pictures for hundreds of dollars! Even if
she did draw them, selling pictures that look this much like
existing pictures, and for this amount of money is quite illegal. Original
designs and styles are one thing, but same style, same poses?
Quickly moving on to the last of the galleries. Towards the bottom
of the index are links to anime and manga galleries. Each gallery has several
pics, all stamped with the site's URL. The reason for this is in the site's
FAQ section, it says: "The ones in anime and manga have the site url on them, which helps
stop pic theivary." True, but for someone who has already direct-linked a
pic on her index, not to mention some Ranma sound files I found in her Goodies
section, this idea doesn't make much sense. If she's so much against stealing,
why is so much of this site stolen?
Whoa this review is getting pretty long. Quickly, let's run down the
profiles. Well the profiles are filled with some made-up names
for the English dub characters. Uranus is "Homaru" in English? I don't
think "Amara" spells that way no matter which way you try it! I also wonder
where she got the names for each of the Senshi's mothers.
In closing all I can say is this site needs a serious make over,
if that doesn't happen, then Expage or someone is going to have to
shut it down. It's not just filled with the usually stolen material
and wrong information, but actually is involved with some really
illegal activities, selling fanart that's not fanart... yessh what's next!
Awwwhh... it's down! And here I was so eager to slip in a Zelda joke about the rupees.
Oh well, what can you do.
The site has been replaced by:
1) One log of a conversation between the owner and someone else.
2) A log of a conversation that between the site owner and the hacker, who admits to
3) Emails sent by the hacker to the owner. Actually, one email sent by the hacker. The
second one seems to be a reply to it, despite the headers.
Talk about mixed luck for the owner of this site... on one hand, she has been hacked by a
creative hacker in such a way that it wasn't obvious the site was not what it was meant to
be. On the other hand, the hacker neglected to change to password, so the owner was able to
simply get right back in. Hmmmm... Strange...
Anyway, the site is gone, so I have nothing left to say.
Stop the presses! One night and it's already gone. I had a feeling this
one wouldn't stick around for long. I wonder how many emails they
received last night?
Anyway, the page has been replaced with some message about
"Neek admits to the crime".
The message goes on to say something about providing
us with proof and then offers three links, one to a
Zelda site, and two with logs from two different chats.
So what's this proof bit all about?
Well from what I can make out of it some guy named "Neek" hacked
the site a while back for some reason. To be honest, I find this
a bit hard to believe, considering the timing of it all, but
you know what, who cares? It might be true, it might not be.
All I care is the page has been removed. Pulling crap
like this could influence others to pull similar scams.
I know it seems odd to say
that, but on the Internet you never know who's going to try to
pull another stupid scam like this one. Sure, look at the
guy who tried to sell Cere those dub eps of SMS
last week. What this site was doing isn't that much different.
Oh, one more thing, I took a look at that Zelda page.
They haven't learned that much from their experience with the Venus page.
The background image has "http://www.htloz.com/" stamped on it, and yes,
they did rip it off and direct-linked it. They also don't have a link
anywhere to http://www.htloz.com/. A shame too, because htloz.com is
a much, much better Zelda site. So, if you like Zelda, skip
that "The Palace of Linky" thing and go there.