Well. The easiest way to sum up what I thought of Forever Fushigi
Yuugi is that "My eyes are burning!"
Yep. But, since I'm generally a nice God (as long as you can stand the
Miko breath), I'll start with the good points.
Character Information : Instead of just giving manga stats, and other common
data, the webmaster includes personal thoughts on most of the characters.
It makes the page more original, and less like every other Fushigi
Yuugi webpage out there.
- Some nice images, and the pictures of the characters matched
who the characters were - always a good sign
- All the characters information was spelled with the accepted spellings
i.e Miaka not Miyaka
- Good coverage on all the characters - at least the names of
most of the major characters are mentioned, there is even shichiseishi
information on shichiseishi that didn't appear in the TV series
- Offers MIDIs
- Offers episode synopses for episodes 1-6, and a listing of
the names of the episodes
- Offers CD and lyric information
- All around coverage of the TV series, not extensive, but hits most of
the major points
If the page has all that neat stuff - why on Earth do I say it makes
my eyes burn? That's easy - this is why (in random order).
- The images, although nice, are all taken from other webpages - with no
credit given (I seriously doubt that Taila used her own snappy), I could personally
point to most of the images and tell you who really screencapped them.
- Dear God - genesis.simplenet.com is probably dying from the abuse Taila
puts in! I feel sorry for the person who has to pay the bills, because the images
she uses are sitting on her server - they are sitting on the simplenet server. Bad Taila, bad.
- Usually when you join a webring, you put your name, rather than
leaving the html code as "YOUR NAME HERE" on the webring code
- Imbeded mp3 and wav files? Especially of those size? Big no-no.
- The backrounds are pretty, yes, I'll admit that. The backrounds also make
the text hard to read, and in some cases are spoilers!
- A very slow-loading page, extremely heavy on the images. I tested this
page using my good internet connection, and my bad internet connection. The good
connection is a Pentium 166, with 32 megabytes of RAM and a 33.6K modem. Forever Fushigi Yuugi took
nearly two minutes to load. My bad internet connection is a 486SX, 8 megabytes of RAM, and a
14.4K modem. With my bad connection, it didn't matter which page I tried, because every single page
crashed my computer.
- On Chichiri's character
page his real name is listed as "Kouji" - I may be Seiryuu, but I take
an interest in knowing the opposition. Obviously Taila doesn't. Probably
she was too busy copying html from other websites
to realize that it was being copied wrong. Chichiri's real name is "Houjun", as revealed in the
second half of the manga.
- Speaking of manga, what happened to it? Did the manga coverage
on the website get stolen by Tenkou? Oh wait - there is no manga
coverage! Talia wouldn't even know who Tenkou was! I can understand not having a
lot of information on the manga (not many people may have it), but I can't
understand at least just mentioning once that we all appeared in a manga
series before becoming an anime
- I mentioned in the "pro" section that there was good coverage of characters -
except for one. I couldn't find one mention of my shichiseishi, Ashitare. Ashitare did
good work for me - he deserves mention.
- If I weren't a God, I could probably be stoned for this - but I detest
thumbnails. They slow page loading. You don't have a choice whether or not
to look at the image. Generally they aren't laid out very well. All of these
apply to Forever Fushigi Yuugi
- Soi's page,
Amiboshi's page, Tomo's page,
and Miboshi's page - I believe I've
seen this before! Yes, I the All-Knowing, Omnipotent God have. At
The Seiryuu Shrine. Maybe Suzaku would know which
page was on the internet first?
- So where is the information on Suboshi? All I see is a picture and
a 2.9MG wav file. Plus, the backround ... Well, I'm pretty sure that it is
Kaika. Even for a God - telling those two apart is hard - I suppose it
is even harder for puny humans like this Taila
- As for the Tomo and Miboshi pages (amoungst others), the backround
image is so loud that it drowns out the text. The only reason I know
these pages seem stolen is because I clicked on "view source".
- The Remaining characters page also looks
awfully familiar ... I wonder why?
- Broken links - both to pictures, and to other pages. Fer Genbu's sake - there is even
broken links to her own pages
- The Image Gallery -
I mentioned this above - the images are linked directly to genesis.simplenet.com - bad webmaster. Bad.
- The Music page -
all of these MIDIs were created by someone else. And no credit was given.
My supreme psychic powers tell me that no permission was asked, either.
- Do I even need to mention the CD and Lyrics page?
Don't make me. Please. I beg you.
- Episode Listing - Can I
just make a comment here? If you are going to steal from well-known webpages (like the
Happy Hyper Elfies - which this page is), at least do it intelligently, and change a few
things around so that it's not as obvious. Fer Suzaku's sake, this is ridiculous.
The backround on this page? Defintely inappropriate. Spoiler, for one thing, and
not suitable for younger web surfers. Link to it - don't use it as a
The picture at the top of the page? Spoiler. De - fine - ite spoiler.
Looking at Forever Fushigi Yuugi so that I could review it can even
my, a GOD, a headache. The layout was terrible. Taila obviously has little
concept of html coding. She also obviously never looked at her own site.
The images clash with each other, and most importantly of all, with the text.
From a beginners point of view - this might be a good site.
But not from a God's point of view. The imformation and images were
taken off of other sites. Gods generally don't like stealing, and that
is just what Taila does. When credit is not given where it is due,
what else do you call it? "Unoriginal"? Even though that caption applies,
that is not what this webpage is. It is an abomination to the prescense
of Fushigi Yuugi on the internet. No wonder Ryan Matthews in
his "Last Exit Before Toll" column was so disparaging of Fushigi Yuugi
websites. Sites like Forever Fushigi Yuugi must have been what he was looking
Rating is a 1:
I think you've made me blind! (Terrible)
Rating is a 2:
Where is the aspirin? (Bad)
Rating is a 3:
Nothing good, nothing bad (Average)
Rating is a 4:
Interesting, veeery interesting! (Good)
Rating is a 5:
Almost looks good enough to eat! (Terrific)