An issue that is typically pressing in the Sailormoon web community is
closure of famous Sailormoon web sites. From Janelle's site to
many great, ground-breaking resources have closed, for one reason or
another. We, as fans, don't always look at their reasoning, for all we
say is, "Why? People love this site! Why are they leaving us?" Anger
the part of the fan seems common, at least as an initial reaction. I
remember this being a huge deal a couple of years ago, in the
I am a fairly well-known webmaster, the creator of The Sailor Moon
Center (http://taryuu.com/smec). And I used to be the same way, angry
hurt at those webmasters who "got too busy", "lost interest", or "found
something better to work on". Until the tables were turned...
I first got into making Sailormoon websites 5 years ago, when my mother
discovered the plethora of SM sites by typing the word into a search
Immediately, my mind raced. Look at all this information, things I
knew about the show! They're called "senshi"? There are more than 5?
ARE MORE SEASONS? I researched and researched, and being the "expert" I
after a day of hunting, I decided to make a site. A simple thing, off
Geocities. No HTML, no design skills, no clue about other anime. At
As time went on, my skills developed, and the site (the BSSMC, still at
http://geocities.com/senshinemesis) grew. More in-depth content, more
commentary, media, etc. I was so excited - this "anime" thing is
Yet, as I designed and watched more SM, I learned about other anime.
Rayearth. Utena. Gundam Wing and lain. The list grew and grew, as did
But out of love for the show that started it all, my sites just
expand. I would eventually make a shrine to Mercury and Neptune (now
and a web clique (also closed), when I got a domain. When I found out
and SuperS were to be dubbed, I decided to take all my old episode
from the BSSMC and turn them into a full-fledged site, the Episode
And it took off, became a very popular site. I wrote summaries, every
day. Reviews, added media. Redesigned and redesigned.
But I watched more anime - Eva, Key, Gunnm, Love Hina, Kenshin,
it hit me one day, like a strike of lighting.
There's more out there than this.
I made personal sites, a blog and a writing site, a layout archive. I
my domain, started a little web design company (/design) with a friend.
Branched out into other anime-type sites and personal projects. I
one of my strictly-SM related sites, the Episode Center.
And why did I do it? Because...because I matured along with my anime.
Sailormoon is a show that deserves incredible merit for bringing people
anime, for empowering girls to follow their dreams and their hearts.
got older. I watched more. I wanted more than writing commentary,
I wanted creativity, challenge, I wanted to ENJOY things. And...I was
Life hit me.
No, the Episode Center is not closed, and never WILL be closed, as long
my domain survives. It will not be updated much - what's left to say? -
it will always remain, as a tribute to my love for the show that
all. But no more...
In short, before you get angered at the next big site that goes down
will happen, one of these days), just think about what I've said. This
the cycle of the SM webmaster, and except for those rare few, will hit
May the love of Sailormoon stay with us forever ---
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