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Pixiv (site domain: www.pixiv.net), usually stylized as pixiv, is a social networking service for illustrators in Japan, comparable to DeviantArt on the English web.


In 2007, the Japanese programmer Takahiro Kamitani, who hit upon the idea through Flickr, launched Pixiv[1] on September 10th as a beta test. The website went under a renewal on December 18th into what it offers now. Later, Pixiv came to support multiple languages, including Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean.

Pixiv announced that the number of community members reached 20 million in 2016[2] and then increased to 84 million in September 2022.[3]


High Affinity with Doujin

Trends in Pixiv are often coupled with those of the Doujin (popular social trends) market as many Doujin circles register accounts and make posts promoting illustrations for their books released at Doujin conventions or e-commerce sites. For example, Touhou Project fan art accounts for 5.8% of all illustrations.

Pixiv Encyclopedia

Search pixivencyclopedia Create Article Login 2011 Autumn Anime Fate/Zero Puella Magi Madoka Magica Mirai Nikki Yandere Trance Guilty Crown Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Anime Manga Novel Game Figure Music Art Design General Person Character | Quote | Event Doujin Popular Articles Updated Articles New Articles Fall anime Related Ranking Weekly Monthly Fate/Zero 1. Metal Fight Beyblade Fate/Zero is a prequel to Type-Moon's visual novel Fate/stay night. It is a light novel by Gen... Read more Updated: 2012-01-16 12:50:32 View count: 3254 Submitted works: 16372 Checklist: 2 Related Fate/Zero 100 Users Bookmark Fate/Zero 500 Users Bookmark 2. R-18 3. TYPE-MOON 4 Fate/Zero VOCALOID 5. Tsunshun VOCALOID (ボーカロイド) a series of software, a Voice Synthesizer appcation developed by Yamaha... Read more 6. Mermaid Updated: 2011-12-16 16:14:34 View count: 2723 Submitted works: 217467 Checklist: 0 Lamento Related Hatsune Miku Megurine Luka VOCALOID 10000 Users Bookmark 8. Hetalia 100 Users Bookmark Tsunshun Tsunshun (Tag Name :ツンしゅんorツンシュン) is a character archetype that describes a character acting... Read more Updated: 2012-01-29 15:26:46 View count: 2184 Submitted works: N/A Checklist: 1 Related Inu x Boku SS InuBoku 1000 Users Bookmark 9 VOCALOID さ 10. Sayaka Miki Updated Articles List of Hetalia Characters and Their Nicknames 2012-02-03 13:44:46 TYPE-MOON TYPE-MOON is a doujin circle established in 1999. It was previously kwown as Sachiko Koshimizu 2012-02-03 11:18:27 "Notes Co., Ltd", an... Read more IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls 2012-02-03 10:43:09 Updated: 2012-01-16 15:52:05 View count: 1275 Submitted works: 4434 Checklist:0 Fate/Zero Doujin Kara no Kyoukai Rin Shibuya 2012-02-03 10:33:16 Anzu Futaba 2012-02-02 21:04:01 Metal Fight Beyblade Metal Fight Beyblade (Tag name :メタルファイトベイブレード), also known as Beyblade: Metal Fusion in the... Read more Updated: 2012-01-31 11:04:49 View count: 2173 Submitted works: N/A Checklist: 0 Recently Created Articles Sachiko Koshimizu 2012-02-03 11:18:27 Rin Shibuya 2012-02-03 10:33:16 Anzu Futaba

Pixiv Encyclopedia[4] is Pixiv's online glossary that offers information about many memes/fads relevant to illustrations through users' voluntary contributions.


In Pixiv, Project (企画, Kikaku) means user-generated events centered around posting illustrations in the same themes. Pixiv's officials offer the exclusive tag for running projects, "Project Catalog" (企画目録) and pages listing the catalogs.[5] Except for a few large-scale projects represented by Pixiv Fantasia, users usually hold casual events that utilize template images and the "illustration response" feature.

Illustration Response

Illustration Response (Japanese: イメージレスポンス) is a trackback feature in weblog tools that Pixiv's officials implemented on September 15th, 2008 to encourage smoother collaborations among users. Pixiv users use this feature less to send completed illustrations as a response but often to share exploitable templates to enjoy drawing together in specific themes. On Pixiv, those are called "Illustration Response Project" (イメレス企画, Imeresu Kikaku). Expression Practice and Bottle Meme are famous successful illustration response projects.




Pixivision[6], formally called "Pixiv Spotlight," is Pixiv's official curation service that has provided tutorials on illustration techniques, interviews with creators and trending tags/topics, including the home-grown memes, on the illustrators' community in both Japanese and English since 2014.


Pawoo Mastodon Hosted by PIX IV

Pawoo[7] is a Mastodon channel initially launched by Pixiv on April 14, 2017. It became the world's largest channel by earning 100,000 users just two weeks after its launch, and its number had increased to 200,000 in August of that year, thanks to its additional features for illustration-sharing. On the other hand, many other Mastodon channels have blocked Pawoo because of loli contents. In December 2019, Pixiv afforded this service to another company and withdrew from its running.

For the complete listing of memes that Pixiv is contributed, check out KYM Collection – Pixiv.

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Pixiv is going the way of Patreon by banning a large amount of their sexual content including things like rape, bestiality and loli/shota on their paid services:


And just like Patreon, it is because of credit card companies.

Note, that this doesn't seem to apply to the base site of Pixiv itself. So you can post those kinds of artworks there, but there would be no way to monetize it if it is against the rules.


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