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Name: Pixiv
Type: Fanart
Fandom: Multifandom
URL: http://www.pixiv.net/
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Pixiv is a Japanese-language community for artists. The site is popular enough with English-language fans that several tutorials have been posted online with instructions on how to join and use the site. [1] Pixiv staff eventually created an English interface option in 2011 after supporting Chinese.[2]

Although Pixiv's main user base is Japanese, by 2011 the community had acquired many international members. Signing in is possible in Japanese, Chinese, English, French, Thai, Korean, and Russian. Terms of Use, Guidelines, Privacy Policy, Enquiry, and Help pages are available in English. Pixiv has an official English-language twitter account[3] and also maintains an English-language version of its Pixiv Encyclopedia.[4]

The Pixiv Encyclopedia, also called Pixpedia, is a user-edited site that catalogues the many tags used on Pixiv, explains their meanings, and introduces representative works for every tag. The site describes itself as follows:

pixpedia is Encyclopedia service for tags of pixiv. Explanations, related works, and related tags can be written in the article. Enjoy yourself and write attractive articles for those who is interested in pixiv.[5]

Pixiv is an important hub for Japanese fan artists. For instance, many Doujinshi circles use their Pixiv pages as a "homepage" for the circle. As a company, Pixiv is involved in many fan-related events. It has an extremely popular booth at every Comiket.

Rec site Fleeting Fancies often recs fanart hosted on Pixiv.

Pixiv is a popular source of fanart posted on Tumblr. As this fanart is often not attributed, or is sometimes even altered without perimission, it has created considerable controversy. See Online Fanarts Protection.

Fail Fandom Anon discussed proper etiquette for Pixiv in 2013: The use of English tags is considered rude[7], feedback is usually PMed to the artist, bookmarks indicate popularity, and reproducing art is extremely taboo. [8]

Text works (fanfiction or original fiction) can also be posted to Pixiv under the "Novels" section.

Pixiv also has a marketplace-function called Pixiv Booth (begun in December 2013[9]), that many artists use to sell products such as doujinshi, artbooks, keychains, buttons, etc.

Other Resources


  1. ^ Some examples include How to Registration pixiv by Teruchan, Pixiv.net Registration Walkthrough, Introduction to Pixiv by swift, Tutorial: pixiv by tanomono (archive)
  2. ^ http://dev.pixiv.net/archives/1381098.html
  3. ^ Pixiv_en on Twitter
  4. ^ Pixiv Encyclopedia in Japanese, Pixiv Encyclopedia in English
  5. ^ Pixiv Encyclopedia help
  6. ^ https://www.pixiv.co.jp/news/information/article/6192/
  7. ^ Pixiv later supported the translation of tags since 2018.[6]
  8. ^ Pixiv etiquette (Thread started 2013-03-05. Accessed April 6, 2013)
  9. ^ Tweet from December 4 2013