Pixiv is an online art sharing community and web forum based in Japan. While primarly in Japanese, it allows an English speaking subculture to operate. It facilitates sharing of illustrations, manga and stories.
Membership and usageEdit
Pixiv requires membership. There is a basic free membership and a premium membership that provides advanced tools. Users who are not members can see a maximum of 12 images per artist, and no images rated R-18.
For users with English language configured, the pixiv website is mostly in English, but this applies only to the user interface and things like image descriptions, tags, and comments are still in Japanese. Content tags can be added in any language, but Japanese and English are most common.
Artwork (images) are called "illustrations", animations are called "ugoira", stories are called "novels". Friends are called "my pixiv" (マイピク, transliterated "maipiku"), so a "maipiku request" is a friend request. Users can also "follow" other users and "bookmark" individual images.
The following tags may be useful to know:
|オーバーザニー||over the knee|
|ノーパン||wearing no underwear|
|パンツ下ろし||pants (underwear) down|
Pixiv also has a feature named Pixiv Fanbox in which artists can share artwork exclusively to personal financial supporters ("fans"). It is in a way similar to Patreon.