I remade my Pixiv account from like 5 years ago yet again. I figured that since I made a deviantArt one I might as well make one for the Japanese version of dA right? Not that any Japanese people would probably read my comic but I guess it doesn’t hurt to have exposure? Either way, Pixiv got an English portion of the site a while back so I might as well. I remember when Pixiv was super exclusive to only Japanese people and you had to put some really specific info for your prefecture in. It was a bitch to sign up back then, but I suppose now it’s got an English portion they took off the ultra exclusivity and now let any moron sign up, polluting it with bad American artwork.
The funny thing I found out is that they have changed their rating system quite a bit. On dA, if you have a mature picture in any way (sexually explicit, gore, etc.), you only have to tag it as “mature.” On Pixiv you have a bunch of really specific shit to correctly tag your photo with, like depiction of minors, boy’s/girl’s love, alcoholism. Like, they’re not tags, they’re checkboxes you choose when you’re uploading that are handled by the site itself. As if that wasn’t specific enough, I’m proud to be a part of a crowd that even gets its own rating separate from R-18 pictures!!!!!
That’s right!! Guro LITERALLY has an entirely separate rating for itself!! It’s not enough to just lump it into the R-18 section with the underage girls showing their coochies and tittyfucking and whatnot. Guro is so prominent on Pixiv that apparently they had to make a fucking category for it, and you can specify it as such when you upload.
Thankfully, they also save your tags too every time you post a new picture. The hardest part about uploading was that I had no idea what Japanese people called certain things. When you’re trying to tag Puella Magi Madoka Magica, I realized that they copy directly from the official name, which has a STAR in it. SERIOUSLY: 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ
You’re probably thinking, “But Grorious Nippon is superior! Everyone knows Asian artists are the best! How could Pixiv just be another shitty deviantArt?” Except it is, and when you look through any tag in search most of it is utter shit, just like dA.
And so far I have four followers, and they’re ALL guro fans. I wasn’t sure what I was expecting…