Anime Artists LEAVING Pixiv After The Platform Starts Censoring Hentai!

Anime Artists Leaving Pixiv After The Platform Starts Censoring Hentai!
Written by Theo J Ellis

Pixiv is a platform in Japan for:

  • Anime artists.
  • Creators.

And anyone in between who focuses predominantly on anime art, Ecchi art, Hentai art, and so on. The platform is a big deal, reaching 349M+ visitors a month according to SimilarWeb.

While the platform has remained “censorship free” for the most part over the years as a dedicated platform for anime art, Hentai is another story. The platform is going through changes.

It seems similar to the approach Patreon took when they started banning anime art.

 

Pixiv decided to increase censorship because of outside pressure

One Japanese artist in particular @sekiyuCeltic shared a Tweet with examples to make their point about the censorship going on at Pixiv.

QUOTE:

“I get emails from management asking to delete illustrations I posted on Pixiv seven or eight years ago because they were so lax in fixing them, and every time I acted on requests right away, but then they started digging up my old one work again and they finally closed my account. I can understand your account being banned if you post uncensored illustrations in quick succession, but having your account banned for things you posted many years ago? I don’t understand.”

As pointed out by AnimeUnited:

“The artist’s post indicates that the illustration he was warned about was published about eight years ago. What might have changed in the law between then and now?”

That is the question….

 

What changed between 8 years ago and today with Pixiv and the “law”?

TRANSLATED:

“This is not Pixiv , but a police operation provided for in the Penal Code, article 175. It is only half a rumor, but the notifications from the Internet Hotline , commissioned by the police, would have intensified and Pixiv was forced to respond to them. If the censorship is too fine, it may be a reason for police notification.”

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Another response says:

“Pixiv is no good these days… Lots of people harassing artists with impunity while doing this.”

Followed by:

“Pixiv finally sided with the old men in Congress in favor of the damn law that only favors those who are afraid of sexuality.”

The gist of this issue is:

  • Anime/Hentai artists are being censored.
  • Many have been SUSPENDED from Pixiv.
  • Some have even had their accounts permanently closed for random reasons.
  • Pixiv may have bent the knee in favor of old men in politics who cry about “sexualization”.
    • Not to mention those who try to turn attractive animated women into a moral issue.

And as a result, artists are leaving the Pixiv platform. But who knows how this will effect them going forward (not likely much).

What happens next is anyone’s guess.

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