For those unawares, Pixiv is one of Japan’s largest online communities for artists, animators and storytellers. With millions members residing within Japan and across the world, you would be hard pressed to struggle finding an artist which doesn’t suit your personal tastes, whether they be safe for work (SFW) or not safe for work (NSFW). By default, members are able to message artists with support, enquiries and the occasional requests for commissions. But unlike services such as SKEB which I recently reviewed, there has been no built-in system to support request taking, payment and delivery. Until now.
In an email just sent out by the service to all members, a new Requests system will be released on both mobile and desktop version of the site. The following is how they pitched the system:
Given the active userbase on PIXIV, this could easily become a gamechanger for those like myself who do love spending the occasional buck (or several hundred) on a piece of artwork from one of our favourite creators. You can read more about the service HERE, but it will be interesting to see if/how they manage translations between languages, quality assurance, and any limits on whom can accept requests in the first place.
You can expect a review of this service on The Otaku’s Study when it goes live!