Surveying Japan's Most Popular Fan Art

Japan's most popular art site temporarily gives all users ability to sort by popularity

Japan's top online art community Pixiv recently reached the landmark of 10,000,000 registered users. They're doing a couple of things to celebrate. There's a draw an ema (Shinto plaque) contest with a chance to win merchandise and autographed illustrations. And, they're giving the premium, paying user functionality of sorting illustrations by popularity to all users through the end of the month. 

 

Accessing the most popular illustrations is not an exact science since it relies on how illustrations are tagged. For example a given illustration could be given any combinations of the "Puella Magi Madoka Magica," "Madoka Magica," "Madoka Kaname" and "Madoka" tags.


Looking at "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya" tagged pics will not show you ones just tagged "The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya."

 

Still, you can get an interesting survey of the most popular art on Japan's most popular art site.

 

Here, we've a look at the tags...

 

 

 

Studio Ghibli

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=36178

2nd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=14063

 

3rd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=67790

 

4th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=1931140

 

5th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=1873928

 

6th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=92103

 

7th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=261602

 

8th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=36978

9th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=83104

(a 23 page doujinshi)

 

10th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=396769

 

 

Naruto

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=32081

(a 50 page doujinshi)

 

2nd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=1287993

 

3rd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=28327316

 

4th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=758591

 

6th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=758591

 

Bleach

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=1377339

 

2nd

 

3rd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=1046662

 

Attack on Titan

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=1962376

 

2nd via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=1673439

(a detailed guide book)

 

3rd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=2388857

 

4th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=1962376

 

 

 

 

Kill La Kill

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=68845

 

 

3rd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=1134488

 

4th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=1143280

5th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=30063

6th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=74184

 

Madoka Magica

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=18178

 

2nd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=583874

3rd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=806502

 

6th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=2471723

 

Kuroko's Basketball

via http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?id=2570091

 

Free!

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=2290503

2nd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=54617

3rd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=3286013

6th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=586045

 

10th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=7472097

 

Sword Art Online

1, 3,4,5,6

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=27691

2nd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=1184799

7th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=2159670

10th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=806502

 

 

Eva

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=50882

 

2nd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=19407

3rd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=41875

8th

9th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=3137712

 

Neon Genesis Evangelion

("Neon Genesis Evangelion" and "Eva" share #1 and #9, but the rest of the top 10 are different)

2nd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=1980643


4th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=259206

 

5th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?id=74184

 

7th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=717043

 

Hunter x Hunter

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=976188

 

3rd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=572026

 

9th

via

http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=630277

 

One Piece

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=596623

 

3rd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=1797111

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=533414

 

Fairy Tail

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=2160742

 

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=682599

 

Soul Eater

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=62229

(and 10th from same)

]

 

3rd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=3692469

 

 

 

 

Gintama

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=225450

 

2nd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=1762974

 

K-on!

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=103130

 

4th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=110334

 

 

Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=53823 

(three follow-ups also in the top 10)

 

2nd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=280298

 

Gundam

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=814837

 

 

3rd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=49937

 

4th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=62901

 

Mobile Suit Gundam

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=222905

 

2nd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=28245

 

 

Monogatari

via http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?id=38022

(Shirow Miwa of manga Dogs and supercell)

 

2nd and 5th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=3446

(Redjuice of supercell fame)

 

3rd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=144415

 

5th 

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=3219949

 

 

KanColle

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=11729

3rd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=3446

 

4th 

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=19351

 

Vocaloid

via http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=20689430

an 100 illustration series

 

2nd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=250667

 

 

Sailor Moon

via http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?id=118370

 

 

2nd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=1138648

 

3rd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=341433

 

5th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=1138648

 

9th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=743591

 

Steins;Gate

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=9794

(1st and 3rd - character designer Huke)

 

4th

 

 

Oreimo

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=1419371

 

 

 

Magi

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=163536

2nd 

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=4152550

3rd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=783728

6th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=2744701

 

A Certain Magical Index

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=489309

 

A Certain Scientific Railgun

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=795196

2nd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=1754781

 

 

Mario 

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=32777

 

Pokemon

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=497532

 

2nd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=1201348

5th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=76141

 

6th 

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=319735

 

Legend of Zelda

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=900067

 

 

Precure

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=1138648

 

3rd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?id=207827

 

6th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=16639

 

Durarara!!

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=18691

 

2nd 

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=313634

 

3rd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=886364

 

10th 

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=179511

 

Danganronpa

via http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?id=209814

4th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=572026

 

6th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=270545

 

Tiger & Bunny

via http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?id=3080087

(a 40 illustration gag sequence)

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3rd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=780656

(9 illustration series)

 

5th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=205403

 

IdolM@ster

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=84409

 

3rd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=1584199

 

7th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=354252

 

10th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=43359

 

 

Dragon Ball

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=529590

 

2nd

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=2159670

 

4th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=2159670

 

6th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=15820

 

7th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=13623

 

9th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=838674

10th 

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=66583

 

 

Kagerou Project

 via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=1500261

(1, 2, 4) by Shidu

 

6th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=1264578

 

10th

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=138887

 

 

Touhou Project

Fan art based on the doujin bullet hell shooter game is ubiquitous; constantly being posted; constantly placing in site's ranking. 

And, but far, the most popular post is...

 

A Coloring tutorial!

 

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=615

 

First bit of convential fanart comes in at #5 with 

via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=2344745

  

Check back later for a bonus round!

 

thumbnail via http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=4038274

 

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at@aicnanime.

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