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Creation (創作) is a tag used for things that are created by the artist from scratch.
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There are 3 main criteria for an artwork to be labelled as a creation (創作, sōsaku):

  1. Something made from scratch.
  2. General things about creating things, and related activity.
  3. Things that are fiction.

On pixiv and the doujin industry, creation is generally defined as something that is created from a state of nothing into something, not based on any existing material. In other words, all forms of personal, original characters, literature, artwork, setting (and more) fall into this particular category. This is done to ensure that no forms of derivative elements are included in their submission. This also applies to all forms of genre as well.

The usage of this tag is similar to that of the tag original. If an artwork is tagged with both original and creation, users MAY remove one of them in order to avoid redundancy. Since both of them are similar in the way they are used, the usage criteria is completely up to the original submitter.

How to Search

It is recommended to use the exact match option to look for creation (創作) related works due to the fact that the tag MAY clash with the derivative work (二次創作) tag. You may even try inserting the "創作" and "二次創作" tags into your search field without the "derivative work" tag included.

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