2channel is a huge BBS in Japan that covers all kinds of eclectic topics, similar to Something Awful, except 200 times larger, and without a registration system.
- Address: http://2ch.net/
- Founder: "Hiroyuki"
- Administrators: Selected by Hiroyuki for particular boards
- Ran from/to: 1999 - present
2channel and furry
A majority of the geeks on 2channel are anime and manga fans, but there is a small furry community, mainly confined to a single thread on one of the thirty-odd adult boards. The site features an oekaki board for 2ch kemono artists, plus it has an ongoing thread for furries (in Japanese):
Kemono artists in Japan have a mixed opinion of 2ch. Because of its troll culture and light moderation, it is generally not a friendly place to post artwork. However, artists who don't mind this, including some objectively good ones, post their artwork anyway. They do it anonymously (following 2ch etiquette), using upload boards or oekaki BBSes like the one linked above.
2ch AA art
2channel has its own brand of simplified kemono art, made using Unicode characters and posted in threads without having to link to outside images. Shift_JIS art ("AA") is best displayed with Japanese fonts.
One of the most common AA characters is Monar, 2ch's mascot. Others include Shii, Giko, Shobon, and Hattoushin, but because AA is so easy to make, there is a universe of characters, compiled in large printed (published!) dictionaries as well online at AA dictionary websites such as the one listed below.
- 2ch on Wikipedia
- 2chgrounds FAQ (with some descriptions of AA characters)
- Translation of 2ch character descriptions at 4-ch.net
- AA Dictionary