6 Digit Codes refers to reference codes for the pornographic website nHentai. Typing various 6-digit numbers onto the end of an nHentai URL leads to specific issues of hentai series’ on the site. These numbers are used on various social media platforms to share the sauce for specific hentai. Image macros referencing 6 digit codes became popular in anime circles throughout 2020, often missing context regarding what the numbers mean to confuse those out-of-the-loop.
On August 18th, 2018, Redditor kiencancap posted an image macro with the top text, “Anime girls with ‘Yuki’ in their names are such cuties” and 4 images of different anime girls (shown below). The post is captioned, “I spent 118282 hours making this. Can we get 5 updoots?” 118282 being the nHentai reference number for an issue of the hentai manga “Yukinya!” featuring one of the images shown in the macro.
In the following months the joke spread around social media, particularly on subreddits like /r/animemes and /r/hentaimemes, 9Gag, and Twitter. On March 31st, 2019, Redditor Lightning3773 posted an image macro to /r/Animemes with the top text, “When your friend asks why you have an entire notebook filled with numbers,” titled, “118282 is my favorite so far” (shown below). The post gained over 3,800 upvotes in 20 months. On June 1st, Facebook page Ba$ed Imouto 3.0+1.0 posted a series of 6 digit codes along with a photoshopped 4-panel webcomic featuring Yukinya’s ahegao face, garnering over 450 reactions and 132 shares in 17 months (shown below, right).
On June 7th, 9Gag user herr_flauschig shared posted an image titled, “My numbers list – updated” garnering over 640 points and 116 comments in roughly 17 months (shown below). Many users in the comments can be seen asking where to put the numbers in, and what they mean. On July 23rd, Redditor mershed_perderders started /r/sixdigits, a subreddit specifically for sharing 6 digit codes. On November 1st, Urban Dictionary user Ophsfucker wrote a definition for “6 digit code,” gaining over 600 thumbs-ups in a year.
The meme saw increased popularity throughout 2020, particularly in the latter half. On June 14th, 2020, Redditor ZemyasO posted an image macro featuring Yukinya’s ahegao face and the relevant 6 digit code in the post title, garnering over 600 upvotes in 5 months (shown below, left). On September 18th, 2020, an image macro referencing two 6 digit codes by MyselfHD gained over 6,100 upvotes on /r/hentaimemes (shown below, right).
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