The current search function has been updated to provide more detailed results using a new search method. However, all of the updated functions are not active yet - we will be providing an advanced search form very shortly that will let you search different fields such as country, series, character, etc.
For the time being, to get the most out of your search results please use the following guidelines:
Typing words into the search box will do a general search for those words against the character and series of a costume or photo. Additionally, the keywords of a photo are searched. The results will return anything that contains those search terms and is ordered by the newest update or upload.
You can further sort the results depending on what you're searching for.
Anything under 3 letters is automatically ignored. This is a server limitation and is in place for speed issues.
To make sure a word is always included in search, put a + sign in front of it.
To make sure a word is never included in the search, put a - sign in front of it.
Example: +evangelion -asuka will return Evangelion searches and omit anything with Asuka in it.
To search for an exact phrase, put it in quotes. Note that this can get around the 3-letter limitation. Example: "Final Fantasy VI" will return all Final Fantasy VI results, but without the quotes it will only search for Final Fantasy.
* is a wildcard. Searching for ayana* will return any words that start with "ayana" and end with anything else. This search would return Ayanami, for example.
We will expand the search functions soon and put up a more detailed tutorial at that time.