History Music / Kyo

25th Jun '17 3:30:42 PM Wyldchyld
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Kyo is widely known in the heavy metal scene as one of the most talented and versatile vocalists currently active; his style, which ranges [[SopranoAndGravel from melodic singing to his signature unclean vocal style]], combining [[HarshVocals guttural death growls]], [[MetalScream screaming]] and [[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl high-pitched shrieks]]. His frequent hospitalizations can be attributed to this vocal style: he has been hospitalized for hearing problems in 2000 (his left ear has remained partially deaf) and, in 2006 and 2009, received surgery for inflamed vocal cords. Of equal notoriety is his manner of performance, which involves [[FetishFuel plenty]] [[ParanoiaFuel of]] [[NightmareFuel shock]] [[NauseaFuel elements]] such as fake ([[NauseaFuel and real]]) vomit, spastic-zombie-like twitching, large, open wounds of varying levels of authenticity, heavy makeup resembling [[BlackMetal corpse paint]], and various acts of [[SelfMutilationDemonstration self-mutilation]]. However, he has recently toned down this violent stage persona.

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Kyo is widely known in the heavy metal scene as one of the most talented and versatile vocalists currently active; his style, which ranges [[SopranoAndGravel from melodic singing to his signature unclean vocal style]], combining [[HarshVocals guttural death growls]], [[MetalScream screaming]] and [[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl high-pitched shrieks]]. His frequent hospitalizations can be attributed to this vocal style: he has been hospitalized for hearing problems in 2000 (his left ear has remained partially deaf) and, in 2006 and 2009, received surgery for inflamed vocal cords. Of equal notoriety is his manner of performance, which involves [[FetishFuel plenty]] plenty [[ParanoiaFuel of]] [[NightmareFuel shock]] [[NauseaFuel elements]] such as fake ([[NauseaFuel and real]]) vomit, spastic-zombie-like twitching, large, open wounds of varying levels of authenticity, heavy makeup resembling [[BlackMetal corpse paint]], and various acts of [[SelfMutilationDemonstration self-mutilation]]. However, he has recently toned down this violent stage persona.



* MrFanservice: He would often [[WalkingShirtlessScene take off his shirt/top/whatever he wears on his torso to show off his body]] and his tattoos as a form of FetishFuel.

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* MrFanservice: He would often [[WalkingShirtlessScene take off his shirt/top/whatever he wears on his torso to show off his body]] and his tattoos as a form of FetishFuel.fetish.
21st Jan '17 7:37:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* IncrediblyLongNote: One of the masters of this in the modern Japanese metal scene. There are only five Japanese vocalists who can come close at holding a note as long as Kyo does - [[ToshimitsuDeyama ToshI]] of Music/XJapan, Ryuichi Kawamura of Music/LunaSea, Eizo Sakamoto ex-Anthem, Koshi Inaba of B'z and Music/YamaB ex Music/{{Galneryus}}.

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* IncrediblyLongNote: One of the masters of this in the modern Japanese metal scene. There are only five Japanese vocalists who can come close at holding a note as long as Kyo does - [[ToshimitsuDeyama [[Music/ToshimitsuDeyama ToshI]] of Music/XJapan, Ryuichi Kawamura of Music/LunaSea, Eizo Sakamoto ex-Anthem, Koshi Inaba of B'z and Music/YamaB ex Music/{{Galneryus}}.
14th Nov '16 3:27:35 PM sydhighwind
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* OneNameOnly: Along with the rest of Dir en grey, and most visual kei/Japanese musicians in general.
14th Nov '16 3:26:30 PM sydhighwind
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** This even goes toward ''his name''. Many people credit him as either Tooru Niimura or Tooru Nishimura, but [[LostInTranslation neglect to realize]] that Tooru Niimura is the name of a relatively famous Japanese pornography director, and that Kyo signed his name as Tooru Niimura on several occasions as a joke. That, in addition to Nishimura being a translation of the surname Niimura, has caused some confusion among international fans as to what his name is. Given that Kyo himself has blatantly admitted that [[ConsummateLiar we should never believe anything he says,]] not even the Japanese fans know what Kyo's real name is. The only thing people can agree on is his stage name being an homage to Kyoto, where he was born.

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** This even goes toward ''his name''. Many people credit him as either Tooru Niimura or Tooru Nishimura, but [[LostInTranslation neglect to realize]] that Tooru Niimura is the name of a relatively famous Japanese pornography director, and that Kyo signed his name as Tooru Niimura on several occasions as a joke. That, in addition to Nishimura being a botched translation of the surname Niimura, has caused some confusion among international fans as to what his name is. Given that Kyo himself has blatantly admitted that [[ConsummateLiar we should never believe anything he says,]] not even the Japanese fans know what Kyo's real name is. The only thing people can agree on is his stage name being an homage to Kyoto, where he was born.
14th Nov '16 3:25:34 PM sydhighwind
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* NamesTheSame: Played with. Signed his name as "Tooru Niimura" more than once as a joke (the name of a Japanese AV director), and everyone ran with it. See SelfProclaimedLiar below.



* OneSteveLimit: Played with. Signed his name as "Tooru Niimura" once as a joke (the name of a Japanese AV director), and everyone ran with it. See SelfProclaimedLiar below.
14th Nov '16 3:19:42 PM sydhighwind
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Tooru Nishimura , who goes by his stage name Kyo, is a Japanese singer-songwriter and poet, best known as the frontman and vocalist of the post-VisualKei heavy metal band Music/DirEnGrey. Prior to this, he has been a vocalist for the short-lived alternative rock band La:Sadie's and a roadie for the influential Visual kei band Music/{{Kuroyume}}

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[[SelfProclaimedLiar Tooru Nishimura , Nishimura]], who goes by his stage name Kyo, is a Japanese singer-songwriter and poet, best known as the frontman and vocalist of the post-VisualKei heavy metal band Music/DirEnGrey. Prior to this, he has been a vocalist for the short-lived alternative rock band La:Sadie's and a roadie for the influential Visual kei band Music/{{Kuroyume}}
Music/{{Kuroyume}}.



* BadLiar: He has a fondness for telling lies during interviews. They come across as being funny, however, to the point where it isn't all that difficult to not take him very seriously.

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* BadLiar: He has a fondness for telling lies during interviews. They come across as being funny, however, to the point where it isn't all that difficult to not take him very seriously. See SelfProclaimedLiar below.


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** ''Don't call him "kawaii" (cute).''
14th Nov '16 3:16:27 PM sydhighwind
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* OneSteveLimit: Played with. Signed his name as "Tooru Niimura" once as a joke (the name of a Japanese AV director), and everyone ran with it. See SelfProclaimedLiar below.


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* SelfProclaimedLiar: He's repeatedly admitted to being this in interviews, including going as far as to state that he always lies in interviews for fun.
** This even goes toward ''his name''. Many people credit him as either Tooru Niimura or Tooru Nishimura, but [[LostInTranslation neglect to realize]] that Tooru Niimura is the name of a relatively famous Japanese pornography director, and that Kyo signed his name as Tooru Niimura on several occasions as a joke. That, in addition to Nishimura being a translation of the surname Niimura, has caused some confusion among international fans as to what his name is. Given that Kyo himself has blatantly admitted that [[ConsummateLiar we should never believe anything he says,]] not even the Japanese fans know what Kyo's real name is. The only thing people can agree on is his stage name being an homage to Kyoto, where he was born.
19th Aug '16 1:19:23 PM Morgenthaler
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* ManOfAThousandVoices: Joins the ranks of [[Music/ScarSymmetry Christian Alvestam]], [[Music/{{Korn}} Jonathan Davis]], Music/DevinTownsend, [[Music/CattleDecapitation Travis Ryan]], Music/MikePatton, [[Music/{{Benighted}} Julien Truchan]], and [[EnterShikari Roughton Reynolds]] as one of the most versatile metal vocalists currently active.

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* ManOfAThousandVoices: Joins the ranks of [[Music/ScarSymmetry Christian Alvestam]], [[Music/{{Korn}} Jonathan Davis]], Music/DevinTownsend, [[Music/CattleDecapitation Travis Ryan]], Music/MikePatton, [[Music/{{Benighted}} Julien Truchan]], and [[EnterShikari [[Music/EnterShikari Roughton Reynolds]] as one of the most versatile metal vocalists currently active.
23rd Mar '15 5:38:04 PM CassandraLeo
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* IndecipherableLyrics

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* IndecipherableLyricsIndecipherableLyrics: Especially when he sings in English, but even his Japanese lyrics aren't easy to decipher even for people who speak the language, in part because, being from Kyoto, he speaks in a weird dialect, and in part because he dropped out of school, meaning he never completely learned to speak his own language correctly in the first place.
9th Mar '15 3:06:23 AM tenryufan
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* DyeHard: Has gone through a wide range of hair colors, ranging from black, brown, orange, red, purple and ''[[RealMenWearPink pink]]''



* FanNickname: Kyo-chan.[[note]]Comes from fans who find his [[FunSize small physique]] and delicate features cute.[[/note]]



* OneOfUs: Likes Manga/{{Doraemon}}, collects Franchise/StarWars merchandise, plays video games (and has a lot of them), and has a an odd liking for ice cream [[note]]It's odd, because ice cream is made from milk, [[BerserkButton one of his biggest dislikes]].[[/note]].



* PromotedFanboy: He is a fan of Music/{{Kuroyume}}, and was a roadie for the band in his early days in the scene.



* WhyFandomCantHaveNiceThings: The FunnyAneurysm moment, mentioned above, in addition to an UnpleasableFanbase. It has pretty much died down in recent years, though he very rarely responds to fan mail.
** Surprisingly, he is rather active on Facebook, being the one who posts most of the official updates for his band.

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* WhyFandomCantHaveNiceThings: The FunnyAneurysm moment, mentioned above, in addition to an UnpleasableFanbase. It has pretty much died down in recent years, though he very rarely responds to fan mail.
** Surprisingly, he is rather active on Facebook, being the one who posts most of the official updates for his band.
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