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'''Minoru Niihara''' (born 1961) is a Japanese vocalist best known for being one of the core members of Music/{{Loudness}}. Originally the bassist and vocalist of Earthshaker, Niihara left before the band took off. He left Loudness once in 1988 and was reunited with the band in 2001. Niihara has been Loudness' most famous singer throughout and has several solo projects.

[[WMG: Tropes encompassing Minoru Niihara include:]]
* AuthorAppeal: IntercourseWithYou and Anti War songs seem to be the main game for him.
* BigBeautifulMan: From 2000 onward he seemed to have become this, as of 2010 he has gone back to normal weight.
* BigEater: Look at his blog. [[TooMuchInformation (Or don't if you don't want to hear about his bowel movements.)]]
* BiTheWay: Take a look around his blog. He seems to be an Music/AdamLambert fanboy and comments on how attractive he is, and some of the feelings he expressed for Music/MunetakaHiguchi sound like he was in love with him or had feelings for him. Plus some of his comments on former vocalist Masaki Yamada seem rather odd, such as his calling Masaki "cute" in one interview. Though he is also divorced with a six year old son...
* CreepyCoolCrosses: Wears a crucifix on his neck fairly often, especially apparent in the videos for Metal Mad and Crazy Samurai, in which he is wearing a full-on Catholic style cross.
* HairMetal: His look until the late 90s (when he experimented with VisualKei) and the 2000s (when he had no specific scene look), and his lyrical output.
** 2013 has him returning to VisualKei.
* HarshVocals: Minoru's vocal style is best described as "[[Music/{{Accept}} Udo Dirkenschnider]] meets [[Music/JudasPriest Rob Halford]]."
* IntercourseWithYou: Seems to be a pet subject of his, having wrote almost all of Loudness's songs about the matter, and several solo songs, most infamously "69" from his band XYZ->A. Whether this is FetishFuel or FetishRetardant is up to you.
* TooMuchInformation: Will occasionally find its way onto his blog. The aforementioned discussion of his anal issues and bowel movements is one such incident...
* VisualKei: He tried it as a look with XYZ-A in the late 90s(and carried the look over to the Loudness reunion in 2001), since another member of the band was. Whether he failed spectacularly or not is very much up to the fan.
** As of 2013, has taken up the VK look again, and arguably looks much better than he did his previous stab at it, with long red hair and eyeliner. He gave up the look in 2014 for a more classic metal/rock style once again.
* VocalEvolution: Or not, depending on your POV. Since 2001 Niihara's voice has taken on a much harsher, screechier sound, which works on some songs, others not.