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[[caption-width-right:200:Who said drummers don't look good?]]

Shinya Terachi is the drummer of Music/DirEnGrey, most famous for his early extreme VisualKei look (AmbiguousGender to the point some people did not know) and for being one of the most skilled drummers in the modern Japanese HardRock / HeavyMetal scene (and for [[NamesTheSame sharing a name with the equally talented drummer]] of Music/LunaSea, Music/ShinyaYamada).

He has recently began performing with other Visual Kei acts as a session drummer, including a recent performance with Kamijo ex-Music/{{Versailles}}, and another one with other musicians backing for [[Music/ToshimitsuDeyama Toshi]] in a solo performance as the "Crystal Rock Knights."


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''' Shinya provides examples of:'''
* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Usually downplayed, which is very odd for a Visual Kei drummer; in contrast to drummers like Music/{{Yoshiki|Hayashi}} and Kai of Music/TheGazette. He has his moments, though.
* AmbiguousGender: Probably the most so of all of Dir en grey. Even after dropping Visual Kei when Dir en grey went post-visual, he maintained and still maintains a slight, almost feminine waifish appearance. While the band was visual (and even up until now), he looked so female that some people actually assumed that he was a [[{{Bifauxnen}} female]] [[RecursiveCrossdressing drag king]].
* AmbiguouslyBi: There's rumors of this, mostly because he hasn't been affiliated with ''any'' woman for the last 10 years after one girlfriend with whom he had a very bad breakup.
* AscendedFanboy: Of [[TheMentor his mentor]] Music/YoshikiHayashi, as well as being a near-{{expy}} of him at points (from the feminine VK style of his youth to his drumming skill and style, all of it is ''very'' influenced by Yoshiki).
* BewareTheNiceOnes: While he is the nicest person among his bandmates, he tends to trash his dressing rooms and similar, and there's been documented photographic evidence of his having done so.
* {{Biseinen}}: What he is in recent years, though he comes across as looking like a {{Bifauxnen}} in many photos.
* {{Bishonen}}: Was this when he was younger and went with slightly more masculine appearance.
* ButtMonkey: Early on, if the band was filmed messing around, it was always at his expense...
* CutenessProximity: His dog, and many other cute things. He tends to pose with puppies and kittens...
* DudeLooksLikeALady: See above. He is TheChick of Music/DirEnGrey, ''even'' post-Visual.
* DyeHard: Has done ''many'' hair colors, most commonly blonde, but also everything from red to blue to lilac.
* {{Expy}}: Probably the most blatant [[Music/YoshikiHayashi Yoshiki]] clone in the active Visual Kei scene. Somewhat (if not completely) explained by the band's having been signed by and having worked with Yoshiki, and that he was TheMentor to Shinya as a drummer and a visual musician.
* ElegantGothicLolita: During the band's most Visual phases, along with the others.
* FollowTheLeader: See all of the above entries. For much of Shinya's early career, he ''was'' basically this to Yoshiki. He would later become more varied and less blatantly cloning him, until he established his own image in the mid-2000s.
* {{Guyliner}}: Along with eyeshadow, powder, mascara, and more, being the most Visual member of the band. Apparently he still uses makeup, as seen in many live and offstage videos.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Has always been.
* TheMentor: Music/YoshikiHayashi was a ''huge'' influence on Shinya's style, skill, and more - they were known to work the most closely together when Yoshiki had signed the band.
* OjouRinglets: One of his most eccentric hairstyles. Dropped them once the band went post-Visual, but in recent years he has been curling his hair more and more.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Very much so - he looks to be in his late twenties or early 30s ''at most''.
* OneOfUs / {{Otaku}}: Is a huge fan of VideoGames in general and rumored to collect eroge/H-games.
* RecursiveCrossdressing: His dress style combined with his slender physique makes him appear [[{{Bifauxnen}} tomboyish]] as opposed to masculine.
* ScaryMusicianHarmlessMusic: Inverted, in regard to his public image of being "cute" anyway.
* ShrinkingViolet: Shinya is very, very, VERY shy. The only known person closest to him is fellow bandmate Kyo, who is ''also'' a ShrinkingViolet.
* StageNames: He goes mononymously by his given name.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish
* UncommonTime: His drumming is well-known for highly complex rhythms and excessive use of syncopation.
* VisualKei: Went post-Visual, but still associated with the scene.
** His performance with [[Music/ToshimitsuDeyama Toshi]]'s jam band "Crystal Rock Knights" had him with a full Visual Kei look, reminiscent of Yoshiki's 1990s styles.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: He was the finest example of Lolita kei during his time -- arguably as feminine, if not, more than Mana of Music/MaliceMizer was. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Had he not dropped his Visual style]], he could have evoked as much ViewerGenderConfusion as more contemporary artists like Music/{{Miyavi}}, Music/{{Hizaki}} of Music/{{Versailles}}, Bou of Music/AnCafe and ex-SEREMEDY guitarist Music/{{YOHIO}}.