Pictured: The greatest case of Older Than They Look in recorded history. note He was 40 years old when this photo was taken.
Takanori Nishikawa, born September 19, 1970 in Hikone, Japan, is a Japanese singer, better known as T.M.Revolution. Despite most of his songs being written by Akio Inoue and composed/arranged by Daisuke Asakura, TMR is considered Nishikawa’s solo project.Nishikawa got his start in music as the vocalist of the Visual Kei band Luis-Mary from 1990 until they disbanded in 1993, during which time he operated under the Stage Name "Haine". Nishikawa first worked with Daisuke Asakura in 1995, providing the vocals for the A-side of Daisuke's third solo single which was released under the alias of "Daisuke Asakura expd. Takanori Nishikawa" (expd. meaning expanded and designating Takanori as a guest vocalist). Daisuke liked his voice so much that he decided he wanted to continue working with him. T.M.Revolution (Takanori Makes Revolution) debuted the next year with his first official single "dokusai -monopolize-".In 1999, it was announced that the T.M.Revolution project was over, as Nishikawa and Asakura had agreed it would be upon meeting three specific goals: hold a live at the Tokyo Dome, reach #1 on the Oricon charts and sell a million copies of a single release. Nishikawa and Asakura then created a sequel project to T.M.Revolution called (and hold onto your hats for this one) "the end of genesis T.M.R.evolution Turbo Type D"...or "TMR-e" for short. They released three singles under the name but Nishikawa and Asakura began to grow distant around the turn of the millennium and Nishikawa decided to go back to performing as T.M.Revolution in early 2000.In 1999, Nishakawa married Yumi Yoshimura of Puffy Ami Yumi fame, though the pair divorced in 2002 after it emerged Yumi was having an affair.Takanori is also co-founder and vocalist of rock band abingdon boys school. He's also received his own Nendoroid.
Tropes associated with T.M.Revolution's music and videos, and Takanori himself include:
Cover Album: A self-cover album, to be precise. UNDER:COVER features straight rock arrangements of many of his songs, with the tracklist having being chosen through online voting by fans.
Darker and Edgier: There was a noticeable shift in overall tone when he went back to being a solo artist after TMR-e ended.
Displaced Origin: While T.M.Revolution officially started in 1996 with the release of dokusai-monopolize-, Takanori actually started working with Daisuke in 1995, with a single released under Daisuke's name (with a sub-credit to Takanori), BLACK or WHITE?. An album mix was created for MAKES REVOLUTION, and as such is generally considered to be part of the T.M.Revolution canon despite its origins.
Engrish: Not always his fault, since the majority of his lyrics are written by dedicated lyricist Akio Inoue.
Epic Instrumental Opener: All the damn time, and always a form of Author Appeal for Daisuke. Albireo, Zips, madan~Der Freischutz~, LOVE SAVER, CHASE/THE THRILL... the list goes on. Daisuke really loves long opening riffs.
Epic Rocking: CHASE/THE TRILL clocks in at 7:07, and is some of the most gratuitous Author Appeal from Daisuke in T.M.Revolution's entire discography. The intro alone is almost a minute long.
Fun Size: He's 161 cm tall (about 5'3") due to malnourishment as a child.
Genre Shift: It's more apparent in his live performances than in his recordings, but beginning with progress, his sound has gotten heavier, with increasingly consistent use of traditional instruments as opposed to being primarily keyboards and programming. His more recent material leans more towards J-metal than any other genre.
He's Got Legs: A lot of fans would like to have his legs as their own.
I Am the Band: T.M.Revolution is also a solo project. He may have a near permanent set of support musicians these days, and doesn't write any of his music or most of his lyrics, but Takanori is still the only permanent member in the traditional sense.
Idiosyncratic Album Theming: Starting with Restoration Level 3, each of his albums features a song with a title that has the initials "T.M.R."
Idol Singer: Started out as a rare male example. Totally subverted when Takanori took control of the project away from Daisuke.
Ink-Suit Actor: Both of the characters he voiced for Gundam SEED qualify, but Heine Westenfluss takes the trope Up to Eleven by not only looking like him, but also being named after him (Heine is a play on the name he used in Luis~Mary and "Westenfluss" is a literal translation of his last name into German). Even the name of Heine's Gouf remake is a reference to the theme song that T.M.Revolution contributed to that season, Ignited.
Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Shifts back and forth between pop and rock. He also does electronic, punk and, occasionally, heavy metal. Each and every song can differ between any combination of the aforementioned genres, which makes his musical style quite difficult to classify.
Record Producer: Daisuke Asakura, who was T.M.Revolution's "total producer" for many years, is a combination Acrimony/One Or More Trick Pony producer. He has a reputation for alienating the people he works with by being overbearing and controlling- because he also writes all of the music and plays the keyboards for everything he has ever produced. He still writes the music and plays keyboards, but Takanori is his own producer now, hence the deviation fromDA's typical formula since Coordinate.
Shout-Out: T.M.Revolution's name is a shout out to TM Network. Daisuke's first real gig as a professional keyboard player was a support gig with them, and is also how he met his mentor and idol, Tetsuya Komuro.
Song Style Shift: Master Feel Sad again. Starts out sounding like a soft ballad, then suddenly HEAVY METAL.
Spin-Off: the end of genesis T.M.R.evolution Turbo Type D (abbreviated as TMR-e), a Retool of T.M.Revolution's sound and image, that only lasted one album. Came about because of Takanori and Daisuke's original agreement to end T.M.Revolution after meeting three specific goals. Abingdon Boys School is also this.
Stage Names: Subverted. Even though he performs his solo work under the mantle of T.M.Revolution, he actually does use his real name, and is usually addressed as such in interviews and the like.
Synth Pop: As per usual for any project of Daisuke Asakura's, his music is very keyboard and programming heavy. His earlier albums are straight plays of this trope while his more recent ones subvert it with the ever growing presence of traditional rock instruments.
Word Salad Title: The aforementioned T.M.R. initialed songs always seem to invoke this. His other songs with English titles mostly avert this by being only one or two words long. TMR-e's full name is also this.