These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Ayumi Hamasaki
Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Some might consider "Eyes, Smoke, Magic" from her album "Party Queen" to be this. In fact, the duo of "the next LOVE" and Eyes, Smoke, Magic is quite the BLAM not only for the album, but for her career.
Broken Base: Do you like the first half of her career, or the latter half? Is the first half too weird or is it original, and are the later works too commercial or just more palatable?
Then there are the fans who like her more recent Hotter and Sexier image, and those who hate it.
Fan Dumb: Some otaku and international fans have boycotted her music because PARTY QUEEN didn't shoot to number one in it's first week.
Others have boycotted her due to the original tracks on the "mini-albums" LOVE and again, which had tracklistings very similar to many of her singles (with remixes, instrumentals, and "Original mix" tags), being "re-hashed" on her LOVE again album. Never mind that even an idiot could've seen it coming. Though it did make a case for them being annoyed at her/her crew at avex opting to release singles as mini-albums instead, simply to keep her #1 single streak unbroken.
Nightmare Fuel: The music videos, and in most cases the songs themselves: "ourselves", "Marionette", "alterna", "WHATEVER".
Paranoia Fuel: Don't watch the "ourselves" music video before going to bed.
Signature Song: Traditional examples include "evolution", "SURREAL", "Dearest", "M", etc.
Tear Jerker: Too many songs and videos to count, but special mention goes to "teddy bear", though, since its lyrics, composition, performance, and actual real life basis are all tearjerkers. Itís about how her father abandoned her and her mother when she was young, only leaving her a teddy bear.
They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Fans will never agree on whatís good and bad in the Ayu-verse. Many say the old material up to the I amÖ era (the height of her popularity) was the best it has ever been, and many argue that her more modern sounds are superior.