YMMV / Utada Hikaru

  • Canon Discontinuity: Her English albums have seemingly become this, Utada's offical website lists her current upcoming album as her 6th album and her first album in 8 years.
  • Creator Worship: You'll have a fine time searching for a hint of criticism over the praise she gets from fans, although admittedly this is not that unjustifiable.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome:
    • As heavily implied on the main page, she is very, very good at Tetris. So much so that she participated in a tournament and cleaned house. Nintendo sent in two of their 'Nintendo Assassins,' (gamers who essentially get paid to be awesome at gaming) to beat her. She beat one of them and came close to beating the second, with a smile on her face the entire time.
    • She also holds the record for fastest selling album ever in Japan for Distance, which sold 3 million copies in its first week. (It was also the fastest selling album in the world, until Adele released 25.)
    • After a six year hiatus, she released "Fantome" which instantly shot to number 1. It stayed as number 1 for four weeks, breaking her previous personal best, First Love, which was number 1 for two weeks. More impressive is that it charted in the top ten in non-Japanese iTunes Stores where her album was not promoted at all.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
  • Les Yay: The video for "Nijikan Dake No Vacance" has her and Shiina Ringo holding each other rather intimately.
  • Memetic Mutation: From Sakura Nagashi we get "Everybody finds love, in the end".
  • Signature Song: Both of her Kingdom Hearts themes, but "Hikari" in particular. She calls the song "Hikaru Junior" due to her name using the same kanji (光).
  • Tear Jerker:
    • "Final Distance", given the story behind it: It's an orchestral ballad version of a cute little tune that appeared on her second album, rearranged to honor the memory of 6-year-old schoolgirl Rena Yamashita who was killed in the Osaka school massacre. Prior to her tragic death, she had won an essay competition with her writing about wanting to be a singer just like Utada.
    • The deeply wistful "Passion".
    • Another notable mention would be "Dareka no Negai ga Kanau Koro", the theme song to her director ex-husband's movie Casshern. One critic remarked that he didn't understand the movie until he heard the theme song. Then apparently it just clicked.
    • Utada appears to purposefully invoke this with "This One (Crying Like A Child)". Somber acoustic guitar backing emotionally charged lyrics, especially the chorus.