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YMMV: Yoshiki Hayashi
  • Ad of Win
  • Americans Hate Tingle: He can draw this reaction on Youtube videos of his X drum solos that aren't on his own account among some of the angrier Western metal fans, specifically those who are prejudiced against anything "effeminate" or non-Western in the first place no matter what - outright racist remarks aren't unknown.
  • Cargo Ship: Due to his habits of collapsing and rolling around on the stage during lives, some people jokingly ship Yoshiki with The Floor.
  • Estrogen Brigade: Yoshiki, unlike most heavy metal/hard rock artists, has a sizable female following.
  • Fandom Berserk Button: As mentioned on the main page, "Yosheekee" and "Yokashi" and "Yoshi" are fairly good ways to evoke at the very least an Eye Roll and Face Palm. Using any of these pronounciations signifies that you don't care about how to get his name right.
  • Fan Nickname: "Yo-chan" (bestowed by hide, who was arguably one of his biggest fans as well as his guitarist), "Yoyo" by fans, "Ľo$hiki" by Fan Hater, "Pony" by people who think his face looks pony-like, and "Princess" by Brazilian fans and fans elsewhere.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Yoshiki would often fake falls and collapses in shows for the sake of drama and showmanship. When he collapsed for real from his neck injuries in 1995 and 2008, it was written off by some as drama and fanservice.
  • Ho Yay: There was once a massive Flame War and shipping war as to whether he had more with hide or Toshi. It's almost a draw between the two, though with some of Yoshiki's statements in The New Tens it's obvious that he and hide had some sort of actual connection or feelings, whether they were actually acted on offstage or not.
  • Internet Backdraft: There are so many ways to start Internet Backdraft related to Yoshiki that it would take its own page. Suffice it to say that unless at least some other people are talking about him favorably or no one around knows about him at all, and even then on some occasions, even mentioning him will lead to immediate Internet Backdraft.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Is this in jrock fandom in general. There is Slash Fic of him with everyone in X Japan, including the (canon straight) Heath and even Foe Yay with Taiji. Then Atsushi Sakurai of Buck Tick, and Gackt. Then everyone from Dir En Grey. Then Miyavi. There is, arguably, Slash Fic of Yoshiki with every other person in Japanese rock a Yaoi Fangirl has ever heard of, and there is even a fic of him and Johnny Depp doing it on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Then there's the usually heterosexual original female characters...
  • Memetic Mutation- The aforementioned Rice Monster, which he still hasn't quite lived down.
  • Mis-blamed: Some of the concerts were canceled for reasons beyond his control, and the miniature scandal that was the Photoshopping and announcement of 8000 fans for the promotional video shoot was due to the graphic designers and PR people involved. A fair amount of the hate toward Yoshiki is actually either misaimed or over things he can't do anything about, and a fair amount of it is haters simply jumping on the bandwagon of who's popular to hate.
  • One of Us: He likes KISS (and many other Hard Rock and Heavy Metal bands), Korean pop, Hatsune Miku, Michael Jackson, One Piece, Naruto, Bleach, and Twilight.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously - Yoshiki doing the music for Saw IV and for Repo! The Genetic Opera. Yeah, one of the once-top drummers in the world, who *could,* had he gone classical rather than rock, be a virtuoso pianist, who created and led one of Japan's most successful rock bands, who is an extremely talented musician....working for people who, in the case of Repo, couldn't even pronounce his name correctly.
  • Unfortunate Implications:
    • His... shall we say, blase attitude toward alcohol abuse has raised some concern. While most Japanese wouldn't see it as unusual or troubling, to Westerners, he often comes off as an alcoholic or at least someone who drinks way too much and is way too concerned with drinking, even having somewhat curbed his worst excesses such as DUI and bar fights.
    • He's occasionally said some borderline-sexist things regarding women (including comparing them to his car in the 2004 Bull Run video) and his early lyrics have gone right from sexism into misogyny. That said, he doesn't seem to consistently demonstrate hatred for women and appeared to become more respectful over time, so it was most likely a case of male privilege without anyone around to check it + Small Reference Pools in reference to women (e.g. if you tend to meet a lot of stereotypical people, it makes your view of said people more likely to be stereotypical) as opposed to outright hatred or sexist misogyny.
    • That he has chosen to tour Russia despite institutionalized homophobia and without personally speaking out about it has led some people to become very angry or disappointed.
  • Values Dissonance: What delayed the international release of Yoshiki Classical. Part of the cover art designed involves a picture with Yoshiki sitting over a mirrored surface and the reflection of his face being his skull, and another pic being him and his piano mirrored in "blood" red. While this might seem innocuous enough in the US and in Visual Kei subculture (and is quite tame compared to almost any of his X Japan cover art), it is highly offensive in some of the cultures and countries for which the international release was meant (including Japan itself outside of visual kei and gothic subculture) - and this led to the delay of the release.
    • And Yoshiki Classical still got hit with an 18+ rating in Russia because of Yoshiki's known androgyny and bisexuality. Never mind that most of the pieces are instrumentals (and the one that isn't both not having horribly explicit lyrics + said lyrics being in Italian anyway), therefore making the album nothing Moral Guardians could find serious objection to outside from the artist's appearance and personal life.

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