Takanori Nishikawa (西川貴教, Nishikawa Takanori, born September 19, 1970 in Yasu, Shiga Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese singer and actor. He performs as T.M.Revolution (TMR), which stands for Takanori Makes Revolution (貴教が革命を起こす, Takanori ga kakumei o okosu). Although most of his songs were written by Akio Inoue and composed/arranged by Daisuke Asakura (also TMR’s former producer), T.M.Revolution is Nishikawa’s solo project.
Nishikawa debuted as TMR with the release of his first single Dokusai -monopolize- (独裁 -monopolize-, Dokusai -monopolize-) in May 1996. Later that year, his third single HEART OF SWORD ~Yoake Mae~ (HEART OF SWORD ～夜明け前～, HEART OF SWORD ~Yoake Mae~) was used as the third ending song for the anime series Rurouni Kenshin, further expanding his fan base. He also contributed five songs to the Mobile Suit Gundam SEED franchise – three for Gundam SEED and two for Gundam SEED Destiny. Nishikawa has guest starred as a minor character in each of those anime series that featured his songs.
T.M.Revolution is the first artist to be signed to Tofu Records, a record label (affiliated with Sony Music Japan) promoting j-pop artists in North America. Tofu released three of his most recent studio albums: coordinate (2003), SEVENTH HEAVEN (2004), and vertical infinity (2005). Nishikawa made his North American live debut at Otakon, a large anime convention in 2003. He also performed at Pacific Media Expo in 2004.
Nishikawa was born to a government worker (father, Yasuhiro) and a dentist (mother, Kazuko). He attended Mikami Elementary School (三上小学校, Mikami Shōgakkō) as a child. Nishikawa was close to his grandfather (a retired policeman), whom he visited every day after school, since his parents were always working. Under the encouragement of his grandfather, Takanori studied kendo until age ten, when his grandfather passed away due to illness.
Nishikawa also attended Yasu Junior High School (野洲中学校, Yasu Chūgakkō) and Yasu High School (滋賀県立野洲高等学校, Shiga Kenritsu Yasu Kōtō Gakkō). While in junior high, Takanori began to consider a career in music. He dropped out of high school and left Shiga to pursue his dream.