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3 definitions by Mahiro

 
1.
Kotekote is a sub-genre of visual kei that is described as "traditional visual kei." In looks, the bands usually wear elaborate detailed costumes and extreme hairstyles.

According to one Japanese fan-page, Kote kei incorporates three ideas: seeking the bizarre, decadence, and aesthetics. Common themes include roses, crosses, corruption and blood.

According to another Japanese fan-page, there are two sub-genres of kotekote - black kei and white kei. Black kei has dark feelings to the rhythm and speedy melodies, white kei aims to be more melodious and transparent.

Kote kei is sometimes written as kotekote visual kei, kotekote kei, or just kotekote or kote.

Kote is opposite to oshare kei and soft visual kei.
Phantasmagoria and D are kote kei bands.
by Mahiro October 21, 2007
 
2.
Visual Kei or Visual Rock is a genre of rock music in Japan. A Visual band will usually have a set concept or theme that influences their music style, lyrics, and mode of dress.

There are many sub-genres of visual kei including oshare kei , kote kei, koteose kei, soft visual kei, and many more.
Karen was a visual kei band with the theme "life and death."
by Mahiro February 23, 2008
 
3.
Soft visual kei is a vaguely defined sub-genre of visual kei (a type of Japanese music). Instead of elaborate costumes, the bands wear clothing "off the rack" and have simple, natural makeup. It is what people tend to think of when they think of mainstream or major visual kei, but it is very different from typical visual kei. The most important aspect of the music is the melody. The style pretty much died around the year 2000, when visual went back to having an independent focus. Sometimes shortened to "Sofubi."

Bands include Siam Shade, Glay, Sophia, Janne Da Arc. Contrasts with kote kei.
Calling "soft visual kei" bands a form of "visual kei" seems to be a marketing move more than anything; they don't have the same dark focus or elaborate costumes of other bands.
by Mahiro October 21, 2007