|Native name||平野 綾|
October 8, 1987 |
Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
|Occupations||Voice actress, singer|
|Years active||2001–present (as actress)
2006-present (as singer)
Aya Hirano (平野 綾 Hirano Aya?, born October 8, 1987) from Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, is a Japanese voice actress and J-pop singer who has had roles in several anime, visual novels, and TV commercials in Japan. She was contracted to Space Craft Produce, a branch of the Space Craft Group, for her voice acting career, and for her singing career, she was signed under Lantis. She left both Space Craft and Lantis in 2011. Hirano moved to the voice acting agency Grick in August 2011, and into Universal Sigma in 2012.
Hirano spent a few of her very early years of life in America before returning to Japan. In 1998, she joined the Tokyo Child Theatrical Group division of the Space Craft Group company. Eventually, she began to appear in commercials and got her first role as a voice actress in Angel Tales. From 2002 to 2003, she was a member of the band SpringS.
After graduating from high school, she began seriously pursuing her voice acting and solo singing career. Her big break came in 2006, when she was cast as the voice of Haruhi Suzumiya, the title character of the anime series The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. The series' public success has greatly enhanced her popularity and career in Japan. Her CD single Bōken Desho Desho? containing the opening song of the show sold out in Japan the very day it was released. This success was followed by her voicing two lead characters in anime based on popular manga; Reira in Nana and Misa Amane in Death Note. Her popularity was confirmed at the first Seiyu Awards, where she won "Best Newcomer (female)", for her role as Haruhi Suzumiya; the same role also won her a nomination as "Best Main Character (female)". At the same awards, she was also nominated for "Best Supporting Character (female)", and earned two nominations for "Best Single" (One of which is a solo, Bōken Desho Desho?; the other was a group nomination for the single Hare Hare Yukai). In 2008, she won the "Best Main Character (female)" award at the second Seiyu Awards.
She performed at the "Animelo Summer Live" concerts between 2006 and 2008, as well as the Suzumiya Haruhi no Gekisō concert on March 18, 2007. Hirano was a guest at Anime Expo 2007, along with other cast members from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Minori Chihara and Yūko Gotō. In 2007, she continued to enjoy great success in her career, landing the role of Konata Izumi in the anime version of Lucky Star and launching three separate singles back-to-back monthly at year's end.
In November 2010, Hirano posted a message on her Twitter account that she has had a pituitary gland tumor since junior high school. While not malignant, the tumor exerts pressure on certain motor functions, resulting in temporary memory loss, loss of vision and slurring of speech. She decided against elective surgery because the surgery would alter her nasal cavity and permanently modify her voice. To facilitate her care, she announced in April 2011 that she had been prohibited from taking on new voice acting roles in anime since some time the previous year. She still continued voicing characters for anime that received additional seasons or extended runs. In May 2011, Hirano announced via Twitter that she was no longer performing music for Lantis and has discontinued her music career until further notice. On August 2, 2011, Japanese magazine Bubka confirmed that Hirano was dismissed by Lantis due to a sex scandal involving her sleeping with several band members. Citing a need for a new agency that was more ideal with her career wishes, Hirano announced on August 12, 2011 that she left Space Craft Entertainment. On August 21, Hirano moved to the voice acting agency Grick. Days later, on August 27, Hirano posted a message on her Twitter account, confirming that she has resumed new voice acting roles in anime.
- Tenshi no Shippo (Saru no Momo)
- Battle B-Daman (Charat)
- Battle B-Daman: Fire Spirits (Pheles)
- Canvas 2: Niji Iro no Sketch (Sumire Misaki)
- Eyeshield 21 (Mamori Anezaki)
- Itsudatte My Santa! (Mai)
- Busō Renkin (Mahiro Muto)
- Death Note (Misa Amane)
- Doraemon: Zeusdesu Naida (Tarance Claw)
- Galaxy Angel-Rune (Kahlua/Tequila Marjoram)
- Himawari! (Shikimi)
- Kekkaishi (Yurina Kanda)
- Nana (Reira Serizawa)
- Renkin 3-kyū Magical ? Pokān (Pachira)
- School Rumble: 2nd Semester (Yōko Sasakura)
- Sumomomo Momomo (Sanae Nakajima)
- The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (Haruhi Suzumiya) – 2008 Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation Award, Best Voice Actress (Japanese)
- Dragonaut: The Resonance (Garnet McLane)
- Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight! (Mei Etoh)
- Lucky Star (Konata Izumi, herself in episode 15, Haruhi Suzumiya in episode 20)
- Hello Kitty: Apple Forest and the Parallel Town (Emily)
- Himawari!! (Shikimi)
- Soreike! Anpanman (Tanpopochiyan, Kokinchiyan)
- Akaneiro ni Somaru Saka (Minato Nagase)
- Amuri in Star Ocean (Femina Novum)
- Fist of the North Star: The Legend of Toki (Sara)
- Kemeko Deluxe! (Nakamura)
- Hyakko (Ayumi Nonomura)
- Linebarrels of Iron (Kujō Miu)
- Lucky Star OVA (Konata Izumi)
- Lupin III: Green Vs. Red (Yukiko)
- Mokke (Reiko Nagasawa)
- Moegaku 5 (Megamisama)
- Macross Frontier (Mina Roshan, Nene Rora)
- Nijū Mensō no Musume (Chizuko Mikamo)
- School Rumble Sangakki (Yoko Sasakura)
- Zettai Karen Children (Kaoru Akashi)
- Dragon Ball Z Kai (Dende)
- Fairy Tail (Lucy Heartfilia, Lucy Ashley, Layla Heartfilia)
- Fight Ippatsu! Jūden-chan!! (Rona Elmo, News reporter)
- Jewelpet (Garnet)
- Kawa no Hikari (Wanko)
- Kiddy Girl-and (Lumière)
- Kimi ni Todoke (Ume Kurumizawa)
- Maria Holic (Shizu Shidō)
- The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (Haruhi Suzumiya)
- The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya (Haruhi Suzumiya)
- Nyoro~n Churuya-san (Haruhi Suzumiya)
- Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas (Sasha/Athena)
- To (Ariina)
- Queen's Blade (Nanael)
- White Album (Yuki Morikawa)
- Beyblade Razor Typhoon (Yuki Sawasaki)
- Beyblade Metal Masters (Sophie)
- Black Butler II (Hannah Anafeloz)
- Blood Jewel (Kazuko Yoshizumi)
- Book Girl Memoir (Miu Asakura)
- Jewelpet Twinkle (Garnet)
- Nurarihyon no Mago (Kana Ienaga)
- Seikon no Qwaser (Katja)
- Fairy Tail OVA (Lucy Heartfilia)
- Hunter × Hunter (Menchi)
- Jewelpet Sunshine (Garnet, Komachi Saotome)
- Kimi ni Todoke Season 2 (Ume Kurumizawa)
- Maria Holic Alive (Shizu Shidō)
- Nichijou (Shōgi King in episode 9)
- Nurarihyon no Mago: Sennen Makyo (Kana Ienaga)
- Seikon no Qwaser II (Katja)
- Girls und Panzer (Alisa)
- Gintama' (Nobume Imai)
- Himitsu no Akko-chan Flash Anime (Akko-Chan)
- Jewelpet Kira☆Deco! (Garnet, Midori Akagi)
- Soreike! Anpanman (Ice Swan)
- Recorder and Randsell Do♪ (Sayo)
- Recorder and Randsell Re♪ (Sayo)
- Gatchaman Crowds (Paiman)
- Jewelpet Happiness (Garnet, Nobara Kitajima)
- Miyakawa-ke no Kūfuku (Konata Izumi)
- Recorder and Randsell Mi♪ (Sayo)
- Zettai Karen Children: The Unlimited (Kaoru Akashi)
- Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka (Minato Nagase)
- B.Ichi (Lin Kinpar)
- Kiss of Rose Princess (Anís Yamamoto)
- Kiddy Grade Sound Layer (Lumière)
- Maria Holic (Kanako Miyamae)
- The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: Sound Around (Haruhi Suzumiya (all tracks), all the main characters (track 8 only))
- Nurarihyon no Mago (Ienaga Kana)
- Hyakumonogatari (Shinobu Oshino)
- Bleach: Fade to Black (Homura)
- Honjitsu no Neko-jijo
- The Asylum Session (Hiyoko) (2009)
- Book Girl (Miu Asakura) (2010)
- The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (Haruhi Suzumiya) (2010)
- Fairy Tail the Movie: The Phoenix Priestess (Lucy Heartfilia) (2012)
- Hunter × Hunter: Phantom Rouge (Retz) (2013)
- Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods (Dende) (2013)
- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Haley Jones)
- Doctor Who (Astrid Peth)
- Dragonball Evolution (Bulma)
- Henry VIII (Catherine Parr)
- Starship Troopers: Invasion (Zig)
- Zathura (Lisa)
- Galaxy Angel Radio (Ended)
- Radio Anime Romakkisu (October 6, 2007)
- SOS Dan Radio Shibu (Ended)
- Sumomo Radio (Ended)
- Tenshi no Shippo: Home Party (Ended)
- Anime Workshop (アニコボー AniKobō?) (Nippon Broadcasting | April 2009) (Guest)
- Assassin's Creed II (Cristina Vespucci)
- Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Cristina Vespucci)
- Busou Shinki: Battle Rondo (Baby Razz)
- Danganronpa: Another Episode (Monaka Towa)
- Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy (Prishe)
- Do-Don-Pachi Saidaioujou (Type-D Saya) (Xbox 360)
- Dragon Nest (Kali)
- Eternal Sonata (Polka)
- Eyeshield 21 MAX DEVILPOWER! (Mamori Anezaki)
- Eyeshield 21 Playing American Football! Ya! Ha! (Mamori Anezaki)
- Eyeshield 21 Portable Edition (Mamori Anezaki)
- Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon (Shirma)
- Final Fantasy Type-0 (Carla)
- Finalist (Honoka Serizawa)
- Galaxy Angel II (Kahlua/Tequila Marjoram)
- Haruhi Suzumiya series as Haruhi Suzumiya:
- Himekishi Monogatari -Princess Blue- (Yuna Ekuberuto Ōjo)
- Katekyo Hitman Reborn! Fate of Heat 2 (Rizona)
- Lucky Star no Mori (Konata Izumi)
- Lucky Star: Ryōō Gakuen Ōtōsai (Konata Izumi)
- Luminous Arc (Lucia)
- MagnaCarta II (Zephie)
- Memories Off 6: T-wave (Chisa Hakosaki)
- Nana: Subete wa Daimaou no Omichibiki!? (Reira Serizawa)
- Sigma Harmonics (Neon Tsukiyomi)
- Sumomomo Momomo: The Strongest Bride on Earth (Sanae Nakajima)
- Super Robot Wars UX (Miu Kujou)
- Sunday VS Magazine: Shuuketsu! Choujou Daikessen! (Kaoru Akashi)
- Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 3 (Kanonno Grassvalley)
- Tenshi no Shippo (Saru no Momo)
- Ryū ga Gotoku 4: Densetsu o Tsugumono (Hana)
- Ryū ga Gotoku Of the End (Hana)
- Ryū ga Gotoku 5: Yume Kanaeshi Mono (Hana)
- Zettai Zetsubō Shōjo: Danganronpa AnotherEpisode (Monaca)
- AniGiga (NHK BS2) (2nd time guest)
- Brave MAP Special: We will show you the faces behind the people who do popular Anime characters' voices!! Best 50
- AniPara Music-place (Guest)
- Hey! Hey! Hey! Music Champ - Rank-In Corner (Fuji Television | July 3, 2006)
- Kaitai-Shin Show (NHK General | April 2007)
- Mario School (TV Tokyo | October 2000 - March 2001)
- Moegaku (Host)
- Radical (Commentary)
- Super Advancement Broadcast BONZO! (Tokyo MX | August 24, 2007)
- Tenshi no Voice (SKY PerfecTV! ch.371 | 9th Broadcast)
- Just Aya Hirano TV (平野綾だけTV Hirano Aya dake TV?) (Fuji TV 2 | April 2009) (Host)
- 1/19 Bpm, published 2007. ISBN 978-4-07-258106-3
- Hirano Aya Hajimete Story, published 2007. ISBN 978-4-07-258101-8
- Hirano Aya Photo Collection H: Stairway to 20, published 2007. ISBN 978-4-04-854096-4
- Lolita no Ondo ISBN 4-04-853272-3
- "Breakthrough" (March 8, 2006)
- "Bōken Desho Desho?" (April 26, 2006) (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya opening theme)
- "Ashita no Prism" (September 6, 2006)
- "Love Gun" (October 10, 2007)
- "Neophilia" (November 7, 2007)
- "MonStAR" (December 5, 2007)
- "Unnamed World" (April 23, 2008) (Nijū Mensō no Musume ending theme)
- "Namida Namida Namida" (October 8, 2008) (Hyakko ending theme)
- "Set me Free/Sing A Song!" (April 29, 2009)
- "Super Driver" (July 22, 2009) (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya opening theme)
- "Hysteric Barbie" (June 23, 2010)
- "TOxxxIC" (February 20, 2013)
- "Promise" (October 9, 2013)
- "Hare Hare Yukai" (2006)
- "Suzumiya Haruhi no Tsumeawase" (2006)
- "Haruhi Suzumiya Character Song" (2006)
- "Saikyo Pare Parade" (2006)
- "Mei Etō Character Song" (2006)
- "Sanae Nakajima Character Song" (2006)
- "Motteke! Sailor Fuku" (2007)
- "Konata Izumi Character Song" (2007)
- "Mune Pettan Girls Character Song" (2007)
- "Kosutte! Oh My Honey" (2007)
- "Tomare!" (2009)
- "Haruhi Suzumiya Character Song II" (2009)
- "Seikon no Qwaser Character Song" (2010)
- "Fairy Tail Character Song" (2010)
- "Party! LoveBeat!" (along with Kanae Itō and Haruka Kudō) (2012)
- "Zutto Kitto", Fairy Tail film ending theme (2012)
- Suzumiya Haruhi no Gekisō (2007)
- Love Letter (ラブレター Rabu Retā?) (November 21, 2007)
- Love Story (ラブストーリー Rabu Sutori?) (April 25, 2008)
- 1st Live 2008 Riot Tour Live (February 25, 2009)
- I Love You (March 18, 2009)
- Aya Hirano Music Clip Collection Vol.1 (September 9, 2009)
- Suzumiya Haruhi no Gensō (February 26, 2010)
- Aya Hirano 2nd Live Tour 2009 "Speed Star Tours" Live DVD (June 23, 2010)
- Aya Hirano Special Live 2010 -Kiss me- (May 3, 2011)
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- Oochi, Yoko; Yoshida, Moichi (December 2007). "Death Note". Newtype USA 6 (12): pp. 50–51. ISSN 1541-4817.
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- "Lantis profile". Lantis.
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- "2nd Annual Seiyū Awards Announced". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 31, 2013.
- "Anime Expo 2007 Guests". Anime Expo. 2007. Archived from the original on 11 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-03.
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- "Aya Hirano: Prohibited From Acting in New Anime Works". Anime News Network. April 7, 2011. Retrieved April 7, 2011.
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- Official website (Japanese)
- Aya Hirano on Universal Sigma
- Aya Hirano on Twitter (Japanese)
- Aya Hirano at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- Aya Hirano discography at MusicBrainz