Aya Hirano

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Aya Hirano
Native name 平野 綾
Born (1987-10-08) October 8, 1987 (age 28)
Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Years active 2001–present
Notable work
Height 157 cm (5 ft 2 in)
Website ayahirano.jp

Aya Hirano (平野 綾 Hirano Aya?, born October 8, 1987) is a Japanese actress, voice actress and J-pop singer who has had roles in several anime, visual novels, and TV commercials in Japan.[1][2] She was contracted to Space Craft Produce, a branch of the Space Craft Group, for her voice acting career,[3] and for her singing career, she was signed under Lantis.[4] 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.[5]


Hirano spent a few of her very early years of life in America before returning to Japan.[6] 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.[7] From 2002 to 2003, she was a member of the band SpringS.[8]

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 three lead characters in anime based on popular manga; Reira in Nana, Misa Amane in Death Note and Lucy Heartfilia in Fairy Tail. Her popularity was confirmed at the first Seiyu Awards, where she won "Best Newcomer (female)", for her role as Haruhi Suzumiya;[9] 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).[9] In 2008, she won the "Best Main Character (female)" award at the second Seiyu Awards.[10]

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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16] On August 21, Hirano moved to the voice acting agency Grick.[17] Days later, on August 27, Hirano posted a message on her Twitter account, confirming that she has resumed new voice acting roles in anime.[18]

Hirano returned to music in 2012 and was signed to the record label Universal Sigma. Her first release on the label was the mini album Fragments on May 23, 2012.[19]



Year Title Role Notes Source[20][21][22]
2001–03 Angel Tales series Saru no Momo
2002 Kiddy Grade Lumière [2]
2003 Beyblade G-Revolution MingMing
2004 Battle B-Daman Charat
2005 Battle B-Daman: Fire Spirits Pheles
2005 Canvas 2: Niji Iro no Sketch Sumire Misaki [23]
2005 Eyeshield 21 Mamori Anezaki [24]
2005 Itsudatte My Santa! Mai
2006 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Haruhi Suzumiya 2008 Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation Award, Best Voice Actress (Japanese) [1][2][25][26]
2006 Buso Renkin Mahiro Muto
2006 Renkin 3-kyū Magical? Pokān Pachira
2006 Death Note Misa Amane [2]
2006 Galaxy Angel-Rune Kahlua/Tequila Marjoram [2]
2006 Nana Reira Serizawa [2]
2006 Sumomomo Momomo Sanae Nakajima
2006–07 Himawari! series Shikimi
2006–08 School Rumble series Yoko Sasakura
2007 Dragonaut: The Resonance Garnet McLane
2007 Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight! Mei Etoh
2007 Hello Kitty: Apple Forest and the Parallel Town Emily
2007–08 Lucky Star series Konata Izumi, Haruhi Suzumiya [1]
2007–15 Soreike! Anpanman Tanpopochan, Kokinchan
2008 Kemeko Deluxe Nakamura
2008 Macross Frontier Mina Roshan, Nene Rora
2008 Nijū Mensō no Musume Chico
2008 Scarecrowman: the Animation Mischa
2008 Moegaku★5 Goddess
2008 Amuri in Star Ocean Femina Novum OVA
2008 Lupin III: Green Vs. Red Yukiko OVA
2008 Examurai Airei OVA
2008 Fist of the North Star: The Legend of Toki Sara
2008 Hyakko Ayumi Nonomura
2008 Linebarrels of Iron Kujō Miu
2008 Mokke Reiko Nagasawa
2008–09 Akaneiro ni Somaru Saka series Minato Nagase
2008–13 Zettai Karen Children series Kaoru Akashi
2009 White Album Yuki Morikawa
2009 Kawa no Hikari Tammy
2009 To Ariina OVA
2009 Pyu to Fuku! Jaguar Koneko Kamitoya OVA
2009 The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya Haruhi-chan web series
2009 Nyoro~n Churuya-san (ja) Haruhi web series
2009 Dragon Ball Z Kai Dende
2009 Fight Ippatsu! Jūden-chan!!
2009 Kiddy Girl-and Lumiere
2009–10 Queen's Blade series Nanael
2009–11 Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas Sasha/Athena OVA
2009–11 Kimi ni Todoke series Ume "Kurumi" Kurumizawa
2009–11 Maria Holic series Shizu Shidō
2009–present Fairy Tail Lucy Heartfilia
2009–15 Jewelpet series Garnet
2010 Black Butler II Hannah Anafeloz
2010 Lupin III: The Last Job Asuka Kagurazaka
2010 Book Girl Memoir Miu Asakura OVA
2010–11 Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan series Kana Ienaga
2010–11 The Qwaser of Stigmata Katja
2011 Hunter × Hunter Menchi
2012 Himitsu no Akko-chan Akko-chan anime shorts [27]
2012 Girls und Panzer Alisa
2012 Shinken Zemi Kōkō Kōza Hina [28]
2012–13 Gintama' Imai Nobume
2012–13 Recorder and Randsell series Sayo
2013 Miyakawa-ke no Kūfuku (ja) Konata Izumi web series
2013 Gatchaman Crowds Paiman
2014 Terra Formars Sandra Hoffman
2014 Witch Craft Works Weekend
2014 Space Dandy Maker
2014–15 Parasyte Migi [29]
2014–15 Dragon Ball Z Kai (Majin Buu saga) Dende
2015 The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan Haruhi Suzumiya
2015 Ultimate Otaku Teacher Toune Yamato [30]
2015–16 Gintama° Imai Nobume
2016 Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School Monaka Towa Future arc

Drama CDs[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Source[31]
2003 Kiddy Grade Sound Layer Lumière
2007 Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora Sayoko Natsume
2007 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: Sound Around Haruhi Suzumiya
2008 Maria Holic Kanako Miyamae
2008 B. Ichi Lin Kinpar
2008 Lucky Star Konata Izumi
2009 Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka Minato Nagase
2009 Kiss of Rose Princess Anís Yamamoto


Year Title Role Notes Source[32]
2007 The Asylum Session (ja) Hiyoko
2008 Bleach: Fade to Black Sister
2009 Pyu to Fuku! Jaguar: Ima, Fuki ni Yukimasu Hamyi
2009 Duel Masters: Lunatic God Saga Runa Kamizuki
2009 Macross Frontier: Itsuwari no Utahime Mena Roshan
2010 The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya Haruhi Suzumiya
2010 Book Girl Miu Asakura
2011 Macross Frontier: Sayonara no Tsubasa Mena Roshan
2011 Little Ghostly Adventures of the Tofu Boy (ja) Ai Murota
2012 Go! Anpanman: Rhythm and Play – Anpanman and the Strange Parasol Kokin-chan
2012 Jewelpet the Movie: Sweets Dance Princess Garnet
2012 Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess Lucy Heartfilia
2013 Hunter x Hunter: Phantom Rouge Retz
2013 Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Dende
2013 Go! Anpanman: Mischievous Ghost and Cuddling Together Kokin-chan
2014 Go! Anpanman: Kokin-Chan Became a Mom and Play with Fun Kokin-chan

Dubbing roles[edit]

Hirano has had dubbing roles in localized versions of a number of foreign television series and films.

Title Role Notes Source[33]
Can You Hear My Heart Bong Woo-ri Hwang Jung-eum
Cao Cao Diaochan Han Xue
City Hunter Kim Na-na Park Min-young
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Haley Jones Taylor Swift, Season 9 [34]
Dragonball Evolution Bulma Emmy Rossum
Giant Lee Mi-joo Hwang Jung-eum
Renaissance Ilona Tasuiev Romola Garai
The Thieves Yenicall Jun Ji-hyun
Zathura Lisa Kristen Stewart


Year Title Role Notes Source[35]
2001 Tenshi no Shippo: Home Party Nippon Cultural Broadcasting / Radio Osaka
2006–07 Sumomo Radio Lantis Web Radio
2007–09 Radio Animelo Mix (ja) Nikoniko Anime Channel

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Source[36]
2003 Angel Tales series Saru no Momo
2006 Canvas 2: Niji Iro no Sketch Sumire Misaki PS2
2006 Taiko no Tatsujin: Doka! to Oomori Nanadaime Singing on "Hare Hare Yukai"
2006 Nana: Subete wa Daimaou no Omichibiki!? Reira Serizawa
2006 Finalist Honoka Serizawa
2006–09 Galaxy Angel II series Kahlua/Tequila Marjoram
2007 Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight! Kira Kira Happy Festa! Memmu Eto
2007 Spectral Gene Nevuan, Kurohime
2007–08 Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon Shirma Magnolie
2007 Luminous Arc Lucia
2007 Eternal Sonata Polka Also Chopin's Dream
2007 Sumomomo Momomo: The Strongest Bride on Earth Sanae Nakajima
2007–10 Lucky Star series Konata Izumi
2007–11 Haruhi Suzumiya series Haruhi Suzumiya
2008 Zettai Karen Children DS: Dai-4 no Children Kaoru Akashi
2008 Tetsudō Musume DS: Terminal Memory (ja) Minami Kurahashi
2008 Chocobo to Mahō no Ehon: Majō to Shōjo to Gonin no Yūsha Shirma Magnolie
2008 Sigma Harmonics Neon Tsukiyomi
2008 Motto Moegaku Goddess
2008 Final Approach 2: 1st Priority Kanon Keiju
2008–09 Memories Off 6: T-wave Chisa Hakosaki Also Next Relation
2008–09 Katekyo Hitman Reborn! series Rizona
2008–09 Akaneiro ni Somaru Saka series Minato Nagase
2009 Bleach: Heat the Soul 6 Dark Rukia
2009 Arc Rise Fantasia Ruche
2009 Summon Night X: Tears Crown Amelia Kirst
2009 Assassin's Creed 2 Cristina Vespucci
2009 Magna Carta 2 Zephie
2009 Queen's Blade: Spiral Chaos Nanael
2009 Kokuhaku Haruka Koosamumiya, Yosai Kurasawa, Kaede Hayami, Runa Kurasawa
2009 Hyakko Yorozuya Case Files! Ayumi Nonomura
2009 Linebarrels of Iron Kujo Miu
2009–10 Jewelpet series Garnet
2010 White Album Yuki Morikawa
2010 Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Cristina Vespucci
2010 Busou Shinki series Electric guitar type MMS Baby Razz Battle Masters and Battle Rondo
2010 Yakuza 4 Hana
2010–14 Fairy Tail series Lucy Heartfilia
2011 Aquapazza: Aquaplus Dream Match Yuki Morikawa
2011 Final Fantasy Type-0 Carla
2011 Yakuza: Dead Souls Hana
2011 Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 3 Kanonno Grassvalley
2011 Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy Prishe
2011 Queen's Gate: Spiral Chaos Katja, Nanael
2011 Sengoku Taisen 1570 Hanahime, SS Cha, BSS Uesugi Kenshin
2011 Weiß Schwarz Portable Haruhi
2012 Yakuza 5 Hana
2012 Dragon Nest Curly
2013 Super Robot Wars UX Miu Kujou
2013 DoDonPachi DaiOuJou Oya Xbox 360 version
2014 Girls und Panzer: Senshadō, Kiwamemasu! Arisa
2014 Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin! Ikumatsu
2014 Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls Monaka Towa
2014 3594e: Sangokushi Eika



  1. Riot Girl (2008)
  2. Speed Star (2009)
  3. Aya Museum (2011)
  4. Fragments (2012)
  5. Vivid (2014)


  1. "Breakthrough" (March 8, 2006)
  2. "Bōken Desho Desho?" (April 26, 2006) (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya opening theme)
  3. "Ashita no Prism"[37] (September 6, 2006)
  4. "Love Gun" (October 10, 2007)
  5. "Neophilia" (November 7, 2007)
  6. "MonStAR" (December 5, 2007)
  7. "Unnamed World" (April 23, 2008) (Nijū Mensō no Musume ending theme)
  8. "Namida Namida Namida" (October 8, 2008) (Hyakko ending theme)
  9. "Set me Free/Sing A Song!" (April 29, 2009)
  10. "Super Driver" (July 22, 2009) (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya opening theme)
  11. "Hysteric Barbie" (June 23, 2010)
  12. "TOxxxIC" (February 20, 2013)
  13. "Promise" (October 9, 2013)

Other songs[edit]

Concert videos[edit]

  • 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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