Aya Hirano

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Aya Hirano
Native name 平野 綾
Born (1987-10-08) October 8, 1987 (age 29)
Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Occupation
Years active 2001–present
Notable work
Website ayahirano.jp
Musical career
Genres
Years active 2006–present
Labels

Aya Hirano (平野 綾 Hirano Aya?, born October 8, 1987)[1] is a Japanese voice actress and singer who has had roles in several anime, visual novels, and TV commercials in Japan.[2][3] She was contracted to Space Craft Produce, a branch of the Space Craft Group, for her voice acting career,[4][5] and for her singing career, she was signed under Lantis.[6] 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]

Biography[edit]

Hirano spent a few of her very early years of life in America before returning to Japan.[7] 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.[8] From 2002 to 2003, she was a member of the band SpringS.[9] In 2002, when she was 15 years old, she voiced co-lead character Lumiere in Kiddy Grade.[10]

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 lead characters in anime based on popular manga; Reira Serizawa 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;[11] 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).[11]

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.[12] 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 2008, at the second Seiyu Awards, she won for Best Lead Actress, and also for Best Singing along with cast members of Lucky Star for "Motteke! Sailor Fuku".[13]

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.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17] 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.[18] On August 21, Hirano moved to the voice acting agency Grick.[19] Days later, on August 27, Hirano posted a message on her Twitter account, confirming that she has resumed new voice acting roles in anime.[20]

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.[21]

In 2016, after a stint in the musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood in Tokyo, Hirano spent four months studying in New York.[22][23]

Filmography[edit]

Anime[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Source
[24][25][26]
2001–03 Angel Tales series Saru no Momo Debut role [27][28]
2002 Kiddy Grade Lumière [3][10][28]
2003 Beyblade G Revolution Ming-Ming [27]
2004 Battle B-Daman Charat [27]
2005 Battle B-Daman: Fire Spirits Pheles [27]
2005 Eyeshield 21 Mamori Anezaki [27][28][29]
2005 Canvas 2: Niji Iro no Sketch Sumire Misaki [27][30]
2005 Itsudatte My Santa! Mai OVA [31]
2006 School Rumble series Yoko Sasakura starting in Second Semester, replaced Akiko [27][32]
2006 Renkin 3-kyū Magical? Pokān Pachira [27][33]
2006 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Haruhi Suzumiya 2008 Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation Award, Best Voice Actress (Japanese)
Also specials and others, 2009 TV series, and 2015 Disappearance
[2][3][34][35][36]
2006 Nana Reira Serizawa [3][27][28]
2006–07 Himawari! series Shikimi [27][37]
2006 Galaxy Angel-Rune Kahlua/Tequila Marjoram [3]
2006 Death Note Misa Amane [3][27]
2006 Buso Renkin Kazuki Muto [38]
2006 Sumomomo Momomo Sanae Nakajima [39]
2007 Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight! Mei Etoh [40]
2007–08 Lucky Star series Konata Izumi, Haruhi Suzumiya also OVAs, specials in 2013 [2]
2007 Hello Kitty: Apple Forest and the Parallel Town Emily [27]
2007 Mokke Reiko Nagasawa [27]
2007 Dragonaut: The Resonance Garnet MacLaine [41]
2007–15 Soreike! Anpanman Tanpopochan, Kokinchan guest roles [27]
2008 Moegaku★5 Megami-sama [27][42][43]
2008 Fist of the North Star: The Legend of Toki Sara OVA [27]
2008 Lupin III: Green Vs. Red Yukiko OVA [27]
2008 Macross Frontier Mina Roshan, Nene Rora [27][32]
2008 Zettai Karen Children series Kaoru Akashi [28][44]
2008 Nijū Mensō no Musume Chizuko "Chiko" Mokamo [27][45]
2008 Hyakko Ayumi Nonomura [27][46][47]
2008 Akaneiro ni Somaru Saka Minato Nagase [48][49]
2008 Linebarrels of Iron Miu Kujō [27]
2008 Kemeko Deluxe! Nakamura-chan [27]
2009 White Album series Yuki Morikawa [50][51]
2009–11 Maria Holic series Shizu Shidō [27][32]
2009–10 Queen's Blade series Nanael [52][28]
2009–15 Jewelpet series Garnet, Komachi Saotome (Sunshine), Midori Akagi / Smart Green (Kira Deko) [53][28]
2009 Dragon Ball Kai Dende [28][54]
2009 Kawa no Hikari Tammy TV special [55][56]
2009 Fight Ippatsu! Jūden-chan!! Rona Elmo [27][32]
2009 To Arina OVA [27][57][58]
2009–11 Kimi ni Todoke Ume "Kurumi" Kurumizawa [27][28][59]
2009–present Fairy Tail Lucy Heartfilia [60][61]
2009 Kiddy Girl-and Lumiere [62]
2010–11 The Qwaser of Stigmata series Katja [63][64]
2010 Lupin III: The Last Job Asuka Kagurazaka [27]
2010 Black Butler II Hannah Annafellows [27]
2010–11 Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan series Kana Ienaga [65]
2011 Nichijou Narrator Ep. 9 [27][32]
2011 Hunter × Hunter Menchi [27][28]
2012–13 Recorder and Randsell series Sayo Takahashi [27][66]
2012 Girls und Panzer Alisa [27][32]
2013–15 Gatchaman Crowds series Paiman [67][68]
2014 Witch Craft Works Weekend [69][70]
2014–15 Dragon Ball Z Kai (Majin Buu saga) Dende [27]
2014–15 Parasyte Migi [71]
2015 Dragon Ball Super Dende [27]
2015 Ultimate Otaku Teacher Toune Yamato [32][72]


Drama CDs[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Source[73]
2002 Kiddy Grade Sound Layer Lumière Drama CD, broadcast on Kansai [27]
2006 Buso Renkin Kazuki Muto [27]
2006 Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora Sayoko Natsume [27]
2007 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: Sound Around Haruhi Suzumiya [27]
2007 Tetsudou Musume
ja:鉄道むすめ
Minami Kurihashi
栗橋みなみ
Also character album [27]
2008 Be With You Mio Aio [27]
2008 Maria Holic Kanako Miyamae [74]
2008 Lucky Star Konata Izumi [27]
2009 Psychic Detective Yakumo Haruka Ozawa
小沢晴香
[27]
2008 B. Ichi Lin Kinpar resume
2009 Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka Minato Nagase [32]
2009 Kiss of Rose Princess Anís Yamamoto resume
Macross Frontier Miina Roshan, Nene Nora [32]
White Album Yuki Morikawa [32]
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Kana Ienaga [65]


Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Source[75]
2008 Bleach: Fade to Black Sister [27]
2009 Pyu to Fuku! Jaguar: Ima, Fuki ni Yukimasu Hamyi [27]
2009 The Asylum Session (ja) Hiyoko [76]
2009 Duel Masters: Lunatic God Saga Runa Kamizuki [27]
2009 Macross Frontier: Itsuwari no Utahime Mena Roshan [27]
2010 The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya Haruhi Suzumiya [27]
2010 Book Girl Miu Asakura [27]
2011 Macross Frontier: Sayonara no Tsubasa Mena Roshan [27][32]
2012 Go! Anpanman: Rhythm and Play – Anpanman and the Strange Parasol Kokin-chan [27]
2012 Jewelpet the Movie: Sweets Dance Princess Garnet [27]
2012 Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess Lucy Heartfilia [27]
2013 Hunter x Hunter: Phantom Rouge Retz [27]
2013 Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Dende [27]
2013 Go! Anpanman: Mischievous Ghost and Cuddling Together Kokin-chan [27]
2014 Go! Anpanman: Kokin-Chan Became a Mom and Play with Fun Kokin-chan [27]
2015 Go! Anpanman Mija and the Magic Lamp Kokin-chan [27]
2015 Girls und Panzer der Film Alisa [27]
2016 Go! Anpanman: toy star of Nanda and Lunda Kokin-chan [27]


Dubbing roles[edit]

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

Title Role Notes Source[77]
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 [78]
Dragonball Evolution Bulma Emmy Rossum [79]
Giant Lee Mi-joo Hwang Jung-eum
Renaissance Ilona Tasuiev Romola Garai
The Thieves Yenicall Jun Ji-hyun
Zathura Lisa Kristen Stewart

Radio[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Source[80]
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[81]
2006 Canvas 2: Niji Iro no Sketch Sumire Misaki PS2 [27]
2006 Eyeshield 21 Max Devil Power! Mamori Anezaki DS [27]
2006 Galaxy Angel games Kahlua/Tequila Marjoram PC [27]
2006–07 Nana games Reira Serizawa PSP [27]
2007 Luminous Arc Lucia [27][32]
2007 Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight! Kira Kira Happy Festa! Mei Etoh PS1/PS2 [27][32]
2007–08 Eternal Sonata games Polka Xbox 360, Also Reprise, Chopin's Dream [27][82]
2007 Sumomomo Momomo: The Strongest Bride on Earth Sanae Nakajima PS1/PS2 [27]
2007 Buso Renkin Welcome Papillon to Park Kazuki Muto PS1/PS2 [27]
2007 Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon Shirma Magnolie Wii [27][83]
2007–11 Haruhi Suzumiya games Haruhi Suzumiya Also pachinko game in 2014 [27][32][84]
2008–10 Lucky Star games Konata Izumi PS1/PS2 [27][32]
2008 Final Approach 2: 1st Priority Kanon Keiju PSP, also Portable in 2009 [27][32]
2008–09 Katekyo Hitman Reborn! games Rizona DS [27]
2008–09 Akaneiro ni Somaru Saka games Minato Nagase PS1/PS2 [27][32]
2008 Sigma Harmonics Neon Tsukiyomi DS [27][85]
2008 Memories Off 6: T-wave Chisa Hakosaki Also Next Relation [27][86]
2008 Zettai Karen Children DS: Dai-4 no Children Kaoru Akashi DS [27]
2008 Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales Shiroma DS [27]
2009 Arc Rise Fantasia Ruche Wii [27]
2009 Magna Carta 2 Rzephilda "Zephie" Berlinette Xbox 360 [27]
2009 Assassin's Creed 2 Cristina Vespucci [27]
2009–11 Queen's Blade: Spiral Chaos Nanael, Katja PSP [27]
2010 Yakuza 4 Hana PS3 [27]
2010 White Album Yuki Morikawa PS3 [27]
2010 Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Cristina Vespucci PS3, Xbox 360 [27]
2011 Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 3 Kanonno Grassvalley PSP [27]
2011 Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy Prishe PSP [27]
2011 Yakuza: Dead Souls Hana PS3 [27]
2012 Nendoroid Generation Haruhi Suzumiya PSP [27]
2012 Aquapazza Yuki Morikawa PS3 [27]
2014 Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin! Ikumatsu
幾松
PS3 [27]
2014 Girls und Panzer: Senshadō, Kiwamemasu Alisa [27]
2014 Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls Monaca Towa [27]



Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album information[87] Oricon
peak
position[88]
Riot Girl
  • Released: July 16, 2008
  • Label: Lantis
  • Catalog No.: LACA-5793[89][90]
6
Speed Star
  • Released: November 18, 2009
  • Label: Lantis
  • Catalog No.: LACA-35795[90][91]
4
Aya Museum
  • Released: May 25, 2011
  • Label: Lantis
  • Catalog No.: LACA-35115[92]
5
Fragments
  • Released: May 23, 2012
  • Label: Universal Music
  • Catalog No.: UMCK-9487[93][94]
12
Vivid
  • Released: February 19, 2014
  • Label: Universal Music
  • Catalog No.: UMCK-9658[95]
31

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Year Title[96] Oricon
peak
position[97]
Album
2006 "Breakthrough" 79 Riot Girl
2006 "Bōken Desho Desho?"[98] 10
2006 "Ashita no Prism"[99] 13
2007 "Love Gun" 6
2007 "Neophilia" 17
2007 "MonStAR" 11
2008 "Unnamed World"[45] 20 Speed Star
2009 "Set me free / Sing a song!"[100] 13
2010 "Hysteric Barbie"[101] 9  
2013 "TOxxxIC" 24 Vivid
2013 "Promise" 36

Character albums and singles[edit]

List of character albums and singles with selected chart positions
Year Title Oricon
peak
position[97]
Album
2005 Itsudatte My Santa! Character Song Vol. 1
Mai (Aya Hirano)
 
2006 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Character Song Vol.1 Haruhi Suzumiya
Haruhi Suzumiya (Aya Hirano)[102]
11  
2006 Galaxy Angel Character Single Vol.4 Kahlua (Tequila) Marjoram
Kahlua (Tequila) Marjoram (Aya Hirano)[103]
108  
2007 Tetsudo Musume Character Song Vol.1 Minami Kurihara
Minami Kurihara (Aya Hirano)[104]
85  
2007 Lucky ☆ Star Character Song Vol.001 featuring Konata
Izumi Konata (Aya Hirano)[105]
8  
2008 Zettai Karen Children Character CD 1st Session
Kaoru Akashi starring Aya Hirano[106]
68  
2008 Memories Off 6 Personal Collection 2
Chisa Hakosaki (Aya Hirano)[107]
160  
2008 "Namida Namida Namida" (涙 NAMIDA ナミダ?)[108] 17  
2008 "Mezame nai Wish"
Minato Nagase (Aya Hirano)
Akane Iro ni Somaru Saka ending theme[109]
79  
2009 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya New Character Song Vol.1 Haruhi Suzumiya
Haruhi Suzumiya (Aya Hirano)[110]
16  
2009 White Album Character Song 1 Morikawa Yuki
Yuki Morikawa (Aya Hirano)[111]
23  
2009 "Super Driver"[98][112] 3 Speed Star
2009 Queen's Blade Character Song + Short Drama: Nanael
Nanael (Aya Hirano)[113]
167  
2009 "EleC☆TriCk"
Rona (Aya Hirano)[114]
122  
2010 "Koiiro Sora"
Yuki Morikawa (Aya Hirano)[115]
38  
2012 "Zutto Kitto"
Lucy (Aya Hirano)
146  
2015 Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu Character Song Case 5
Haruhi Suzumiya (Aya Hirano)[116]
97  


Video albums[edit]

List of video albums, with selected chart positions
Title Video information[117] Oricon
peak
position[118]
Animelo Summer Live 2007: Generation-A
  • Release date: November 28, 2007
  • Label: Lantis
  • Catalog No.: LABM-7015
Aya Hirano 1st Live 2008 Riot Tour Live
  • Release date: February 25, 2009
  • Label: Lantis
  • Catalog No.: LABM-7039
Aya Hirano Music Clip Collection Vol. 1[119]
  • Release date: September 9, 2009
  • Label: Lantis
  • Catalog No.: LABM-7055
Aya Hirano 2nd Live Tour 2009 "Speed Star Tours" Live DVD
  • Release date: June 23, 2010)
  • Label: Lantis
  • Catalog No.: LABM-7067
Aya Hirano Fragments Live Tour 2012 Live DVD
  • Release date: November 28, 2012
  • Label: Universal Music
  • Catalog No.: UMBK-1191


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