Aya Hirano (平野 綾, Hirano Aya, born October 8, 1987)[5] is a Japanese voice actress and singer who has had roles in several anime, visual novels, and TV commercials in Japan.[6] She was contracted to Space Craft Produce, a branch of the Space Craft Group, for her voice acting career,[7][8] and for her singing career, she was signed under Lantis.[9] 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.[8]

Biography

Hirano spent a few of her very early years of life in America before returning to Japan.[10] 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.[11] From 2002 to 2003, she was a member of the band SpringS.[12] In 2002, when she was 15 years old, she voiced co-lead character Lumiere in Kiddy Grade.[13]

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;[14] 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).[14]

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.[16] 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".[17]

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.[19] 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.[20] 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.[21] 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.[22] 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.[23] On August 21, Hirano moved to the voice acting agency Grick.[24] Days later, on August 27, Hirano posted a message on her Twitter account, confirming that she has resumed new voice acting roles in anime.[25]

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.[26]

In 2016, after a stint in the musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood in Tokyo, Hirano spent four months studying in New York.[27][28]

Filmography

Anime

YearTitleRoleNotesSource
[29][30][31]
2001–03Angel Tales seriesSaru no MomoDebut role[32][33]
2002Kiddy GradeLumière[13][33]
2003Beyblade G RevolutionMing-Ming[32]
2004Battle B-DamanCharat[32]
2005Battle B-Daman: Fire SpiritsPheles[32]
2005Eyeshield 21Mamori Anezaki[32][33][35]
2005Canvas 2: Niji Iro no SketchSumire Misaki[32]
2005Itsudatte My Santa!MaiOVA[36]
2006School Rumble seriesYoko Sasakurastarting in Second Semester[32][37]
2006Renkin 3-kyū Magical? PokānPachira[32][38]
2006The Melancholy of Haruhi SuzumiyaHaruhi Suzumiya2008 Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation Award, Best Voice Actress (Japanese)
Also specials and others, 2009 TV series, and 2015 Disappearance
[6][40][41]
2006NanaReira Serizawa[32][33]
2006–07Himawari! seriesShikimi[42]
2006Galaxy Angel-RuneKahlua/Tequila Marjoram
2006Death NoteMisa Amane[32]
2006Buso RenkinKazuki Muto[44]
2006Sumomomo MomomoSanae Nakajima[45]
2007Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight!Mei Etoh[7]
2007–08Lucky Star seriesKonata Izumi, Haruhi Suzumiyaalso OVAs, specials in 2013[6]
2007Hello Kitty: Apple Forest and the Parallel TownEmily[32]
2007MokkeReiko Nagasawa[32]
2007Dragonaut: The ResonanceGarnet MacLaine[7]
2007–15Soreike! AnpanmanTanpopochan, Kokinchanguest roles[32]
2008Moegaku★5Megami-sama[7][7]
2008Fist of the North Star: The Legend of TokiSaraOVA[32]
2008Lupin III: Green Vs. RedYukikoOVA[32]
2008Macross FrontierMina Roshan, Nene Rora[32][37]
2008Zettai Karen Children seriesKaoru Akashi[33][7]
2008Nijū Mensō no MusumeChizuko "Chiko" Mokamo[32][51]
2008HyakkoAyumi Nonomura[7][7]
2008Akaneiro ni Somaru SakaMinato Nagase[7][7]
2008Linebarrels of IronMiu Kujō[32]
2008Kemeko Deluxe!Nakamura-chan[32]
2009White Album seriesYuki Morikawa[57][58]
2009–11Maria Holic seriesShizu Shidō[32][37]
2009–10Queen's Blade seriesNanael[59][33]
2009–15Jewelpet seriesGarnet, Komachi Saotome (Sunshine), Midori Akagi / Smart Green (Kira Deko)[60][33]
2009Dragon Ball KaiDende[33][61]
2009Kawa no HikariTammyTV special[62][63]
2009Fight Ippatsu! Jūden-chan!!Rona Elmo[32][37]
2009ToArinaOVA[32][65][66]
2009–11Kimi ni TodokeUme "Kurumi" Kurumizawa[32][33][67]
2009–18Fairy TailLucy Heartfilia[9][9]
2009Kiddy Girl-andLumiere[9]
2010–11The Qwaser of Stigmata seriesKatja[9][9]
2010Lupin III: The Last JobAsuka Kagurazaka[32]
2010Black Butler IIHannah Annafellows[32]
2010–11Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan seriesKana Ienaga[73]
2011NichijouNarratorEp. 9[32][37]
2011–presentGintama°Imai Nobume[32][33]
2011Hunter × HunterMenchi[32][33]
2012–13Recorder and Randsell seriesSayo Takahashi[32][9]
2012Girls und PanzerAlisa[32][37]
2013–15Gatchaman Crowds seriesPaiman[9][9]
2014Witch Craft WorksWeekend[9][10]
2014–15Dragon Ball Z Kai (Majin Buu saga)Dende[32]
2014–15ParasyteMigi[10]
2015-presentDragon Ball SuperDende[32]
2015Ultimate Otaku TeacherToune Yamato[37][10]

Drama CDs

YearTitleRoleNotesSource[81]
2002Kiddy Grade Sound LayerLumièreDrama CD, broadcast on Kansai[32]
2006Buso RenkinKazuki Muto[32]
2006Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru SoraSayoko Natsume[32]
2007The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: Sound AroundHaruhi Suzumiya[32]
2007Tetsudou Musume
ja:鉄道むすめ
Minami Kurihashi
栗橋みなみ
Also character album[32]
2008Be With YouMio Aio[32]
2008Maria HolicKanako Miyamae[10]
2008Lucky StarKonata Izumi[32]
2009Psychic Detective YakumoHaruka Ozawa
小沢晴香
[32]
2008B. IchiLin Kinparresume
2009Akane-iro ni Somaru SakaMinato Nagase[37]
2009Kiss of Rose PrincessAnís Yamamotoresume
Macross FrontierMiina Roshan, Nene Nora[37]
White AlbumYuki Morikawa[37]
Nura: Rise of the Yokai ClanKana Ienaga[73]

Film

YearTitleRoleNotesSource[83]
2008Bleach: Fade to BlackSister[32]
2009Pyu to Fuku! Jaguar: Ima, Fuki ni YukimasuHamyi[32]
2009The Asylum Session
ja:アジール・セッション
Hiyoko[10]
2009Duel Masters: Lunatic God SagaRuna Kamizuki[32]
2009Macross Frontier: Itsuwari no UtahimeMena Roshan[32]
2010The Disappearance of Haruhi SuzumiyaHaruhi Suzumiya[32]
2010Book GirlMiu Asakura[32]
2011Macross Frontier: Sayonara no TsubasaMena Roshan[32][37]
2012Go! Anpanman: Rhythm and Play – Anpanman and the Strange ParasolKokin-chan[32]
2012Jewelpet the Movie: Sweets Dance PrincessGarnet[32]
2012Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix PriestessLucy Heartfilia[32]
2013Hunter x Hunter: Phantom RougeRetz[32]
2013Dragon Ball Z: Battle of GodsDende[32]
2013Go! Anpanman: Mischievous Ghost and Cuddling TogetherKokin-chan[32]
2014Go! Anpanman: Kokin-Chan Became a Mom and Play with FunKokin-chan[32]
2015Go! Anpanman Mija and the Magic LampKokin-chan[32]
2015Girls und Panzer der FilmAlisa[32]
2016Go! Anpanman: toy star of Nanda and LundaKokin-chan[32]
2017Fairy Tail: Dragon CryLucy Heartfilia[32][10]
2017Go! Anpanman: Bulbul's Big Treasure Hunt AdventureKokin-chan[32]

Dubbing roles

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

TitleRoleNotesSource[86]
Can You Hear My HeartBong Woo-riHwang Jung-eum
Cao CaoDiaochanHan Xue
City HunterKim Na-naPark Min-young
CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationHaley JonesTaylor Swift, Season 9[10]
Dragonball EvolutionBulmaEmmy Rossum[11]
GiantLee Mi-jooHwang Jung-eum
RenaissanceIlona TasuievRomola Garai
The ThievesYenicallJun Ji-hyun
ZathuraLisaKristen Stewart


Video games

YearTitleRoleNotesSource[88]
2006Canvas 2: Niji Iro no SketchSumire MisakiPS2[32]
2006FinalistHonoka Serizawa[32][37]
2006Eyeshield 21 Max Devil Power!Mamori AnezakiDS[32]
2006Galaxy Angel gamesKahlua/Tequila MarjoramPC[32]
2006–07Nana gamesReira SerizawaPSP[32]
2007Luminous ArcLucia[32][37]
2007Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight! Kira Kira Happy Festa!Mei EtohPS1/PS2[32][37]
2007–08Eternal Sonata gamesPolkaXbox 360, Also Reprise, Chopin's Dream[32][11]
2007Sumomomo Momomo: The Strongest Bride on EarthSanae NakajimaPS1/PS2[32]
2007Buso Renkin Welcome Papillon to ParkKazuki MutoPS1/PS2[32]
2007Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's DungeonShirma MagnolieWii[32][11]
2007–11Haruhi Suzumiya gamesHaruhi SuzumiyaAlso pachinko game in 2014[11]
2008–10Lucky Star gamesKonata IzumiPS1/PS2[32][37]
2008Final Approach 2: 1st PriorityKanon KeijuPSP, also Portable in 2009[32][37]
2008–09Katekyo Hitman Reborn! gamesRizonaDS[32]
2008–09Akaneiro ni Somaru Saka gamesMinato NagasePS1/PS2[32][37]
2008Sigma HarmonicsNeon TsukiyomiDS[92]
2008Memories Off 6: T-waveChisa HakosakiAlso Next Relation[32][11]
2008Zettai Karen Children DS: Dai-4 no ChildrenKaoru AkashiDS[32]
2008Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo TalesShiromaDS[32]
2009Arc Rise FantasiaRucheWii[32]
2009Magna Carta 2Rzephilda "Zephie" BerlinetteXbox 360[32]
2009Assassin's Creed 2Cristina Vespucci[32]
2009–11Queen's Blade: Spiral ChaosNanael, KatjaPSP[32]
2010Yakuza 4HanaPS3[32]
2010White AlbumYuki MorikawaPS3[32]
2010Assassin's Creed BrotherhoodCristina VespucciPS3, Xbox 360[32]
2011Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 3Kanonno GrassvalleyPSP[32]
2011Dissidia 012 Final FantasyPrishePSP[32]
2011Yakuza: Dead SoulsHanaPS3[32]
2012Nendoroid GenerationHaruhi SuzumiyaPSP[32]
2012AquapazzaYuki MorikawaPS3[32]
2014Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin!Ikumatsu
幾松
PS3, PS4[32]
2014Girls und Panzer: Senshadō, KiwamemasuAlisa[32]
2014Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair GirlsMonaca Towa[32]

Discography

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
TitleAlbum information[94]Oricon
peak
position[95]
Riot Girl
  • Released: July 16, 2008
  • Label: Lantis
  • Catalog No.: LACA-5793[11][97]
6
Speed Star
  • Released: November 18, 2009
  • Label: Lantis
  • Catalog No.: LACA-35795[97][12]
4
Aya Museum
  • Released: May 25, 2011
  • Label: Lantis
  • Catalog No.: LACA-35115[12]
5
Fragments
  • Released: May 23, 2012
  • Label: Universal Music
  • Catalog No.: UMCK-9487[12][12]
12
Vivid
  • Released: February 19, 2014
  • Label: Universal Music
  • Catalog No.: UMCK-9658[12]
31

Singles

List of singles, with selected chart positions
YearTitle[12]Oricon
peak
position[103]
Album
2006"Breakthrough"79Riot Girl
2006"Bōken Desho Desho?"[104]10
2006"Ashita no Prism"13
2007"Love Gun"6
2007"Neophilia"17
2007"MonStAR"11
2008"Unnamed World"[51]20Speed Star
2009"Set me free / Sing a song!"[105]13
2010"Hysteric Barbie"[106]9 
2013"TOxxxIC"24Vivid
2013"Promise"36

Character albums and singles

List of character albums and singles with selected chart positions
YearTitleOricon
peak
position[103]
Album
2005Itsudatte My Santa! Character Song Vol. 1
Mai (Aya Hirano)
 
2006The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Character Song Vol.1 Haruhi Suzumiya
Haruhi Suzumiya (Aya Hirano)[107]
11 
2006Galaxy Angel Character Single Vol.4 Kahlua (Tequila) Marjoram
Kahlua (Tequila) Marjoram (Aya Hirano)[108]
108 
2007Tetsudo Musume Character Song Vol.1 Minami Kurihara
Minami Kurihara (Aya Hirano)[109]
85 
2007Lucky ☆ Star Character Song Vol.001 featuring Konata
Izumi Konata (Aya Hirano)[110]
8 
2008Zettai Karen Children Character CD 1st Session
Kaoru Akashi starring Aya Hirano[111]
68 
2008Memories Off 6 Personal Collection 2
Chisa Hakosaki (Aya Hirano)[112]
160 
2008"Namida Namida Namida" (涙 NAMIDA ナミダ)[113]17 
2008"Mezame nai Wish"
Minato Nagase (Aya Hirano)
Akane Iro ni Somaru Saka ending theme[114]
79 
2009The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya New Character Song Vol.1 Haruhi Suzumiya
Haruhi Suzumiya (Aya Hirano)[115]
16 
2009White Album Character Song 1 Morikawa Yuki
Yuki Morikawa (Aya Hirano)[116]
23 
2009"Super Driver"[104][117]3Speed Star
2009Queen's Blade Character Song + Short Drama: Nanael
Nanael (Aya Hirano)[118]
167 
2009"EleC☆TriCk"
Rona (Aya Hirano)[119]
122 
2010"Koiiro Sora"
Yuki Morikawa (Aya Hirano)[120]
38 
2012"Zutto Kitto"
Lucy (Aya Hirano)
146 
2015Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu Character Song Case 5
Haruhi Suzumiya (Aya Hirano)[121]
97 

Video albums

List of video albums, with selected chart positions
TitleVideo information[122]Oricon
peak
position[123]
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[124]
  • 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