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. 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.

Biography

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 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; 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.

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.

Filmography

Anime

YearTitleRoleNotesSource
2001–03Angel Tales seriesSaru no Momo
2002Kiddy GradeLumière
2003Beyblade G-RevolutionMingMing
2004Battle B-DamanCharat
2005Battle B-Daman: Fire SpiritsPheles
2005Canvas 2: Niji Iro no SketchSumire Misaki
2005Eyeshield 21Mamori Anezaki
2005Itsudatte My Santa!Mai
2006The Melancholy of Haruhi SuzumiyaHaruhi Suzumiya2008 Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation Award, Best Voice Actress (Japanese)
2006KekkaishiYurina Kanda
2006Doraemon: Zeusdesu NaidaTarance Claw
2006Buso RenkinMahiro Muto
2006Renkin 3-kyū Magical? PokānPachira
2006Death NoteMisa Amane
2006Galaxy Angel-RuneKahlua/Tequila Marjoram
2006NanaReira Serizawa
2006Sumomomo MomomoSanae Nakajima
2006–07Himawari! seriesShikimi
2006–08School Rumble seriesYoko Sasakura
2007Dragonaut: The ResonanceGarnet McLane
2007Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight!Mei Etoh
2007Hello Kitty: Apple Forest and the Parallel TownEmily
2007–08Lucky Star seriesKonata Izumi, Haruhi Suzumiya
2007–15Soreike! AnpanmanTanpopochan, Kokinchan
2008Kemeko DeluxeNakamura
2008Macross FrontierMina Roshan, Nene Rora
2008Nijū Mensō no MusumeChizuko Mokamo/Chico
2008Scarecrowman: the AnimationMischa
2008Moegaku★5Goddess
2008Amuri in Star OceanFemina NovumOVA
2008Lupin III: Green Vs. RedYukikoOVA
2008ExamuraiAireiOVA
2008Fist of the North Star: The Legend of TokiSara
2008HyakkoAyumi Nonomura
2008Linebarrels of IronKujō Miu
2008MokkeReiko Nagasawa
2008–09Akaneiro ni Somaru Saka seriesMinato Nagase
2008–13Zettai Karen Children seriesKaoru Akashi
2009White AlbumYuki Morikawa
2009Kawa no HikariTammy
2009ToAriinaOVA
2009Pyu to Fuku! JaguarKoneko KamitoyaOVA
2009The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan SuzumiyaHaruhi-chanweb series
2009Nyoro~n Churuya-san (ja)Haruhiweb series
2009Dragon Ball Z KaiDende
2009Kiddy Girl-andLumiere
2009–10Queen's Blade seriesNanael
2009–11Saint Seiya: The Lost CanvasSasha/AthenaOVA
2009–11Kimi ni Todoke seriesUme "Kurumi" Kurumizawa
2009–11Maria Holic seriesShizu Shidō
2009–presentFairy TailLucy Heartfilia
2009ToAriina
2009–15Jewelpet seriesGarnet
2009Fight Ippatsu! Jūden-chan!!Rona Elmo, News Reporter
2010Black Butler IIHannah Anafeloz
2010Lupin III: The Last JobAsuka Kagurazaka
2010Book Girl MemoirMiu AsakuraOVA
2010–11Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan seriesKana Ienaga
2010–11The Qwaser of StigmataKatja
2010Blood JewelKazuko Yoshizumi
2010Beyblade Razor TyphoonYuki Sawasaki
2011Hunter × HunterMenchi
2011NichijouShogi KingEpisode 9
2012Himitsu no Akko-chanAkko-chananime shorts
2012Girls und PanzerAlisa
2012Shinken Zemi Kōkō KōzaHina
2012–13Gintama'Imai Nobumealso Enchousen
2012–13Recorder and Randsell seriesSayo
2013Miyakawa-ke no Kūfuku (ja)Konata Izumiweb series
2013–15Gatchaman CrowdsPaiman
2014Terra FormarsSandra Hoffman
2014Witch Craft WorksWeekend
2014Space DandyMaker
2014–15ParasyteMigi
2014–15Dragon Ball Z Kai (Majin Buu saga)Dende
2015The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chanHaruhi Suzumiya
2015Ultimate Otaku TeacherToune Yamato
2015Dragon Ball SuperDende
2016Gintama°Imai Nobume
2016Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High SchoolMonaka TowaFuture arc
2016Fairy Tail ZeroLucy HeartfiliaEpisode 11 and 12

Drama CDs

YearTitleRoleNotesSource
2003Kiddy Grade Sound LayerLumière
2007Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru SoraSayoko Natsume
2007The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: Sound AroundHaruhi Suzumiya
2008Maria HolicKanako Miyamae
2008B. IchiLin Kinpar
2008Lucky StarKonata Izumi
2009Akane-iro ni Somaru SakaMinato Nagase
2009Kiss of Rose PrincessAnís Yamamoto


Film

YearTitleRoleNotesSource
2007The Asylum SessionHiyoko
2008Bleach: Fade to BlackSister
2009Pyu to Fuku! Jaguar: Ima, Fuki ni YukimasuHamyi
2009Duel Masters: Lunatic God SagaRuna Kamizuki
2009Macross Frontier: Itsuwari no UtahimeMena Roshan
2010The Disappearance of Haruhi SuzumiyaHaruhi Suzumiya
2010Book GirlMiu Asakura
2011Macross Frontier: Sayonara no TsubasaMena Roshan
2011Little Ghostly Adventures of the Tofu BoyAi Murota
2012Go! Anpanman: Rhythm and Play – Anpanman and the Strange ParasolKokin-chan
2012Jewelpet the Movie: Sweets Dance PrincessGarnet
2012Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix PriestessLucy Heartfilia
2013Hunter x Hunter: Phantom RougeRetz
2013Dragon Ball Z: Battle of GodsDende
2013Go! Anpanman: Mischievous Ghost and Cuddling TogetherKokin-chan
2014Go! Anpanman: Kokin-Chan Became a Mom and Play with FunKokin-chan

Dubbing roles

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

TitleRoleNotesSource
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
Dragonball EvolutionBulmaEmmy Rossum
GiantLee Mi-jooHwang Jung-eum
RenaissanceIlona TasuievRomola Garai
The ThievesYenicallJun Ji-hyun
ZathuraLisaKristen Stewart

Radio

YearTitleRoleNotesSource
2001Tenshi no Shippo: Home PartyNippon Cultural Broadcasting / Radio Osaka
2006–07Sumomo RadioLantis Web Radio
2007–09Radio Animelo MixNikoniko Anime Channel


Video games

YearTitleRoleNotesSource
2003Angel Tales seriesSaru no Momo
2006Canvas 2: Niji Iro no SketchSumire MisakiPS2
2006Taiko no Tatsujin: Doka! to Oomori NanadaimeSinging on "Hare Hare Yukai"
2006Nana: Subete wa Daimaou no Omichibiki!?Reira Serizawa
2006FinalistHonoka Serizawa
2006–09Galaxy Angel II seriesKahlua/Tequila Marjoram
2007Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight! Kira Kira Happy Festa!Memmu Eto
2007Spectral GeneNevuan, Kurohime
2007–08Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's DungeonShirma Magnolie
2007Luminous ArcLucia
2007Eternal SonataPolkaAlso Chopin's Dream
2007Sumomomo Momomo: The Strongest Bride on EarthSanae Nakajima
2007–10Lucky Star seriesKonata Izumi
2007–11Haruhi Suzumiya seriesHaruhi Suzumiya
2008Zettai Karen Children DS: Dai-4 no ChildrenKaoru Akashi
2008Tetsudō Musume DS: Terminal MemoryMinami Kurahashi
2008Chocobo to Mahō no Ehon: Majō to Shōjo to Gonin no YūshaShirma Magnolie
2008Sigma HarmonicsNeon Tsukiyomi
2008Motto MoegakuGoddess
2008Final Approach 2: 1st PriorityKanon Keiju
2008–09Memories Off 6: T-waveChisa HakosakiAlso Next Relation
2008–09Katekyo Hitman Reborn! seriesRizona
2008–09Akaneiro ni Somaru Saka seriesMinato Nagase
2009Bleach: Heat the Soul 6Dark Rukia
2009Arc Rise FantasiaRuche
2009Summon Night X: Tears CrownAmelia Kirst
2009Assassin's Creed 2Cristina Vespucci
2009Magna Carta 2Zephie
2009Queen's Blade: Spiral ChaosNanael
2009KokuhakuHaruka Koosamumiya, Yosai Kurasawa, Kaede Hayami, Runa Kurasawa
2009Hyakko Yorozuya Case Files!Ayumi Nonomura
2009Linebarrels of IronKujo Miu
2009–10Jewelpet seriesGarnet
2010White AlbumYuki Morikawa
2010Assassin's Creed: BrotherhoodCristina Vespucci
2010Busou Shinki seriesElectric guitar type MMS Baby RazzBattle Masters and Battle Rondo
2010Yakuza 4Hana
2010–14Fairy Tail seriesLucy Heartfilia
2011Aquapazza: Aquaplus Dream MatchYuki Morikawa
2011Final Fantasy Type-0Carla
2011Yakuza: Dead SoulsHana
2011Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 3Kanonno Grassvalley
2011Dissidia 012 Final FantasyPrishe
2011Queen's Gate: Spiral ChaosKatja, Nanael
2011Sengoku Taisen 1570Hanahime, SS Cha, BSS Uesugi Kenshin
2011Weiß Schwarz PortableHaruhi
2012Yakuza 5Hana
2012Dragon NestCurly
2013Super Robot Wars UXMiu Kujou
2013DoDonPachi DaiOuJouOyaXbox 360 version
2014Girls und Panzer: Senshadō, Kiwamemasu!Arisa
2014Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin!Ikumatsu
2014Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair GirlsMonaka Towa
20143594e: Sangokushi Eika



Discography

Albums

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

Singles

  1. "Breakthrough" (March 8, 2006)
  2. "Bōken Desho Desho?" (April 26, 2006) (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya opening theme)
  3. "Ashita no Prism" (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

Concert videos

  • 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)