Project Haruhi

The Confessions of Aya Hirano

Editorial comment

Here I was hoping Aya was on the road to normalizing her career, but that notion seems to be in my dreams. In reality, her career is becoming a large looming uncontrollable nightmare. Her recent revelations about her love life have caused quite a stir among her fans, creating lots of unnecessary and ultimately harmful drama. How Aya is coping with this is something we'd all like to know.

More after the jump.

Recently Aya appeared on a television program with two other celebrities. One was a actress about her age and the other was a female interviewer twenty years older. The program was a girls talk format, done over lunch, where questions were asked and answered. Aya was very open about her life outside of the studio... maybe a little too open. In this interview she confirmed that she's had a bad dating experience which lead her to date several people simultaneously, in the hope of finding that one compatible person. She also admitted she likes older men; those around thirty or older.

Needless to say, her fanbase was incensed with these revelations. That, coupled with the rumor that she no longer wants to voice anime but go mainstream with her career, has lead to a bombardment of very negative comments. It doesn't matter what the profession or who the person is. Once they become a fan favorite, it is assumed that they will dedicate the rest of their career to those fans and not have a normal life. To those who have this mindset I say, "Get a life of your own."

Aya will be 23 on the 8th of October. I see nothing wrong with dating , or even going out with many different people at the same time. The person she finally chooses to settle down with will know that she's looked around and has settled on this person. It removes the "I didn't look before I leaped into this relationship" condition. Because of this, she should be happy with who she settles on. I hope those who she's dating now understand that she IS looking and when she's ready she'll settle on one person.

Dating older men? Why do this? She's looking for stability her peers cannot offer to her, and seven years is not that much of an age difference. If it was 15+ years, then there could be concern; yet I know couples that are 15 to 20 years apart and have wonderful relationships.

This behavior goes back to my original editorial which stated she was trying to find herself. If it were up to me, I would not have been so open about my personal life, but I can understand why she would want to open up. Feeling pressure to stay in the spotlight is the curse of every Japanese idol. "The fans have to know what I'm doing, they just have to, or I'll lose popularity..." The price of fame seems pretty steep to me.

Aya, I'll say this to you: live your life as you see fit. Remember the first person who has to be happy is YOU. But a word of warning: happiness at the misery of others is not true happiness. You have a fanbase to contend with. However, seeing what the more negative fans are saying about you, it would not surprise me one bit if you wished to be somewhere where Aya Hirano™ was neither heard of nor popular, so you could have your life back.

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  • vucubcaquix

    Oh man, freaking otaku. It’s going to be Kannagi ALL OVER AGAIN.

  • Asdf

    Why can’t they just let her do as she pleases?

  • I hope the negative faction are in the minority for her sake. The problem I feel that some fans have is the whole “going mainstream” rumour. Some people believe that if you started in the underground or from a base with a cult following (like anime) you should stay there with them. You see this all the time with upcoming musicians; even with the rare talent on Youtube. If you take the leap to broaden your horizons and success you get branded a “sell-out to ….” by some boneheaded moron. It’s ignorance at it’s highest degree. That coupled with her love life, I’m sure she was the product of many lewd fantasies now dashed by these revelations >.>, are the sole reasons why some overly obsessive fans are in uproar… How dare she live her OWN life >.>, I’m totally with Shamisen on this.

    Ugh…time for tea, I’ve wound myself up XD

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  • It has been. Several times already. x3

  • Look at celebrities in your own culture (I know it’s like that here in England)… look at just how many people seem to think that celebrities are their property and must therefore not have a life of their own outside the public eye.

  • I never understood this obsession with voice actors and actresses. But I’m much more annoyed with this obsession with someone else’s personal life. I mean, when Jay-Z married Beyonce, I was a little upset. When Swizz Beatz got Alicia Keys pregnant, I was furious. But I quickly got over it. In the end, that public figure’s life is no more your business than any other stranger who come across. Those upset over this are the lowest level of fandom.

  • As much I’d hate to see Aya leave the anime industry, she’s a young star with a lot of potential, where she wants to take her career is entirely up to her. But from her comments during that TV program, I got the sense that she’s a little confused right now about where her life’s headed to in general — not that most people aren’t, but she’s got so much more options open to her that I can see how it can be overwhelming. My fear is that this confusion will make her make a bad decision down the road (Brittany Spears comes to mind) that could scar her reputation.

  • Leming400

    it’s a shame she’s moving away she had potential, but it makes sense, she only did shows that appealed to otaku and thus she wasn’t getting as much yen as she will when/if she goes mainstream. I think or summin like that.

  • Hazama

    *sigh* I dont care about her personal life. As long as she still continues voicing anime, specially haruhi, everything’s fine. Damn obsessed otakus. They dont have any life other than fapping on seiyuus >.>

  • Garry

    remember one think aya is a girl before seiyuu, actress or singer. And a girl need someone to company him yo keep safe or many other think. As human being cant life alone for rest of your life. This is REALITY some otaku must grew up. that was me think about aya. Just ignore them aya ganbatte i know you can do it ahahahaha. IS YOUR LIFE NOT THEIR LIFE xD

  • Androo182002

    I’m glad she was able to be forthright about all this, and the fanboys who burn her merchandise and call her a sl*t over this deserve a good roundhouse kick.

    Unfortunately, she herself looks a bit older than her 22 years in those photos. This past year has indeed been rough on Aya. So I’m glad she has a special someone to stand by her and give her a hug.

  • gobstopper

    I can understand why anime fans might be unhappy about her choice to leave the industry, (though honestly, is she supposed to voice-act forever?)
    What I can’t understand is that her fans are incensed by her love life. This is the 21st century. Women are allowed to make personal choices, and voice them. It’s great that she’s a strong woman who knows what she is looking for, and at a young age!

  • Keke

    So impure.