Aya Hirano has revealed she actually lived in New York for several years as an infant, and paid a visit there for the benefit of TV audiences – meeting some of the Big Apple’s creepiest otaku denizens along the way.
She apparently lived in New York when she was aged 2-3:
She also paid a visit to an unidentified NY anime shop and supposedly let the lucky “Dave-san” cop a feel (a privilege it is hard to imagine her extending to any Japanese otaku), whilst meeting some of America’s finest cosplayers:
Most of 2ch seems to think this distinctly contrived looking encounter was a setup, a none too implausible conclusion given Japanese TV’s track record in this area.
She called in on her childhood nursery:
No Hirano appearance is complete without the obligatory slatternly utterance:
“I bought nothing but lots of T-backs”
“But I thought they’d never use that bit!”