Aya Hirano “Hates Otaku” “Has Quit Being A Seiyuu”


Scandal seiyuu Aya Hirano “hates otaku” and is in the final stages of abandoning what remains of her seiyuu career, with even industry sources apparently not having much nice to say about her.

An anime industry source is scathing about her attitude to the creepy otaku who sustained her rise and fall:

She says she doesn’t mind being a seiyuu, but she dislikes having to be treated as an idol.

And frankly, she seems to hate otaku.

It seems pretty reprehensible for her to be saying this when it’s those otaku who support her.

According to an agency source, she is dead set on abandoning her tainted seiyuu career in favour of a glittering career as an actress:

She’s totally serious about transforming herself into an actress. She’s told her agency to refuse as much seiyuu work as possible.

The obligatory sampling of the online opinions which have done so much to determine the direction of her career reveals she is for once receiving some sympathetic treatment:

“Those otaku don’t want anything to do with her any more either though.”

“As an actress she is going to be lucky to land even minor roles with that anime voice of hers.”

“If she dumps otaku, who else exactly does she expect to want her?”

“It’s hard to see anyone but otaku accepting her.”

“I hope they replace Prishe’s voice actress now she doesn’t want to do it!”

“I must admit, seiyuu otaku are creepy. I can sympathise.”

“I agree with her but she should really be keeping this quiet.”

“Will her fans stick with her?”

“She still has fans?”

“I thought she fancied herself an artist.”

“I have trouble believing she still gets any offers of seiyuu work to refuse.”

“Of course she hates otaku. Everyone just puts up with them and hides it.”

“What’s up with these ‘agency sources’ they keep trotting out now? Can’t they manage a more credible source?”

“It’s no different to anonymous ravings on 2ch.”

“I really sympathise. Being viewed as an idol leads to demands she present herself as virginal, and that in turn leads to her haters becoming active.”

“Blame her agency for allowing her to be presented as an idol.”

“Listening to her fake anime voice and cutesy antics in the Haruhi DVD extras really made me think she was laying it on thick – I can imagine her saying this sort of stuff in her normal voice though.”

“Seeing her fake tears of gratitude to her fans in that omake, and the roar of her fans that ‘It’s OK! You’re cute, you’re cute!’ just made me think how unbearably creepy both sides are.”

“In the Haruhi days she was so modest and diligent – it’s a shame it all came to this.”


In response to the quotes, Hirano has twitted denials of both hating otaku and planning to abandon her seiyuu career, and lamented the fact that nobody believes her these days for some strange reason.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    00:16 29/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.9)

    Well, who won’t hate creepy otaku? Even otaku hate otaku. Nothing new.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:21 29/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    "Even otaku hate otaku."

    So true.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:09 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Na, its not hate, but you cannot help but criticize the antics of hardcore ones = moe fanservice lovers.

    Comment by Anonymous

    And what's wrong with moe faggot? Damn straight dat moe fanservice!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:33 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kimoota is way different from otaku...

    That is the problem.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:22 29/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    is she tsundere?

    Comment by Kudeh
    00:34 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    She's even more tsundere than Haruhi.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:39 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haruhi wasn't really tsundere, more of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:27 29/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    It's okay; nobody likes obsessive, obnoxious, creepy, sweaty nerds.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:15 29/11/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    hey this hurt, im not sweaty, im just so juicy

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    Comment by Powerpuff Loli
    05:58 29/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    And I'm not obnoxious, I'm just opinionated.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:37 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pizza, condom, clarinets, Haruhi

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    Comment by Anyien
    01:08 29/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Too bad that it is those "obsessive, obnoxious, creepy, sweaty nerds" that are the biggest spenders when it comes to Anime, Manga and other things like figurines and Drama CD´s.

    So it doesn't matter if they like them or not, they need them to be able to gain a profit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:19 29/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    pretty sure they pirate more, as all my nerd friends always gasp when they see me buy anime dvd/blu-ray discs. Someone has to support the anime studios. that shit don't get drawn for free.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:48 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The Japanese market doesn't seem to pirate nearly as much as the foreign markets.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:24 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bullshit. That niche group of freaks is a drop in the bucket compared to the mainstream audience which pays for the TV show through ratings. Otaku only matter to the producers of figures and other crap, what do voice actors care about figure sales?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:16 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    This guys peaks the truth, the real money the industry makes is in the mainstream anime, not the niche markets, of course there are small studies that do the beloved anime hardcore otaku loves, so yes, for them ITS BIG DEAL the shitty disc sales.

    The ones that support the whole of the industry are mainstream audiences, you moe lovers only support your shitty series, nothing less and nothing more, of course you support the industry BUT A TINY portion of it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:26 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They're also the biggest pirates.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:09 29/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Over here, sure. There... not so much.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:10 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You are quite dumb, arent you?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:02 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    True words have never been spoken.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:15 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Over here, sure. There... not so much."

    lel, and I suppose foreigners placed all those japanese games, anime, manga, etc on Winny/Share/PD, along with made those programs.

    what, u mad, japanophile?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:02 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey try to find animes with adult thematic in countries such as Brazil, where most animes are for children! This on cable tv!
    If it was not for piracy were just seeing naruto 2 season!( 1 naruto not shippuden)
    As for this digger, should have vanished from the map a long time!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:54 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    PUBLIC PEOPLE are PUBLIC for a reason.

    If she wanted noone to butt in in her "private life" she should not be in the media business! much less be an attention whore.

    Most seiyuu have no problem because they only fo their work and only that, they are begging for attention, they are not looking for the cameras, appearing on tv saying stupid things coming up with likes on the internet to get the attention and compassion of her "fans".

    So you will se many are so very successful because the do simply their work which is voice characters, not being the celebrities themselves and appear on cameras.


    Comment by Anonymous
    05:36 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    add fatty to the list

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    Comment by Anonymous
    00:27 29/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Whatever news I read that is about Aya Hirano, I still remain to be a fan of her. I can't imagine another seiyuu performing Suzumiya Haruhi or Konata Izumi XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:51 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The voice for Konata is may be slightly unique, but her usual generic Haruhi voice is nothing special...even the new-comer seiyuu Mariko Nakatsu who voice Nanami in "Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo" sound very close to the "Haruhi voice". Hell, I would go as far as saying she can replace most of Aya's role without problem, since most of them were the generic Haruhi voice...

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    11:18 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You forgot Sakura Ayane.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Konata's voice was awesome, but fuck deko bitch anyway lol won't miss her!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:47 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kana-tan for me ^w^

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:37 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haruhi and Konata were her only roles that really stood out to me, neither of which appeared to be getting a revisit. Otherwise, I just haven't been impressed with her.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:15 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    people like her are dime in a dozen. you think other seiyuu wouldn't do just as a good job if not better than her? many would kill for chances at fame like that. that woman is seriously dumb, mismanages her private life away from professional life, then throws her career away. she'll be pulling the same shit as an actress too. sure, her agent is an incompetent moron, but pulling this will get her blacklisted by the industry.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    00:55 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I respect Aya in those roles, but to be honest they were always meh anyways

    I am a Rie Kugimiya man myself

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:50 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kana Hanazawa for me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:02 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kugyuu has a very special place on my heart.

    But my favorite seiyuu is still Yahagi Sayuri. After all, she's mai waifu's seiyuu.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:23 29/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Miyuki Sawashiro still best.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:09 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Kugimiya is nice and all...but my personal preference is Noto Mamiko. I really love her voice.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:38 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I like Ayako Kawasumi and Ami Koshimizu, they have a pretty nice voice, Lafiel and Holo were just fantastic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:45 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Personally, I like Yuriko Fuchizaki best.
    But I thought Aya was a pretty good voice actress, very talented. It's sad that it has come to this, but I've got to agree with her that otaku are creeps.

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    Comment by Geno-nii
    09:47 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yuu Kobayashi. I like the way she shifts from manly to cutesy tones.

    Though I like anybody with a nice voice.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:46 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    My favourite is Ayana Taketatsu,
    she is the best imouto.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    01:38 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Kanai Mika, ftw

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    Comment by kamehappo
    07:55 30/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Don`t believe everything you read in internet. Specially in Sankaku!

    Comment by Anonymous

    10 posts, ELEVEN different names. These bitches really are completely disposable today, aren't they?

    -and not one of you old enough to remember Kotono Mitsuishi or Megumi Hayashibara, amirite?

    Comment by Anonymous

    Nice, dumb people idolize it, lover her, are her fans and as we have always knew she despises her "fans"!!

    Great combination of dumb people.-

    Comment by Anonymous

    Are you fans of Horiguchi Yukiko or Ikeda Shouko? If you don't know who they are, that's because they came up with the character designs.

    You'd have to be pretty shallow to assign credits to a replaceable voice than artists whose hard work are responsible for these characters.

    I happen to know 4 untrained people irl who can imitate these character's voices perfectly down to pitch and tone, though only in short bursts (one of them is a guy too, creepy, but also more impressive). Surely trained seiyuus can do it. Even if not perfectly, they can fix it via postprocessing to be indistinguishable.

    Aya Hirano is just a woman who's lost direction in life and is making a wreck of herself. Worthy of sympathy, but not admiration.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:43 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    True works.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Dont worry, so sorry to breake your bubble, there wont be any more haruhi or Lucky Star!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:33 29/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    I hope she will never stop to be a Seiyuu, I really love her performance, she is very talented I don't give a fck what she does in her free/spare time or about her personal life who is dating/fck w/e..

    All I care about is to continue listen her dreamy/fun as hell(at times) performance in more & more quality anime :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:33 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    If only japanese otaku thought that way... She might actually like them more if they didn't think of her as their "shared" property.

    And I agree with you, what she does outside the voice recording makes no difference.

    Just scared of what will happen to Lucy if she quits voice acting... Would be hard to get used to another VA.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Are you formt eh USA, this is the mentality there, you women are shameless sluts all and drugaddicts, so noone care much, but wait wasnt Clinto in big shit for trouble with one mere blowjob, what about Obamas security prositues scansl, anbd what about your recent military-.cia lovers scansal???

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:21 01/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Stfu. America is just filled with as much prostitution as in Japan. Just look around in Las Vegas.

    America however is a hypocrite majority of the time and likes to pretend these things don't exist in the country while pointing "moral obligation" fingers at others.

    Whites more often then not are prone to divorce and remarrying atleast 3 times in their lives now. They sleep around, and slut around like any other human race on the planet.

    There is no true "justified" country. All came from sin and are all filthy in the eyes of god, the only one who has not sinned at all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:25 01/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Americans don't even want religion (christanity) in the land anymore yet 95% of the country's super morality complex comes from christanity fundementals.

    In Japan there is no screaming priest saying ur going to hell if u watch anime, or if same sex genders kiss.

    In America there are screaming priests and soccer mommies saying ur going to hell if u watch anime, and the religious hypocrites scream if same sex genders kiss.

    Atleast in Japan u can go about ur business really without being hassled by some stupid christian priest that wants to promote fear and ignorance in the country. Which is why America is attacking manga and anime now.

    Because of the religious dictatorship and influence in the American Country in politics and social-life.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:49 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    all thanks to that, american girls are much better in bed... now if only they are not crazy, they'd be perfect. you jelly?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:12 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    >>12:22 29/11/2012

    consider there are plenty of married american women around, i'd say you are angry, jelly, and plain wrong. but that aside, your post is completely nonsensical. sleeping around while being single is not the same as cheating in a committed relationship. with that regard, japan is one of the world leaders in adultery.

    Comment by Anonymous

    11:49 29/11/2012

    Jelly? WHo the fuck want shameless prostitutes and grug-addicts, sure, they are fun to fool around but noones wants a slut as your partner for life.

    Honestly noone is saying a virgin is a must, some sex experience with your boyfriends its no big deal, the big deal is with shameless prostitutes fucking around with any men then can get their hand son, those are dirty fucking sluts noone wasnt as permanent partner, aya hirANO is one of them, but since she is famous many will not case and will happily have her, just as is the case with any celebrities anywhere.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:24 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You lover this slut and she despises you!

    You deserve it for being stupid.

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    Comment by TC-man
    02:50 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    I don't know it doesn't sound like you love her, since all you care is her voice. You know Aya is a human-being. If you really care you would care about what is happening to her in real life, right? You also don't mind that's she's on the drug and alcohol? I would care about her and her well-being.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:12 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    You need better reading comprehension skills. Dude said he loves her performance skills, not her. There is a diffference. One is creepy as all get out, and the other is normal.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:49 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And the people who care about what happenes in her real life are the ones who are actively making it worse. Think about that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:26 01/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Why should we? She's a stranger and an actor not someone we actually know. She doesn't even know us.

    Comment by Anonymous

    aya hirano is a sex object so lets treat her like one.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:49 30/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol ew shes not even hot

    Comment by Anonymous

    I only hate her because she was a slut about how she did it.

    Hint for seiyuu don't reveal personal info period not even your name.
    use a fake one. DERP

    Comment by Anonymous

    I wish we could have more Lucky Star and Haruhi, but not with her. She engineered her own downfall, not only with these ridiculous scandals but also her own shitty bratitude and erratic behavior. Entertainment is work too - it requires dedication and the will to put in the hours to make it possible. Who'd hire her now? The gal is trouble.

    Comment by Anonymous

    She still haired for minor roles, probably some old farts that she slept with before are having some pity on her and giving her some minutes in a couple series.

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