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.
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.