Aya Hirano: “I Have a Brain Tumour”


Aya Hirano has revealed she has a brain tumour.

The revelations come by way of the seiyuu news wire, Twitter:

I’ve had chronic migraine since I was in middle school, and they found a tumour! That sometimes causes trouble so there are all kinds of restrictions I’m under.


Don’t worry – of course not all people with migraines have tumours. Mine is an adenoma of the pituitary gland [a benign tumour in the brain]. I have to go to the hospital every year for a checkup to make sure it’s not going malign.


Sometimes the tumour presses on my optic nerve and I go blind or stop being able to speak, but I’m OK! I’m used to it!


I have medicine so it’s OK! In middle school I was told there was surgery I could take, but I gave up on it because I’d end up looking like a mummy with my head bandaged up and they’d have to break my nose to do it.

I was told my voice would change too. Having just started as a seiyuu I was not happy about my voice suddenly changing.


At first, at school my speech became weird and my memory was messed up, so it was a big deal, but that was 10 years ago.

I’ve grown used to it. I know how to deal with it.


Oh, so you can do the surgery with a laser now!?

But it’s not urgent so there’s no rush. I’m OK. I’m going to the hospital annually.

Well, I was busy so I didn’t go for 2 years… this year my health broke down so I went to all kinds of hospitals.

Whilst this unfortunate tale has likely increased sympathy for her (although not on 2ch), and possibly explains certain unusual episodes in career, there are some who have noted the timing of the revelation with scepticism, coming as it does just after she committed the seiyuu equivalent of suicide.

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    Comment by Actar
    19:47 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well damn... While I won't say that I don't have doubts to the authenticity of the tale, one does not usually go about joking about something this serious.

    My greatest sympathies for Aya as I really do feel for anyone with any kind of serious/debilitating medical condition.

    While she is not out of the woods, her condition, evidently isn't serious. For that I'm relieved for her, but still pray for her well being and safety.

    Weird or not, true or not, we mustn't be insensitive.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:54 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I agree with ya there Actar, totally 100% agree with ya
    No matter if we are perverts, sadists, and a lolicon...one must never lost his/her sensitivity in this thing

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:17 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol so one can joke about lolis, torture, rape, other people's suffering but Aya Hirano "supposed" benign tumour is off limits?

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    Comment by Misakite
    22:49 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Didn't you know celebrities always get preferential treatment?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:49 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Torture isn't funny, nor do I remember anyone joking about it here. Unless it's funny 'torture', in the context of some hilarious cat videos. Usually the ones talking about torture are serious and childish moralfags (ironically), often regarding rapists' punishment.

    Making jokes about lolis and rape is acceptable and should be encouraged, obviously. Joking about other people's suffering may be funny or not - if the joke is funny, who cares about the seriousness of the topic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:29 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Lol so one can joke about lolis, torture, rape, other people's suffering but Aya Hirano "supposed" benign tumour is off limits?"

    I'm fairly sure you're the same anon as 21:15 so I'm answering to that comment as well.

    It depends on the joke. The loli jokes I see here usually have a positive, non-derogatory tone to them and are completely free of ill intend, while "rape jokes" usually are full of misogyny. I don't recall anyone ever joking about torture, other than wishing it on criminals in an eye-for-an-eye manner like the anon above pointed out.

    Also, "delicous flat chest"? really?? You're in no position to call other people moralfags if you think the "implications" of that are sick. That's just retarded.

    If you think none of the points you mentioned can possibly be ethically consistent you simple didn't think hard enough.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:28 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "So this is the reason of the *bbbrrrrrsshhh....*"
    "Reason has nothing to do with it."

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    20:59 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Righteously said~

    I hope she gets that tumor taken out via laser surgery before it's too late...

    It's better to take care of these pre-life threatening diseases before it goes out of hand...

    It's a double-edged sword...

    I'll do the same and hope for the best~


    Either way, I'll continue to support her for giving voices to beloved anime characters like Konata...

    And yes, it does seem to fit in with these past couple of years~

    Tumors, no matter how small, can have an impact on one's health, behavior and appearance...

    Especially brain tumors that disrupt/destroy certain functions of the brain depending on the place they grew in...

    I remember my aunt losing her ability to speak due to her brain tumor...

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    Comment by TenguSan
    20:07 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i am sure her problems in school, if being as bad as she claims, can be easily verified. if she IS lying, it would be a pretty dumb one which will be disproven in only a few weeks at most by 2ch

    also it kinda fits with why she quit being a seiyuu, and her hair falling out from unusually severe stress. i am sure frequent migraines, temp blindness and slurring, and even the tumor's very presence.. benign or not.. would add stress to ANYONE'S life. especially if you haven't visited the doctor in two years to confirm that it isn't going to kill you.

    it seems to fit

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    Comment by Eddyak
    22:27 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "which will be disproven in only a few weeks at most by 2ch"

    2ch are psychic doctors now?

    Then again, if they can spot characters about 8 pixels tall in the background of a show, they could probably spot a brain tumour through a brick wall.

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    Comment by TenguSan
    05:34 04/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    2ch is known for (among many other things,) its investigative talent with RL matters within Japan.

    And seeing how most denizens of 2ch hate her guts, they will be working overtime to try to disprove this story.

    But you already knew all this.... right? ^_^;

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:52 03/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bitches here saying anyone making fun of her is horrible and evil yet the same people say to nuke China...hypocrites much?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:33 03/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Anon wishes to nuke China.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:16 03/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by tingle
    05:38 03/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    When I read the title I saw "I have a brain" and I was like yeaj right then I saw the word Tumor and I was like oh, that's sad. :(

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:33 03/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


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    02:23 05/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    04:57 03/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Every contra aya post recieved a minus
    Seems like there are quite a few life-liners here

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:30 03/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    poor girl
    I hope she gets better

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:35 03/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If true, it should manifest itself in a few years. My uncle died of this. Odd behavior and depression came first (this could explain Aya's current state, my uncle also started giving me "too much information" at this time), then seizures, then slurred speech, loss of motor control, and then death.

    She's not my favorite seiyu by any means, but I wouldn't wish this on anyone short of Osama Bin Laden.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:31 03/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    are you sure it's a tumor...and not just your fans?

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    Comment by Ushiromiya Mamoru
    07:35 03/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hopefully the next featured article will be ~

    Aya Hirano: “I'm dead, good riddance.”

    Fucking whore.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:57 15/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    your a loser. go kill yourself if you are that pathetic enough to get sexually obessessed with someone because you have no life. DEATH TO ALL OTAKU

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    Comment by Tateha
    07:13 03/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Future RIP, in many ways more than one.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    08:04 03/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sometimes my head around the nose due to high blood pressure hurts and my eyes hurt really bad. I can't stand even the smallest light and the head hurts reeaally bad.
    i really don't even won't to imagine how bad must it hurt that she goes blind or can't speak. No wonder she doesn't have many friends, so that she speaks about her personal problems on her blog... In some way she's like Naruto.

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    Comment by Ben
    07:10 03/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Awwww, poor girl... it's really mean to insult someone's intelligence, especially when they deal with something like that. And she always acts so sweet...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:34 03/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That explains why she can't put a bathing suit on right!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:07 03/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope she doesn't plan on killing herself. Usually, posts like these signal their acceptance of the diesese and that they're giving up. At least that's the tone I'm getting from the translated tweets. The original tweets hopefully might have a different tone

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:35 04/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i've had to live with a disease (immunodeficiency) since i was a kid, and i've accepted and been open about my disease for as long as i can think of, but that doesn't mean i've planned to commit suicide all my life.

    i've seen people getting their immunodeficiency diagnosis at the age of 30-40, and they tend to have a harder time coming to terms with it than those who have gotten their diagnosis as a kid.

    she's had this tumor from an early age, right? all i'm saying is that it's easier to come to terms with a diagnosis you get at a young age rather than one you get at a later time in life.

    i apologize if you feel like i'm mocking your conclusion, and i'm not ruling out the possibility that she's planning suicide, but to me it seems more like she's seeking acceptance for who she is, instead of suicidal tendencies. however, it may develop into suicidal tendencies if she gets nothing but "fuck you, go die."-messages.

    that's how i see the situation anyways.

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    Comment by Yuuasa
    06:25 03/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What a pathetic attempt to save her career. She's /that/ desperate for attention? I am honestly appalled. I hope she really does get a brain tumor now. She deserves one for this.

    Maybe then her popularity will increase with the necrophiliacs! Never give up Aya! Keep on pleading for attention. Even in the underworld.

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    Comment by Renzo
    04:11 03/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Although I'm not her avid fans, I hope she'll be okay :) [ Afterall, she's the seiyuu of Konata and Haruhi !! ]

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:06 03/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, this "tumor" is called brain dear Aya...

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    Comment by Ken
    02:01 03/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hmmm... that explains so much...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:59 03/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    woah cool! a tumor!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:46 03/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Jesus, that sucks. I don't thinks she's lying. No high profile person would lie about something so easy to disprove.

    Being a Japanese celebrity must suck. You can't be yourself without a swarm of loser otaku treating you like a pariah. There are American 'celebrities' without a third of Aya's talent with sex tapes, and they don't receive as much hate as she does.

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    Comment by Rethardus
    01:16 03/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    2chan is not everyone, don't think 2chan is the world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:25 03/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    After watching my dad deal with this kind of tumor,

    1) It doesn't justify he whacko behavior.

    2) Her nose'll be fine.

    3) They do break your nose, but that's not the worst- they go through the roof of your mouth too.

    4) It really is important to take care of, he's lost a significant portion of his area of vision, although he lost his sense of taste from the surgery.

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    Comment by g0dslay3r
    02:50 03/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    next shes going to say "i have a baby"

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:51 03/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I really don't know Aya. Only stuff I read on here. But I feel really sad. There is beauty in strength. I hope her condition gets better and my prayers go out to here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:59 03/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Every comment that is contra Aya received a minus...
    Seems like we have a quite a few life-liners here

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:38 03/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Screenshot picture or it didn't happen. She should have said this before she said she liked having sex with guys twice as old as her dad.

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    Comment by moebius22
    03:21 03/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sounds like BS from a mentally disturbed seiyuu.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:13 03/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That tumor is taking over her mind. Remember the "Aya forehead" incident? Well that was the tumor trying to fire laser beams at the audience.

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    Comment by SpideyPHL
    04:25 03/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's a wonder otaku complain about the negative image they have when they treat someone like her who's done nothing really wrong so badly. Yes, she said some things she probably should have kept to herself, but the hate for her existed long before then, and that's no reason to hate her now.

    She's one of my favorite seiyuu, although I don't know if she'll continue to work in that field after this recent business. I hope she gets that surgery soon, that thing might go malignant someday and then she'll be wishing she had.

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    13:59 05/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i hope she get's better in the future.

    good luck aya

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:31 06/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Regardless of what otakus rave about, there's nothing right about laughing at her brain tumor. Those people really need to get their heads checked and see if there's a tumor growing there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:46 06/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck Trolls, Fuck 2/4Ch-, Fuck it all (Anon), I blame it all on us, interwebs...Fuck you too internet! Just FUCK YOU!!! I'm out, bitch!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:13 04/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    pretty obvious that she is pulling shit out of her ass just to get attention.

    God damit, you guys. Are you falling for this?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:10 04/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i'm neither falling for it nor blowing it off as a publicity stunt.

    if it's a publicity stunt, i don't give a flying fuck.

    if she does have it, even cynical otaku thundercunts like you should regret blowing it off as a lie.

    calling someone a liar without evidence to back it up is fucking low.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:21 09/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not okay you dumb bitch it's a fucking too-mah!

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