The End of Aya Hirano: “I Quit” “My Fan Club is Closed”


Aya Hirano has announced that she has “decided to quit” her agency Space Craft, and that she has closed her fan club (which apparently still had members) as well.

In a lengthy (for Hirano) update on her official blog, she claims that in fact she intended to quit her agency all along, having been engaged in stalled negotiations to leave since last year.

Hirano’s explanations have not always accurately reflected the actual course of events, but even her explanation does seem compatible with the leaked explanation that she was stripped of her musical career as punishment for having sex with her band and sexually harassing her recalcitrant bassist, only to be liquidated by the agency by way of the recent leaks, all of which seem to have come from sources close to the agency itself.

In fact the only allusion she makes to the scandal that has engulfed her is a conspicuously oblique one:

“I had intended to officially announce the closure of my fan club via this blog and Twitter on the 20th, but due to a variety of overlapping and astonishingly unexpected circumstances, so as not to further worry fans I will be bringing forward the announcement.”

The letter fans received today:


It is not clear whether the closure of her fan club was forced by her departure from her agency, or whether it was simply down to the sheer difficulty of maintaining a fan club in the absence of actual fans.

She gives no specific information as to the future direction of her career, although apparently she still entertains the notion that there will be one:

“We’ll be arranging future developments here after on a daily basis, so there should be happy announcements to follow.”

On the other hand, the only concerns being voiced by “fans” at this stage appear to be over whether Haruhi should be recast and when Hirano will make her appearance in an AV…

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    Avatar of fxc2
    Comment by fxc2
    21:53 12/08/2011 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    I personally couldn't imagine any other Haruhi. Not that anybody would be interested in a pirate's opinion.

    On a side note: I wouldn't mind an AV appearance either.

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    23:00 12/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Don't even care about Haruhi, Harumi Sakurai can take that role anytime she wants to.

    It's Konata that's the main apocalyptic problem. I don't think there's anyone who can do her voice except Aya herself.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:32 12/08/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I don't think Konata will appear again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:15 13/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    and Lucy Heartfilia

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:24 13/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who cares about Konata and Haruhi? Who will voice Pachira???!

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    Comment by The Kiss
    07:59 13/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And thus the Hiranocalypse started... having raging fans worry over the now close-to-impossible return of their favorite characters due to not having their seiyuu that would properly give them voice and by such, personality and essence.

    Wonder if anyone would dare take her to do seiyuu work. I mean, outside of pornt-related material.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:10 11/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hell we dident need Aya anyway, we have Wendy Lee, shes damn good here in the states and she voiced the english cast of Konata. so what if the next person for Konata is terrible. the english voice actor will make up for it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:23 08/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dude Pachira can be replaced. ITOU KANAE, the Seiyuu who turns Tsundere chara to life. The Real Issue is the Chaotic Konata. Only Hirano can voice her (and GAK too)

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:48 12/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You still think KyoAni make second season? Naive.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:26 17/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I care about haruhi you sick retard. I'm no otaku, but I love the anime and the character.

    Comment by Anonymous

    This the year 2011 not 2006, who gives a shit haruhi anymore?

    Comment by Anonymous

    Damn right.
    KyoAni doesn't need any more shitty animated-yonkoma-turned-into-Haruhi-and-Shuffle!-commercial animu.

    Neither do the fans IMO.

    A "reboot" would be good, tho.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:07 13/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You mean Kazane? The go-to woman when you need a bitch in your eroge?

    Hell yeah. Her performance as Madoka in Tsuma Shibori made me wanna slap her character 3 ways to Sunday!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:01 13/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hirohayashi Ryo did Konata in the pre-anime Lucky Star CD-drama.

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    Comment by MK 7 DUDE
    20:42 14/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    fxc2, I pray they won't outsource Haurhi because if they do, I will lose faith in humanity....

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    Comment by destructorv2
    14:49 13/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Umm no for me, looking at her now, she doesn't look good as an AV model

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    Comment by Geno-nii
    14:06 14/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It depends on the fetish I guess...
    I'm with you though. No Hit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:31 13/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think this may soon be the end of Artefact and Aya's tsun dere relationship

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    Comment by Shiroinoshishi
    12:59 13/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    She should do an AV dressed up as Haruhi :P

    That would sell like crazy!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:25 08/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nope. She doesn't resemble haruhi at all.

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    Comment by Otherwise-Six
    22:31 12/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Interested and in Agreement. Anyone who thinks that another seiyuu could voice Haruhi and do a half-decent job is delusional.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:10 13/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "I personally couldn't imagine any other Haruhi."

    I can. They can call it "The Silence of Haruhi Suzumiya".

    Comment by Izumi_Chan
    10:39 14/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    AHAHAHAHAHA Like a mute character in some rpg games?

    Comment by Anonymous

    Why do people still bring up the lame Haruhi show??

    Irritating, Boring, Void of any redeeming qualities?


    Comment by Anonymous
    10:27 08/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The 2nd season is. But season 1 and movie, has unique story flow. That part is not average

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    Comment by Coco hime
    21:54 12/08/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    This is too sad. >: I think she'll find a new way to get back into the spotlight though. She's a very strong person with too much talent to let go to waste. I'm hoping for the best for her and that she'll be happy where ever she ends up.

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    Comment by Surrender Monkey
    23:25 12/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I agree with you Coco hime. Have faith, I'm sure she'll bounce back better than ever. Perhaps on the stage?
    She's too good a talent to be run out of town by these otaku fools.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:54 13/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    They put food on her table you know... at least more than any pirate does.

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    Comment by kanbanmusume
    09:53 13/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pirates? What pirates? Is Luffy and the gang around here again?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:27 13/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Coco Hime is Actually right for one. I just hope the AV debut contains lots of rough unprotected sex and doesnt run on too long.

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    Comment by Denshousha
    06:15 13/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well, we know there won't be any thick condoms in it.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    02:52 13/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I agree she'll probably be back.
    It's silly how they blow this all out of proportion.

    Most of these otaku probably would have a heart attack if they knew the truth about the personal life of the seiyuus and idols they worship.

    If they actually believe all these women would still be virgins with no sex life then I have some swamp land in Louisiana I'll sell them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:03 13/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    the problem is, and i know this is hard for the diehard Aya fanboys/girls to get, is her career is defined, driven, and maintained by those otaku.

    the only music of hers that sold well was related to an anime she was starring in.
    since she hasn't recently and none of her music was being used for OP/EDs, all her singles after those first 2-3 have bombed.

    her career as a variety show talent was thoroughly ridiculed by the mainstream as well as otaku.
    her attempts at acting haven't gotten much better reviews.

    speaking of acting, the only moderately major TV acting role she's gotten to date was a live action anime adaptation.

    no matter how much she and her fans would like to think otherwise, she's shown ZERO talent outside of anime voice acting, and none of her activities to go beyond anime have gained much traction.

    her ONLY successes have been in regards to anime or anime-related media.
    which means those otaku still make her career whether she likes it or not.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    04:40 13/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Well, currently she's still voicing Lucy if I'm not mistaken. At the very least I hope that maintains, because it's also very bad to shift voice actors mid-series for any reason. And if she does a good job there, this will hopefully blow over and she'll quietly get more roles.

    She is a talented actress, and very personable in public, but she can get better. Sadly they judge her a lot of the ways people judge games and anime other people have told them about. They judge her as a Seiyuu actress and not an actress. Whether she's good or bad at it, they just make her out to be this petulant Seiyuu who thinks she can act, rather than just saying "Noble effort, but her voice is stronger than her acting, she could do with some lessons and she could shine" or something.

    All I know is I will be severely depressed if she loses everything to this short-sighted, otaku bullshit. I've seen her in person, and she really is just a wonderful presence.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:00 14/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't try to reason with rabid overseas fanboys/girls. They are no different with crazy otakus. They can't accept the fact that their godly seiyuu idol isn't as talent as they imagine.

    They always think goddess Aya is oh-so-good with everything. VA, music, drama and stage acting are her pieces of cake. The reason why she went down like this is because of creepy otaku causing her bad reputation, which is only 1/10 true.

    They are too blind to see the truth why her music other than anime-related ones, drama role and jobs in varieties shows flopped. It's because mainstream crowds don't see her as an irreplaceable talent. She's just a girl who happens to sing some average songs and appear on TV sometimes like tons of unsuccessful idols. After she tried to step out from anime world, She can't make herself in spotlight without using those ridiculous scandals. Why? Because she can't do anything else to draw ppl attention. Heck, and this isn't even original. The drama queen Sawajiri Erika did this before her as was labeled as the most hate woman in entertainment industry.

    Accept the thruth rabid life-liners! She is below averaged in everything aside from anime jobs, which are aim for creepy otakus, and she screw herself big times by alienating them.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    12:22 14/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ Anon 6:07

    If that happened, that would be the luckiest rapee in the universe, because not only would that story be something that would never get old, but they would have been wanted enough to be raped by (up until recently) one of the more sought-after celebrities in Japan.

    So either your analogy fails, or you're trolling. Either way, thanks for the imagery :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:40 17/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you have a daughter or a close female friend, or maybe a girfriend whom you care so much. See's aya's talent, admire her and adore her. Even take her as a role model. Suddenly learns about this sad truth. What does that say about the whole thing? You don't know, there are school girls, and other girls who does look up to her. Forget the otaku's. Sorry, for the sake of my loved one's, I would have to think twice. 'Coz I don't want my loved ones possibly ending up in a crazy situation as this. Also, for them to accept that's it's alright to act this way. Sex is not for slutfest. It's for love. You may say otherwise but that's what I believe.

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    Comment by DieHardjagged
    03:11 13/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    So basicly shes fucked, since she decided to quit (And got kicked etc) the only thing she was good at, correct?

    Comment by Anonymous

    Oh house, you wouldn't care if she'd actually raped someone, you'd still think she was the victim.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:04 13/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    You're deluded if you think this was the only reason people hate her.

    She's done nothing but make up lies and talk about being a gold digging slut for the past 2 years.

    Japanese or WHITE, very few people like gold digging sluts. Name me a few white gold digging sluts that you respect.

    You can't? That's cause you scorn them just the same. If only Aya wasn't Japanese...

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    Comment by alternative kyon
    10:40 13/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    That's not true. I believe everyone will be happy once her AV debut is out, featuring the band members ofc.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:27 12/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I would like to agree with you because I respect her work as a seiyuu, but she's shown everyone she's not a team player and will do crazy things. That kind of thing is not tolerated in Japan. And although she was a good actress, there are plenty of replacements waiting in the wings.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:34 12/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I'm the person going on about her being psychologically destructive to her workplace. It is true she is not a team player.

    It is sad she won't be able to work anymore, and it is a result of her not being able to keep her screwing outside of the workplace.
    The Otaku are hypocrites, but so is Sanku too, her agency has been reasonable, they don't mind if she talks about her sex life on TV.

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    Comment by Rico21
    02:47 13/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree with you Coco hime, Aya is a good actrees and a great seiyuu. Aya, we support you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:49 13/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    AV Debut?
    100 Million Yen!
    She only need a harem.

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    Comment by SnooSnoo
    21:26 12/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Does this mean we will finally get a break from news about her? I know how much the writer is tsundere for her.

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    Comment by mangalowres
    21:59 12/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    No, here is the headline for the next news with her.
    "Aya Hiranos (hardcore)porn debut"

    Have phun

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:47 13/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    my penis is pleased by those words

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:56 13/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Then the unthinkable happens. She has one.

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    Comment by dantesmaster
    00:08 13/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    could happen,

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:34 12/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It is sad she won't be able to work anymore, and it is a result of her not being able to keep her screwing outside of the workplace.
    The Otaku are hypocrites, but so is Sanku too, her agency has been reasonable, they don't mind if she talks about her sex life on TV.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:38 12/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That is, I'm not surprised, but pleased it is being stated so clearly.

    Well, just remember, sex is ok but it should generally be kept out of the workplace, and men can be victims too!

    (everyone was downvoting my comments on earlier articles because I dared to have sympathy for the band members...

    and it turns out SHE DID IN FACT sexually harass her subordinates!

    Told you that you were all deluded and hypocritical too.
    She should be allowed to have sex as much as she wants as long as she keeps it out of the workplace.
    That she used her authority over the other band members to get 'em to do it with her is only one of the many negative issues associated with such conduct.)

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:35 12/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    sexually harassing her recalcitrant bassist

    OH WOW. This is what I said! HAH!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:40 12/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    well, in FACt...

    one of the first articles did say so:

    AGGRESSIVELY pursued sex

    y'all idiots who can't read lol :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:11 14/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    NO REBUTTAL AFTER - 2 - days on SANKA?!?!?


    srsly tho, it would be nice if she keeps voice acting despite this excretable behavior, and that her life isn't ruined (though she deserves to face sexual harassmen charges)... but I wouldn't mind if they found a replacement either.

    Oh well, maybe Artefact can start reporting on other Seiyuu again...

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    Comment by Riiku
    23:54 12/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not a chance I tell you. Pretty soon we'll hear something about some crazy idea she came up with and the shit will fly again with fresh new force

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:01 13/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    good riddance

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    Comment by Njrg
    23:27 12/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was hoping Artefact would finally shut the fuck up about her, but apparently that's never going to happen. :\

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:41 13/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    When each Aya article has 200+ comments... I doubt it.

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    Comment by Artefact

    Not while you keep reading these articles, I'm afraid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:15 14/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    anyway, thnx for making all these articles on Aya, and making me care about something I never cared about before I knew I should care about it ;P

    (yeah, I know I'm letting myself excite by a tabloid on purpose, at least I'm not wasting my time turning my nose up at what I'm reading like most of you readers are)

    still tho, I think the lifeline of this topic is over....

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:14 14/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey Artefact? Notice how none of all these Aya-lovers ('cept me) noticed the whole sexual aggression thing in the first band article you put down.


    Anyway, we're not going to keep reading Aya articles about nothing y'know, I can't imagine how she can top this while outside the businesses and I doubt she can stay on variety shows for long either once the shock effect wears off (if she's good enough for them). I guess she could be a troll full-time but that won't pay the bills and get her in more trouble, so... I think you've got 6 months left then it dries out over the next 6 months, at best.

    Why dontcha post some goshdarn galleries?

    We MISS them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:44 16/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    He won't stop. He is crazily in love with Aya.

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    Comment by Sandalphon
    13:13 13/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    den y u here den?...

    ...I'm never using lolspeak again.

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    Comment by Randomness7
    00:16 13/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not going to happen, the guy is obsessed with her, why else would he keep posting every scrap of detail about what kind of toast she had in the morning?

    But we can hope.

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    Comment by Artefact
    11:10 13/08/2011 # ! Incandescent

    Why do you people keep coming back to watch the death throes of her career? Unfortunately nobody here displays so much as a fraction of this interest in other seiyuu...

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:50 13/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Any news on Kugimiya Rie? <3

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:41 14/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No news on Kugimiya Rie. Her life is quite shrouded in mystery.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:16 14/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I read it because its written in juicy tabloid style, no more no less. I'm losing interest now though, but she's good for another few months.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:54 14/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wasn't Rie involved in a sex scandal recently?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:59 16/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Please post more news on other seiyuu, Artefact.

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    Comment by Zashiki Warashi
    01:00 14/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can't you instead cover the life of Kana Hanazawa?

    I read these Aya articles because I read everything on sancom, so I suppose viewer counts don't completely represents if the subject is liked or not.

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    Comment by kazaza2
    23:05 13/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sakamoto Maaya got married to Suzumura Kenichi.
    They were co-seiyuus in several anime together including Gundam Seed Destiny, Black Butler II, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children and Birdy the Mighty Decode.

    So There! :)

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    Comment by kintama00
    21:35 12/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    not rly.. her new management office has already been decided.. ^^

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    21:55 12/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    But DOES THIS mean we will finally get a break from news about her?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:41 13/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    HAHAHAHAHA rich. She's anything but rich.

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    Comment by Sandalphon
    13:00 13/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    1:15 Anon, 1:17 Anon, 22:50 Anon.

    I smell samefag.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:50 12/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No. There will be at leas one news about her everyday until we don't scrape enough money for author to fly to Japan and fuck her. Only then he will be satisfied.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:41 12/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    honestly, I'd rather hear more about her than more stupid top 10 lists. But that was a hard choice to make.

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    22:35 12/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well she's better having a news(AV Pls!)here than an annoying news from I-shit-Hara's antic in Sankaku.

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    Comment by kintama00
    22:19 12/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    huh actually it should get worse =/

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:17 13/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    So Hirano-san, if you're reading this blog,
    Please just go out with Artefact so we can stop hearing about you all the time!

    Comment by Anonymous

    I think the Author wants to be known as Aya's last remaining fan. He's hoping she'll fly to England and fall in love with him now that he's a successful blogger and she's unemployed (but still rich probably).

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    Comment by Megidola
    23:20 12/08/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    He was probably the last remaining fan club member...

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:58 13/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    We're all still secretly tsundere for Aya.

    F#ck u Artefact for making Aya articles!! "Clicks anyway"

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