Aya Hirano Reborn – On Rolling Stone’s Cover


Aya Hirano has made the cover of the Japanese edition of top music rag Rolling Stone, rock and roll diva that she is.

The rag promises a “long interview” with Hirano about the direction of what remains of her career, sure to be an fascinating prospect given her long-held reputation as a deep thinker.

As it is neither Twitter nor a gossip-laden tabloid, neither scandalous utterances or difficult questions seem likely, but with Hirano surely anything is possible.

The reasons behind the astonishing resilience of her career are the subject of some speculation – and admiration:

“She’s starting something else, again?”

“Aya’s an angel!”

“She doesn’t have any fans left though – who’s going to buy this?”

“What is up with those clothes and that pose…”

“I don’t think much of that outfit.”

“Go to some auditions and announce some proper work for once!”

“Supposedly she has secured some proper roles for winter.”

“She’s no good for anything but bitch characters now.”

“Well, she certainly has the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle down.”

“What ever happened to that poor bassist of hers?”

“The Japanese version is really down market though, they even had AKB on their cover. It’s just an idol magazine really.”

“So there is still a mag which will take her. I remember buying it when they had Rei on the cover.”

“This rag has no sense at all though. They’ve had Steve Jobs, Michael Jackson, 2NE, etc.”

“Given that she keeps switching jobs, she’s quite a rolling stone herself.”

“To still pull stuff like this she must have some pretty amazing connections behind her. Who is protecting her? Her parents?”

“What the hell is behind her?”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    06:29 08/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Wasn't her "absence" from the entertainment industry like one or two months? And it seems like she wasn't struggling, going through hardships during that period. So this "comeback" is sort of exaggerating just like her so-called scandal.

    Comment by Anonymous

    The sexual harassment was actually way underplayed by all the idiot fans, because feminism somehow means her bassist was just foolishly feeling persecuted, and that she did not at all pressure any other members of the rest of her band into it too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:25 08/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Wow.. AKB48, 2NE1, Micheal Jackson, Steve Job's... and now Aya Hirano. I thought seiyu are small fry, but it seems like she is a super star in japan :D

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    Comment by kintama00
    13:58 12/11/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    hahah seems ur right xD

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    20:32 07/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    With all the troublesome exposure she's had recently, I would have thought she'd opt for a tasteful, conservative photo for the cover.

    Then again ...

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:24 07/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Hey, sex sells.

    Also, is this really a surprise for anyone? She's currently signed with a subsidiary of the all-powerful Burning jimusho. She'll get all the publicity she can.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:52 09/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tbh I find this cover pretty tasteful, she's barely showing any skin.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:21 15/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, it is quite scandalous, partially exposed thigh and all. And what's up with the naked neck? That little tramp....

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    Comment by meiling
    01:02 08/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Love Aya's work!! :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:25 09/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I admire her voice acting, but I dislike her singing.

    “To still pull stuff like this she must have some pretty amazing connections behind her. Who is protecting her? Her parents?”

    I agree with this guy. I'm surprised she's still afloat when she has so little to offer compared to other pros who have been in similar positions.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:32 09/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    maybne ... oral works

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:25 15/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    She's also a tv personality. I don't understand Japanese, so I can't really vouch for her tv-jibber-jabbering skills, but she seems pleasant enough and about on par with most tv people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:24 08/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    That's a pretty lame photo for a rolling stone IMO, even if it's just the japanese version.

    They could have dressed her up sexier or something.

    Are those grandma shorts?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:28 07/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    she has nothing behind, it's all in the mouth .

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:59 07/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.5)

    That's right Aya, make haters suffer from your success.

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    Comment by erochichi
    01:57 09/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haters feel and know Aya is out of reach for them.
    Too great artist, too good looks to accept for those with ugly brains.

    There seem to be 2 kinds of otaku:

    2ch Aya bashers are like Ishihara, utterly conservative, can`t see difference with 2D and real people.

    Realistic otaku, who knows real people = girl seiyuu`s are living normal lifes, including sex life.
    But they enjoy girl seiyuu`s voice work and appearances fully, without stupid & impossible demands.
    Guess which side are winners?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:32 09/11/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    More than "realistic otakus" I'd just say "normal, sane fans".

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:31 29/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haha, "normal life". Even if parts of Japanese society have decayed, they won't accept a girl who sleeps around and has no Japanese values to speak of.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:58 15/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I commend Aya for her quality voice acting, singing, tv hosting work and last but not least....
    for having a normal, healthy sex life for a woman her age.

    3 out of 4 bandmembers. Let's see, how many male celebs boink all their costars, assistants, random groupies? How many of them are called on it? ZIP.

    She's not married, she's young and she's not a fucking Amish or Taliban chick living under Sharia Law.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Success by being a whore. What a surprise.

    Comment by Anonymous

    100,000 internets for you and Aya

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:30 08/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    now, where's that 100.000 things ?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:42 09/11/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I sure wish she would grow her hair out, I don't like the short justin beiber hair.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:22 08/11/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    you know what would be awesome? if Artefact would leave his opinions out of every single "news" post he makes. just saying.

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    Comment by Rico21
    11:47 08/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Aya Hirano on the cover of Rolling Stone? Now she's trully back. In your face 2ch assholes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:40 09/11/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    they got owned, and then trying to downplay rolling stone magazine..hahahahaha

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:31 09/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ditto, but I'd have to say the same to this very site. I really didn't know anything about Aya Hirano until I dropped here but the constant flurry of articles trying to slam her as the center of the biggest Japanese scandal ever was almost... sociopathic.

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    Comment by shiroki
    21:22 07/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.3)

    Hirano 'Phoenix' Aya...

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    Comment by AzureXuchilbara
    03:17 08/11/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    I never lost fate in the woman who voiced Konata Izumi and Haruhi Suzumiya, amongst other beloved anime characters...

    This blue Pyramid Head is very happy for you (and your future successes), Aya~

    *two thumbs up*

    Comment by Anonymous

    Lol I love how all aya ass kissers are down voting EVERY comment with even a shred of negativity towards Aya. She may have fucked her band mates but no matter how much you defend her, shell never fuck YOU. She was a egotistical bitch before the scandal and still is, and her voice work is overrated to all hell.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:57 08/11/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    shell never fuck YOU

    I'm OK with that. As long as she do voice work in anime, I don’t give a damn even if she fuck the shit out of every male and female in Japan (except creepy otaku, because they losers, and you, because you loser too).

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:32 08/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    i bet the only thing you can think of a female seiyuu is all about fucking them.

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    Comment by Alice
    03:09 08/11/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.1)

    Maybe people actually like to see her doing work? Not everything is about getting laid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:34 29/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    As far as i can tell only white people who fantasize about their own women sleeping around support Hirano.

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    Comment by Your Name
    23:59 07/11/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    I don't know who gives more attention to her, the people that like her or the people that don't like her...

    Why do you even bother Anon?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:56 08/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    It's obvious Aya is a very insecure woman just as much as batshit crazy fans, the only reason people are now defending her is because they're so sick of japans representation of idols that there using aya as a catalyst to rebel against that very image, which is all fine and dandy, but lets not forget how much of a insecure woman she was even BEFORE her scandal. The fact she used those two incidents to incite pity towards herself tells me all I need to know about her character. Anyone who has to use a brain tumor or accuse a taxi driver of kidnapping her when it was nothing more of a overreaction to create sympathy is a fucking scumbag. Dont use the " you don't know what's it's like to be a celebrity" excuse, there are plenty of celebs out there who have haters. Even Justin bieber has a shit load of haters - while he completely deserves to be hater on since he IS the exact representation of todays music industry, that you dont need actual talent to be a musician just a pop star image - even HE handles criticism in a respectable manner. Aya, however does not she instead crumbles under pressure and tries to use medical conditions as a joke to gain pity; a sympathy device. I cant overlook that. Maybe you guys love her characters so much that you can, but I can't.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:46 08/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Haters are the best advertisment.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:57 08/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.5)

    Perhaps he's sick of the blatant faggotry going on.

    I mean yeah, the bitch is being sidelined hard by otaku for seemingly unfair reasons. Why do YOU bother about that?

    Did you buy the anime DVDs instead of pirating through the net? Did you buy any of her albums? The photobooks?

    Have you forgotten about the sympathy-fishing stories of her tumor and the taxi driver fuss?

    She's not getting all this media attention because people want her. People who don't care about anime, don't care about her. She's being thrusted into mainstream media now because her agency is affiliated with one of the two largest industry hoarders; Burning jimusho who monopolizes a lot of shit.

    Outside from a few variety show appearance, she doesn't contribute jack to mainstream scene.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:01 15/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @HouseLife: One of the most sensible comments yet.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    04:52 08/11/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.3)

    @ Anon 0:57

    What people seem to actually be sick of is the way the industry works, and that Aya is working within that framework even after having violated the doll-like image the industry tries to maintain for morons. People are just angry at the house of cards tumbling down, and that she is still 'alive' amidst the ruins, and don't understand why.

    You complain about her getting attention. If you've ever lived a life where you're being scrutinized by people, you would have a clue in the world that that is not 'attention' that any sane human being wants. It's thrust upon you, especially when there is nowhere that you can escape it.

    You complain about her twitters being for attention... but have you had a tumor before? I have... you kind of want to talk to someone about it if there's even a suspicion. And if a taxi driver kidnaps you? Yeah, I'd imagine that'd be an ordeal for a celebrity woman. If you believe she lied about it, that's another issue entirely, but I have no real reason to assume she did.

    If she is lonely enough that the only people she felt she could express how scared she was was to her twitter followers, she gets my sympathy. If you can say something like 'she should get some friends' then you know nothing about what friends can become when you gain celebrity. Your life changes, as does your relationship to them. It takes very, very strong bonds to survive that. Rock stars, actors, and various A and B-list celebrities haven't ended up in rehab or killing themselves because it's just the 'way it is.' Do you have any idea how lonely it is to be surrounded by people who love you, but know absolutely nothing about you, nor really care?

    That is why people will still talk about her reasonably. They have perspective. She did roles that we love, made music we enjoyed, and we're not liking her to spite the people who don't like her, regardless of what those morons think.

    Comment by Anonymous

    *an* egotistical bitch

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    Comment by alternative kyon

    What are you doing here mr. Bandmember?

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    Comment by Diemeow23
    11:28 08/11/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    What's wrong with these people?!

    I haven't had a single problem with Aya even with the first negative article I read about her here in SanCom was first posted, but these guys are just pathetic -_-

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:02 08/11/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    “She’s no good for anything but bitch characters now.”

    No, 2ch. You are the bitch. You are always the bitch.

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    Comment by blahblah
    19:36 09/11/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Jesus christ, people are supporting rolling stone as if it sitll matters in this day and age...?

    Anybody want to tell me about the latest Gasoline Alley, or their local newspaper?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:11 08/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh, seems like creepy hater/s woked up, and fist thing in the morning is downvote everyone who doesn’t think as he/they.
    It is very sad being you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:47 08/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    they should make a movie about her and i got the perfect title Perfect Blue 2

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

    Its funny how people put down OTAKU or just plain ANIME lovers because if it wasn't for them japan would be nothing but a sinking ship they would be kinda like CHINA w/o the economic boom

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    Comment by bakaru
    20:44 07/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    who did she slept with this time to get the front page?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:27 07/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hahaha burned....... I agreed

    Comment by Anonymous

    TRuer words could not be said.

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    Comment by Anonymous

    You know she sucked some serious cock for that front page... man women are nasty i come to notice this now.. yeah..

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    Comment by alternative kyon

    Who said she slept with anyone? She has talent..... Abd the ability of stirring huge dramas.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:31 08/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Talent, yea, as much talent as most of the Japanese voice actors that do superb work I reckon, Slut Aya is overrated, its only haruhitards and lukcytards that believe she is the best seiyuu ever.

    Wanna talk REAL talent pal, yea, the kind not super inflated by 2 or 3 overrated anime series/characters by extreme hardcore otaku or by scandals? While I am not fan of hers look at Nana Mizuki then, that is talent that surpasses the media.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:36 15/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No one over the age of 22 is saying she's the "absolute" best. They just say they like her work. For those kids that do? Who gives a shit. They're fucking kids who only just got over Naruto. Don't get so worked up about it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:46 09/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    and the ability to suck in deep throat style..... aya deep throat style

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