The anime adaptation of of Fairy Tail has been announced as ending on the 30th of March – and along with it the seiyuu career of no less an icon than Aya Hirano herself, as her last remaining major role was that of Lucy.

The end:


Fairy Tail fans have been complaining of poor timing for the ending, which some suspect to have been precipitated largely by the poor reception its recent movie release experienced.

The manga original is expected to continue unaffected – and mangaka Hiro Mashima has commented on Twitter that “I can’t say anything now, but please bear the wait until the day I can make a good announcement,” which has been interpreted as a possible restart of the anime once the manga has accumulated more of a lead.


However, as the show represented 25-year-old Aya Hirano’s last remaining significant role since her dramatic fall from grace, as much attention seems to have focused on what will become of her “seiyuu” status.

According to a twit made by Hirano herself in 2011, supposed contractual issues were involved in her exit from the anime world – although it is hard to imagine many studios wanting to cast such a controversial figure amongst their top heroines:

“From last year I’m banned from appearing in any new anime, so I’m really grateful for 2nd seasons and long running shows! Really grateful!”

Although she does have some minor roles left in kiddy anime (in Anpanman and Jewelpet), no major active roles are now left her.


Despite not having any real roles at all, her agency still insists being a seiyuu is a core part of her career and dismisses any notion of her now concentrating on being a singer:

“Hirano entered the business as a seiyuu, and nothing about her main activity being that of a seiyuu has changed at all.

This is her agency’s real intent for her. She still has new offers, and she won’t refuse any she is capable of taking on.”

There is as usual a certain amount of scepticism accruing to these statements – the consensus appears to be that she has abandoned being a “multitalent” in favour of a monotalent career focused on generic J-pop, although some faithful lifeliners apparently still believe she is merely biding her time for a return to voice acting glory:

“She can start by stopping being a blonde and going back to black…”

“This is the girl who made a fuss about that taxi?”

“When the Monogatari casting changed I knew it was a scary business.”

“She still has a few small roles aside from Fairy Tail…”

“She still has 5 glorious years of being a Jewelpet regular!”

“I thought so too! Perhaps she’d can take on some dubbing roles on travel drama and Korean soaps. Though please stay off any Hollywood movies.”

“She narrated some NHK documentaries too!”

“I don’t think there is any more demand for her now? Even if she is a great voice actress, part of her role as seiyuu is drawing in customers.”

“She’s mainly a seiyuu, so at least judge her on her voice acting, guys. Although I hate her voice and acting as well.”

“Being the top seiyuu is not a status you can maintain for long. Just look at what happened to Hayashibara, she doesn’t have any roles these days either.”

“That’s because she concentrated on her family and stopped taking new work? She still has a few big ones.”

“She had her reasons, don’t lump her in together with the likes of Hirano, someone who discarded fans and colleagues alike.”

“At least Hirano is good example to new seiyuu of how not to do it.”

“Nobody reporting on her career even touches on the those pictures. They really show what a scary business it is.”

“No demand indeed. I hope they pass her roles on to new blood.”

“Women have a short shelf life. There are always young new girls with talent and popularity available to replace them. No need to keep using damaged second-hand goods under the circumstances.”

“There are loads more in the business where she came from. The fact otaku hated her was the end of her.”

“It seems more like she was forced out of the business by the other seiyuu, but I think she was good to have around. Why does everyone hate her so much?”

“Without the repeated scandals and the constant strange utterances she would never have fallen this far.”

“She’s a perfect example of a star who ruined herself.”

“A carnivorous girl like this is too much for anime otaku. Adieu, Hirano.”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    09:27 06/03/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Such an amazing voice actress. But I'm gonna take Sankaku's 'journalistic integrity' with a grain of salt and wish Aya Hirano all the best. :p

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    Comment by kamehappo
    04:24 07/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    She has a big anime role coming in July in next great mecha girls anime in style of Strike Witches and Girls und Panzer. She was already in GuP as U.S. tank team radio officer, and she had many albeit minor roles last 2 years which Artifact has carefully ignored.

    Let`s all laugh at Artifact`s as red red face as oni`s
    in summer!!!

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    Comment by Ishmon16
    09:52 07/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Hirano is one of my fav seiyuu's as she voiced some of my favorite anime characters, fuck the haters Aya, live your life.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:51 07/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Same here. Good luck out there Hirano. :)

    Comment by Anonymous

    How many times does it have to be said? She pressured her subordinate colleagues at work to have sex with her.

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    Comment by kintama00
    06:52 06/03/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    ..wanking on Lucy since 2009 ^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:04 06/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Man, there's not enough fairy tail doujins going around considering this show had voluptuous babes.

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    Comment by Yamato
    23:51 06/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    already posted my thoughts about that here.


    If only I could have me a Mirajane book... T_T

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:16 06/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Good times....

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:08 06/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.9)

    Only you, Sankaku, could spin a series ending in to an Aya-hate post.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    07:21 06/03/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Sankom - Hating Aya since 2008

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:14 06/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    He's not really hating Aya, I think it's some kind of obsession with Aya...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:01 06/03/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Border between love and hate is paper thin...

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    Comment by Kohaku
    13:25 06/03/2013 # ! Quality (+0.8)


    Comment by Anonymous
    13:41 06/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    I-It's not like he's interested in her or anything!

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:02 06/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Sankaku Complx = Tsundere

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:21 06/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @Anon 12:39
    You are not alone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:39 06/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Am I one of the few that actually REALLY hate the fact the Anime is ending and potentially having to restart... or never start up again?

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    Comment by Kohaku
    08:10 07/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @Anon 12:39
    I think it's better to stop it like that and wait than to see 200 episodes of idiotic fillers like Naruto and deceased Bleach.

    Comment by Taylor
    21:03 06/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    His pride won't let him stop now even if he wanted to. If you call something sankaku does stupid then out of shame and embarrassment you're going to keep seeing it forever.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:22 06/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    oh so true

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    Comment by kimi
    13:09 08/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was really hoping for some more information on Fairy Tail.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:25 06/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    She's one year younger than me.. now I feel like an old man!

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    Comment by Noodlestein
    07:52 06/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Same age as myself, only Im older by 10 days. Its not that old even if you have a year up on 'er.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:16 06/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I'm 2 years younger, and that's old. We're all going for 30!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:57 06/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Fellow old crew joining in. These young whippersnappers know nothing about PARTAY!!!

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    Comment by Gradius
    11:09 06/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    26yo is absolutely nothing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:43 06/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Shame, I would have liked to see her in a new season for Haruhi. Then again, it is doubtful that there will be a new season in the first place, seeing how much the novels have stagnated

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:26 06/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    In addition to reprising her role as Kaoru in the Zettai Karen Children spinoff, she scored the lead role in its flashback arc. It's hard to take reports of her retirement seriously if she's still getting new major roles.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:44 06/03/2013 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    jajajaja, a lifeliner in denial!!

    She is done for. Accept it and move on!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:28 06/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.5)

    Haruhi has been and will remain dead since Endless Eight

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:04 06/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    God is dead.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Haruhi has been and will remain dead cuz its SHIT!

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:23 06/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    TBH even though I don't like the TV series much, the movie was good

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    Comment by kamehappo
    04:30 07/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Anon 06:43, don`t worry. Sankaku is the least trustworthy site when it comes to real knowledge and facts about Hirano Aya.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:26 06/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    So in japan to ve loved you must not love?, Sounds retarded.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:06 08/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    why dont you love and not take pictures of it then proceed to put them on the internet and get angry when people talk shit

    Comment by Anonymous

    Love is not a practical thing in Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:23 06/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Love is never a practical thing.

    Comment by Anonymous

    we got Nayuta to replace her just fine.

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    Comment by Norrc
    15:26 06/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nayuta could even replace food and air :D
    She's goddess!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:16 07/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    In 4-5 years I think you'll be saying something very similar to those 2ch comments...

    Comment by Anonymous

    She's like an asian version of Britney Spears

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:51 07/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    What do you call a girl who sleeps with you? Fun.

    What do you call a girl who sleeps with others, but not you? Slut.


    Comment by Anonymous

    No, even britney spears is infinitely better, heck even Lindsay Lohan.

    If you wanna compare, she is like a generic slut you can find on the streets.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:17 06/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    I don't know, man. At least Aya never married an uberdouche or had any SEVERE drug addiction problems. Being a slut is WAY below those two on my list of contempt.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:59 07/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Saying Lohan is better is taking things way too far.

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    Comment by Mamotte
    13:49 06/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    And, at the end of the day, not a single video of her horrible actions was found. I demand proofs.

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    Comment by Sylar
    18:32 13/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Correct. They say she slipped with all her coworkers and shit but all that was found is some blurry photo with one guy. Talking about going off your mouth. A perfect example of silly rumors since there never was any depiction of her sleeping with all of them and she if she had a relationship with one of them is quite a normal thing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:44 06/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.5)

    Japan is the only country in this planet where a VOICE actor is banned from business for having sex with people.


    I want those filthy otaku to grow up.

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    Comment by Usagi
    07:42 06/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    She wasn't really banned for sleeping around but because of fan demand, She slept with some guy so people were pissed, if an anime used her people wouldn't watch it because she was in it. Not that its much better but I think the wrong people are getting blamed here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:18 06/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    So...in other words, she got banned for sleeping around. Either way, the fans are utterly moronic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:29 06/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    Yes. They are wrong.

    But it was also a little slutty of her to sleep with most of the people she worked with. Don't shit where you eat.

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    Comment by Tuor
    11:29 06/03/2013 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    You're saying that having sex is a bad thing. It's not. Sex is a GOOD thing. And I'm willing to bet that having sex with Aya would be a *very* good thing. I sure as hell wouldn't kick her out of bed.

    I agree with the earlier post: those filthy otaku need to grow the fuck up.

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    Comment by Yamato
    00:01 07/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Anon 14:13

    Isn't the spread of STDs significantly lower in Japan than in most of the world?

    Comment by Anonymous

    Yes, tell that of the sucker that gets her STDs

    Comment by Anonymous

    And you get the fuck out Tuor, dirty filty hairy gaijin!

    Comment by Anonymous

    Sex is most definitely a good thing. But having it with multiple coworkers is disrespectful to both your craft and the industry in which you operate. That's what it's meant by "don't shit where you eat". Maybe that explains why she stopped caring about her seiyuu career. She doesn't really care for her job(s) after all.

    10:00 06/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    In Hollywood her behavior is an accepted norm.
    The same probably applies to Japan's entertainment industry as a whole just that here the cat got out of the bag.
    Really these otaku need to grow up and realize that these people are not as perfect and virginal as they imagine to be.

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    Comment by Yamato
    01:14 07/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah, Hollywood should probably quit that practice, actually. I see no reason why people should be inept from drug charges and other misgivings just because they got in front of a camera a few times.... hell, some of these assholes already get too much wealth and power as is. If they decide to be reckless (as if said wealth and power wasn't enough), there should be consequences much like there would be with anyone else.

    Comment by Anonymous

    It doesn't matter how crazy otakus are. Hirano joined this business by her own free will. She's GOT to know all those crazy sides of it and she's GOT to know that she profited from those crazies who pay a lot of cash for mundane shit like her photoshoot mags and albums of her shitty singing.

    If she didn't want to go there, she should've just settled to singing from the beginning. If she's really honest about really wanting to be a seiyuu, there are plenty more subsets of the profession that grants her less exposure and more privacy, such as dubbing TV shows, movies and documentaries. Hell, she'll even earn much more if she goes to eroges as the per-word rates are much higher.

    There's so many things wrong about people around Hirano, but I can't have sympathy for her when she chose this job herself.

    Comment by Anonymous

    These sluts should get the fuck out!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:01 06/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I really don't think anyone has ever said it wasn't slutty, but it has absolutely nothing to do with her voice acting and I really don't give a shit about what she's doing in her personal life, so anyone holding it against her is extremely childish.

    Comment by Anonymous

    but her personal life was never personal, she kept showing off her
    prostitute tendencies.

    Comment by Anonymous


    Both things that can't be denied about Aya. But it's the latter one the reason why she's being publicly crucified in the court of otaku opinion.

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    Comment by kamehappo
    04:37 07/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anon 07:29, do you say your sex is shit? It can be had in a nice, clean and healthy way too: do not go always anal...

    Comment by Anonymous

    She's definitely a terrible person, but she was undeniably talented as a voice actor.

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    Comment by Yamato
    00:30 07/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't think she was a bad actress, but I do have to agree with Anon 14:16 on this one. Her popularity just exploded after doing Haruhi, which was a good series but far from the end-all be-all of anime (and she was lucky to even land the role, considering she barely even had much of a resume at that point). Her popularity becoming so over-inflated the way it was may be precisely why it came crashing down so hard like this.

    Incidentally, I wonder if Aoi Yuuki is in any danger of winding up the same way. She was also a bit of a rookie before she got casted for Madoka, the starring role for what has easily been the most successful anime out there (she also ended up as a Pokemon regular shortly before that). However, I don't hear near as many people raving on about her as they did with Hirano (or any of the MadoMagi seiyuu for that matter, aside from the occasional artwork poking fun at their other roles like Kyuubey and Kagami). Maybe Haruhi's problem is that, as opposed to many people loving the character herself, the voice behind her became too well known and she's the one who ended up getting hyped in turn (it probably didn't help that Lucky Star made a crapload of inside jokes concerning the matter). Conversely, maybe she just tried too hard promoting herself as a singer when, in the end, people only cared about her as an anime persona.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:16 06/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yea, famouts overnight for her fucking haurhi and then konata role, japanese siyuus are talentedall, as much as anyone else.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:14 06/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    just do as "Keima" does, don't listen to the voice, just make a text out of it :v

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:18 06/03/2013 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Yes, because she was a slut fornicating with her entire coworkers, like the user below/above said, dont crap where you eat dirty slut!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:10 06/03/2013 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    It's just giving customers what they want. Customers don't want a slutty seiyuu, so talk to them instead. Disgusting is what she did with the band, the rest is just the marketplace voting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:33 06/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Beter to find new customers than rely on emotionally or mentally unstable ones.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:15 07/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    A lot of risk in business to cater to flakes as a customer base. That's just the bottom line if it is anime figures in Japan or selling some niche item in America. Some day the well will dry up when those types of customers turn on you, as they tend to do if you try to do something above their diminished level of taste.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:46 06/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You tell that to the studios. The best kind of customer is the paying one and the creepos pay out the ass. It could almost be said that their obsession is the reason why they are good customers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:20 07/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    The customers might as well want pink flying ponies, but that doesn't mean anime studios should branch into genetic engineering.
    They are being unreasonable, and giving into it only encourages them to keep doing it.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Get a life dude.

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