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Aya Hirano
平野 綾
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Hirano at FanimeCon 2019
Born (1987-10-08) October 8, 1987 (age 35)
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active 1998–present
Notable work
  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya as Haruhi Suzumiya
  • Death Note as Misa Amane
  • Lucky Star as Konata Izumi
  • Fairy Tail as Lucy Heartfilia
Musical career
Years active 2006–present

Aya Hirano (平野 綾, Hirano Aya, born October 8, 1987) is a Japanese voice actress and singer associated with the voice acting agency Grick. Beginning in the entertainment industry as a child actor in television commercials, she appeared in her first voice acting role in the anime television series Angel Tales (2001).

In 2006, she became known for her role as Haruhi Suzumiya in the Haruhi Suzumiya franchise, winning the Voice Acting Award at the 2007 Tokyo Anime Awards, the Best Newcomer Award at the 1st Seiyu Awards in 2007, and the Best Lead Actress award at the 2nd Seiyu Awards in 2008. In addition, she also provided the voice of Misa Amane in Death Note, Konata Izumi in Lucky Star, and Lucy Heartfilia in Fairy Tail. In 2010, Hirano began transitioning her acting career to television and stage plays, starring in Konna no Idol Janain!? (2012) and Muse no Kagami (2012).

In the late 2000s and early 2010s, Hirano was regarded as an idol voice actor and is notable for being a voice actor who was able to cross over to mainstream entertainment. Along with voice acting, Hirano currently releases music through Universal Sigma. She released her first single "Breakthrough" in 2006, and she released her first album Riot Girl in 2008.

Early life

Hirano was born in Nagoya on October 8, 1987. She spent a few of her very early years of life in the United States before returning to Japan.


Acting career

In 1998, Hirano joined the Tokyo Child Theatrical Group division of the Space Craft Group [ja] company. After starting her acting career, Hirano began to appear in commercials and received her first role as a voice actress at 14 years old in the 2001 anime series Angel Tales. In 2002, when she was 15, she voiced co-lead character Lumiere in Kiddy Grade.

After graduating from high school, Hirano began seriously pursuing her voice acting and solo singing career. Her big break came in 2006, when she was cast as the voice of Haruhi Suzumiya, the title character and heroine of the anime series The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. The series' public success boosted her popularity and career in Japan. Hirano soon became one of the first voice actors who crossed over into mainstream media, as well as one of the first well-known idol voice actors. This success was followed by her voicing Reira Serizawa in Nana and Misa Amane in Death Note. At the first Seiyu Awards, she won "Best Newcomer (female)", for her role as Haruhi Suzumiya; the same role also won her a nomination as "Best Main Character (female)". At the same awards, she was also nominated for "Best Supporting Character (female)", and earned two nominations for "Best Single" (one of which was for a solo, "Bōken Desho Desho?"; the other was a group nomination for the single "Hare Hare Yukai"). She also won in the Voice Acting category at the 2007 Tokyo Anime Awards for her role as the lead character in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

Hirano performed at the Animelo Summer Live concerts between 2006 and 2008, as well as the Suzumiya Haruhi no Gekisō concert on March 18, 2007. She was a guest at Anime Expo 2007, along with other cast members from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Minori Chihara and Yūko Gotō. In 2007, she continued to enjoy great success in her career, landing the role of Konata Izumi in the anime version of Lucky Star. In 2008, at the second Seiyu Awards, she won for Best Lead Actress, and also for Best Singing along with cast members of Lucky Star for the series' opening theme "Motteke! Sailor Fuku".

In April 2011, Hirano announced that she had been prohibited from taking on new voice acting roles since the previous year. She still continued voicing characters for anime that received additional seasons or extended runs. Citing a need for a new agency that was more ideal for her career wishes, she announced on August 12, 2011, that she had left Space Craft Entertainment. On August 21, Hirano moved to the voice acting agency Grick. Days later, on August 27, she posted a message on her Twitter account, confirming that she had resumed new voice acting roles in anime.

In 2016, after a stint in the musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood in Tokyo, Hirano spent four months studying English and voice in New York.

Music career

Hirano's music career began as part of the band SpringS, which was active from 2002 to 2003. She then released two character image songs in 2005: "Kimi Kara Onegai My Saint" (キミからお願い★my saint), which was used as an ending theme to the original video animation Itsudatte My Santa!, and "Futari no Imi" (二人の意味), which was an image song for her character Mamori Anezaki in the anime series Eyeshield 21.

Hirano's first solo single under the record label Lantis was "Breakthrough", which was released on March 8, 2006; the title track was used as the opening theme of the visual novel Finalist. Her next single was "Bōken Desho Desho?" (冒険でしょでしょ?, It's an Adventure, Right Right?), which was released on April 26, 2006; the title track is used as the opening theme of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. The CD sold out in Japan the very day it was released. This was followed by the release of an image song single for her character Haruhi Suzumiya on July 5, 2006, which contained the songs "Parallel Days" (パラレル Days) and "SOS nara Daijōbu" (SOS ならだいじょーぶ). Her third single "Ashita no Prism" (明日のプリズム) was released on September 6, 2006.

Hirano released her fourth single "Love Gun" on October 10, 2007. This was followed by her fifth single "Neophilia" which was released on November 7, 2007, and her sixth single "MonStAR" which was released on December 5, 2007.

Hirano released her seventh single "Unnamed World" on April 23, 2008; the title track was used as the ending theme to the anime series Nijū Mensō no Musume. This was followed by the release of her first solo album Riot Girl on July 16, 2008. She then released the song "Namida" (涙 NAMIDA ナミダ) on October 8, 2008, which was used as the ending theme to the anime series Hyakko.

Hirano released her eighth single "Set me free / Sing a song!" on April 29, 2009. She then released her ninth single "Super Driver" on July 22, 2009; the title track is used as the opening theme of the second season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Her second album Speed Star (スピード☆スター) was released on November 18, 2009. Her tenth single "Hysteric Barbie" was released on June 23, 2010. To promote the single, she created a Twitter account which was originally intended to be only used for one day; however, she would continue to use the account after the promotion had ended.

In May 2011, Hirano released a compilation album titled Aya Museum. Later that month, she announced via Twitter that she was no longer performing music for Lantis and had discontinued her music career until further notice. ..... She then returned to music in 2012 and was signed to the record label Universal Sigma. Her first release on the label was the mini album Fragments on May 23, 2012. This was followed by the song "Zutto Kitto" (ずっと きっと) which was released on August 15, 2012; the title track is used as the ending theme to the anime film Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess.

In 2013, Hirano released two singles: "TOxxxIC" which was released on February 20, and "Promise" which was released on October 9; "Promise" was used as an insert song in the documentary film Kitakitsune Monogatari: Ashita e. She released her fourth album Vivid on February 19, 2014.

In 2018, Hirano performed the song "Pride", which was used as a character song to the mobile game Granblue Fantasy.

Personal life

In November 2010, Hirano posted a message on her Twitter account that she has had a pituitary gland tumor since junior high school. While not malignant, the tumor exerts pressure on certain motor functions, resulting in temporary memory loss, loss of vision and slurring of speech. She decided against elective surgery because the surgery would alter her nasal cavity and permanently modify her voice.

Public image

Once The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya broadcast in 2006, Hirano received widespread media attention and popularity, which led her to be known as a "super idol" in the voice acting industry. In 2007, she was ranked No. 36 in Daitan Map's Top 50 Voice Actors. She also notably became a voice actor who was able to cross over to mainstream media, where she began appearing on variety shows since 2010. In 2011, Hirano was the 5th best-selling voice actress, making ¥120 million in total sales.

..... The incidents have caused several fans to destroy her merchandise and create petitions to remove her from her role in Kizumonogatari. Hirano stopped posting on Twitter beginning on May 18, 2013, allowing her team to use her account as an information channel.



List of voice performances in anime
Year Title Role Notes Source
2001–03 Angel Tales series Saru no Momo Debut role
2002 Kiddy Grade Lumière
2003 Beyblade G-Revolution Ming-Ming
2004 Battle B-Daman Charat
2005 Battle B-Daman: Fire Spirits Pheles
2005 Eyeshield 21 Mamori Anezaki
2005 Canvas 2: Niji Iro no Sketch Sumire Misaki
2005 Itsudatte My Santa! Mai OVA
2006 School Rumble series Yoko Sasakura starting in Second Semester (season 2)
2006 Renkin 3-kyū Magical? Pokān Pachira
2006 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Haruhi Suzumiya
2006 Nana Reira Serizawa
2006–07 Himawari! series Shikimi
2006 Galaxy Angel-Rune Kahlua/Tequila Marjoram
2006 Death Note Misa Amane
2006 Buso Renkin Mahiro Muto
2006 Sumomomo Momomo Sanae Nakajima
2007 Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight! Mei Etoh
2007–08 Lucky Star series Konata Izumi, Haruhi Suzumiya (cameo), Herself (cameo)
2007 Hello Kitty: Apple Forest and the Parallel Town Emily
2007 Mokke Reiko Nagasawa
2007 Dragonaut: The Resonance Garnet MacLaine
2007–15 Soreike! Anpanman Tanpopochan, Kokinchan guest roles
2008 Moegaku★5 Megami-sama
2008 Fist of the North Star: The Legend of Toki Sara OVA
2008 Lupin III: Green Vs. Red Yukiko OVA
2008 Macross Frontier Mina Roshan, Nene Rora
2008 Zettai Karen Children series Kaoru Akashi
2008 Nijū Mensō no Musume Chizuko "Chiko" Mokamo
2008 Hyakko Ayumi Nonomura
2008 Akaneiro ni Somaru Saka Minato Nagase
2008 Linebarrels of Iron Miu Kujō
2008 Kemeko Deluxe! Nakamura-chan
2009 White Album series Yuki Morikawa
2009–11 Maria Holic series Shizu Shidō
2009–10 Queen's Blade series Nanael
2009–15 Jewelpet series Garnet, Komachi Saotome (Sunshine), Midori Akagi / Smart Green (Kira Deko)
2009 Dragon Ball Kai Dende
2009 Kawa no Hikari Tammy TV special
2009 Fight Ippatsu! Jūden-chan!! Rona Elmo
2009 To Arina OVA
2009–11 Kimi ni Todoke Ume "Kurumi" Kurumizawa
2009–19 Fairy Tail Lucy Heartfilia
2009 Kiddy Girl-and Lumiere
2010–11 The Qwaser of Stigmata series Katja
2010 Lupin III: The Last Job Asuka Kagurazaka
2010 Black Butler II Hannah Annafellows
2010–11 Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan series Kana Ienaga
2011 Nichijou Narrator Ep. 9
2011 Hunter × Hunter Menchi
2012–13 Recorder and Randsell series Sayo Takahashi
2011–18 Gintama Imai Nobume
2012 Girls und Panzer Alisa
2013–15 Gatchaman Crowds series Paiman
2014 Witch Craft Works Weekend
2014–15 Dragon Ball Z Kai (Majin Buu saga) Dende
2014–15 Parasyte Migi
2015-2018 Dragon Ball Super Dende
2015 Ultimate Otaku Teacher Toune Yamato
2015 The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan Haruhi Suzumiya
2020 Maesetsu! Hirano Sensei
2022 Pop Team Epic Popuko Ep. 1

Live-action television series

Year Title Role Notes Source
2012 Muse no Kagami
2021 Koeharu! Iwao

Drama CDs

List of voice performances in drama CD
Year Title Role Notes Source
2002 Kiddy Grade Sound Layer Lumière
2006 Buso Renkin Mahiro Muto
2006 Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora Sayoko Natsume
2007 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: Sound Around Haruhi Suzumiya
2007 Tetsudou Musume
Minami Kurihashi
2008 Be with You Mio Aio
2008 Maria Holic Kanako Miyamae
2008 Lucky Star Konata Izumi
2009 Psychic Detective Yakumo Haruka Ozawa
2008 B. Ichi Lin Kinpar resume
2009 Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka Minato Nagase
2009 Kiss of Rose Princess Anís Yamamoto resume
Macross Frontier Miina Roshan, Nene Nora
White Album Yuki Morikawa
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Kana Ienaga


List of voice performances in film
Year Title Role Source
2008 Bleach: Fade to Black Sister
2009 Pyu to Fuku! Jaguar: Ima, Fuki ni Yukimasu Hamyi
2009 The Asylum Session
2009 Duel Masters: Lunatic God Saga Runa Kamizuki
2009 Macross Frontier: Itsuwari no Utahime Mena Roshan
2010 The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya Haruhi Suzumiya
2010 Book Girl Miu Asakura
2011 Macross Frontier: Sayonara no Tsubasa Mena Roshan
2012 Go! Anpanman: Rhythm and Play – Anpanman and the Strange Parasol Kokin-chan
2012 Jewelpet the Movie: Sweets Dance Princess Garnet
2012 Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess Lucy Heartfilia
2013 Hunter x Hunter: Phantom Rouge Retz
2013 Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Dende
2013 Go! Anpanman: Mischievous Ghost and Cuddling Together Kokin-chan
2014 Go! Anpanman: Kokin-Chan Became a Mom and Play with Fun Kokin-chan
2015 Go! Anpanman Mija and the Magic Lamp Kokin-chan
2015 Girls und Panzer der Film Alisa
2016 Go! Anpanman: toy star of Nanda and Lunda Kokin-chan
2017 Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry Lucy Heartfilia
2017 Go! Anpanman: Bulbul's Big Treasure Hunt Adventure Kokin-chan
2022 Jewelpet Attack Travel! Garnet
2022 Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Dende


List of performances on theatrical stage
Year Title Role Source
2012–2018 Love Letters Melissa
2013–2015 Les Misérables Eponine
2014 W. Shakespeare Human Juliet
2014–2017 Lady Bess Lady Bess (Elizabeth I of England)
2014–2018 Mozart! Constanze
2015 Spamalot Lady of The Lake
2016 The Mystery of Edwin Drood Rosa Bud
2016 Murder Ballad Sarah
2018-2021 Bullets Over Broadway Olive Neal
2018–2019 Rebecca I
2019 Rockabilly Jack Samantha Rossi
2020 Sunset Boulevard Betty Schaefer
2021 Anything Goes Erma
2022 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat The Narrator

Dubbing roles

Hirano has had dubbing roles in localized versions of a number of foreign television series and films.

List of dubbing performances
Title Role Notes Source
Can You Hear My Heart Bong Woo-ri Hwang Jung-eum
Cao Cao Diaochan Han Xue
City Hunter Kim Na-na Park Min-young
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Haley Jones Taylor Swift, Season 9
Dragonball Evolution Bulma Emmy Rossum
Encanto Isabela Madrigal Diane Guerrero
Giant Lee Mi-joo Hwang Jung-eum
The Mermaid Shan Lin Yun
Renaissance Ilona Tasuiev Romola Garai
Shazam! Mary Grace Fulton / Michelle Borth
The Thieves Yenicall Jun Ji-hyun
Zathura Lisa Kristen Stewart
2008 NTV edition

Video games

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role Source
2006 Canvas 2: Niji Iro no Sketch Sumire Misaki
2006 Finalist Honoka Serizawa
2006 Eyeshield 21 Max Devil Power! Mamori Anezaki
2006 Galaxy Angel games Kahlua/Tequila Marjoram
2006–07 Nana games Reira Serizawa
2007 Luminous Arc Lucia
2007 Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight! Kira Kira Happy Festa! Mei Etoh
2007–08 Eternal Sonata games Polka
2007 Sumomomo Momomo: The Strongest Bride on Earth Sanae Nakajima
2007 Buso Renkin Welcome Papillon to Park Mahiro Muto
2007 Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon Shirma Magnolie
2007–11 Haruhi Suzumiya games Haruhi Suzumiya
2008–10 Lucky Star games Konata Izumi
2008 Final Approach 2: 1st Priority Kanon Keiju
2008–09 Katekyo Hitman Reborn! games Rizona
2008–09 Akaneiro ni Somaru Saka games Minato Nagase
2008 Sigma Harmonics Neon Tsukiyomi
2008 Memories Off 6: T-wave Chisa Hakosaki
2008 Zettai Karen Children DS: Dai-4 no Children Kaoru Akashi
2008 Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales Shiroma
2009 Arc Rise Fantasia Ruche
2009 Magna Carta 2 Rzephilda "Zephie" Berlinette
2009 Assassin's Creed 2 Cristina Vespucci
2009–11 Queen's Blade: Spiral Chaos Nanael, Katja
2010 Yakuza 4 Hana
2010 White Album Yuki Morikawa
2010 Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Cristina Vespucci
2011 Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 3 Kanonno Grassvalley
2011 Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy Prishe
2011 Yakuza: Dead Souls Hana
2012 Nendoroid Generation Haruhi Suzumiya
2012 Aquapazza Yuki Morikawa
2014 Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin! Ikumatsu
2014 Granblue Fantasy Beatrix, Alexiel
2014 Girls und Panzer: Senshadō, Kiwamemasu Alisa
2014 Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls Monaca Towa
2017 Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Boreas
2019 Dragalia Lost Botan
2019 Catherine: Full Body Rin
2021 Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World: The Prophecy of the Throne Sakura Element
2021 Arknights Flametail

Video albums

List of video albums, with selected chart positions
Title Video information Oricon
Animelo Summer Live 2007: Generation-A
  • Release date: November 28, 2007
  • Label: Lantis
  • Catalog No.: LABM-7015
Aya Hirano 1st Live 2008 Riot Tour Live
  • Release date: February 25, 2009
  • Label: Lantis
  • Catalog No.: LABM-7039
Aya Hirano Music Clip Collection Vol. 1
  • Release date: September 9, 2009
  • Label: Lantis
  • Catalog No.: LABM-7055
Aya Hirano 2nd Live Tour 2009 "Speed Star Tours" Live DVD
  • Release date: June 23, 2010
  • Label: Lantis
  • Catalog No.: LABM-7067
Aya Hirano Fragments Live Tour 2012 Live DVD
  • Release date: November 28, 2012
  • Label: Universal Music
  • Catalog No.: UMBK-1191

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