After learning of the sales results -- 36th in the Oricon weekly ranking and only 1,471 copies sold -- she wrote on her blog that "This is my current self".
Hirano made her debut as a child actress, and made her huge break as a voice actress with Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu, which got her top honors at the Seiyuu Awards in 2008, both as a voice actress and as a singer. She reigned over the seiyuu world, and even extended her activities outside of animation and into serial dramas and variety shows.
Hirano has always had a "pure idol" image attached to her, but she suddenly revealed her love life on Fuji TV's Gout Temps Nouveau in 2010. The following year, her "Nyan-nyan" pictures with who was thought to be a member of her backing band got leaked.
Due to these series of events, her public image came crashing down, which drastically decreased the number of her fans. Her CDs which used to sell over 20,000 copies in its first week have taken a hit thanks to her scandal.
Aya herself is accepting these consequences. Despite hearing news of these sales, she wrote on her blog: "There are people who comment on the ranking and the number of sales, but I personally think that this is still something amazing. This is my current self. I'm not bitter about it, but I just hope that my feeling of gratitude has reached the people who have bought it and listened to it".
According to a seiyuu magazine writer: "Hirano-san declared that she'll be switching over to becoming an actress, but all the projects that she's been getting are voice acting roles. Her past image of being this idol-seiyuu is still pulling on her tail. But she's been in stage plays recently, most notably in Les Miserables and has also gotten hold of musical fans. She always said that she wanted to do musicals, so she might actually be content with her current self".
The damage that an idol-seiyuu receives once she is hit by a romance scandal is much more colossal than what sort of damage AKB48 would receive. Will Hirano still be able to gain more fans who are not otakus?
Gout Temps Nouveau 08/04/2010
- まあ元ファンの俺から言わせるとファンをないがしろにしすぎた感はあったなWell, as a former fan, I can say that she did seem to neglect her fans a bit too much back then
- グータンみたことなかったけどほんと誰得な番組だったんだなI never saw Gout Temps, but it really was a a show that no one benefited from
- 一時期、やたら擁護され過ぎて気持ち悪かったが、最近は逆に叩かれ過ぎてるな同じ奴だろwIt was so gross how much she was protected at one point and now she's being bashed so much.
Must be the same guy, huh w
- 最近はむしろ声優としていい仕事してると思う他の活動はまったく知らんがI actually think she's doing a good job as a voice actress these days.
I don't know about her other activities, though.
- 正直可愛いし歌も上手いし声優も完璧だしほんと素晴らしいとは思うんだが、スキャンダルはダメだね致命的。ビ●チのイメージがついてしまった。Honestly, she's cute, she's a good singer, she's a perfect seiyuu, and she's really wonderful, but the scandal was truly fatal for her.
Because of that, people regard her as a bi+ch.
- もう終わったよな・・・・・いつ事務所からクビ切られるかでしょうなShe's totally washed up..... it might only be a matter of time until her agency fires her.
- ライフさんがまだ1000人以上居るなんて凄いじゃんBut she still has over 1,000 lifeliners*, right?
* seiyuu fans
- 特別ファンってわけじゃないけど、天然装ってキャラ作ってた昔より今のやけっぱちな感じの方が面白くて好きだわ。逆に人間味ある。多分少数派だろうけどね。I'm not really a fan or anything, but I actually like her desperate persona now rather than her past persona that felt fake.
She actually feels more "human" now.
I think I'm in the minority, though.
- 乳さえあればあといくらかは持ったろうにShe probably would have lasted if only she had more boobage
- あん時こいつを擁護してた連中もこいつの事なんかすっかり忘れちまってんだろなI bet the guys who tried to stand up for her that time must have totally forgotten about her now
- 失敗は写真流出させるようなヤツとつきあったことくらいだろ？Her only failure is dating someone who'd leak those pictures, right?
- 転落って言うか自分でアーティストの道を選んだんだろ、オタのファンをバッサリ切ってまあ作詞作曲してもらってのアーティストですがねPeople say that she's fallen, but she chose to become an artist herself by cutting off ties with her ota fans, right?
Well, she's an artist who still needs songs written and composed for her, though.
- 今でも何食わぬ顔してアニメイベントに出てるのが凄い会場で野次やブーイング起きないのか？And I'm amazed that she's still appearing at anime events as if nothing ever happened.
Don't people harass her or boo her at those events?
- 本人にとってはつらい話ばかりだがいっそ話題になるだけましと思わないとI'm sure that this is all painful for her, but she should at least think positively that at least she's getting some buzz.
- なんで干されたんやなんかひでえ扱いだなWhy was she frozen out? She was treated rather harshly, huh.
- 平野綾が出たことのあるバラエティがほとんど終わるか低視聴率になってるのがおもしろいAnd what's funny is that all these variety shows Aya Hirano used to be on are ending or currently have low ratings.
- あーやかわいい一緒にお風呂入りたいAya's so cute, I wan't to take a bath with her
- オレ、アニメとか声優とか全く詳しくないんだけど平野綾よりもかわいい声優っているの？戸松遥と白石涼子と野中藍と野川さくらと中原麻衣と能登麻美子と川澄綾子と井上麻里奈と花澤香菜と豊崎愛生と竹達彩奈と三森すずこと茅野愛衣以外でI don't know much about anime and seiyuus, but are there other seiyuus who are cuter than Aya Hirano?
Other than Haruka Tomatsu, Ryoko Shiraishi, Ai Nonaka, Sakura Nogawa, Mai Nakahara, Mamiko Noto, Ayako Kawasumi, Marina Inoue, Kana Hanazawa, Aki Toyosaki, Ayana Taketatsu, Suzuko Mimori, and Ai Kayano.
見たら、やっぱり可愛いんだけどな～But after seeing her, she's really cute after all.
I think she should focus on just being either a voice actress or a talent.