Thursday, February 27, 2014

Will Aya Hirano be able to make a comeback as an "artist"?

1: れいおφ ★ 2014/02/23 12:40:35
Seiyuu and singer Aya Hirano released the album vivid last February 19, her first album in 4 years and 3 months. To commemorate this, an event was held on the 22nd and the 23rd where the fans would listen to the album at the same time and tweet their comments. Hirano used Twitter again for these 2 days only.

Hirano rose in popularity thanks to the anime Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu, but lost a lot of fans after her change in image from her black hair to brown hair, and due to her scandal. Hirano used to be very busy with anime, musicals, movies, variety shows, and radio programs, but her single "Promise" which was released in October last year only sold 1,471 copies in its first week, which clearly depicted her drop in popularity. Her album vivid debuted at #16 on the daily Oricon charts, and there seems to be no signs of her popularity recovering to the way it was. 

According to a music industry insider: "The quality of her voice is beautiful, and she can express herself in a lot of different ways. She explored a lot of different musical genres in her album vivid, such as ballads, rock, and even bossa nova, and you can tell her intent that she wants the listeners to have an enjoyable experience. Fans of the 'seiyuu' Aya Hirano might get alienated by this venture, but maybe she'll eventually get some recognition if she keeps on doing this?".

"One of the reasons of her decline in popularity was how she decided to pursue a different path, which was seen by some fans as an act of betrayal. But there are numerous other singers who rose again in popularity after an image change, such as Chihiro Onitsuka and Mika Nakashima. When Hirano re-colored her hair dark again in autumn last year, people have been saying that 'She's back', and 'She really is cute'. Even if her album won't do good in the sales, we might see her gradually gain her popularity back."

Hirano has been in the business since she was a child, and can be called a veteran within the business. Having experienced the fall from being a top idol and seiyuu, will she once again be able come back up and establish her position as "the artist Hirano"?


2: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2014/02/23 12:41:14 ID:BxFNWcC8P
3: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2014/02/23 12:41:35 ID:gRVNgGIF0
Even after doing an act of folly which has led to the decrease of her fans, 
she still lives in this loose industry where she can still get a job as an artist just by sleeping with the higher-ups.
4: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2014/02/23 12:42:11 ID:D8VfuyFV0
Hirano and Mizuki, when did this gap open between them?
Must be the difference in their attitude and their environment.
116: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2014/02/23 13:04:53 ID:06CcJ1FOP
One gets to perform at the Kouhaku while the other is the lead in a play at the imperial theater.
It may seem that there's a gap, but I don't see it.
365: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2014/02/23 14:07:42 ID:IYzamicm0
Honestly, Mizuki's just 3rd-rate as a voice actress.
I don't really think there's a gap between them.
8: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2014/02/23 12:43:44 ID:8JHdFK0v0

I'm losing sleep due to being too worried that an angel might lose her wings.
Yui Ogura-chan's safe, right?
11: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2014/02/23 12:44:21 ID:6etkPX8z0
Even Hekiru Shiina who was able to perform at the Budokan as a voice actress back in the day also took the artist path but eventually failed, right?
24: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2014/02/23 12:47:21 ID:jIuHwbkl0
全盛期にLUNA SEAの真矢とデュエット曲歌ってたなw
She sang a duet with LUNA SEA's Shinya during her peak w

12: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2014/02/23 12:44:48 ID:I6gQjWQg0
She used to be so cute, what made her fall from grace?
38: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2014/02/23 12:50:30 ID:D+drPEx60
15: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2014/02/23 12:45:25 ID:TJoI5SsC0
She should just become my wife!
18: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2014/02/23 12:46:52 ID:gWkCmVNd0
This is all because of her assumptions and the people around her overpraising her.
Maybe she should come out with a tell-all book.
31: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2014/02/23 12:48:46 ID:yJt7Totl0
It'd be troublesome if she also worsens the image of the anime characters which she has voiced
32: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2014/02/23 12:49:05 ID:KrTXltmV0
I'm sure that she'd be able to sell quite a lot of sexy DVDs. 
People who are sexy but keep it all to themselves are hated.
And people will follow you if you let it all out.
Take a look at Mitsu Dan.
37: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2014/02/23 12:50:28 ID:noWmSuKU0
Even someone like her can only sell 1,400 copies, huh w
The anime and seiyuu world abnormally has a lot of Twitter followers, but it doesn't really have any promotional effect, it seems.
40: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2014/02/23 12:50:42 ID:vxcs8jr00
She might be able to establish some sort of character if they keep leaking pictures of her with one of the band members everytime she makes an album 
47: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2014/02/23 12:52:49 ID:A8TmNBnc0
It's definitely her fault why there won't be a Lucky Star Season 2
54: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2014/02/23 12:53:50 ID:YIxxmhFb0
I hope she stops being a seiyuu.
It's really unpleasant when she suddenly comes up while playing a game.
57: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2014/02/23 12:54:13 ID:jUFSusL20
(´・ω・`) この子のせいで『涼宮ハルヒ』や『絶対可憐チルドレン』は続編アニメを作れないでいるんでしょう。
(´・ω・`) Suzumiya and Zettai Karen Children aren't getting anymore sequels.
She won't cause any more trouble if she just completely retires from the voice acting world, but she's not even doing that.
75: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2014/02/23 12:57:38 ID:nlZmx+kf0

Haruhi doesn't have enough original material for them to be able to create a 3rd season
58: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2014/02/23 12:54:21 ID:RITpMTlc0
Well, who wouldn't raise eyebrows at her when you hear that someone who was marketed as an idol slept with 3 of 4 members of her backing band?
59: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2014/02/23 12:54:26 ID:bcRuT0W80
Did she devour all the band members?
This girl's pretty "rock", huh.
77: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2014/02/23 12:58:06 ID:DTs0GPtj0
I heard that girls in bands normally do it with their members.
That way they can share the same senses, and they seem to consider boyfriends differently.
101: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2014/02/23 13:01:21 ID:Qs5nXoAd0
I'm off to buy a guitar, then
62: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2014/02/23 12:55:58 ID:I6gQjWQg0
I still cannot forget the last moments of the wota who puked over and over

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68: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2014/02/23 12:57:02 ID:VLPbZl7c0
It might take her some time, but she should look at the fact that she's been able to distance herself from the kimo-wotas positively and just take things slowly.

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