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Probably the [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative best known female rookie voice actor of the 2000s]], "Aya-chan" was born in 1987. In 2006, she rocketed to fame as the voice of LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya, but fans of ''Anime/KiddyGrade'' (2002) would have said, "I told you so." With her role as Layla in ''Manga/{{Nana}}'', Misa in ''Manga/DeathNote'', and Konata in ''Manga/LuckyStar'', she sealed her reputation as a {{seiyuu}} with many voices. Contrary to what you might expect considering her roles -- in which she often uses a deep, mature female voice -- her actual speaking voice is quite high and squeaky.

Winner of Best New Seiyuu at the First Annual Seiyuu Awards and both Best Female Seiyuu and Best Singer at the second annual awards. [[{{Moe}} Really cute]] in RealLife, and short. Creator/MamoruMiyano, her ''Manga/DeathNote'' co-star and fellow winner at the 2nd Seiyuu Awards, [[HugeGuyTinyGirl easily towers over her]]. As well as voice acting, she sings and models as well. In fact, [[DoItYourselfThemeTune she's performed the openings and endings of some animes she worked on]], most notably [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya "Bouken, Desho? Desho?", "Super Driver", and the extraordinarily popular "Hare Hare Yukai"]] as well as insert songs, notably [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya "God Knows" and "Lost my Music"]]. Her hobbies include guitar, piano, reading, drawing, and calligraphy.

Her guilty pleasures include the music of Music/AvrilLavigne. Oh, and she tends to go out in public wearing [[PinkMeansFeminine neon pink]] [[http://www.meido-rando.net/public/aya_hirano_tshirt.jpeg t-shirts]] with [[CloudCuckooLander charming slogans]] like [[ManicPixieDreamGirl "Did you cum twice too?"]] Whether she actually is aware of what these phrases mean is [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation up for debate]]... although considering she hosted the TV adaptation of ''Moegaku'' (a series of English language study adventure games), this is unlikely.

[[http://www.jefusion.com/2010/11/aya-hirano-to-star-on-wuthering-heights.html In an attempt to branch out further for her career (which may or may not have been triggered by the above issue), she is slated to play Catherine]] in a stage musical adaptation of ''Literature/WutheringHeights''.

In November 2010, Aya revealed on her Twitter account that she has harbored a pituitary adenoma since her junior high school days. To date, she has held off on surgery to remove the tumor because the procedure would alter her nasal cavity and thus permanently modify her voice. In April 2011, possibly in connection to her health problems, [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2011-04-07/aya-hirano/prohibited-from-acting-in-new-anime-works she reported that she was under orders that prohibit her from acting in new anime until further notice]], although she will still be able to play her current roles. [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-05-28/aya-hirano-confirms-she-stopped-performing-music-for-lantis She officially went in semi-retirement by the end of May 2011.]]

Finally fed up with how her agency treated her like shit over the past year concerning her health issues and scandals (as well as the colossal failure of ''Anime/DragonautTheResonance''), [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-08-13/aya-hirano-confirms-she-is-leaving-agency-for-another she voluntarily resigned from the agency effective August 20, 2011.]] [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-08-20/voice-actress-aya-hirano-moves-to-new-agency-grick Starting on August 21, she is now an official member of Grick]] [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-08-27/aya-hirano-returns-to-voice-acting-on-new-works-again and has officially returned from semi-retirement as a seiyuu]], but there were doubts over whether or not she'll continue working on ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', ''Manga/LuckyStar'' or ''Manga/FairyTail''. [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2012-02-13/aya-hirano-resumes-music-career-play-gintama-nobume She has also signed with UMG, thus officially moving out of semi-retirement altogether]].

In June 2013 [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2013/06/14-1/aya-hirano-mamoru-miyano-join-gatchaman-crowds-cast it was announced]] she would be in ''Anime/GatchamanCrowds'' as the [[BlatantLies series' sexiest character.]] [[spoiler: A tiny little alien panda.]]

She eventually made good on the sexy character comeback when she took the role of Weekend in ''Manga/WitchCraftWorks''.

It was confirmed that she would return as Lucy Heartfilia in ''Manga/FairyTail'' when it resumed [[http://haruhichan.com/wpblog/7625/fairy-tail-anime-returns-in-april-2014-spring/ in April 2014.]]

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!!Notable roles by Aya Hirano.
* a short role as Alice ([[DubNameChange Arisa]]) in ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' where she spends a half an episode in a VillainousBreakdown.
* Bulma (Emmy Rossum) in the Japanese dub of ''Film/DragonballEvolution''
* Cristina Vespucci in the Japanese version of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII''
* Dende in ''Anime/DragonballKai'' (also a blatant example of StuntCasting)
* Femina Novum in ''Amuri in Star Ocean''
* Garnet of ''Franchise/{{Jewelpet}}''
* Hana in ''[[VideoGame/RyuGaGotoku Yakuza 4]]''
* Hannah in ''Manga/BlackButler''
* The eponymous character of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''
* Hiyoko in ''Anime/TheAsylumSession''
* Homura in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}[[NonSerialMovie : Fade to Black - I Call Your Name]]''
* Kahlua (Tequila) Marjoram in ''Anime/GalaxyAngelRune''
* Kannono Grassvalley in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheWorld: Radiant Mythology''
* Kaoru Akashi in ''Manga/ZettaiKarenChildren''
* Katja in ''Seikon No Qwaser''
* [[CastingGag Kim Na Na]] in the Japanese dub of ''Series/TheCityHunter''.
* King from ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}''.
* Konata Izumi in ''Manga/LuckyStar''
* Lucy Heartfilia, Layla Hartfillia, and Lucy Ashley in ''Manga/FairyTail''
* Lumiere in ''Anime/KiddyGrade'' (her first lead role)
** She reprises her role for her appearances in ''Anime/KiddyGirl-And''
* Mahiro Mutou in ''Manga/BusouRenkin''
* Mamori in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}''
* [[BridgeBunnies Mena Roshan]] in ''Anime/MacrossFrontier''
* Minato Nagase in ''VisualNovel/AkaneIroNiSomaruSaka''
* Misa Amane in ''Manga/DeathNote''
* Miu Kujou in ''Manga/KuroganeNoLinebarrel'' and ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsUX''
* Momo the Monkey in ''Anime/AngelTales'' (her first anime role)
* Monica in ''Absolute Despair Girls: Franchise/{{Danganronpa}} Another Episode''
* Nanael in ''Anime/QueensBlade''
* Neon in ''VideoGame/SigmaHarmonics''
* Nobume in ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' (PlayingAgainstType as an EmotionlessGirl assassin)
* Pachira in ''Anime/MagicalPokaan''
* Polka in the Japanese dub of ''VideoGame/EternalSonata''
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI Prishe]] in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy: Duodecim''
* Carla Ayatsugi in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyType0''
* [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Reira/Layla]] in ''Manga/{{Nana}}''
* Sasha/Athena in ''Manga/SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas''
* Shikimi in ''Anime/{{Himawari}}''
* Supposedly cast as the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent tiny vampire]] Shinobu in ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}''. "Supposedly" because even after the entire TV series, [[TheVoiceless Shinobu has not made a single sound.]] While she did get a few lines on the drama CD, Aya Hirano did not reprise her role in the ''Kizumonogatari'' movie; the role was played by Creator/MaayaSakamoto instead.
* [[AlphaBitch Ume Kurumizawa]] in ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke''
* Weekend in ''Manga/WitchCraftWorks''
* Yoko Sasakura in ''Manga/SchoolRumble'' (2nd season)
* Saya, the console-exclusive Element Doll in ''[[VideoGame/DonPachi DoDonPachi]] Saidaioujou''.
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