Probably the 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 Haruhi Suzumiya, but fans of Kiddy Grade (2002) would have said, "I told you so." With her role as Layla in Nana, Misa in Death Note, and Konata in Lucky Star, 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 (which is part of why she was cast as Haruhi, as she could do Haruhi very naturally).
Winner of Best New Seiyuu at the First Annual Seiyuu Awards and both Best Female Seiyuu and Best Singer at the second annual awards. Really cute in Real Life, and short. Mamoru Miyano, her Death Note co-star and fellow winner at the 2nd Seiyuu Awards, easily towers over her. As well as voice acting, she sings and models as well. In fact, she's performed the openings and endings of some animes she worked on, most notably "Bouken, Desho? Desho?", "Super Driver", and the extraordinarily popular "Hare Hare Yukai" as well as insert songs, notably "God Knows" and "Lost my Music". Her hobbies include guitar, piano, reading, drawing, and calligraphy.
Her guilty pleasures include the music of Avril Lavigne. Oh, and she tends to go out in public wearing neon pink t-shirts◊ with charming slogans like "Did you cum twice too?" Whether she actually is aware of what these phrases mean is up for debate... although considering she hosted the TV adaptation of Moegaku (a series of English language study adventure games), this is unlikely.
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, 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. She officially went in semi-retirement by the end of May 2011. However, it was eventually revealed that this was not entirely voluntary; Lantis had dismissed her due to scandal when it came out she had slept with three of her four bandmates.
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 Dragonaut: The Resonance), she voluntarily resigned from the agency effective August 20, 2011. Starting on August 21, she is now an official member of Grick and has officially returned from semi-retirement as a seiyuu, but there were doubts over whether or not she'll continue working on Haruhi Suzumiya, Lucky Star or Fairy Tail. She has also signed with UMG, thus officially moving out of semi-retirement altogether.
She eventually made good on the sexy character comeback when she took the role of Weekend in Witch Craft Works.
It was confirmed that she would return as Lucy Heartfilia in Fairy Tail when it resumed in April 2014. With another leading role in October that same year, it seems Aya's back on her way to being the hardest working woman in seiyu-business. However, at 2016, she announced that she would be taking a break from voice acting business... to study abroad at New York. Just for a few months.
She has also done more stage work in recent years, including playing Eponine in Les Misérables (Spring 2015) and Rosa in The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Spring 2016). Probably due to her popularity as a seiyuu, she was voted as the murderer three times in the first few performances.
Notable roles by Aya Hirano.
- Alice (Arisa) in Girls und Panzer
- Alexiel/Brodia and Beatrix in Granblue Fantasy
- Ayumi Nonomura in Hyakko
- Boreas in Xenoblade Chronicles 2
- Botan in Dragalia Lost
- Bulma (Emmy Rossum) in the Japanese dub of Dragonball Evolution
- Chitose in Senran Kagura
- Cristina Vespucci in the Japanese version of Assassin's Creed II
- Dende in Dragonball Z Kai (also a blatant example of Stunt Casting)
- Femina Novum in Amuri in Star Ocean
- Garnet of Jewelpet
- Hana in Yakuza 4
- Hannah in Black Butler
- The eponymous character of Haruhi Suzumiya
- Hiyoko in The Asylum Session
- Homura in Bleach Fade To Black - I Call Your Name
- Kahlua (Tequila) Marjoram in Galaxy Angel Rune
- Kannono Grassvalley in Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology
- Kaoru Akashi and the younger version of Kyousuke Hyoubu in Psychic Squad
- Katja in Seikon No Qwaser
- Kim Na Na in the Japanese dub of The City Hunter.
- King (a shogi piece) from Nichijou.
- Konata Izumi in Lucky Star
- Lucy Heartfilia, Layla Hartfillia, and Lucy Ashley in Fairy Tail
- Lumiere in Kiddy Grade (her first lead role). She reprises her role for her appearances in Kiddy GiRL-AND
- Mahiro Mutou in Buso Renkin
- Mamori in Eyeshield 21
- Mary Bromfield in Japanese dub of SHAZAM!
- Mena Roshan in Macross Frontier. She also darrin'd Tomo Sakurai as Macross 7's Mylene Flare Jenius in Uta Macross after Tomo-chan's retirement in 2016
- Migi in Parasyte
- Minato Nagase in Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka
- Misa Amane in Death Note
- Miu Kujou in Kurogane no Linebarrel and Super Robot Wars UX
- Momo the Monkey in Angel Tales (her first anime role)
- Monaka in Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls and Danganronpa 3 Side:Future
- Nanael in Queen's Blade
- Neon in Sigma Harmonics (reprised as "the Girl Who Forgot Her Name" in World of Final Fantasy)
- Nobume Imai in Gintama (Playing Against Type as an Emotionless Girl assassin)
- Pachira in Magical Pokaan
- Polka in the Japanese dub of Eternal Sonata
- Prishe in Dissidia Final Fantasy: Duodecim
- Carla Ayatsugi in Final Fantasy Type-0
- Reira/Layla in Nana
- Sanae Nakajima in Sumomo Mo Momo Mo
- Sasha/Athena in Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas
- Shikimi in Himawari!
- Supposedly cast as the tiny vampire Shinobu in Bakemonogatari. "Supposedly" because during the first season of the anime, Shinobu did not make a single sound. While she did get a few lines on the drama CD, Aya Hirano did not reprise her role in the anime; the role was played by Maaya Sakamoto instead.
- Ume Kurumizawa in Kimi ni Todoke
- Weekend in Witch Craft Works
- Yoko Sasakura in School Rumble (2nd season)
- Saya, the console-exclusive Element Doll in DoDonPachi Saidaioujou.