Japan's Most Controversial Voice Actress Coming To Final Fantasy

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Aya Hirano, who pissed off Japanese nerds with the admission of her social life, is coming to upcoming Final Fantasy game Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy​.


Hirano will be lending her vocal talents to the game, voicing the character Prishe. Hirano started out as a voice actress, but is crossing into the mainstream in a way that few voice actress have previously done in Japan. Not only is she appearing on network talkshows and programs, but she's also the "image character" for Denny's in Japan, appearing in promotions and on the menu.

Many voice actresses in Japan do have rabid fans and are able to launch careers as pop singers, but few of them are able to hit the mainstream in a big way.

In 2006 and 2007, Hirano hit it in a big way, voicing Haruhi Suzumiya in the popular anime The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and the character Konata in the anime Lucky Star. She also had game voice roles in Eternal Sonata and Yakuza 4, among others.

What makes Hirano such a controversial figure is how she's thumbing her nose at idol conventions, such as being chaste and not having a love life — or even being a regular person as evident by the minor brouhaha that broke out when she began following a baseball pitcher.


There have been rumors that Hirano is no longer doing voice work, instead focusing only on her pop music and television appearances. With her role in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy​, those rumors appear to be false for the time being.

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On the one hand, I loath this women. She is obsessed with fame, and several times a week manufactures another fake controversy to stir people up: "I was kidnapped by a taxi driver! I'm flirting in front of everyone on Twitter with this famous baseball player! Etc."

On the other hand, I love this women in that she is willing to bite the hands that feed her. 99.999% of "idols" are nothing but slaves to the Otaku...and hide their personality/human side/true feels in order to appeal to creepy Otaku. ANYBODY who is willing to stand up and say "screw it" and challenge the creepy established norms of the otakus' "fandom" is OK in my book. These "idol conventions" are cooked up by the talent agencies, to manipulate diluted Otaku into spending an excessive amount of money. Its sad that these people are so easily manipulated. "Idol conventions" demand that idols either A) are contractually denied a romantic relationship (and if the contract is broken, you're out on your can), or B) have to straight up lie about your relationship. Because if, god forbid, you're ever found out....the Otaku will turn on your faster than you can imagine, and go from ardent supporters, to claiming that they've been "betrayed" by said idol. And when that happens, you can expect a serious decrease in the talent agency's bottom line.

Basically what I'm trying to say here is: Being an idol, and NOT bowing down before your otaku overlords = "Controversial".