Aya Hirano faces premature end to voice acting career

6 March 2013 / 3 years 7 months ago

With the anime adaptation of Fairy Tail slated to end its run on Mar 30, one of the show's stars may find herself staring at a premature end to her voice acting career -- Aya Hirano.Fairy Tail fans have been complaining of poor timing for the ending, which some suspect to have been precipitated largely by the poor reception its recent movie release experienced.The manga original is expected to continue unaffected ‘“ and mangaka Hiro Mashima has commented on Twitter that “I can’t say anything now, but please bear the wait until the day I can make a good announcement,‘ which has been interpreted as a possible restart of the anime once the manga has accumulated more of a lead.Tokyohive reports that Hirano's 'seiyuu' career hangs in the balanace with Fairy Tail being her only voice acting gig since media outlets broke news of her sleeping with a band member.According to a tweet sent out by Hirano herself in 2011, supposed contractual issues were involved in her exit from the anime world although it is hard to imagine many studios wanting to cast such a controversial figure amongst their top heroines:"From last year I’m banned from appearing in any new anime, so I’m really grateful for 2nd season (of Fairy Tail) and long running shows! Really grateful!"Although she does have some minor roles left in kiddy anime (in Anpanman and Jewelpet), no major active roles are now left her.Despite not having any real roles at all, her agency still insists being a seiyuu is a core part of her career and dismisses any notion of her now concentrating on being a singer:"Hirano entered the business as a seiyuu, and nothing about her main activity being that of a seiyuu has changed at all."This is her agency’s real intent for her. She still has new offers, and she won’t refuse any she is capable of taking on."There is as usual a certain amount of scepticism accruing to these statements ‘“ the consensus appears to be that she has abandoned being a 'multi-talent' in favour of a monotalent career that is focused on the J-pop industry, although some faithful lifeliners apparently still believe she is merely biding her time for a return to voice acting glory.For now, only time will tell what plans are in store for Hirano.

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