Various groups of colleagues have thrown little birthday parties for Aya over the last ten days, each with at least one cake. Surely this will help her fatten up a bit, lol. In any case, here are a few photos from her blog.
The party she posted about most was the one given her by the cast and staff of Eyeshield 21: Yamaguchi Kappei, Irino Miyu and Miyano Mamoru (left, l-r). They also gave her an umbrella, perhaps for protection from the rain of insults from 2channel.
The Eyeshield 21 staff gave her a bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne (to go with the beer she's holding in the umbrella picture). Like any newly-legal drinker, she appears to be thrilled. She said she spilled a lot in opening it: her "first clumsiness as a 20-year-old." Aya joked that Nakagawa Shouko, who is also on the show, wasn't a great drinker and flushed after drinking only a few milliters. A "moe-element" for Shouko-chan, laughed Aya.
I think Aya admires and envies Shouko, the TV personality/idol/seiyuu. Aya might like to be the same, but in a different order: seiyuu/idol/TV personality.
People she was working with on her idol activities, and on the new Suzumiya Haruhi game (Suzumiya Haruhi no Tomadoi) both gave her little parties. Left: "Team Aya," the idol people. Right, the SHnT people:
Over the past ten days, she has received innumerable cakes and not a few flowers, and like the idol she is, was able to smile fairly convincingly for every one:
From the staff of her radio show, Animelo Mix, she received a bottle of sake called "Niconico Tarou," which means "Smiling Tarou." But this is perhaps also a reference to her videos on the Japanese video site Niconico Douga, where viewers can post graffiti-like comments on the video. A number of comments are insulting attacks on Aya herself. 2channelers speculated that the gift might be a joke at her expense, but I think she's probably well aware of what goes on there.
On 2channel, people have long said that she has no friends, especially no friends in the industry. Now some people are saying that the shots with the Eyeshield 21 cast -- now and in past blog items -- show that she is friendly with other seiyuu -- especially men. I don't think we can really tell anything either way, but I thought I'd mention their speculation, anyway.
Finally, a photo that I think shows Aya's nice self-mockery, which seems to me to appear quite often. In the caption to this pic, she thanks everyone and says she turned 20 "without incident." "The first year of my twenties. What kind of year will it be, I wonder?"