After about a week of silence, Hirano Aya started reposting to her blog yesterday with shots of her getting her hair chopped off.
Here's the final product, with Aaya dressed for her regular Friday gig on the internet variety show Midtown TV as "Princess Aaya" in "Cinema Renaissance -- Aaya's Castle."
She said that this sort of drastic change is normally when someone is trying a comeback or has lost in love, but neither of those are the reason. She just felt like it.
She apologized to people who prefer long hair, and added that there are now such things as extensions....
Aaya is slated to return to anime in a big way this spring, starring in two new April series: Zettai Karen Children ("Absolutely Lovely Children"), and Nijuu-Mensou no Musume ("Chiko, Heiress of the Phantom Thief").
Zettai Karen Children is from a manga about three girls with special powers. Aya's character, Kaoru, has telekinetic powers, and the others have powers of time-travel, and sensitive touch. Sounds like a group Haruhi would have liked. The official cast announcements aren't out yet, but the rumor is strong that Aaya will be Kaoru. You can hear her voice in the TV commercial. The first chapter of the manga is available free on the manga's official site. Staff has not been announced. EDIT: Posts on 2channel now say that the director will be Kawaguchi Keiichiro, director of Hayate, Getsumen to Heiki Miina, and Moetan. Highly talented comedy director. The lead writer will be Nishizono Satoru, lead writer on Welcome to the NHK, Naruto Shippuden, Zoids Genesis, etc.
In Nijuu-Mensou no Musume, the story "revolves around a female thief named Chico, who is the spiritual successor to the Kaijin Nijū-Mensō (The Fiend with 20 Faces) thief character created by famed suspense and detective novelist Ranpo Edogawa. (anidb)" The show is directed by Tomizawa Nobuo, who did Kanban Musume (a plus) and Futakoi 1 (a minus), and written by Tsuchiya Rikei, who did Major and KimiKiss (both pluses). Animation production is by Bones.