Thursday, August 06, 2009

Hirano Aya -- "adult-sized" purchase of Dragonball manga

On her blog yesterday, Hirano Aya posted a picture of her "adult-sized purchase" of what is probably over $250 worth of manga, mainly Dragonball. (click photo to enlarge)

That's at least 37 volumes of Dragonball and a total of 60 books. She says the people in the store were laughing, and the paper receipt was long. The cashier had to check through the books twice. But got the total right.

Aya dubs the voice of Bulma in the Japanese version of the Dragonball: Evolution live-action movie. Maybe she can save some money by writing off the cost of the manga as a business expense on her income taxes.

"Adult purchase" 大人買い is apparently a term used to refer to large purchases, especially of collections of things like manga. I guess Aya is getting an "adult" income to pay for this stuff.

In other Aya news, I am excited to see that she will play Shinobu, a significant upcoming character in Shinbou Akiyuki's current hit, Bakemonogatari. Shinbou has gotten excellent work from Saitou Chiwa in that show. And Katou Emiri has also done well. I look forward to hearing what Aya can come up with. Shinobu is apparently a loli vampire.

Final figures show that Aya's latest single, the OP for the new Suzumiya Haruhi series, came in at #3 on the charts for its first week. In her blog, Aya expresses her delight, but says: "But it really wasn't because of me." Her parents came to visit her at her apartment and brought a congratulatory dessert.

A week or so ago, she did a live concert for fan club members in Tokyo. Images on her blog.

No Aya post would be complete without a couple of pics. Here are some from various photo-shoots this year: (click photos to enlarge)

Endou Aya (Miyuki in Lucky Star) x Hirano Aya (Konata) x Katou Emiri (Kagami) x Fukuhara Kaori (Tsukasa):


jopchan121 said...

I think I see Fairy Tail in that stash on manga....Considering that Lucy is one of her next roles, it shouldn't be that surprising if that is one of the titles she got..

Furuba said...

Pretty much was screaming when i found out she would play lucy 8DDDDb

bmk said...

Definitely looking forward to hearing Aya in Bakemonogatari.

And for the manga. I guess Aya-chan is doing really well for herself now. I'm really happy for her. Wish I could lay down over $250 on manga.

dingmajiao said...

Being the manga lover as usual.. Haha..

Her live concert in Zepp seems to be fun and congrats her coming out #3 as well..

Btw, I felt she did brilliantly for the part when Endless Eight finally ended.. Terrific voicing..

scarface said...

hey since a lot of aya fans read this blog i was wondering if anyone remembers watching a video of aya where near the beginning she was playing the guitar and singing avril lavigne. I saw this a while back, it has to be 2 years ago now. the video was around 20 mins long, she was at the park playing near the end. So anyone have any clue of the videos name or where i can watch it again? I'm hoping you would know hashihime. Thanks

Westlo said...

Actually I don't know for sure but the impression I get about Aya's casting as Shinbou is that it would be for drama cds only. In other words she doesn't speak in the 2 Bakemonogatari light novels, might not even appear again for all I know.

I do know she appears in one of the sequel books. I don't know if you've made the connection or not between Shinbou and the OP sequence from episode 1, all I know is if Aya is voicing that character it will be new ground for her in the Bake prequel book.

Also.. since the original seiyuu is dead Aya got casted as Dende for Dragonball Z Kai which I guess explains the Dragonball manga.

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