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):