Hirano Aya's blog postings have slowed down recently, and there is a reason: she has been in hospital twice over the past three weeks.
The first time was in late February, when she was in briefly owing to "complications from a cold."
The second time was last week, for what she called "gastroenteritis."
She added darkly: "I was emotionally done in, perhaps following a change of surroundings. That's all I'll say right now. Sorry to have made you worry."
It certainly makes me think of the time in late 2006, when she was off work for a month. And of the Hirano Aya Only TV episode where she went for a full examination at an anti-aging clinic and was told she had the constitution of a 40-50 year old. She is 22. In that examination, she said that she normally has dinner around ten p.m. and goes to sleep after two a.m., then gets up at seven a.m. One often sees blog posts she has made at 4 a.m.
Aya has long said that she was no good at sports in school, and often sat out gym classes. But she continues to drive herself in her live performances, and to work more or less around the clock.
At the moment, she is featured in the continuing shows Fairy Tail, Seikon no Qwesar, and Jewelpet.
Here are various pics from over the past two months or so. Left, the amount of hair she was shorn of when she went to the hairdresser to get the haircut shown at top, after her first stay in hospital. Right, a photo from earlier this year.
Here are some photos from the Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi road show last month. First, the whole crew. Sugita Tomokazu (Kyon) on the left with the interesting peace sign; Ono Daisuke (Itsuki) front right; Shiraishi Minoru, back left; director Takemoto Yasuhiro back right; chief director Ishihara Tatsuya back centre:
Next, with Gotou Yuuko (Mikuru) and Chihara Minori (Yuki):
With Kuwatani Natsuko (Asakura):
With Aoki Sayaka (Kyon's sister) and with Matsuoka Yuki (Tsuruya-san):
And finally two shots of Aya, just because: