The presence of a ring on the ring finger of Hirano Aya's left hand has sent her 2channel threads into a tizzy of congratulation and slander.
I myself didn't notice the ring in the picture I posted earlier of Aya with Sasaki Nozomi:
On 2channel, her supporters are congratulating her or expressing sadness that she is taken. And her haters are laughing at her supporters for having her taken away, and also rolling out their constant put-downs of her appearance and talent and wishes that would "just die."
It is a truism of the Japanese entertainment world -- of the seiyuu world in particular -- that when a seiyuu is known to be married, he or she loses fans and work.
But before we and 2channel all get too excited, I should caution you that this has happened before. Rumors of a relationship with Taniyama Kishou had a brief vogue. And she has worn a ring on her ring finger before. For instance in a photo from February 2008:
But the rumor mill has a life of its own (which I am feeding, lol).
There are at least some bits of circumstantial evidence this time. Her prolonged absence from the scene, explained by two stays in hospital, is different. So are her hints that there is more to that story than she can say right now.
And so is the fact that she has, unusually, had long dinners and talk with two friends, one of whom is rumored to be married, and the other of whom is definitely married. After her dinner with Sasaki Nozomi -- about whom a couple of different marriage rumors are swirling -- she spent seven hours eating and talking with Yonekura Chihiro, the 37-year-old anisong singer who is definitely married:
The idea is that she was seeking advice. Another poster claims -- whether from inside knowledge or pure fantasy, I don't know -- that her husband (-to-be?) told her agency about her going into hospital the first time, and this caused disagreement between them. This seems unlikely, since I can't imagine her manager not knowing her whereabouts at all times, but I guess it's possible.
Another 2channel poster speculates that some of her time away has been honeymoon.
Personally, I think this is all just rumor. But it might be true.There would certainly be plenty of guys who would like to try to make her happy. She once said she liked a man who looked good in a suit....