Thursday, May 06, 2010
She was at her friend Nakagawa Shouko's live performance recently, as well as at her friends Granrodeo's Budokan live.
Aya recently appeared live at the opening of the movie Bungaku Shoujo, starring Hanazawa Kana, in which Aya plays Miu.
She continues her roles in Fairy Tail and Jewelpet Tinkle. Neither show is of much interest to me, but I'm glad she continues to have solid gigs, even during this difficult time.
Her enjoyable radio show, Hirano Aya Midnight Radio, is on every week (link to Nicovideo audio; Google "register nicovideo" for registration instructions).
Aya also continues to see Sasaki Nozomi for meals and moral support now and then. I can't help thinking of Nozomi, the sociable former shrine maiden, as a kind of Shinto therapist.
But it was rather sad to read Aya's comments about the Budokan live:
"I went to Grandrodeo's Budokan live! Budokan at last! It was moving. I was jealous of them crashing around on that stage. I was happy that it was a good performance, but I regretted that it wasn't me v(>ｗ<)v"
Granrodeo consists of seiyuu/musician Taniyama Kishou ("Kishow") and musician Iizuka Masaaki ("E-zuka"). Aya is close enough friends with Taniyama that they were once rumored to be an item.
The photos below show her with Shouko-tan (second from left), top seiyuu Saiga Mitsuki (left) and mangaka Tanemura Arina (Full Moon wo Sagashite, Time Stranger Kyoko, Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne).
That's from Shouko-tan's live. The other photo is her backstage pass (which she is keeping as a souvenir) to Granrodeo's live.
Aya had planned to attend the live performance by famous American musician and music producer Nile Rodgers at the Blue Note in Tokyo, but was unable to get there. Imagine her surprise when Nile was photographed holding a sign wishing her a speedy recovery (in English):
Nile Rodgers has played on many albums and sound tracks, and has produced albums and singles for David Bowie, Grace Jones, Eric Clapton, Diana Ross, Mick Jagger, and SMAP, among many, many others.
But Aya is still not back to form. Here are a couple of recent photos that make her look so pretty, yet still wounded. The short hair of a nun or a recovering patient seems so appropriate:
Even at the wrap-party for Jewelpet 1, she looked like a recovering patient. Aya is in the middle, Sasaki Nozomi on the right, Saitou Ayaka between them, and Shishido Rumi beside Aya in black. Sorry, I'm not sure which cast-members the other two are (possibly Akina behind Aya and a very poor photo of Kamei Eri on the left?):
Elsewhere, anti-Hirano otaku continue their bizarre antics, publishing the photo in pink as a way to "troll Aya Hirano fans." Childish, stupid, and heartless are only the first words that come to mind. And, of course, deaf and blind, lol.
It would just be funny if I didn't think their constant ridicule was causing her harm. I know that I would be a gibbering wreck if I had to put up with a tenth of what she does. Ganbatte, Aya.