Between Wednesday and Saturday of last week, Hirano Aya took a trip to Phu Ket, Thailand, for some photo sessions.
She is certainly spending more time on her work outside of anime, and people have noted that she is not slated to appear in any of the new fall shows. But she has leading roles in three continuing shows: Fairy Tail, Nurarihyon no Mago, and Jewelpet Tinkle. Unfortunately, those are not shows I enjoy enough to watch myself, however well she may perform.
In any case, here are some photos from Aya's blog:
She even had nail art applied to her toes, in preparation for the swimsuit photo sessions. Some anti-Aya Japanese otaku have gleefully discerned a hair or two in the photo:
Here are a couple of shots of Aya doing a kind of work she is doing a lot of these days: appearing on TV variety and talk shows. She is talking about unusual things that have happened in her career. From the on-screen titles, she seems to be talking about being shone on by photo lights brighter than the sun, and about how dark smoke started to come out of her head.