Aya Hirano, known for her iconic role as Haruhi Suzumiya, is speaking out about the years of death threats she has received from the anime community.
Haruhi Suzumiya’s voice actress, Aya Hirano, says she has received death threats from the anime community for over 10 years.
Originally reported by Anime News Networkmembers of Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya fanbase began targeting Hirano back in 2010 following a scandal surrounding her relationship with the male members of her band, Springs. The anime community also attacked Hirano after she spoke openly about a personal dating preference for Japanese TV stars. These threats persisted even after Hirano largely abandoned voice acting in favor of stage productions, eventually resulting in one person’s arrest in May 2011.
While Hirano no longer makes voice acting a career priority, she still takes occasional anime jobs. Her recent roles include Okachimachi from the action/comedy series Akiba Maid WarDende from the movie Dragon Ball Super: Super HeroImai Nobume from Gintama: The Finale and Popuko in episodes 1 and 12 of Pop Team Epic Season 2. Hirano recently took to Twitter to address the anime community’s continuous violent threats, assuring her fans that she remains unharmed, and that she is scared but also determined to continue taking on anime roles.
“It scares me and I don’t want to be involved in that kind of world,” Hirano said, “but I push through because I simply want to focus my energy on doing a good performance with my roles. With that in mind , do you still want to say, “it’s your fault that you wonder about otaku?” I could solve this problem by quitting anime altogether, but I think that’s just turning a blind eye to the problem. That’s why I decided to make this the post.”
Aya Hirano’s voice acting career began in 2001 with her role as Saru no Momo from the romantic comedy series Angel stories. Since then, she has played several iconic characters besides Haruhi, including Konata Izumi from Lucky starLucy Heartfilla from Fairytale and Imai Nobume from Gintama. In Kyoto Animation’s The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya,” Hirano plays the main character, an eccentric high school girl who wants to live in a world filled with aliens, time travelers, and espers. Hoping to make the world more exciting, Haruhi creates a club called the SOS Brigade with the help of her reluctant classmate Kyon .However, unknown to Haruhi, an alien, esper, and time traveler ends up joining the club, informing Kyon that they have been sent to monitor Haruhi because she may actually have the powers of a god.
Source: Anime News Network