The Expressive Turn of Aya Hirano
I just read of yet another wacky set of statements Aya Hirano made on a variety show (according to Sankaku Complex).
She’s gone on a bit of a rampage, hasn’t she? 2ch is apparently frothing at the mouth (and not the good kind of frothing either!) and I think there is a collective expectation that she might be alienating the otaku without firmly establishing herself in a more mainstream fandom, so that in the end she’ll end up with nothing.
I don’t know if this will happen. I sure hope not. But on her development as a whole I can honestly say:
GOOD FOR HER!
I tried to find my comments on hashihime’s blog, which is my main source for seiyuu news, and managed to turn up these two (I think there are others, but I can’t find them now):
“i hate to say it, but isn’t aya working a tad to hard. should worry about karoshi and all.”
“hopefully she’ll pace herself!!”
Karoshi is Japanese for “death from overwork”, but now I realize my concern for her was not from overworking. Lots of Japanese overwork and live long, long lives. My concern was always for her psychological well-being. I honestly had such a pessimistic view on the way her life was going I stopped commenting on hashihime’s Aya posts…I had a foreboding of doom and I didn’t want to deal with it [I’m a lousy fan, I know].
And now here we are. Instead of exploding and vanishing she’s letting it all out in small, rapid bursts. Excellent. I wish her the best, and a belated happy birthday while I’m at it!
WAS MICH NICHT UMBRINGT, MACHT MICH STÄRKER.