May 11, 2011

2011 Aoyama Gosho Interview


The next climax in the Detective Conan manga will be a showdown between ** and **? More Kaitou Kid soon? The answers to these questions are found in a recent interview with Detective Conan’s author Aoyama Gosho, conducted by the Japanese magazine Otona Fami and published in its June 2011 issue.

After 25 years as a manga artist, Aoyama talks about how he started this job and his various works YaibaMagic Kaitoand Detective Conan. He names the five episodes that he likes most in the Detective Conan anime and talks about the latest movie, Quarter of Silence. In addition, he reveals some spoilers about how the story in the Detective Conan manga will progress in the near future.



The following is a translation of the interview that Aoyama Gosho did with the bimonthly Japanese magazine, Otona Fami, in 2011.
  • Publication: Otona Fami, June 2011 issue
  • Translated on: May 10, 2011
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Credits: Scanned by Minkun Conan

Interview with Aoyama Gosho

Aoyama Gosho, a man who has devoted himself to drawing shonen manga (manga targeted at young boys) for a quarter of a century. He talks about his life, from his debut as a manga artist in 1986, to Magic KaitoYaiba, and finally to Detective Conan, and also what holds in the future.

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Born in Tottori Prefecture in 1963; Debuted in 1986 with Chotto MatteteYaiba and Detective Conan received the Shogakukan Manga Award for the Children's and Shonen categories respectively.

It feels like it's only been 4 years since I started drawing Conan

Not popular among young boys: Kaito; Only popular among young boys: Yaiba

♦ What were you like as a child?
I was like the kids in the Detective Boys, and often went around exploring different places with my friends. Rather than being like Conan, I was more of a Mitsuhiko-type. I played the role of looking for supplies and places, and set a junkyard of a body shop in my hometown as our secret base.
♦ Did you already like manga back then?
Yes, I did. I kept drawing nyarome* back then. The first manga that I bought was Ore wa Teppei/I Am Teppei by Chiba Tetsuya-sensei, whom I liked a lot. Because I liked Teppei, I even joined the Kendo Club. However, my parents were strict and thought that “Nothing good can come out of reading manga,” so in my junior high and high school days, I had to read manga secretly.
*Nyarome is a character that appears in manga artist Akatsuka Fujio's works.
♦ How did you become a manga artist?
As my parents were against it, I almost gave up on my dream of becoming a manga artist when I was in high school. Instead, I decided to become an art teacher and enrolled in Nihon University College of Art. There, I joined the Manga Studies Club that high schools in the countryside didn't have (laughs). There, I met the club's alumnus, manga artist Abe Yutaka-san (Kuma-chan no Christmas, Detective Conan Special Edition). When I was working for Abe-san as an assistant, he asked “Do you want to try drawing manga for real?” That was how it all started.
♦ On a side note, what was your major in college?
I took the course for painting in the department of fine arts. At the end of each Conan volume, the Great Detectives Pictorial Guide's image has a different touch (from the manga), right? I can still draw such pictures. I've even worked part-time as an artist before. I drew backgrounds for Fuji TV's Pon Kikki and Tokyo Disneyland's Pirates of the Carribean; I had to draw the bricks of a scene where the pirates wreaked havoc on the town. They gave me a lifeline and a photograph and asked me to draw according to it. Because the pay was good, I really tried my best to draw it (laughs). Sadly, the drawing is now gone. I have a teaching certificate too. I worked as a trainee arts teacher at a high school in my hometown. My parents thought I've become a teacher, so when I suddenly said I wanted to be a manga artist, they were against the idea, as expected. My father said, “Among my friends, there's a guy who can draw a crab that looks like it'll start moving at any time. But that guy can't make a living at all. Even when you know that, are you still gonna be a manga artist?” (laughs). But I declared that “I'm already a grown-up and I'd do things my way,” and brought my work to a publisher.
♦ It seems that you first brought your work to Weekly Shonen Magazine.
Yes, and Sarigenaku Lupan/The Casual Lupin (the prototype of Magic Kaito) received an honorable mention at Magazine. However, later on the new editor-in-chief Nouchi-san told me that “your drawing style doesn't suit Magazine,” so this time I brought my work to Weekly Shonen Sunday. There, the third piece of work that I submitted, Chotto Mattete (science-fiction romantic comedy), was selected for the Shogakukan Newcomers Award in 1986. That's when I finally managed to debut.
♦ The following year, your first serialized work Magic Kaito started. Things seemed to have gone very well.
My friends and juniors at college helped me out as assistants, and we all went to a sushi restaurant for a celebration when I received my pay for the first chapter. But it was only when the first volume was published that I really felt like I had become a professional manga artist. I was so happy that I added bonus pages and so on, and I really spent a lot of effort on it. And this very first series is still ongoing (laughs). I can almost call it my lifework. In summer, I'd draw a new story. It's about Kaito's mother, Phantom Lady…that's the plan. However, my editor really criticized it rather harshly at first, saying that the mechanisms and romantic-comedy elements will be popular among adults and young girls but not among young boys. I thought “bastard!!”, and went on to draw Yaiba. But this time, it was only popular among young boys (laughs).
♦ Please share with us your memories of Yaiba.
As it was my first weekly serialization, I was so completely absorbed in work that I didn't even bother about my personal appearance. The idea of Yaiba's Thunder God Sword becoming stronger when various balls are added to it was based on RPG games where collecting various items makes a player stronger, and I'm glad that it was well-received. But it turned out to be too childish, so in that sense I think I failed. I liked the final Yamato no Orochi arc. I thought I drew it quite well, but the Orochi arc wasn't included in the anime (laughs). It would be nice to have it animated in today's animation quality.

The temporary name before serialization was "Detective Boy Conan"?!

♦ After Yaiba, it's finally Detective Conan. What kind of image did you have in mind when you created the series?
It was Mikeneko Holmes/Calico Cat Holmes. A cat can't possibly understand the cases, yet it solves them by touching (and thus pointing out) the key pieces of evidence. That's just like Conan. A kid can't possibly understand anything, yet he goes “Ah-re-re~?” Conan was created based on an image of a speaking Mikeneko Holmes.
♦ When you first started, how long did you plan for Conan to last?
I really didn't expect it to last this long. I thought it might end after the first volume. Also, about the name "Conan," initially the editor-in-chief told me to change it to Detective Doyle because there was already an anime called Conan, The Boy in Future (directed by Miyazaki Hayao), but I said “I'd overtake The Boy in Future!” and it finally got through. But the new serialization's announcement said Tantei Shonen Conan/Detective Boy Conan, and I thought no way, this is pretty bad (laughs). However, about 10 years ago, someone from Ghibli* said to me, “when you talk about Conan now you'd be referring to the detective,” and I thought “Yes, I did it!”
*Studio Ghibli was started by the producers of Conan, The Boy in Future.
♦ Please tell us the five episodes that you like best in Conan.
My favorite is The Shaking Metropolitan Police Headquarters: 12 Million Hostages (episode #304). It seems like this is also the most popular episode among readers. What else? The two-and-a-half-hour special in the anime, The Showdown With The Black Organization: Two Mysteries of the Night of the Full Moon (#345), I guess. The episode where Heiji first appeared, The Murder of the Diplomat (#48, #49)—the scene where Shinichi said “That's wrong…” was quite well-directed in my opinion. I also like the line “There is always… just one and only one truth…” The anime's catchphrase is “There is always only one truth!”, right? That line was written by the anime's scriptwriter, who wrote it at the same time I drew the scene. I was really surprised at the coincidence. I like The Mysterious Passenger (#230, #231) too. Conan's words “Don't run away Haibara… Don't run away… from your own destiny…” left a deep impression on me. Shinichi really chooses his words very carefully. Also, the recentHolmes' Revelation (#616-). Since it's the place Conan has always dreamed of going to, I put a lot of effort into this one. I also personally went to the scene to gather materials.
♦ It seems that you said you would be drawing a London arc soon in an interview in 2003.
Really? It took a really long time then. As I was drawing it, using English turned out to be the most difficult part after all. Setting the stage as Wimbledon was decided right from the start, while Minerva Glass was based on the tennis player Steffi Graf. There's a scene where Conan shouted out to Glass from the audience, saying “I'll help you!”, and that was based on what happened in the 1996 Wimbledon championships. In the semifinals between Graf and Date Kimiko, probably to change the way things were going in the competition, a fan shouted “Steffi, will you marry me?” And Steffi replied jokingly, “How much money do you have?” (Laughs)
♦ How was the trip to London?
Most of the places which appeared in the series are the ones that I went to and took pictures of. The telephone booth where Conan turned back to Shinichi is at the end of the bridge after crossing over from the Big Ben. The drain with the words “The Valley of Fear” in the manga was also really there. Same with the hotel. For the places I didn't go to, I used Google Maps to check them. Ah, does that mean I could have drawn it without going to gather materials in the first place? (Laughs)
♦ It seems that the last chapter of the London arc (included in Volume 72 that is set to be released in June) includes a scene of Shinichi and Ran that you have wanted to draw for a long time.
That scene received a really large response. Linking it to Holmes, who is bad at relationships, and the line “a tough and troublesome case” were all decided beforehand, and it all turned out just as planned.
♦ When alternating between the romantic comedy parts and parts about the battle with the Black Organization, are there any rules or periodic patterns?
I knew this question was coming (laughs). I guess fan letters play a big role. “I wish to read about what happened between Shinichi and Ran when they were young!” or “Please draw a Black Organization arc soon!” Many readers are really looking forward to the Black Organization's story. However, drawing that will be entering a different field and I have to draw it in a hardboiled manner, which is not very easy. But I like the hardboiled parts.


The next climax will be a showdown between Sera and Haibara
♦ Which character do you like drawing?
Haibara, I guess. It seems like she was popular among readers right from her first appearance. She is a character that does what I want to do, and says what I want to say for me. That is also why I use Haibara as the character that says out my comments on the “Conan News Agency”* website.
*conatsu.com
♦ Which character is popular among readers?
Right now, it's the new character Sera Masumi. It seems like she's way in the lead. And her name… well, those who know it will know it. I wonder if it's okay to be so Gundam (laughs).* She might be the sister of some important character… (Laughs) I'm already looking forward to seeing who will be voicing her in the anime.
*Sera's name sounds like Sayla Mass (Japanese reading: Seira Masu), a character from the very first Gundam series, Mobile Suit Gundam.
♦ We are also interested in how the love between Takagi and Satou will go.
I'm planning to draw the wedding between Takagi and Satou. Actually, I wanted to put their wedding into last year's movie, with Kaitou Kid involved, but if I do it in the movies, I can't have it in the manga, so I gave up on the idea.
♦ Conan has ventured into a variety of media—school manga, anime, movies and live-action dramas. How do you participate in each of these?
I mainly participate in the movies' scripts and some drawings. For the other media, I basically leave it to those in charge.
♦ How were you involved in the latest movie, Detective Conan: Quarter of Silence?
The decision to use the number 15 as the movie's theme (a quarter = 15 minutes) was a consensus between the movie's staff and me. To use snowy mountains as the setting was my suggestion. After being buried by an avalanche, the time limit for one to survive is 15 minutes—I thought this was a good way to fit the theme.
♦ What are the highlights of this year's movie?
The skateboard scene at the tunnel in the first part. That was cool, right? Also, the scene that I drew, where Conan said “Words are like cutlery; if you use them in the wrong way, they can become weapons.” I've also used the line before in the manga*, and it's a line that I'm fond of. After being swallowed by the avalanche, in the scene where Ran and Conan pass each other and Shinichi appears, Shinichi's face was also drawn by me.
*On the last page of Volume 54, File 8 “The Trick of the Blood Stains”
♦ Among all the Conan movies, which one do you recommend?
The fifth movie, Countdown to Heaven. Various things were nicely put together; it's a piece of work that I'm proud of. My younger brother also said that it was his favorite. My brother's a doctor and an anime otaku (laughs). I often ask him for his opinion, with regards to things like the time of death, the main causes of death and so on. He's like a walking medical dictionary, and it's really convenient! He's also familiar with voice actors and actresses, and he'll call to say things like "Hayashibara-san will be perfect as Haibara's voice actress!" He'll also find fault with me sometimes, saying "You're just resting on your laurels because the series is popular."
♦ It has been 17 years since Conan started serialization and 71 volumes have been published to date. Are there any tricks to maintaining such a long serialization?
No, I'm afraid. On the contrary, every time I draw a case, I get the feeling that it will be the last one. But before I know it, I've already started the next case.
♦ During your long serialization, what were the most difficult parts?
Forgetting about plot developments that I foreshadowed previously (laughs). It was a lot of work to reveal the foreshadowed plot about Vermouth (episode #345). It felt like I had to add in this, that and everything. I had passed the pieces of papers on which I wrote the plot developments to the anime staff, but now I want it back (laughs). If you read those, you might even know who the Boss is.
♦ In an interview with our magazine back in 2008, you mentioned that the next climax will be the Bourbon arc.
The Bourbon arc will still continue. I'm planning a different climax with a showdown between Sera and Haibara. It will be really exciting, since they are both "wolves" (laughs).
♦ We're looking forward to it! We heard that you have already decided the plot for the final chapter, but when will that be?
I'm afraid I don't know. But I don't think I'd surpass Kochi Kame's number of volumes (laughs).* I've already decided the lines. The final chapter will be a happy ending. It's by me, after all.
*As of May 2011, Kochi Kame has 174 volumes.

I want to retire at Professor Agasa's age.

♦ You have been drawing weekly serialized manga for 20 years, so how is a weekly cycle like for you?
The storyboard takes about 2.5–3 days, the drawing about 4–4.5 days. I use up the whole week (laughs). There's no time for me to come up with the tricks/mechanisms. That is why it is becoming a little off. Sometimes I get a break from serialization, but I don't get to rest at all. Because besides the manga, I even have to join in movie discussions and provide some drawings (laughs). That is why nobody complains even if I hand up my manuscript just on time. I have never missed a single deadline, because it feels like if I miss one, I'd just keep missing the rest.
♦ If you get to take a break, what would you like to do?
Sleep. Get one long, good sleep. Get up for a little while, watch a movie, and go back to sleep again (laughs). That's my dream life. And I want to try living in a hotel too…
♦ How often do you return to your hometown?
I go back every year during the New Year (celebrated in January in Japan), because many fans will come with shikishi (special cardboards used for autographs) asking for my autograph. Moreover, my parents will bring me the shikishi that they have received over the past year (laughs). About 200 pieces of the photocopied type, and about 20 pieces of the normal shikishi. But well, once I go back to the countryside I have nothing much to do, so I'd feel like drawing again.
♦ It seems like you really love your job.
Really? Come to think of it, the dramas I watch are all police dramas. Recently, I'd record all the new television programs and delete anything that is not a police or mystery drama. I'd play them while I draw up my drafts, because if it's a drama with dialogue, I can follow the story even when I'm doing work. Recently, I watched SPEC. Even though people with supernatural powers appear in the show, the mystery element is retained. In the last episode, in the battle of wits between Touma (played by Toda Erika) and Ninomae (played by Kamiki Ryunosuke), the part where Touma won and said “I win!” was really cool! If Toda-san was still a teenager, I would have liked to have her play Ran in the live-action Conan.
♦ On New Year's Day this year, you played the role of a forensic investigator in Aibou.
Getting the chance to chat with Mizutani Yutaka-san really fulfilled a long-time wish of mine. He's really nice, and is exactly like Ukyou (the character that Mizutani Yutaka plays in Aibou).
♦ Would you be interested in writing scripts for dramas?
After I retire, I don't mind trying it. But hasn't it been said that I can't make it if I don't draw? (Laughs)
♦ What do you view as important when drawing manga?
Guys have to be cool, while girls have to be cute and pretty. But lately, I have drawn many cool girls like Ran and Sera (laughs).
♦ This will be the 25th year in your career as a manga artist. How was this past quarter of a century?
Half of it was used for Conan. I feel like I want my life back (laughs). When I started, I was only 29. Time really flies. In my head, it feels like only about 4 years has passed.
♦ Until what age would you like to continue this job?
As long as I can, I guess. I thought about retiring at Professor Agasa's age (53 years old), but when I retire, I'd probably feel like drawing manga again. It's also a problem that my assistants who have been with me from the start are getting old too. But I'd be like Chaplin and say “My masterpiece will be my next piece of work.”
♦ For your next series, how about Saiyuki, which you mentioned in the interview with us in 2008?
I really want to draw Saiyuki! I've already completed Son Goku's character design, and the one-shot was set to be published in Shonen Sunday, but it is too much work to draw the background images of ancient China, so it's probably not going to be done. Since I probably won't draw it, I'd say this—it's really interesting (laughs).
♦ Please draw it! Lastly, please leave a message for our readers.
Thank you for following Aoyama Gosho's world over this long period of time, and please continue to stay with me in the days to come. “Now, it's time for the next case.” (Laughs)

Source: dcfc | detectiveconanfanclub

68 comments:

  1. ♥Good luck, Gosho-sensei, and thank you.♥

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  2. thank you so much Gosho-sensei for your great work

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  3. gosho your really my idol!!!!
    you have a great job ,,, hope i can be like you in near future ...
    thanks for bringing detective conan
    now i have an inspiration!!!

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  4. you really are amazing...really!!!thank you for being my inspiration... and thank you for bringing detective conan into our lives

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  5. Great work of detective Conan, I have been watching this series 15 years ago.

    I like you Gosho-sensie ^_^

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  6. Aoyama sensei, thanks for letting me meet conan. and i really think its time for us to see conan's dramatic ending, truly wish to see it next year

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  7. wow, it's a lovely interview! thank you for subbing and everything!
    :D

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  8. Thank you so much for everything. Shinichi and Ran are my favorite couple out of any anime I have ever seen or any manga I have ever read. The way she waits for him shows so much and speaks to the viewers the way you wanted to convey her feelings.

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    1. I think Conan has lived long enough.

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  10. im gonna wait until the ending.make sure takagi and sato are married. hahahah

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  11. im not fond of anime til i watched DC years ago...looking forward for more great work gosho san : )

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  12. detective conan is one of the best manga i have ever read and watch, and i want to read another face to face with the black organization. I hope Aoyama Gosho come up with another detective cona's gadgets, Conan handling a gun. A graeat idea is Conan VS the black organization VS kaitou Kid VS Lupin The III VS the organization thAT IS AFTER KID,FBI,CIA in one expectacular show down between them, It has to last at list 4-5 hours with action, action and more action. And also I'm dying to Know about Bourbon's, the boss of the black organization and Spider's identity. I also want to know what would happend whe Cona's real identity is reveal to ran what would happend with Mouri Kogoro the sleping detective. Wath would hapend if gin and Vodcak descover that Jimmy Kudo is alive, and what would happend if they figure it out that Vermouth knowit the whole time. what do conan do when he finds out the true identity of Kaitou kid. and more......

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    1. Who the hell is ''Spider? :V

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    2. From Magic Kaito

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  13. More stories about Ai Haibara and the black organization.

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  14. Some Ai x Conan moments I like them as a couple.

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    1. Shinichi and Ran are better. Ran had waited for so long u know

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    2. But Ai and Conan have got chemistry, they're perfect for each other!

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  15. This is a nice show..I am a big fan of this show...
    Watch Death Note Episodes Online

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  16. I would WORSHIP Detective Conan but I am religious. I loved it for years but as i read the other comments , I know I will be aimed in the neck by some SchinchiXRan fans because I am an ConanXAi fan. I adore Haibara alot ,But I dont hate Ran but I ...don't like her, or love her. So I just wanted to say this fast..... Are you giving Ai a chance to win Conan? I mean as you said, Ai is the one that listens to you...I'm not critisizing or anything but please tell us how you will support Ai. Thank you... I <3 U Gosho Aoyama!

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    1. Dude, you read my mind. Don't hate me ShinichixRan obsessers but their relationship is simple. Like a maiden desperately waiting for her prince charming to arrive... it's been repeated before. ConanxAi's connection is something different... and yet impossible because it's clear Shinichi/Conan only sees Ran. I'm just wondering what will happen to Haibara.. are you going to pair her up w. some other guy, Aoyoma-Sensei?

      Anyways, you inspire me, man! I'll keep watching if you keep drawing(:

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    2. Shinichi and Ran are childhood friend. And Shinichi liked Ran since he still at middle school or somthing .. How can Haibara replace someone so special to Shinichi... What will happen to Ran if Conan and Haibara are together.. That is not fair for Ran

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  17. man, the devotion you put in your work realy inspires me, the amount of time and effort to entertain us fans is not something you hear of everyday and even though i started reading Detective Conan > chapter 9< i will read it to the end as a matter of respect to your effort and creativity, one thing what caught me eye was when I was reading Bakuman and heard about how hard doing a Detective manga is and keeping it up but you managed to pull it off somehow and i bet the future chapters are still interesting , you must have a magical power

    thank you for devoting yourself to your work
    now you have made your name...
    I will make mine.....

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  18. Gosho Aoyama sensei , I am a person for a small country far from Japon and I would like to express my gratitude for you because you allowed me to read Detective conan and enjoy it more than any other manga!!!!I love Detective Conan and all its characters (Shinichi,Ran,Heiji,Kazuha,Haibara...)and I gladly say that I'm the happiest person because I discovered DC and enjoyed every bit of thrilling mystery and entertaining cases!!The Romance between Shinichi and Ran is very beautiful as well and I love how you portray their love for each other so perfectly , I honestly say that it's the most beautiful love story I've ever read in any manga and I read Romantic mangas daily for many years now!!Sinichi's confession in London was my most awaited moment in DC(even though I already knew he loves her but it was still very beautiful)as well as overing who really is the BOSS!!! I like the new characters you've added : Sera and Amuro as well as Okiya Subaru (though he's not really new) and the next chapters seem to be vert exciting !! I'm glad we finally see some plot developpment and a confrontation with the Black Organisation !! So to Conclude...You really are a Genius senesi because thanks to you I became intersted in mysteries and many of your cases made me really know that you are a Genius!! I hope you read my comment because it would make me vey happy!! Hoping to see you in the future...A loyal detective conan Fan!! XXX

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  19. JUST DIE AND FINISH THE SERIES!!!!

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  20. So your favorite character is Haibara... and you ressemble Mitsuhiko, hmmm(: are you hinting that they will end up together? A bit awkward for a little boy and a illegal organization rebel to end up together.
    I like ConanxAi ... but will whatever happen? At all?
    Sorry my English.
    Keep up the good work gosho !

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  21. Thanks Gosho for all your hard work. I having b been reading detective Conan for over 16 years and I am still not tired of seeing it. I look forward to every Friday to see what kind of story will come up. My favorite character crazy as it may sound is Vermouth.

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  22. Aoyama Gosho, you are truly extraordinary. You've inspired and entertained me and so many other people to such extent. Thank you for all you have done! I really appreciate you bringing Detective Conan, his friends, and maybe even his rivals, into our lives. Now, isn't it time for you to go visit the Mouri Agency for the weekly crime? ;)

    I also must add, Detective Conan not only entertains me, but along the way I also learn a lot. Keep up the stunning work!!!

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  23. Gosho-Senpai...
    You brought me something that will never be forgotten in my Life...
    You created my Childhood, you made my Childhood the most awesome Childhood I've ever seen...
    From when I was 4 Years Old... Conan meant a LOT to me and cannot be put in words.
    From January 8, 1996 to 2012 February, it stopped at Episode 666? You see... I WISH NOT, I want that Conan will keep holding my interest and never dies, I don't want that my perfect Childhood dies. I want that Conan will never end, until I die. That's my only Wish, please make it become true, Gosho-Senpai!

    Thank You ... For ... EVERYTHING YOU'VE DONE!!!
    THANK YOU SO MUCH *Too hard to put it in words, cannot explain how much I appreciate your hard work*!
    Please, don't stop...
    You've made it REALLY FAR, PLEASE DON'T STOP!

    We All <3 You, Thank You... Gosho-Senpai!

    Kind Regards~
    Your Lovely Fan, Nimano~

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  24. Thank you Sensei!
    I really, really love your conan, and I had read it since I was a little girl who doesn't understand how to read, and so I learn how to read using your comics!! ;)
    Please keep writing DETECTIVE CONAN coz I'm gonna give up my work as a comic translator if u stop writing ;) *joke*

    from ur fan

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  25. Thank you aoyama gosho for making detective conan
    dc is a very interisting manga i've ever read,it's funny,cool,awesome,some of them are sad but there are also happy moments!the cases&tricks are brilliant
    and dc makes me close to someone...

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  26. Thank you for working so hard on this. I love all your works, from the short stories to Yaiba to Magic Kaito and finally Detective Conan. I really hope that someday Magic Kaito will be finished, I love Aoko and Kaito, but I suppose Conan is the main priority. I'm really glad there will be a happy ending. There are some really sad moments in the manga. Your art is really amazing, too.

    As far as favorite characters go… I'd say Conan/Shinichi, Ran, Heiji, and Kaito/Kaitou KID They have excellent designs and personalities, very likeable but with flaws. Your manga is by far my favorite, and I've read a lot of manga.

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  27. Hi! Detective conan is my favorite series EVER! I really wan´t to see the final episode soon, but at the same time I don´t really know how my lift would be like afterwards. It would feel empty and I´m really gonna miss Conan. His not just a character in a series, his rather a really close friend! So, mybe I´d rather prefer that the series never ends, I don´t know haha! xD But I have a question since a really long time. In the series it have been a very long time since Shinichi has been forced to take the Apotoxin drug, but the characters never grows old. In many cases conan remebers cases for several years ago but he still int class 1 B. Please can´t you do a episode with conans birthday or something? ^^

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  28. I am just thinking you could have an episode which has a culprit who is not somewhat related to the victim. I mean, the crimes today were just some psycopaths who suddenly kills someone and hide after that even the police force can't even find any clue on how to arrese him but of course, conan can. <3. I think that's so cool and realistic at the same time. WAAA!! Detective Conan is the best character I've ever met (after sherlock holmes, of course Haha) and as much as I wanted to know what its ending is, I still want the series to last for a century! That's not impossible, right? Considering that Detective Conan is very famous around the world, this dream can be not just a dream. Good Job, Gosho-sama! Watashi wa Tantei Conan ga amari suki desu! :)

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  29. i love dc thats my childhood anime until now still waiting for the end of dc

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  30. hope Shinichi will return to stay with Ran

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  31. i love detective conan somuch every single episodes movies ovas and comics is my inspiration please keep going aoyama gosho san XD

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  32. Thank you Gosho! I really really really really LOOOOOOOVE DETECTIVE CONAN :DDD!!!!!! I can't really wait till Sera and Shiho show down :D. Say, since Haibara is ur fave character, could u please make her end up with some one? Because CoAi sound...OOC....besides, haibara also deserves a life, neh? Also....is it just a coincidence that she and Saguru look really alike and have a lot in common? Either way, I want the series to end, but at the same time I want to watch it FOREVER. Guess some kinda addiction or something? Am also looking forward to episodes involving the Org. and its true name. Either way...A THOUSAND THANK U'S XD!!!!

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  33. IMPOSSIBLE!!
    It's just impossible to make a happy ending for DC. After all, now fans are seperated in two types. One are shinXran fans, another are shinXshiho or conXai fans. So Gosho Aoyama can't make both types of fans "happy".
    By the way, i'm a shinichiXshiho fan.

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  34. Thank you Gosho Aoyama sensei your really my idol, thanks to you I have taken a liking to manga, more (I'm a fan of Conan since age of 6 years) for me (as 100 million fan) you the better manga to the world!! (=^_^=)

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  35. Really. All of your work are great, sensei. Trully love in deep with DC. Its a great anime, my fav one. Good job, sensei. ^^ *bow*

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  36. everything i want to SAY has been said here among the comments.. i really appreciate your work. i love detective conan. thank you for your dedication and for your valuable time...may God bless you even more for even better work next time...love to meet you in person but im afraid that is only a dream..again thank you sensei... for a great manga like DETECTIVE CONAN...

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  37. please countinue

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  38. countinue surley when this anime finishes it will be a legend that will reach the world

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  39. Awesome continue ur awesome work on detective conan is my best anime series keep up the good work

    Love you gosho aoyama keep up the good worm

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  40. I want you to continue your work on detective Conan.....I really love the manga

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  41. Hey fans ! Stop arguing about Conan X Ran and Conan X Haibara. To me Shinichi should be with Ran because she've been waiting for too long. And Haibara also should make up with Shinichi bacause.. I don't know. They look cute together ( If Conan doesn't turn back to Shinichi ) But anyway, I really love Heiji X Kazuha ! And my favourite character is KAITOU KURABA ! Gosho-sensei, please keep continue writing more on Meitantei Conan ! we want it ! Meitantei Conan is the best anime and manga ! Second is Naruto.

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  42. July 27, 2013
    Long running mystery manga Detective Conan (aka Case Closed)) hit its 80 last week

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  43. Detective Conan can even run like Sherlock Holmes ...like when the main character Moriarty was killed ...and everyone thought it was the last of Sherlock series ...but it returned and with and interesting plot

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  44. Domo arigatou gozaimasu, Aoyama-sensei! Meitantei Conan is my favorite manga/anime! I only started this summer and now, a few months later, I'm caught up with the manga (translated into English). I especially look forward to Kaito Kid (favorite character), Shinichi (favorite character, as well as Conan (and Heiji too))appearing, and Ran suspecting chapters. Speaking of that, when is Ran going to suspect Conan of being Shinichi again? I feel like it's been a very long time and I really want her to start suspecting him, if not confronting him. I'm a devoted fan and plan on watching all the anime episodes as well as manga, movies and OVAs. I'm even considering the dramas. Thanks to you, I've started reading the Sherlock Holmes series and am currently reading Conan's favorite, "The Sign of Four". How do you come up with all these cases? I'm trying only one case, and it's taking forever. Especially trying to figure out what the evidence could be. I think my favorite OVA is either the 9th or the 10th. I really liked the 9th, despite it being so sad, and the 10th . . . the 10th was hilarious! I never knew that that's what the infamous Kaito Kid's weakness would be.

    I noticed . . . Teitan Elementary School, if you switch the first and last 3 letters, you get Tantei (the Japanese word for detective) Elementary School. Was this intentional?

    Last thing: I've seen a few episodes and chapters where English is used. Can you speak English or do you have a translator of some sort? Anime has influenced me to learn Japanese (although I haven't learned kanji yet. Mostly hiragana). So correct me if I'm wrong on this, but: わたし は めいたんてい コナン が だいすき です!(watashi wa Meitantei Conan ga daisuki desu!/I love Detective Conan!).

    Arigatou gozaimasu for your hard and determined work, Aoyama-sensei!

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  45. Good job Gosho you're amazing and awesome and i'll contnue reading and watching your jobs till u get re- tired but wish it's not soon please LOL

    Arigato Guzaimashta :) :) :) :)

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  46. Not showing Takagi's and Satou's wedding in the movies confirms the canonicity of movies. If they would not be counted he would just ignore them. Obviously he never showed Kid finding out who Conan is because of the same reason. Since Kid already found out he did not need to draw it in the manga anymore. Same for Shiratori.

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  47. Thanks heaps to Gosho Aoyama, you're a genius. Edogawa Conan is one of my two favourite cartoon characters. I love how inspiring he is, he's courageous, and calm, and also a great friend. (and boyfriend) hee hee.
    I guess we all see how successful Dectective Conan is.
    I can't wait till the end, it would be lovely for him to turn back into a teenager and then be reunited with Ran who has been waiting for him for so long. It would be like she had waited for (and that we have waited with her for) the one thing she needed for so long, and it was all worth it.
    Every good story needs a good end, and I'd love to see the end of this great anime series, it's my favourite.
    Keep up the great work. Needa see the end!
    Love Shinichi X Ran :D
    And thanks a lot for all the entertainment that you have brought to me, Mr Gosho. Thanks for letting me meet the most inspiring cartoon character since Mickey Mouse. Lol.

    -Your loyal fan from China. (Yes, detective Conan has been dubbed Chinese)

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  48. ♥♥♥
    ahhh!!! I really enjoyed reading the interview! Campale Gosho Aoyama-san!!! Keep the good work!!! (I'm also a fan of Magic kaito and Meitantei conan♥ (laugh))

    :)

    -Angel (a BIG fan from Canada) ♥~

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    1. oh! and SHINRAN forever and ever and ever and ever!!!!

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  49. 青山剛昌さん
    名探偵コナンやマジック快斗などを世に出してくれてありがとうございます。ただいま私は全巻を持っていて次のを心をいっぱいにして待ってます。

    瞳 
    世界一のコナンファン

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    1. あ、それと黒ずくめの組織を一生追わせてください!黒ずくめの組織が捕まったらコナンの終わりだから。。。
      それにコナンを読む前からロシアンブルーを飼っていてコナンを読んだときに運命を感じました。

      なんちゃって!13歳です!

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  50. Amazing... i have been watching conan since i was 9 years old and now i am 17 this series never gets old although i am happy that he said it would be an happy ending of conan and btw i learned a lot about japan and it's language from this series it's amazing ;)

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  51. Gosho aoyama, may I ask you something

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  52. please make detective conan last till you reach the age of 70 :) sempai

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  53. Thank you so much!
    It's really had waiting , people really want the ending and at the same time they don't want the series to end !
    Maybe there can be am episode where it's just like what happened in ova 9 , but instead of them being in high school , they would still be on elementry , and conan tells ran his secret or something like that and the series still goes on

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  54. you are the best!
    l have been searching for a good anime and yours is the only one that didn't stuff up. you have truly inspired me.
    (don't tell my mum that i want to be a manga artist she will kill me)
    thanks
    zahra

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  55. I love Gosho Aoyama's work. I hope it will never ever ever end! I love Shinichi, he's so smart and good-looking. :]

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