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Gosho Aoyama

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Gender: Male
Date of birth: June 21, 1963
Place of birth: Hokuei, Tottori Prefecture, Japan

Gosho Aoyama (青山 剛昌 Aoyama Gōshō?, also spelled as Goshow Aoyama and Go-Show Aoyama[1]), born Yoshimasa Aoyama (青山 剛昌 Aoyama Yoshimasa?) on June 21, 1963[2] in Hokuei, Tottori Prefecture, Japan (formerly Daiei, Tottori Prefecture)[3] is a Japanese manga artist. He is best known as the creator of the manga series Detective Conan (known in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom as Case Closed). He has also designed the human characters for the children's anime series, Hamtaro.

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[edit] Background

Aoyama Gosho had artistic leanings as a child.In his youth, Gosho was fond of drawing pictures and manga. He drew flip books other doodles into his textbooks.[4]  His father bought him his first manga in kindergarten.[5] Apparently, Gosho wrote "I will become a manga artist in the future" in his elementary school's graduation anthology, but he didn't remember it.His parents scolded him when he drew manga.[6]  
In his childhood, Gosho was also a huge soccer and baseball fan.
Gosho studied manga since his college days, but he entered university thinking that he will become an art teacher someday. Gosho decided to become a manga artist in his fourth year of university when an older student Yutaka Abe, who was already a manga artist, asked Gosho if he wanted to try submitting a work. Gosho sent a work to a shounen magazine, and it received an honorable mention.  When Gosho told his parents that he plans to become a manga artist after graduation, they opposed the decision because they thought it would be an unstable job, unlike an art teacher.[7] 

While he was in University he first lived in Ekoda, which is along the Seibu Ikebukuro Line, then in Senkawa. Gosho played a lot of Mahjong in university.[8]

Before Gosho looked for a permanent job as a manga artist, he worked part-time jobs, one of which was drawing the background for Ponkikki. He was initially very poor, subsisting on meatless curry for five days straight. His family even sent him rice. When Gosho later considered a job at the magazine where he won an honorable mention, the editor kindly advised him "I personally like your art, but you'll probably be told to change your style sometime soon, so it'll be better for you if you went elsewhere." Eventually Gosho would submit to Shounen Sunday. He won the Newcomer Award at Shounen Sunday with Wait a Minute. Gosho worked for Shounen Sunday for a while, using his free time to play video games. [9]

When he began working on the manuscript for Magic Kaito, the the editor-in-chief didn't care for it and offered to treat Gosho if Magic Kaito gets made into volumes and sells 100,000 copies. That number was quickly passed. After that, Gosho began publishing the profitable Yaiba in weekly Shounen Sunday. Financially and psychologically that stabilized Gosho's lifestyle.[10]

After Gosho wrapped up Yaiba, hoping to match Kindaichi's popularity, Gosho's editors asked him to come up with a mystery manga. That prompted him to develop Detective Conan.[11] Gosho claimed the plot for Detective Conan was planned in two weeks. At first he thought of doing a hardboiled series, but then changed to a more lighthearted idea where a teenage boy deages 10 years and goes back to first grade.[12] With this plot in mind Gosho planned to include lots of love comedy centered around the shrunken protagonist and his teenage love interest.[13] Gosho designed the characters quickly. Gosho deliberately broke from standard convention when designing Conan. Gosho gave Conan glasses with Clark Kent in mind as well as a long name. Gosho's editor-in-chief was worried the name Conan was too close to Future Boy Conan, and requested Gosho change Conan's name to Doyle.[14] Gosho thought Detective Conan was only going to last 3 months.[15]

[edit] History

He was once married to voice actress Minami Takayama, the voice of his manga protagonists, Yaiba Kurogane (from Yaiba) and Conan Edogawa. They were married on May 5, 2005 but divorced on December 10, 2007.

[edit] Other works

[edit] Interviews and talk events

  • コナンドリル オフィシャルブック (Conan Drill Official Book), published May 1, 2003[16]
  • 朝日新聞夕刊 (Asahi Evening Newspaper), published January 13, 2006[17][18]
  • Press conference in Erlangen, Germany on June 17, 2006[19]
  • 名探偵コナン&金田一少年の事件簿01 (Detective Conan & Kindaichi Case Files #1), published April 10, 2008[20]
  • オトナファミ6月号 (Otona Fami or Adult Family June issue), published April 21, 2008[21]
  • 週刊少年サンデー17号 (Weekly Shonen Sunday #17), published March 27, 2009[22]
  • 少年サンデー1983 (Shonen Sunday 1983, a special issue commemorating Sunday's 50 years of publishing), published July 15, 2009[23]
  • オトナファミ6月号 (Otona Fami or Adult Family June issue), published April 20, 2010[24]
  • Masters of Manga, published July 6, 2010[25]
  • オトナファミ6月号 (Otona Fami or Adult Family June issue), published April 20, 2011[26]
  • ミステリマガジン6月号 (Mystery Magazine June issue), published April 25, 2011[27]
  • 日藝賞記念講演会講演 (Aoyama delivers a lecture at the Nichigei Award for Excellence Commemoration Event for receiving the award), held June 24, 2012[28]
  • 青山剛昌先生と話そうDAY (Let's talk with Aoyama Gosho-sensei day), held January 3, 2012[29]

Aoyama is also known to have answered questions given by the Shonen Sunday magazine in each issue.

[edit] Awards and recognition

  • Honorable mention for a manga submitted to a magazine in his fourth year of university.[30]
  • He won the Newcomer Award at Shounen Sunday with Wait a Minute.[31]
  • Nichigei Award for Excellence, earned April 8th, 2011 from his former university Nihon University College of Art. He gave a private lecture June 24th 2011 at the University's Ekoda Hall.[32]

[edit] Trivia

  • Gosho modeled Kaitou Kid off of himself. When he wrote Magic Kaito, Gosho was 1.74 m (~ 5'9") tall and weighed 58 kg (~ 128 lbs). Gosho's bloodtype is B. Gosho is also bad at ice-skating.[33]
  • Aoyama appears as a CSI member on a TV drama named 「相棒」 (Thief) on a New Years special episode, aired January 1, 2011. Reportedly, Aoyama was a fan of the show, and he gained the role when he once visited the set as requested to help the staff's research.[34]
  • Aoyama has two younger brothers, one who's an engineer and another who's a doctor. The engineer helps Aoyama with tricks related to cars, and the doctor helps Aoyama with medicine-related topics, like APTX. The doctor is also an anime otaku who advises Aoyama about which voice actor should voice whom.[16]
  • Gosho Aoyama's webpage has weekly updated picture called Sherry's soliloquy that features a comment by Haibara on the current chapters or recent Conan work.

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[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. ^ SDB Volume 1
  2. ^ "EdogawaConan.com profile for Gosho Aoyama". http://www.edogawaconan.com/modules/about/index.php?pagenum=2. 
  3. ^ "Museum Dedicated to Case Closed Author Opens in March (In 2005, Daiei merged with other towns in Tottori to form the new town of Hokuei.)". http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2007-01-23/museum-dedicated-to-case-closed-author-opens-in-march. 
  4. ^ コナンドリル オフィシャルブック (Conan Drill Official Book), published May 1 2003
    Translation credit JustwantanAccount
  5. ^ German Interview.
    Translation credit Aki-kun
  6. ^ コナンドリル オフィシャルブック (Conan Drill Official Book), published May 1 2003
    Translation credit JustwantanAccount
  7. ^ コナンドリル オフィシャルブック (Conan Drill Official Book), published May 1 2003
    Translation credit JustwantanAccount
  8. ^ コナンドリル オフィシャルブック (Conan Drill Official Book), published May 1 2003
    Translation credit JustwantanAccount
  9. ^ コナンドリル オフィシャルブック (Conan Drill Official Book), published May 1 2003
    Translation credit JustwantanAccount
  10. ^ コナンドリル オフィシャルブック (Conan Drill Official Book), published May 1 2003
    Translation credit JustwantanAccount
  11. ^ 名探偵コナン&金田一少年の事件簿01 (Detective Conan & Kindaichi Case files #1), published April 10, 2008
    青山剛昌:僕も同じような感じです。僕の場合は、「「金田一」が受けているから「少年サンデー」でも、そういうまんがをやってくれないか?」と打診されて。でも最初は、まったく乗り気じゃなかった。大変ですもん。
    Gosho Aoyama: Same feel for me. In my case, I was probed, “Since Kindaichi is popular, can do you do that kind of manga for Shonen Sunday?” At first, though, I had no interest at all. It would be a lot of trouble, you see.
    Translation credit JustwantanAccount
  12. ^ コナンドリル オフィシャルブック (Conan Drill Official Book), published May 1 2003
    Translation credit JustwantanAccount
  13. ^ 名探偵コナン&金田一少年の事件簿01 (Detective Conan & Kindaichi Case files #1), published April 10, 2008
    青山:僕は、最初から「コナン」にはラブコメの要素を入れるつもりで描いてました。主人公がちっちゃくなるというのは、まさにラブコメですから。小さい少年と元の自分が好きな女の子が出てきたら面白いかなと。
    Aoyama: For me, I drew with the intention to include elements of love comedy in Conan from the beginning. The protagonist becoming small is truly a love comedy, you see. I thought that having a small boy and a girl that the boy's real self loves would be interesting.
    Translation credit JustwantanAccount
  14. ^ コナンドリル オフィシャルブック (Conan Drill Official Book), published May 1 2003
    Translation credit JustwantanAccount
  15. ^ 名探偵コナン&金田一少年の事件簿01 (Detective Conan & Kindaichi Case files #1), published April 10, 2008
    青山:僕もネタ的に続かないから、3か月ぐらいかなと。
    Aoyama: I, too, thought that it would only last about three months, since it's difficult to continue material-wise.
    Translation credit JustwantanAccount
  16. ^ a b "コナンドリル オフィシャル・ブック (Conan Drill Official Book)". http://conan.aga-search.com/501-33-4-4officialbook.html. 
  17. ^ "組織のボスについて (On the syndicate's boss)". http://anokata.xxxxxxxx.jp/anokata.html. 
  18. ^ "黒の組織のボスは・・・ (The Black Organization's boss is . . .)". http://tsukiyotsukiyo.blog66.fc2.com/blog-entry-57.html. 
  19. ^ "Gosho Aoyama: Press Conference". http://www.animey.net/specials/42. 
  20. ^ "名探偵コナン&金田一少年の事件簿01(2008年4/25号) (Detective Conan & Kindaichi Case Files Issue #1 2008 4/25)". http://conan.aga-search.com/501-33-14-1withkindaichi.html. 
  21. ^ "「名探偵コナン」の青山剛昌は「相棒」好きらしい (Detective Conans Gosho Aoyama reportedly likes Thief)". http://d.hatena.ne.jp/doraman/20080422. 
  22. ^ "ルパンVSコナン放送記念、モンキー×青山ドリーム対談 (Commemorating Lupin vs. Conan broadcast, a dream conversation between Monkey Punch and Aoyama)". http://natalie.mu/comic/news/14726. 
  23. ^ "復刻、インタビュー満載の増刊サンデーでBack to 1983 (Reissue: Back to 1983 with Sunday special edition, full of interviews)". http://natalie.mu/comic/news/18551. 
  24. ^ "オトナファミに昭和の少女マンガずらり、ベルバラ証言も (Shōwa Shoujo manga lined up at Otona Fami; Versailles rose testimony, too)". http://natalie.mu/comic/news/30822. 
  25. ^ "Full Interview with Gōshō Aoyama". http://mastersofmanga.com/2010/07/interviewaoyama/. 
  26. ^ "オトナファミ「コナン」特集で名事件50を紹介だバーロー (Otona Fami's Conan special report introduces Top 50 case files, idiot!)". http://natalie.mu/comic/news/48222. 
  27. ^ "青山剛昌「名探偵コナン」ミステリー専門誌で大特集 (Gosho Aoyama of Detective Conan special report with a magazine specialized in mysteries)". http://natalie.mu/comic/news/48494. 
  28. ^ "「日藝賞記念講演会:青山剛昌」本日です!(Today is the Nichigei Award for Excellence Commemoration Event featuring Gosho Aoyama!)". http://nichigei-bijutsu.blog.ocn.ne.jp/blog/2011/06/post_7d27.html. 
  29. ^ "青山剛昌先生に会える大チャンス!! (A great chance to meet with Gosho Aoyama-sensei!!)". http://www.gamf.jp/978.html. 
  30. ^ コナンドリル オフィシャルブック (Conan Drill Official Book), published May 1 2003
    Translation credit JustwantanAccount
  31. ^ コナンドリル オフィシャルブック (Conan Drill Official Book), published May 1 2003
    Translation credit JustwantanAccount
  32. ^ Nihon University Website Announcement. Translation credit to Justwantanaccount
  33. ^ Magic Kaito Treasured Edition interview
    Translation credit: Cocoa Moth
  34. ^ "青山剛昌がTVドラマ出演「相棒」元日スペシャルに登場 (Gosho Aoyama performs in New Years special episode of the TV drama Thief)". http://natalie.mu/comic/news/42453. 

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