Talk:Gosho Aoyama

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The below section needs to be overhauled to show verification. Unless these are the opinions of a professional art critic, Gosho's art evolution needs to be backed up by a series of images demonstrating the differences. Also the text was copied verbatim from the DCwikia site. Although not required because of the licensing arrangements for wikis, it would be preferable not to clone their stuff on principle. Chekhov MacGuffin talk 07:51, 17 February 2013 (PST)

Drawing style[edit]

Gosho Aoyama's drawing of Atsuko Maeda.

Gosho Aoyama's drawing style drastically changed over the years as being a manga artist. His drawing style could be compared back then as "being a Shōjo type" or "not fitted for a Shōnen Magazine". Aoyama's art back then was somehow what sloppy or little bit messy but managed to keep up with his will of art. It is known that Aoyama probably drawn his former series in loose lines, while later he stated that he is using long lines to make his art fine.

Aoyama stated that he uses realistic animals, locations, trees, and cars. He got them from books which he copies them over and later drawn it himself which it looks more realistic. Gosho Aoyama's coloring art is also great. It is unknown how he's coloring his characters in the manga, but it is known how he colors them in when he is creating characters from real life. He uses short lines to color in and evenly when he is creating a poster for a new film from his series. Standard in Gosho Aoyama's drawing is the ears of the characters and the eyes, which is colored blue with a black pupil and in the mid a shining horizontal line and most popular the nose of each character which only the underside of the nose is seen instead of the whole only by adults the line has been seen. Gosho Aoyama also did the character designs of the popular children anime series Hamtaro.

Ham Ham Rumors[edit]

The whole Hamtaro thing at least, persistent as this rumor may be across all these years, isn't true, though. Or at least there has never been a source (reliable or not) for this in pretty much two decades, only people quoting it from each other. But there's a reason why this may have come up as a misunderstanding:

Masatomo Sudō and Junko Yamanaka, the two character designers for Hamtaro, were in charge for the design (including the characters and other things) of the Detective Conan series (including lots of the movies and OVAs), too. Someone probably wrote this as "The designer(s)/artist(s) of Detective Conan made the Hamtaro character designs" in the earlier days of the internet, before it became "Gosho Aoyama made the Hamtaro character designs" over time, with seemingly no one ever fact-checking whether it's true.

Bottom line: If no one finally comes forward with a credible source for Gosho being involved in Hamtaro, is it fine if I remove this info from the article?

Namako (talk) 11:06, 19 June 2020 (UTC)



Aoyama claims that Conan's smile is deliberately drawn similar to Lupin III Mangaka Monkey Punch's smiles.[1]

Gosho's inspiration for the Shadowman was copied from Kindaichi.[2]

Gosho only draws characters with names. He leaves backgrounds and characters without names to assistants. [3]

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.[4]


Trivia[edit]

  • Gosho Aoyama personal status:
    • Gosho Aoyama's blood type is B.
    • Gosho Aoyama's height is 1.74 cm.
    • Gosho Aoyama's favorite phrase is Bārō (バーロー; Literally meaning "Stupid").
    • Gosho Aoyama hates beans and raisins and is a big fan of the Giants and curry rice.
  • Aoyama uses .05, .1, and .8 pens when he is about to ink his series.
  • Gosho Aoyama has friends that work by the police, including inspectors and detectives, through whom he can gather information about the daily life at the police department. His brother is a doctor, who helped him with cases containing medical affairs.
-Source Detective Conan Wikia's Gosho Aoyama page


Banana Exorcist[edit]

Gosho Aoyama's family house is near the Daiei Town Plaza where he owns a Bike Repair Shop as Well as a Grocery Store in Tokyo.

Gosho Aoyama was showed promising talent in the field of arts when his painting of "Yukiai War" was elected by the judges as the winner and it was then displayed at the Tottori Daimaru Department Store as a result of winning the competetion. At that time, Gosho was only a first grader.

Gosho describes himself and his friends as the Detective Boys characters of his manga Detective Conan back in his youth. He thinks of himself as the Mistushiko type of the group. Gosho had still been drawing Nyarome, a character originally invented by Akatsuko Fujio, one of the creaters of the popular manga, Doraemon. The name of the first manga which Gosho bought was "Ore wa Teppei" (I am Teppei) created by Tetsuya Chiba. He really liked it and the manga inspired him to learn Kendo. He also joined the Kendo Club.

In Gosho's times, Manga had not gained cultural heritage and sayings like reading manga makes you stupid were common. Gosho's parents were strict on the matter and told him that "No good can ever come out of reading manga. Gosho had to read manga secretly during his Junior High years, which almost made him give up his dream to be a Mangaka and enroll in Nihon University College of Art to become an art teacher instead. At college, Gosho joined the Manga Studies Club where he met his alumnus Yutaka Abe, a mangaka. The door to drawing manga opened when Yutaka asked Gosho if he wanted to draw manga for real.

In 1986, Gosho Aoyoama participated in a comic contest for freshmen students and won it, which was a base for him becoming a manga artist and an author, as well as an important turning point in his life.


Gosho first encountered Lupin III in third grade. He bought a volume, but when his parents found it they confiscated it for being too sensual. Gosho later rebought the volume.[5]

Gosho spends hours coming up with case ideas which he says is troublesome.[6]


Gosho has tried some of his tricks, specifically one where he created a locked room using tape.[7]

Gosho uses thematic naming with puns.[8]



Gosho has two younger brothers, one who's an engineer and another who's a doctor. The engineer helps Gosho with tricks related to cars, and the doctor helps Gosho with medicine-related topics, like APTX. The doctor is also an anime otaku who advices Gosho about which voice actor should voice whom. Gosho also seems to have connections who are former police detectives, people working at banks, CSIs, etc.[9]



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.[10] His father bought Gosho his first manga in kindergarden.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13]

While he was in University he first lived in Egoda, which is along the Seibu Ikebukuro Line, then in Senkawa. Gosho played a lot of Mahjong in university.[14]

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. [15]

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.[16]

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.[17] 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.[18] With this plot in mind Gosho planned to include lots of love comedy centered around the shrunken protagonist and his teenage love interest.[19] 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.[20] Gosho thought Detective Conan was only going to last 3 months.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aoyama & Monkey Punch interview from 2009
    青:絵柄もかっこいいですよ。キャラクターの手足が細くて。実は、コナンが笑ったときの口元の感じは、モンキー・パンチ先生のマネ。かなり影響を受けました。
    Aoyama: The style is cool, too. The characters' limbs are thin. In truth, the atmosphere of Conan's mouth when he grins is in Monkey Punch-sensei's imitation. I received quite an influence.
    Translation credit JustwantanAccount
  2. ^ 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:でも「金田一」は、すごく参考になりました。犯人が真っ黒なのも、ほぼマネですから。
    Aoyama: But Kindaichi served as quite a reference. I practically copied the part where the culprit is completely black.
    Translation credit JustwantanAccount
  3. ^ コナンドリル オフィシャルブック (Conan Drill Official Book), published May 1 2003
    Gosho only draws characters with names, leave backgrounds and characters without names to assistants
    Translation credit JustwantanAccount
  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. ^ Aoyama & Monkey Punch interview from 2009
    青:僕が「ルパン三世」にふれたのは小学3年生ぐらい。本屋さんで買ってきて家の本棚に並べていたら、エッチすぎるからと親に処分されて、後でまた買い直したこともあります(笑)。(編集部注 扉のページでモンキー・パンチ先生が持っているコミックは、青山先生が持参した私物)
    Aoyama: I came across Lupin III around third grade. There was one time, when I bought it from the bookstore and lined it up on the bookshelf, my parents thought that it was too sensual so they confiscated it - I had to buy it again afterward (laughs).
    青:いや、当時の僕は、ページをめくるたびにワクワクでした。
    Aoyama: Back then, I felt excited from turning the page.
    Translation credit JustwantanAccount
  6. ^ Aoyama & Monkey Punch interview from 2009
    青:いやいや、ネタ出しが大変で(笑)。今日も朝から何時間もネタ出ししてから来ました。
    Aoyama: Oh no, coming up with ideas is a lot of trouble (laughs). I came here after spending hours from morning coming up with ideas today, for example.
    青:僕は、三話目ぐらいからネタ切れしてました(笑)。1巻分で終わるかなと思っていましたし、こんな文字数の多い漫画は誰も読まないと思っていました。
    Aoyama: For me, I ran out of ideas from the third chapter (laughs). I thought that the series would end by the first volume, and that no one would read manga with such high word count.
    Translation credit JustwantanAccount
  7. ^ 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:ドアロックを外からテープでかけるトリックは、編集さんを外に出して実験しました。でも密室トリックは、トリックのために部屋を、事前に全部見せておかないといけない。あれが結構難しい。
    Aoyama: For the trick that locks the door from the outside with tape, I got the editor to go outside and test it. But for tricks involving sealed rooms, I must show all the room beforehand for the trick. That is quite difficult.
    Translation credit JustwantanAccount
  8. ^ 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:僕は空の話だったら、鳥の名前をつけるなど、作品ごとのテーマに合わせます。読者から「今回は鳥ですね」と手紙が来たりしますよ。自己満足ですけどね。
    Aoyama: For me, I match with the theme of the work – for example, if the story was about the sky, I would give bird-related names. I get letters like “this time, [the names are based on] birds, right?” This is for self-satisfaction, though.
    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
    Gosho has two younger brothers, one who's an engineer and another who's a doctor. The engineer helps Gosho with tricks related to cars, and the doctor helps Gosho with medicine-related topics, like APTX. The doctor is also an anime otaku who advices Gosho about which voice actor should voice whom.
    Gosho also seems to have connections who are former police detectives, people working at banks, CSIs, etc.
    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. ^ German Interview.
    Translation credit Aki-kun
  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. ^ 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
  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. ^ 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
  16. ^ 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
  17. ^ 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
  18. ^ 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
  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
    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
  20. ^ 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
  21. ^ 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