14 December 2011

Mystery Geek

10.54 p.m.
Good night everybody..
Love a mystery doesn't make u a mystery geek..
But if u really really obsess with mystery story..-takla obses maner-
tak lagi digelar mystery geek,
kenapa disebut 'mystery geek' kalu tak bukan kerana Detective conan tu senditi..
Manga/anime/live action yang dah 17 tahun berjalan..-same umurlah ngan ema..baru perasan-
17 tahun nie jugaklah tak pernah bosan baca manga Detective Conan atau tengok anime/movie..
baru baca latest chapter online ,chapter 800 ^_^.ending yang betul2 misteri,sampaikan ema rasa nak menyiasat pulakl.Uji otak nie agar tak karat cuti nie

Tapi,yang ema nak tahunya..mestilah ENDING kan.Dah hampir 2 dekad,masih tak nampak lagi endingnya..ramai fan tanya
"nak tunggu berpuluh tahun lagi ker?"
tapi,gosho aoyama(penulis,pelukis conan) dah ada bagi hint sikit pasal apa yang berlaku akan datang.
Interview sepenuhnya kat bawah nie.It was a very long interview,not particularly long..but,if you have nothing to do+finish SPM+mystery geek+ conan fan..u might like it..

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)

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.

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.

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)

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