Gosho Aoyama ( , Aoyama G?sh?, born June 21, 1963) is a Japanese manga artist best known as the creator of the manga series Detective Conan (known in English speaking countries as Case Closed). As of 2017, his various manga series have a combined 200 million copies in print worldwide.
Aoyama was talented in drawing even at an early age. In elementary school, his painting of "Yukiai War" won a competition and was displayed at the Tottori Daimaru Department Store.
He graduated from Yuraikuei High School, before going on to study at Nihon University College of Art in Tokyo. In winter of 1986, Aoyama won a comic contest for freshmen students.
He made his debut as a manga artist with the work Chotto Mattete which was published in the weekly magazine Sh?nen Sunday on winter of 1987. Shortly after that, another work by Aoyama, Magic Kaito, was published on the same magazine. Magic Kaito protagonist Kaito Kuroba/Kaitou Kid later appeared stars in Case Closed.
In the early 1990s, he began the series Yaiba, which ran for 24 volumes. Later, he would release other manga series in single volumes (tank?bon), such as Third Baseman No.4, Gosho Aoyama's Collection of Short Stories and Detective Conan.
Awards and recognition
Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory
Aoyama has won two awards for his work as a manga artist. In 1992, he won the Shogakukan Manga Award for sh?nen for the Yaiba manga series. He would go on to win the same award for a second time in 2001, this time for Detective Conan.
Additionally, his hometown Hokuei has undertaken several machi okoshi (town revitalization) projects in honor of his contribution as a manga artist and resident of the town. The first projects were the Conan Bridge across the Yura River and Detective Conan statues in the town. On March 18, 2007, the Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory, a museum that celebrates Aoyama's career as a manga artist, was opened in the same town.
On May 5, 2005 he married Minami Takayama, the singer of Two-Mix (Gundam Wing openings) and voice actress who voiced Conan in the original Japanese anime adaptation of Detective Conan. On December 10, 2007, the two divorced.
- Wait a Minute (, Chotto Mattete) (1987)
- The story of a boy genius named Yutaka Takai, whose time machine jetpack sends his love interest through time for two years.
- Magic Kaito (, Majikku Kaito) (1987-present)
- A five-volume manga series that tells the adventures of Kaito Kid, a mysterious gentleman thief who uses his skills as illusionist and master of disguise to commit robberies; his secret identity is that of high school student Kaito Kuroba. The first two volumes of the manga series were released in 1988, the third in 1994, the fourth in 2007, and the fifth in 2017. Although the series is currently on hiatus, Kaito Kid still appears regularly in Detective Conan.
- Yaiba (1988-1993)
- A 24-volume manga series about the adventures of a young samurai named Yaiba Kurogane. It was adapted into a 52-episode anime series which aired between 1993 and 1994.
- 3rd Base 4th (4?, Yonban S?do) (1991-1993)
- A one-volume manga that tells the story of a boy named Shigeo Nagashima, a mediocre baseball player on his high school team. One day, he buys a magical bat from a sporting goods store that allows him to hit every pitch. However, he has to pay the mysterious store for each pitch he hits.
- Gosho Aoyama's Collection of Short Stories
- Various short works written over the years:
- Play It Again ( ?, Purei Itto Agein)
- Excalibur (?, Ekusukarib?)
- Santa Claus in the Summer (, Natsu no Santa Claus)
- The Detective George's Job (Detective George's Little Little & Great Operations) (, Tantei J?ji no Minimini Daisakusen)
- Wait a Minute
- Sh?nen Sunday 19(Talk) Show "The Wandering Red Butterfly" (?19show , Sh?nen Sand? 19(T?-ku) Show "Samayoeru Akai Ch?")
- Case Closed / Detective Conan (, Meitantei Konan) (1994-present)
- Ongoing series that tells the story of genius high school detective Shinichi Kudo, who one day is turned into a child by mysterious men and assumes the alias of Conan Edogawa. While trying to track down these men, he often encounters complicated mysteries, most of which only he can solve. This series is Aoyama's most well-known creation, and has been collected in 97 volumes as of December 18, 2019.
- Tell Me a Lie (?, ~Watashi ni Uso o Tsuite~) (2007)
- A one-shot about a girl named Terumi Arai (?, Arai Terumi), who can read people's minds when she looks them in the eyes.