To commemorate the release of the anime movie Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter (to be released in Japan on 15 April 2017) the creator of Detective Conan, Goushou Aoyama, and the author of Chihayafuru, Yuki Suetsugu, held a special collaboration.
Chihayafuru is a shoujo manga that focuses on the world of competitive karuta. It has been adapted into two TV anime and a live-action movie. Since Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter will heavily feature karuta, Aoyama and Suetsugi met and talked about their works.
They spoke about the theme of the newest Detective Conan work being the Hyakunin Isshu (A hundred famous poems. Competitive karuta involves matching the poem being read aloud to the correct card on which it is written), and the common theme of love in both Detective Conan and Chihayafuru. They also talked about the illustrations of the characters.They especially got worked up when it came to their thoughts on the other’s work. It seems that Aoyama is enthusiastically reading
They got really worked up when it came to their thoughts on the other’s work. It seems that Aoyama is enthusiastically reading Chihayafuru and likes the character Taichi Mashima. He also brought the topic of the voice actors of the anime into the conversation and even stated that he watched the live action movie. When Aoyama spoke about the numerous scenes he liked, Suetsugi seemed very happy.
On the other hand, Suetsugi told us that she has been a fan of Detective Conan even since she was a child. Even now that she is an adult, she watches the movie versions every spring. Suetsugi, like many fans, also seems to be curious as to how the story will end. She said, ‘I want Ran (Rachel) to be put at ease quickly, but if that happens, then the story ends. I want the story to be completed before I die!’ Many fans are feeling the same way.
There was also a segment where Aoyama drew Momijo Oooka, who appears in the Detective Conan movie, and Suetsugi drew Chihaya Ayase and Shinobu Wakamiya on the same piece of card.
When Suetsugi took up the pen she brought with her, she began to draw lines straight onto the card. When Aoyama does illustrations, it seems that he draws a rough pencil draft first, but Suetsugi goes straight to the inking. Also, we could see that the two of them start drawing from different parts. Manga artists have their own individual styles.
After that, when the baton was passed to Aoyama, he made the colored paper into a wonderful work as if he were accustomed to it. It seems that when Aoyama draws his illustrations he uses a lot of blue ink so that the illustrations don’t become boring.
According to Aoyama, he thinks that blue is the same as black and adding color to the illustration makes them more vivid.
When Aoyama finished drawing, they both signed their parts. For a picture drawn in about 30 minutes, the result was professional.
At the end, Suetsugi said, ‘I am looking forward to the new movie!’ and Aoyama replied, ‘I am also looking forward to the battle between Chihaya and Queen of Karuta Shinobu.’ It’s really encouraging to see creators cheering each other.