Detective Conan, Touch, Ushio & Tora Manga Creators Crash Local Tsutaya Store
posted on by Kim Morrissy
It all began when Blazing Transfer Student manga artist Kazuhiko Shimamoto spotted someone drawing grafitti on the ceiling in a Tsutaya store in Sapporo. He tweeted about it, saying, "I've got to go over there and tell him off!" However, the person he caught on camera seemed to be drawing some familiar faces...
It turns out that the so-called grafitti artist was Gosho Aoyama, creator of the Detective Conan manga himself. He is quickly joined by Mitsuru Adachi, the creator of the classic baseball manga Touch. Shimamoto informed Twitter that these two artists have a request: "Please, there's one more person coming. Please let him do a doodle too!" Shimamoto tweeted, "Guess I have no choice but to let this 'Fujita' person do his thing."
Shimamoto seems to regret this decision momentarily, when the security cameras show him the identity of Fujita. "'Sir! Look at the security camera footage!' Wh...WHAT?! WHAT'S GOING ON?!"
早く…早く…‼︎‼︎一刻も早く行かないと‼︎‼︎ pic.twitter.com/V5P4dtkKSQ— 漫画家島本和彦 (@simakazu) October 5, 2019
Shimamoto tries to get Fujita to come off the ladder. A battle ensues. "Don't come into people's stores and doodle on their precious white walls!"
Once Shimamoto calms down, he looks at the drawings and admits they're actually pretty good. In fact, they're more than good - they're great. "Perhaps I misunderstood those guys," Shimamoto tweeted.
ご来店ありがとうございます‼︎せっかくいらしたのですから何か一冊でも買っていってツメ跡残していただけると非常にありがたく嬉しいです(笑)。 https://t.co/Ha3GIwVSmQ— 漫画家島本和彦 (@simakazu) October 4, 2019
It was obvious from the start that this was all just a big joke and everyone had proper permission to put up their drawings, but Shimamoto's quirky humor about his fellow creative friends is very reminiscent of his work on Aoi Honō, a fictionalized account of Shimamoto's days at the Osaka University of Arts alongside Hideaki Anno, Hiroyuki Yamaga, and others.
The drawings by Aoyama, Adachi, and Fujita are still up at the Tsutaya branch at the Sapporo Interchange, for those who are interested.