Yo! I finally got around to doing a spotlight of this, so enjoy!
For those of you who don’t know: The Complete Color Works is a compilation of various Detective Conan material (from 1994 to 2002) in, as the name would imply, color!
Before I start, I would like to warn y’all that the pictures I took are sub-par. I did my best; I had to use one hand to hold down the pages, so the pages wouldn’t flop over, and the other to hold the camera, which isn’t the easiest of things to do.
This book-of-awesomness starts off with calendar artwork in flip-out form. There are seventeen total, and span from November/December of ’98 to September/October, ’03.
Here are my favorites:
In this section, we have the chapter or title illustrations from the Detective Conan manga, but redone in color. This is followed by the first few pages of that chapter redone in color. Chapters included are random and range from chapter 1 to 380 (Volume 37). Also, in-between title artworks are random colorized Detective Conan illustrations.
Here are a few examples:
Other colored pieces include Conan’s Face Pavilion, Gosho-dying images, as well as some other features from the manga. Cover art from Japanese music soundtracks are also present.
Gosho Aoyama/Minami Takayama Interview
At the very end, there’s an interview between the aforementioned. Unfortunately, it’s all in Japanese, so I don’t understand any of it. However, and this is just a little tidbit, the book boasts several pictures between the two during the interview: In these pictures, they’re smiling at each other in every single one! Foreshadowing their marriage? Perhaps.
I really want to know what they said! I’d love it if someone could translate it for me, so I can post it up on here. If anyone can, and is interested enough to do so, please contact me.
I’m in love… with a book. Haha. But seriously, this book is awesome. Because of this book (and the manga), I can’t even sit down through an Ogawara (Animation Director) episode anymore. After watching the anime, I, an amateur artist myself, have really come to enjoy Aoyama’s work. It’s just so much better. Granted he created the characters, so he’s naturally better, but the directors come across as not even caring. To be honest, I think I could do a better job keeping to Aoyama’s character designs.
Some of you are wondering if you should get this, right? To put it bluntly, no. This book is essentially stuff we’ve already seen, but, for the fiftieth time, done in color, and to top it off, most of it is in Japanese. Don’t get me wrong, if you enjoy this type of stuff, then sure, go for it. If you’re just the casual to own-every-DVD-fan then, unless you have a lot of spare cash, I wouldn’t recommend this to you. Why? I was lucky to get this for $50; it’s appreciated since then and fetches up to $140 on Ebay now!
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Thanks for reading. If you have any questions or want to see more pictures then ask.