Me and the Devil Blues (manga)

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Me and the Devil Blues
Me and the Devil Blues manga.jpg
Cover of the first English volume of Me and the Devil Blues as published by Del Rey Manga
俺と悪魔のブルーズ
(Ore to Akuma no Blues)
Genre Supernatural, Psychological horror, Historical
Manga
Written by Akira Hiramoto
Published by Kodansha
English publisher
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Afternoon
Original run January 2005September 21, 2006
Volumes 4
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Me and the Devil Blues (Japanese: 俺と悪魔のブルーズ Hepburn: Ore to Akuma no Buruuzu?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Akira Hiramoto about the blues legend Robert Johnson. It was originally serialized in Kodansha's Afternoon. The manga is licensed in North America by Del Rey Manga and in France by Kana. School Library Journal named Me and the Devil Blues as one of the best adult books for high school students in 2008. Me and the Devil Blues won the 2009 Glyph Comics Awards in the Best Reprint Publication category.

Manga[edit]

The manga takes its name from the title of the Robert Johnson song, "Me and the Devil Blues". It is written and illustrated by Akira Hiramoto. Kodansha published the first four bound volumes of the manga between January 2005 and September 21, 2006.[1][2] Del Rey Manga released the manga in two tankōbon volumes,[3][4] the first published on July 2008 and the last on December 2008.[5] The manga is licensed in France by Kana.[6]

Volume listing[edit]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 January 2005[1] ISBN 978-4-063-14365-2 July 2008[5] ISBN 978-0-345-49926-4
2 August 23, 2005[7] ISBN 978-4-063-14388-1 " ISBN 978-0-345-49926-4
English-language "Book 1" contains volumes 1 & 2 of the Japanese editions
3 July 21, 2006[8] ISBN 978-4-063-14420-8 December 2008[5] ISBN 978-0-345-50137-0
4 September 21, 2006[2] ISBN 978-4-063-14467-3 " ISBN 978-0-345-50137-0
English-language "Book 2" contains volumes 3 & 4 of the Japanese editions

Reception[edit]

School Library Journal named Me and the Devil Blues as one of the best adult books for high school students in 2008.[9] The 2009 Glyph Comics Awards was awarded to Me and the Devil Blues for the Best Reprint Publication.[10] About.com's Deb Aoki lists Me and the Devil Blues as the best "underappreciated gem" of 2008 along with Shoulder-A-Coffin Kuro.[11]

Anime News Network's Casey Brienza commends the manga for its "superb, historically accurate artwork and an intriguing, original story premise" but criticises the manga for its "painfully slow narrative pacing, silly plot points, and a whiff of unintentional bigotry".[12] About.com's Deb Aoki criticises the manga for its "lots of strong language, sex and graphic violence [which] makes this mostly an adult pleasure".[13] Mania.com's Nadia Oxford commends the manga for its "surreal mix of fantasy and reality" that portray what could have happened to Robert Johnson.[14] Comic Book Bin's Leroy Douresseaux commends the manga for its "stunning visuals, which Hiramoto composes using a variety of styles, techniques, and media".[15] Peter Gutiérrez from Graphic Novel Reporter comments on the manga's use of its "Faustian premise to work squarely in the Southern Gothic mode of the horror genre, Hiramoto then shifts the tempo and tone quite radically".[16] John Thomas from Comics Village commends Hiramoto for "his valiant attempt to bring a long-gone Southern bluesman's story to a modern Japanese audience".[17] Jason Thompson, in the online appendix to Manga: The Complete Guide, wrote "The passive protagonist and depressing narrative, coupled with a weak non-ending ... , make for a disappointing narrative, although the art is chilling and lovely and it has many fine page-turner sequences."[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "俺と悪魔のブルーズ(1)" (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved August 20, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "俺と悪魔のブルーズ(4)" (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved August 20, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Del Rey Confirms Manga, Novel, Fan Guide Licenses". Anime News Network. 2007-07-28. Retrieved May 19, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Media Blasters, Del Rey Announce New Manga Licenses". Anime News Network. 2007-10-08. Retrieved May 19, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c "Catalog: Me and the Devil Blues 1 - Me and the Devil Blues 2". Del Rey Manga. Retrieved May 19, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Me and the Devil Blues" (in French). Kana. Retrieved May 19, 2009. 
  7. ^ "俺と悪魔のブルーズ(2)" (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved August 20, 2009. 
  8. ^ "俺と悪魔のブルーズ(3)" (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved August 20, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Me and the Devil Blues Wins School Library Journal's Award". Anime News Network. 2008-12-02. Retrieved May 19, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Me and the Devil Blues Manga Wins Glyph Comic Award". Anime News Network. May 18, 2009. Retrieved May 19, 2009. 
  11. ^ Aoki, Deb. "2008 Best New Manga". About.com. Retrieved August 20, 2009. 
  12. ^ Brienza, Casey (September 1, 2008). "Me and the Devil Blues GN 1". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 19, 2009. 
  13. ^ Aoki, Deb. "Me and the Devil Blues Volume 1". About.com. Retrieved May 19, 2009. 
  14. ^ Oxford, Nadia (July 18, 2008). "Manga Review: Me and the Devil Blues". Mania.com. Retrieved May 19, 2009. 
  15. ^ Douresseaux, Leroy (July 31, 2008). "Me and the Devil Blues: The Unreal Life of Robert Johnson, Book One". Comic Book Bin. Retrieved May 19, 2009. 
  16. ^ Gutiérrez, Peter. "Me and the Devil Blues 1 and 2". graphicnovelreporter.com. Archived from the original on February 24, 2009. Retrieved May 19, 2009. 
  17. ^ Thomas, John. "Me and the Devil Blues Volume 1". Comics Village. Archived from the original on November 21, 2010. Retrieved May 19, 2009. 
  18. ^ Thompson, Jason (August 3, 2010). "365 Days of Manga, Day 314: Me and the Devil Blues". Suvudu.com. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 

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