Tsugumi Ohba

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Tsugumi Ohba
Born Ōba Tsugumi
大場 つぐみ
Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Writer
Nationality Japanese
Notable work(s) Death Note, Bakuman

Tsugumi Ohba (大場 つぐみ Ōba Tsugumi?, born in Tokyo, Japan) is a gensakusha (writer) best known for the manga Death Note. His real identity is a closely guarded secret.[1] As stated by the profile placed at the beginning of each Death Note manga, Ohba collects teacups and develops manga plots while holding his knees on a chair, similar to a habit of L, one of the main characters of the series.[2] He has cited Shotaro Ishinomori, Fujiko Fujio, and Fujio Akatsuka as manga creators that he is heavily inspired by.[3]

There is speculation that Tsugumi Ohba is a pen name of Hiroshi Gamō.[4][5] Pointing out that in Bakuman the main character's uncle was a one-hit wonder manga artist who worked on a gag super-hero manga, very similar to Gamō and Tottemo! Luckyman in all aspects. Also that the storyboards drawn by Ohba greatly resemble Tottemo! Luckyman in style.[citation needed]


Both of Ohba's works have been published in Weekly Shōnen Jump and illustrated by Takeshi Obata.

  • Death Note centers around high school student Light Yagami, who discovers a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone by writing the victim's name (and knowing their face). The plot follows his attempt to create and lead a world "cleansed of evil" which he will rule as "God" using the notebook, and the conflicts between himself and anyone he sees as an obstacle, from law enforcement to the mafia to the greatest detective in the world.
  • Bakuman centers around two high school students who team up to try to create a successful manga, so it will be made into an anime in order for the artist of the group, Moritaka Mashiro, to fulfill the promise he made to a girl named Miho Azuki, whose dream is to become a voice actress for anime, as well as the dream of Akito Takagi, the writer of the duo.

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  1. ^ Bakuman, Volume 2. Inside cover profiles, Ohba's gender was previously unknown to the general public. Bakuman, volume 3- "His current series is Bakuman, serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump
  2. ^ "VIZ Media Profiles: Takeshi Obata and Tsugumi Ohba". Viz Media. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  3. ^ "SNEAK PEEK: Tsugumi Ohba Interview". Viz Media. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  4. ^ "「大場つぐみ=ガモウひろし」説に決着? 「バクマン。」に新たなヒント。" (in Japanese). Narinari.com. January 6, 2009. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ Fujie, Kazuhisa; Komen, Daniel (2008). Death Note: Fatally Fun Facts. DH Publishing Inc. p. 30. ISBN 1932897321. 

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