Tsugumi Ohba

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Tsugumi Ohba
Born Ōba Tsugumi
大場 つぐみ

Tokyo, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Writer
Years active 2003–present
Known for Death Note, Bakuman.
Awards Eagle Award for Favourite Manga for Death Note

Tsugumi Ohba (大場 つぐみ Ōba Tsugumi?, born in Tokyo, Japan) is a gensakusha (writer). He is best known for authoring the Death Note manga series with illustrator Takeshi Obata from 2003 to 2006, which has 30 million collected volumes in circulation.[1] The duo's second series Bakuman. (2008–2012), was also successful with 15 million in circulation.[2] In 2014, he collaborated with My Little Monster creator Robico for the one-shot "Skip! Yamada-kun".[3] Another series with Obata called Platinum End will begin in the December 2015 issue of Jump SQ on November 4, 2015.[4]

His real identity is a closely guarded secret.[5] He has cited Shotaro Ishinomori, Fujiko Fujio, and Fujio Akatsuka as manga creators that he is heavily inspired by.[6] 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.[7] There is speculation that Tsugumi Ohba is a pen name of Hiroshi Gamō,[8][9] 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, and also that the storyboards drawn by Ohba greatly resemble Tottemo! Luckyman in style.[citation needed]


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. (バクマン。?) with Takeshi Obata (2008–2012)
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.
  • Skip! Yamada-kun (スキップ!山田くん?) with Robico (2014)
  • Platinum End (プラチナエンド?) with Takeshi Obata (2015)

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  1. ^ DEATH NOTE : 日テレで今夏連ドラ化決定 ニアも登場. Mainichi Shimbun Digital (in Japanese). 2015-04-20. Retrieved 2015-04-20. 
  2. ^ "Kenshin's Takeru Satoh & Ryunosuke Kamiki Star in Live-Action Bakuman Film". Anime News Network. 2014-05-07. Retrieved 2014-08-02. 
  3. ^ "Death Note's Ohba, My Little Monster's Robico Make 1-Shot Manga". Anime News Network. 2014-04-20. Retrieved 2014-08-02. 
  4. ^ "Bakuman, Death Note Creators Launch Platinum End Manga". Anime News Network. 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-09-24. 
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ "SNEAK PEEK: Tsugumi Ohba Interview". Viz Media. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  7. ^ "VIZ Media Profiles: Takeshi Obata and Tsugumi Ohba". Viz Media. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  8. ^ 「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. 6 January 2009. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Fujie, Kazuhisa; Komen, Daniel (2008). Death Note: Fatally Fun Facts. DH Publishing Inc. p. 30. ISBN 1932897321. 
  10. ^ "11th Annual Tezuka Cultural Prize Winners Announced". Anime News Network. 2007-12-27. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 
  11. ^ "Manga Nominated for Awards at Angouleme Festival". Anime News Network. 2008-01-22. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 
  12. ^ "UK Fans Give Eagle Award to Death Note Manga". Anime News Network. 2008-05-14. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 
  13. ^ "10 Titles Nominated for 3rd Manga Taisho Awards". Anime News Network. 2010-01-18. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 

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