->''"My name is the Blues. And tonight, and every night, I go forth to meet my friend."''


''Me and the Devil Blues'' (''Ore to Akuma no Buruuzu'', if you really need to know) is a horror manga by Akira Hiramoto [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory based on the life of blues musician]] Music/RobertJohnson and the titular song, "Me and the Devil Blues". RJ, an aspiring musician, makes a DealWithTheDevil that makes him the greatest blues musician around at the cost of... well, see for yourself. RJ later finds himself wandering the countryside with a new-found companion, Ike, and later [[Film/BonnieAndClyde Clyde Barrow]]. Unfortunately, bad luck seems to follow him everywhere, and he finds himself with more than a few enemies as well. A lushly illustrated series. The series was put into a hiatus in 2006, unfortunately years later publisher ''Kodansha'' and ''Afternoon'' magazine declared the series as finished, sadly it ends where the author left; if it ever comes back it won't be in the same print.

In 2014 what many thought it was impossible happened, the series had its first new chapter in 8 years since the hiatus, the series is officially back, now on ''Young Magazine the 3rd'' but still published by ''Kodansha''


* AtTheCrossroads: Since it is the traditional setting for a DealWithTheDevil, this is where RJ makes his.
* AxeCrazy: Clyde through and through. He's prone to fits of [[EvilLaugh creepy laughter]], as well.
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler: RJ's hand is creepy enough without it splitting in two. Ick.]]
* CharacterTics: Clyde tends to slick his hair back when he's trying to keep his cool.
* CliffHanger: Not as bad as some, but [[spoiler: there are still two attack dogs on RJ and Clyde's trail]] and there's no sign of another book coming out any time soon.
* CutShort: Official word of Kodansha as of late is that the series is finished, the SeriesHiatus is over... in the worst way possible.
* DealWithTheDevil: The entire basis of the manga.
* DontGoInTheWoods: Stanley [=McDonald=] says this of Carrion Valley.
* DrinkOrder: Clyde orders a Coca-Cola from a speakeasy, in spite of all the alcohol clearly lined up behind the bar. [[spoiler: Good thing, too, as the alcohol was a trap to catch anyone who might break the town's laws against drinking.]]
* {{Gorn}}: Seeing a man get his arm blown off with a shotgun is going to linger with you for a while.
* GrotesqueCute: Toby would be a pretty cute kid in any other manga, but here his traditional anime-style eyes are ''[[UncannyValley creepy]]''. [[spoiler: The horrifying fate [=McDonald=] has planned for him makes it ''worse'']]
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: After [[spoiler: escaping the town]], RJ and Clyde are the prey, and Golem, Fenrill, and Nezheg, [[spoiler: three of [=McDonald's=] attack dogs]] are the hunters.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Every story arc is named after one of the real-life Robert Johnson's songs. The title of the series is also the name of one of his songs, as well.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Clyde may be [[AxeCrazy a little unhinged]], but he has his moments, and he does seem to genuinely care about RJ, Toby, and, of course, Bonnie.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Mr. Sanders doesn't have a moment in the manga in where hes not being a complete jackass.
* NWordPrivileges: Being a period piece of early 20th century Southern United States, the word gets thrown around a lot.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: [[JustifiedTrope Justified.]] It takes place in the DeepSouth in the early 1900's. OF COURSE there's going to be some people that are a little...insensitive. [[spoiler: Stanley O. [=McDonald=] and the people of his town]], however, take it UpToEleven.
* PurposelyOverpowered: When a shotgun is fired in this manga, it can blow a man's arm off.
* SanitySlippage: Perhaps the whole manga is an example. The original tone of it is light-hearted yet clearly ominous. The further RJ goes with Clyde however, the more disturbing and gruesome the world they live in becomes.
* {{Satan}}: RJ believes [[spoiler: his new companion, Ike]], is this, but he insists otherwise.
* TheScapegoat: RJ is forced to play this role when [[spoiler: Clyde Barrow kills one of the farmers]].
* SceneryPorn: When this series isn't scaring the hell out of you, it's impressing you with the gorgeous backgrounds. It may be one of, if not ''the'' prettiest manga around.
* SenselessViolins: Clyde was right. There ain't no guitar in the guitar case. Just a [[spoiler: shotgun which RJ uses to kill their attacker]].
* SociopathicHero: '''CLYDE.''' Some farmers knock him out at one point. His response? [[spoiler: He beats them half to death with a broken coke bottle.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: RJ starts out a goofy good-for-nothing who can't even play the guitar right. One DealWithTheDevil later, and he's the best guitar player around. Later he takes another, more traditional level in badass when he [[spoiler: kills a mad attack dog with some booze and a few matches]].
* UncleTomfoolery: Mostly averted, surprisingly enough. RJ's sister Bessie and her husband Granville are almost [[EthnicScrappy Ethnic Scrappies]], but they even out by the time the series [[GrowingTheBeard Grows the Beard]].
* WhatTheHellHero: He may or may not have realized what he was getting into, but RJ ''did'' essentially [[spoiler: trade his wife and unborn child's lives for the ability to play the blues.]] His sister and brother-in-law also call him out for (again, likely unknowingly) [[spoiler: disappearing for six months]].