->''"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, and years later publisher Kodansha and ''Afternoon'' magazine unfortunately declared the series as finished, leaving it where the author left.

In 2014, what many thought 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'', 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: Until 2014, Kodansha declared the series finished, ending the SeriesHiatus in the worst way possible. Obviously, not the case anymore.
* 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]].