- Awesome Art: The lineart is absolutely gorgeous. Creepy as hell, but still absolutely gorgeous.
- Awesome Music: RJ is a source of this, both in the story and in real life. Even if you can't hear the music yourself, you see how powerful it is when you see it make Clyde cry.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Unsurpisingly, considering it's based on the life of an African-American blues musician, this story received enormous critical acclaim in the United States, and was even named by the publication School Library Journal (which doesn't usually cover manga) as one of the best books for high schoolers in 2008. It's especially popular with black manga fans, who often have trouble finding a realistic and respectful portrayal of them at all in anime/manga, let alone with one as the protagonist.
- Growing the Beard: The beginning of the series is much more humorous in nature, and the artwork is not up to par with the rest of the series. The art and the story get MUCH better almost immediately after RJ steps out onto the crossroad, and after Clyde shows up.
- Nightmare Fuel: TONS. Pretty much every scene involving McDonald's attack dogs is especially terrifying.
- Squick: McDonald kills children and uses their hair and nails to make dolls out of them. Oh, and it gets worse
- The Woobie: RJ. It all starts with his wife and unborn child dying and it only gets worse from there.
YMMV / Me and the Devil Blues