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From Del Rey:
Legend has it that if you take your guitar and stand at a crossroads at the witching hour, the devil will appear. He'll grab your instrument, play a song, and hand it back to you. You'll walk away an expert bluesman, but you'll have to pay the price: your immortal soul.
Note: Won the 2009 Glyph Comics Awards in the Best Reprint Publication category.
俺と悪魔のブルーズ Me & the Devil Blues Me and the Devil Blues
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A Real Blues Legend
Great in every sense of the word. The art is beautiful and has a realistic style. The devil is charming, offers real temptations, and leads people toward a sinful life. The characters are portrayed as real people with virtues and vices, faults and charms. This is by far the best manga I have read so far.
Why oh Why?
One of the best manga I have ever read, Devil Blues affect my opinion and judgement of manga with the same impact as Death Note. It is sadness that it was cancelled. I believe this manga have the possibility to success in the US, because the story is too foreign to today Japanese. I only wish that there might be a chance for this manga to continue. What an experience to have read this.
From the art, to the story-line, to the music, to the characters, to the setting, to the issues... everything about this manga screams "Amazing." The excitement of the story will entice the reader with every page and the depth of the characters will make even the most vapid reader empathize with RJ. Easily one of the greatest "fictional history" books I've ever read and easily contends for a spot along the other manga classics (which is astounding considering this amazing series got discontinued after a meager 4 volumes.) Definitely a must-read for any fan of manga.
HOW COULD THEY END THIS???
This manga was so good, I mean the story is so original and no cliche I've ever heard of was there. It was an accurate portrayal of southern racism during the prohibition times and a great supernatural story. Whoever discontinued this needs to get shot
The only minus of this manga is that it's only 4 volumes. It's rare to find a manga where everything is portrayed with such mastery. It's even rarer to find a manga with such an art - maybe there are none? Anyway, every comment written about this manga can be summed up by "Read this". If you're wandering what's manga mastery - this is it.
... Last updated on May 23rd, 2011, 11:07am
Too Bad it's Discontinued
It was refreshing to read something different from your usual manga. I agree with all the other comments below. The only complaint I have is that it didn't really focus much on the music as I thought it would. In fact you didn't see much of it at all, except in the beginning. Now, if this was completed, I would probably rate it higher, but unfortunately it won't.
Like the other commentators have said, its hard coming up with the right words to describe this manga while doing it justice. One way to put it is that it makes every other manga out there seem almost childish and amateurish when compared to this. This is a work of art to put it simply and should be read by anyone who considers themselves a fan of art. I have also never seen a Japanese mangaka create such realistic American dialogue, it amazes me at times while reading this, that this wasn't written by an American who lived during this time period.
the best seinen manga out
I dont know if you can be a manga whore but i am the closest thing to one when it comes to this manga right here. Great art, amazing story, everything about this manga is perfection. Can't wait to devour it
Very nice art: realistic, and reallly conveys the mood and feel needed. And the story is interesting. Chapeau to the artist. ^^V
This is the manga I'd take with me to a deserted island.
Endlessly inventive, visually stunning and almost musical in its beauty. Frankly, I'm stunned speechless at the fact that this manga isn't licensed. Why on earth not?
Johnson might've sold his soul to the Devil to be able to play the blues, but I'd sell my soul to be able to create a manga like this.