Kodoani.com – Tokyopop and Noir Caesar announced at their Anime Expo panel on Monday that they have a manga adaptation option. Me and the Devil Blues (Ore to Akuma no Blues) by Akira Hiramoto into a live-action TV series or film, and is collaborating with Kodansha on the project.
Del Rey previously released the first four volumes of the manga in two-in-one volumes in 2008. Del Rey described the story:
Legend has it that if you take your guitar and stand at a crossroads at witching hour, the devil will appear. He will take your instrument, play a song and give it back to you. You will be a professional blues artist, but there will be a price to pay: your immortal soul.
1929. Deep in the Mississippi Delta, a young man named RJ dreams of becoming a blues artist. RJ is a simple farmer who can barely play the guitar, but when he goes for a midnight walk, his life is changed forever.
A fantasy re-imagining of the life of the great blues legend Robert Johnson, this is a story about the journey of a man who actually sold his soul to the devil. Why not come along for the trip?
The manga’s title is taken from the famous blues musician Robert Johnson’s song of the same name, with the story’s protagonist being heavily implied to be Johnson himself.
The manga ran in Kodansha’s Afternoon magazine from 2003 to 2008, then went on hiatus before returning to Kodansha’s 3rd issue of Young Magazine in 2014. The manga was published sporadically. , although Hiramoto drew the most recent chapter in 2017. Kodansha has released five volumes for the manga.