Tsugumi Ohba

Tsugumi Ohba (Japanese: 大場 つぐみ, Hepburn: Ōba Tsugumi) is the pen name of a Japanese manga writer, best known for authoring the Death Note manga series with illustrator Takeshi Obata from 2003 to 2006, which has 30 million collected volumes in circulation.[2] The duo's second series, Bakuman. (2008–2012), was also successful with 15 million in circulation.[3] In 2014, Ohba collaborated with My Little Monster creator Robico for the one-shot "Skip! Yamada-kun".[4] Another series with Obata called Platinum End began in the December 2015 issue of Jump SQ on November 4, 2015.[5]

Tsugumi Ohba
大場 つぐみ
BornTokyo, Japan[1]
Area(s)Manga writer
Notable works
Death Note
Platinum End
CollaboratorsTakeshi Obata
AwardsEagle Award for Favourite Manga for Death Note

Ohba's real identity is a closely guarded secret.[6] They have cited Shotaro Ishinomori, Fujiko Fujio, and Fujio Akatsuka as manga creators by whom they are heavily inspired.[7] As stated by the profile placed at the beginning of each Death Note manga, Ohba collects teacups and develops manga plots while holding their knees on a chair, similar to a habit of L, one of the main characters of the series.[8] There is speculation that Tsugumi Ohba is a pen name of Hiroshi Gamo,[9][10] pointing out that in Bakuman the main character's uncle was a one-hit wonder manga artist who worked on a gag super-hero manga, very similar to Gamo and Tottemo! Luckyman in all aspects, and also that the storyboards drawn by Ohba greatly resemble Tottemo! Luckyman in style.[citation needed]


Centers on high school student Light Yagami, who discovers a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone by writing the victim's name (and knowing their face). The plot follows his attempt to create and lead a world "cleansed of evil" which he will rule as "God" using the notebook, and the conflicts between himself and anyone he sees as an obstacle, from law enforcement to the mafia to the greatest detective in the world.
  • Bakuman with Takeshi Obata (2008–2012)
Revolves around two high school students who team up to try to create a successful manga, so it will be made into an anime in order for the artist of the group, Moritaka Mashiro, to fulfill the promise he made to a girl named Miho Azuki, whose dream is to become a voice actress for anime, as well as the dream of Akito Takagi, the writer of the duo.
  • Skip! Yamada-kun (スキップ!山田くん) with Robico (2014)
  • Platinum End with Takeshi Obata (2015–2021)

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata Spotlight". Viz Media. May 28, 2012. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  2. ^ DEATH NOTE : 日テレで今夏連ドラ化決定 ニアも登場. Mainichi Shimbun Digital (in Japanese). April 20, 2015. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
  3. ^ "Kenshin's Takeru Satoh & Ryunosuke Kamiki Star in Live-Action Bakuman Film". Anime News Network. May 7, 2014. Retrieved August 2, 2014.
  4. ^ "Death Note's Ohba, My Little Monster's Robico Make 1-Shot Manga". Anime News Network. April 20, 2014. Retrieved August 2, 2014.
  5. ^ "Bakuman, Death Note Creators Launch Platinum End Manga". Anime News Network. September 24, 2015. Retrieved September 24, 2015.
  6. ^ Bakuman, Volume 2. Inside cover profiles, Ohba's gender was previously unknown to the general public. Bakuman, volume 3- "His current series is Bakuman, serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump
  7. ^ "INTERVIEW: Tsugumi Ohba". Viz Media. May 28, 2012. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  8. ^ "VIZ Media Profiles: Takeshi Obata and Tsugumi Ohba". Viz Media. Retrieved August 3, 2008.
  9. ^ 「大場つぐみ=ガモウひろし」説に決着? 「バクマン。」に新たなヒント。 (in Japanese). Narinari.com. January 6, 2009. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
  10. ^ Fujie, Kazuhisa; Komen, Daniel (2008). Death Note: Fatally Fun Facts. DH Publishing Inc. p. 30. ISBN 978-1932897326.
  11. ^ "11th Annual Tezuka Cultural Prize Winners Announced". Anime News Network. December 27, 2007. Retrieved August 8, 2014.
  12. ^ "Manga Nominated for Awards at Angouleme Festival". Anime News Network. January 22, 2008. Retrieved August 8, 2014.
  13. ^ "UK Fans Give Eagle Award to Death Note Manga". Anime News Network. May 14, 2008. Retrieved August 8, 2014.
  14. ^ "10 Titles Nominated for 3rd Manga Taisho Awards". Anime News Network. January 18, 2010. Retrieved August 8, 2014.

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