There are manga about all sorts of subjects…sports, school, cooking…but there aren’t many about wine. Tadashi Agi’s The Drops Of God fills that unique niche with the tale of Kanzaki Shizuku, heir to a wine collection worth a fortune.
Shizuku’s father, Kanzaki Yutaka, was a world-renowned wine critic, and amassed the collection over many years…now he’s passed, but inheriting his goods won’t be as simple as filling out a few forms. Y’see, Yutaka never forgot the day his son threw away the family legacy by choosing to work at a lowly BEER company (the shame). If Shizuku wants his inheritance, he will have to prove himself worthy by correctly identifying and describing thirteen of the most desired wines in the world, the “Twelve Apostles” and the “Drops of God.”
To make matters worse he’ll be competing against the young wine critic Toomine Issei for the rights to all that wine — and he’d know a lot more about the fluid than Shizuku would. Can Shizuku adapt his senses of taste and smell to achieve victory in a wine-tasting showdown for the ages?
The Drops Of God was created and written by Tadashi Agi with artwork by Shu Okimoto, and its release actually increased demand for the various wines referenced throughout its storyline. Kodansha has been translating the manga into English, and with today’s release of Volumes 34-44, the story is complete. You’ll be able to find it at ComiXology as well as the Amazon Kindle Store. Here’s a little taste for you…