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Product Details

  • Series: Drops of God
  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Vertical (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935654527
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935654520
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #682,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“Visually stunning and effortlessly entertaining… To top it off, reading Drops is a trippy literary experience… Don’t be surprised if you crush this book in one night. It’s pretty impossible to put down once you pick it up.” —Bottlenotes (The Daily Sip)

“I have already ordered the second volume (out in December) and I guess that in terms of reviews that is a definitive statement.” —Wine Psych

“Presents some complex wine topics in an easy to understand manner, without talking down to the consumer… I urge all wine lovers to take a look, with an open mind, at The Drops of God. Give it a chance and you might be surprised at how much you enjoy it.” —The Passionate Foodie

“Penchants for French wines drive the selection of vinos described with dramatic, often fanatical detail.” —Wine Enthusiast

“Through the dramas of their wine-drinking characters, [Tadashi Agi] instructs readers on how to taste wine. It’s hilarious, for sure, when a young woman swoons over a man’s decanting skills, but it’s also a great way to draw attention to the technical proficiency of a beautiful pour without getting too technical. And that’s what’s truly extraordinary about Drops of God: It makes learning about wine—which, let’s face it, can be a totally tedious thing for the non-obsessed—really fun… Seriously, this is juicy stuff!” —GILT

“This is not only an influential wine book in Japan (and France) but is a gem of a find—something that is out-of-the-ordinary, yet based on serious wine understanding, i.e. that wine is a living thing and the memories that fine wines can evoke. It is a real page turner!” —WEINGARTEN

About the Author

Tadashi Agi is the penname used by the best-selling brother and sister duo Shin and Yuko Kibayashi. Veteran writers the Kibayashi's debuted on the Japanese scene with the award-winning and best-selling comic series Kindaichi's Case Files (published in English by Tokyopop). Agi's next hit was the series GetBackers, which would cement the pair as Japan's most innovative thriller mystery writers of the early part of the new century.GetBackers success would extend across the globe becoming a strong seller in the US, selling approximately 200,000 units. Lifetime Agi's works would amass to millions of units in Japan and nearly 300,000 units sold in the US.

Shu Okimoto is a veteran comic book illustrator and book jacket designer.

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Customer Reviews

It's kind of like jumping into a great television show on season 4 or 5.
Christopher Barrett
To add insult to injury, the cover art and spine doesn't exactly match the previous 4 volumes and don't look good on my shelf.
Gromer
I checked for compatibility but the quality is so poor that you cannot possibly read this on kindle for ipad.
M. Chung

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Barrett TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 25, 2012
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I can't really get too upset with the US publishers for this one. Apparently it was the authors themselves who asked for the English release to skip ahead several volumes. Apparently all of us "Westerners" can't enjoy reading about Old World wine, so we have to have the authors throw us a bone and focus on New World wines. If you recall at the end of volume 4, there was a note from the US publisher about this skipping ahead. So if you read the last page then you should know you're missing over 100 weeks of manga.

And that being said, I can't give it a low rating because of that. If this had been one more volume released in order, it would be a solid 5 stars. It's kind of like jumping into a great television show on season 4 or 5. Say you started watching Lost in season 4 or 5, you wouldn't really know much of what went on in between, but you would still enjoy it.

That being said, I sincerely hope that this volume will sell well. I have a feeling that if it doesn't do well, there might not be any more coming. Did you notice there is no pre-sale yet for a volume 6? The pre-sale for this volume was listed on Amazon right before volume 4 was released.

So please understand that this was a decision by the odoriferous authors and their Japanese publisher, not the American company trying to translate and bring this over.

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Update: finished it. Was pretty great as expected. Sad that we're not seeing the issues in between, at least at this time. Since the book itself doesn't say #5, I wonder if they might release the issues in between soon. As long as this issue sells well I think they will.

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Update: The series is done in the US.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By para on October 21, 2012
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** IMPORTANT NOTE: This volume skips roughly 5 volumes forward from the end of volume 4. The series builds gradually and is best read in order, but at this point there will be no more volumes translated, so I recommend going ahead and reading this after finishing #1-4. **

** Because of the time jump not only will this review contain no spoilers for New World, I will also avoid taking about anything in this volume that spoils events in the skipped volumes, although I will mention which Apostle they are on for time reference. **

Shizuku's journey through the world of wine and the contest to identify more wines described by his late father than rival Issei continues. Volume 4 ended with the identification of the Second Apostle, and we have now moved forward to the Seventh. Without getting into story details, New World was tough for me to read at first only because the series grows so well from chapter to chapter skipping over 100 was very disorienting and I felt like I was missing out on a lot of nuance. That being said, if you're not worrying too much about what was missed or long running developments and thread the tale in this volume does stand alone fairly well. The detail and care given both to art, wine and character elements is as impressive as always.

Unfortunately the series has essentially been cancelled, as apparently sales for 1-4 haven't been good enough for them to continue publishing the series at this time. The publisher had gone on record before starting the series that they would publish as much as they could, but no matter how the series did they would translate/publish the stories about California wines at some point (assuming, I guess, that's what American readers would be most interesting in).
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I can overlook the huge story arc...even though the strategy is baffling.

What us maddening is having to expand each page in order to read the panels. The previous titles presented properly. This is very disappointing and worthy of a refund, in my opinion. At the very least, fix the problem and push a new download.
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By M. Chung on February 28, 2014
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I checked for compatibility but the quality is so poor that you cannot possibly read this on kindle for ipad. I thought I would try to save some paper but it again teaches me that there is nothing like hard paper.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gromer on September 25, 2012
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I just received my copy which I pre-ordered on Amazon. I am heartbroken. I regret to discover that these publishers, who have otherwise been doing a brilliant job of bringing Drops of God to America, do not understand manga readers and manga book collectors. Or if they do, they had some financial issues with the series and decided to take this drastic editorial step. For Vol 5 "New World" - is not really Vol 5 and doesn't follow Vol 4. Instead, it skips ahead in the story. The back cover warns us. I have been eagerly reading Vol 1, 2, 3, and 4 by the same publisher, Vertical. I've pre-ordered every volume as I have been collecting the books and following this story.

I'm completely stumped and flabberghasted that the publisher has decided to do this. This is what the English language Oishinbo (another gourmet manga series) ended up as - a hellish hodge-podge of "best of" episodes with stories that started in the middle and made no sense. I did not follow Oishinbo in English precisely because the online reviewers complained. Perhaps the American publishers think by skipping to the "Napa Valley" story arc, more American buyers would pick up the series. IMHO, American manga readers don't want to read manga because it is more identifiably American. They want to read manga because it is Japanese-y and crazy sexy cool.

I believe the only American buyers who would buy New World would be the same ones who have been buying Vol 1 - 4. No new fans are going to read New World as a stand-alone, because it starts in the middle of the story. So why do this? It's neither here nor there.

Does this mean they would ever issue a Vol 5 to cover all the "episodes" in between Vol 4 and New World? Probably not, because if you read New World, you would have already read all the spoilers.
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