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Drops of God, Volume '01: Les Gouttes de Dieu Paperback – October 18, 2011
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"Through the dramas of their wine-drinking characters, the (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
“Absolute page-turner… It’s the sweeping two-page illustrations of taste-transporting moments (a shirt-tearing jam by rock band Queen, a maiden fleeing through strawberry fields) that better capture wine’s great allure than a thousand dry scribblings on history and weather conditions.” —Time Out New York
“An almost psychedelically beautiful work… It’s like Speed Racer crossed with Wine Spectator.” —The Daily Dish (LA Times)
“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
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
Yuko and Shin Kibayashi are also well regarded wine enthusists who were also voted one of Decanter magazine's 50 most influencial people in the wine industry in 2009. They have been featured in interviews with the New York Times, CNN, and Wine Aficionado regarding global wine trends.
Shu Okimoto is a veteran comic illustrator and book jacket designer.
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The moment I flipped onto the first page of this omnibus, I was captured by the artwork of the manga. Deeply enamored by Shu Okimoto's ability to capture wine's essence, especially in panels where Kanzaki is drawn decanting the wine and his first taste of wine. Yet, his artwork truly shine in spectacular double-page spreads of the character's image of the wine's taste either surrounded by a field of flowers, fruits, or Queen performing their amazing music!
This manga, will awaken your inner Sommelière. But I'll be frank, this title won't be to everybody's liking but it is still a series I would recommend to reader that just want something new in manga, especially if they are tired of battle manga, hahaha.
It also great way to pave a path for those that would like to taste great wine products but don't know where to start. Though the story follows the formula of igniting the engines with the death of the main character's father and the introduction of a rival, Tadashi Agi, does a great job executing it.
Anyways, I should stop talking, I think I spoiled enough. Now GOT BUY A COPY OF "THE DROPS OF GOD"!!!! IT WILL LEAVE YOU THIRSTY FOR MORE!!!!
So the story basically follows along with the main character struggling to overcome his aversion to wine in order to claim his inheritance. His father left instructions in his will that either his son or his adopted son (the jerky snob) would inherit his cellar valued at 2 billion yen (about 25 million US dollars). He left instructions for his attorney to arrange a series of blind tastings of 12 wines (the apostles) and a final wine: The Drops of God (aka the God Wine). In a year the two potential inheritors must correctly identify these wines, the winner inheriting the estate.
Now it is nearly impossible for people to do what these two can, but that's part of the fun. I doubt that even the best wine tasters in the world could be sat at a table and served wines blindly and guess the vintage, producer, and type of wine exactly. Usually you kind of ballpark the region, possibly narrowing it down to several estates, then try and get close to the vintage. Something like an '82 Mouton vs an '81 Mouton would be easier than, say blindly tasting a Bordeaux and trying to guess that it is 1989 Cheval Blanc. But again, this is fiction.
But the wines are real. The stories behind the wines (such as the story of Henri Jayer) are real. Either the authors are HUGE wine aficionados or have amazing fact checkers. I cannot find any errors in their writing of these wines. I do also enjoy the main character often comparing the wines to art or music. In fact, his first taste of wine ever evokes a comparison to 70s rock band Queen (yay! for Freddie Mercury references!).
The characters are a little melodramatic, but the main characters are all pretty likable in their own way. The story moves along well, and a lot of time is spent on the characters tasting and discussing wine. It's very well played out, and I feel that it would be a perfect manga to convert into an anime.
I would highly recommend this manga to anyone who appreciates wine and can enjoy a comic based on the subject. Younger readers may not really grasp the full meaning behind the story, and possibly those unfamiliar with wine at any age may not really appreciate this. But even if you're a budding wine enthusiast who likes a good story, then give this a try. I have been reading manga for years (and am now in my 30s), and it's been awhile since a new manga series grabbed my attention like this one did. It has won many awards and even changed the amount of wine consumption in Asian countries. Several of the wineries mentioned even sell out once the issue is released. It's an original story, and I'm mad I didn't come up with the idea first!
Also of note: my partner has never read manga in her life, but I gave her a copy of this to read. She is hooked on it! So open a bottle, relax, read, sip, and enjoy!
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