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The Drops of God 1

(The Drops of God #1)

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Few comics have ever exhibited such sway over the economics of an industry as the Drops of God. The legendary wine comic that dictates wine market prices worldwide is now available in English for the first time!

A wine critic and his adopted brother must compete against each other to determine who will inherit their father's estate--a wine collection featuring 13 heaven ble
Paperback, Collected English Edition, 416 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Vertical (first published March 23rd 2005)
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May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Ahhhhh! Drops of God! It’s taken the English-speaking world a long enough time to catch up to this phenomenon. What’s Drops of God, you ask? It’s the megahit manga where instead of this:

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we have this:

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Yep. You got that right, folks! It’s Pokémon with wine instead of Pokémon. Which makes him:

Robert Parker


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Mwa ha ha ha ha! <3 <3 <3

Mar 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-and-comics
I got volume 1 of this purely out of curiosity having already enjoyed reading food manga such as Oishinbo, and I also enjoy drinking wine (although I'm no expert on it). I was expecting to read volume 1, like it but probably not be particularly into the rest of the series. This is mainly because Drops of God is a very long-running series, and I felt like it would be practically impossible to follow it in its entirety.

Anyway, I was surprised by how much I liked this! Its a mixture of wine talk an
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I spent basically all of July reading this manga series, and it was glorious. Shizuku’s dad was a world-famous wine critic, so naturally Shizuku hates wine and works at a beer company. But then his dad dies, and in order to inherit his father’s estate, Shizuku has to battle against his father’s adopted son in a treasure hunt to find the “Twelve Apostles” of wine and the ultimate prize, the Drops of God. I loved the two main characters, Shizuku and Miyabi, a sommelier-in-training. I’m also a suck ...more
Phillip Kim
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The world’s most influential wine writers: Robert Parker Jr., James Suckling, Jancis Robinson, Shin & Yuko Kibayashi... Who? Kibayashi?

You betcha. The Kibayashi’s are a veteran brother and sister manga writing team in Japan. Having established themselves writing thrillers and mystery comics, they hit it big writing about... wine. Who would have thought? Nevertheless, starting in 2004, the Kibayashi’s, together with illustrator Shu Okimoto, began to put out a weekly manga serial about the drink.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
Drops of God is one bizarre manga.

The framework is all too similiar- the long-lost hero (from the world of wines) embracing his hidden potential (unworldly tasting skills), in order to rise up to being a wine god.

The narrative though, is unapologetically and hilariously over-the-top. Literally every character waxes poetic about this and that wine for pages and pages at a time. The protagonists have wine tasting 'study' sessions almost every night when bottles upon bottles of expensive wine are
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the first manga I've read. I don't care if liking this series makes me an idiot, I think some could argue that it doesn't, and I don't exactly know why I'm so in its swell that I gave it five stars, when it should have probably only gotten four, but... Getting info about something you are interested in, but mostly ignorant of is intoxicating, and if it's delivered in a soap opera/50s serial medium, well then apparently the author's got something. Again as with other comics that I am just ...more
Jul 19, 2012 rated it liked it
(This review covers Volumes 1 and 2 in the series. It's also filled with spoilers, but not ones that I think would ruin anyone's enjoyment of the books.)

Caveat: I know zilch about wine and I have quite the unrefined palate. (Much to the despair of my undergrad roommate who, bless her heart, actually spent several months trying to teach me to have discerning taste. One of our actual conversations: "What's this one taste like to you?" "Ummm, grapes? Other...fruit?" "You don't taste the chocolate?
Shizuku has never tasted wine, an act of defiance against his father, world renowned wine critic Yukata Kanzaki and all of the strange things he had Shizuku do as a child "for the sake of wine." When Yakata passes away, his will reveals a challenge to be undertaken by Shizuku and a young wine critic named Issei Tomine: identify twelve wines chosen and described by Yakata, as well as the legendary "Drops of God." The one who does with inherit Yakata's extensive wine collection. Shizuku has little ...more
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wishlist
I picked this up at the library because the cover looked interesting, then I read the back: "Arguably the most influential wine publication for the past 20 years." - Decanter Magazine. And under that: "Winner: Gourmand Cookbook Awards 2009"
And this is a manga? Okay then, I'm reading this one.
Now I think I can say that this is definitely the most I've ever learned from reading a manga. I didn't really know anything about wine before, and so far I haven't tasted one I like, but the descriptions of
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Drops of God’s refusal to take itself too seriously is what makes it so fun to read. In many ways its art and subject matter are totally at odds with it’s shonen manga like premise. The unwitting protagonist who doesn’t known his own strength vs the obsessive rival whose own rigidity will be his downfall.

There’s nothing revelatory here, but there’s a comfort in that. The illustrations are beautiful, albeit stiff, and the expository opening chapters have a lot of set pieces to put in place.
Candice Snow
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mangas
Me: Eh, not sure this is for me. What do I care about wine?

Me five min later: You fool. You imbecile. You utter buffoon. That is clearly not a glass of [insert French name] because it was bottled in [insert date here].

As someone who *can't* drink wine (it's the only alcohol that makes me nauseous), I flew through this with just as much intensity as if I was a wine-tasting veteran! It's full of dense technical speak, but it's so melodramatic that even though I had next to no clue what they were a
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, food
What a fun manga. This also confirms to me that there’s a manga for literally everything - any job, any hobby, game, sport. Everything. Haha

This book also did a great job describing terms used by the wine and whisk(e)y industry (I’m a whisk(e)y geek and casual wine fan), such as ‘terroir’. I understand the term, but this book explained it in a fun and easily understandable way.
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Slice of Life readers, manga readers, wine entusiasts
Todays manga is Drops of God, a manga I picked up on chance on the newly-opened Books a Million. The last time I bought a manga that cost me fifteen dollars...well those who have read my review of Children of the Sea know how that went. But was my money well spent on this one? Be forewarned they'll be major spoilers, mostly for the first chapter only though.
We open to a very vivid description of someone trying a glass of wine...I assure you it's more exciting than it sounds. Actually, I really
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Like wine? Like manga? Then you definitely need to read this. Can't wait to get v. 2! ...more
Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cbr4
When Japanese comic artists, Manga-ka for those in the know, started running out of original sci-fi/fantasy adventures that had driven their industry since the 1950s, a strange trend started cropping up. Writers and artists started conceiving very ordinary sorts of stories with painstaking detail about an unusual facet of everyday life. Manga about bread making, Go players and even middle management had a lot of appeal to individuals who were in those fields, but they were also popular with laym ...more
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
Shizuku Kanzaki is the son of Yutaka Kanzaki, a world-famous wine critic. Ever since he was a child, Shizuku was exposed to a variety of sights, smells, sounds, and tastes, all the things he’d need in order to properly appreciate wine. Unfortunately for Yutaka Kanzaki, it backfired. The relationship between father and son became strained, and Shizuku eventually went to work for a beer company without ever once tasting a drop of wine.

Shizuku has been estranged from his father for two years when
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
The art resembles more to a comic than a manga. Shizuku, the main character, looks a lot like damn Yagami Light...

Once more I am grateful to the making of dorama; otherwise I probably would not know the existence of this manga. Ever since I watched the movie "Sideways" I've been interested in wince tasting, the methods, the art itself. I myself am completely ignorant about the subject; I do not even like drinking wine. But it is fabulous to watch connoisseurs of wine enjoy the before, during and
May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This graphic novel completely hit the spot. Charming, instructive, poetic, and with a nice little plot. A famous wine critic dies and his prodigal son is instructed to taste and identify twelve wines in order to inherit the critic's legendary, exquisitely curated collection of rare vino. If he fails, he loses everything to a mercenary infante terrible of the wine world. In this volume, the young man tries wine for the first time, and the tasting returns to him potent lost childhood memories of h ...more
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May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: skye
This graphic novel completely hit the spot. Charming, instructive, poetic, and with a nice little plot. A famous wine critic dies and his prodigal son is instructed to taste and identify twelve wines in order to inherit the critic's legendary, exquisitely curated collection of rare vino. If he fails, he loses everything to a mercenary infante terrible of the wine world. In this volume, the young man tries wine for the first time, and the tasting returns to him potent lost childhood memories of h ...more
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
A fantastic take on the often seen in comics story of a man who has a natural ability that surpasses even those who have trained for years. In this case, the ability is for tasting wine though to be fair he did undergo training by his father when he was younger. That training comes into play when his father dies and stipulates as part of the will that to get an inheritance, the son must complete a series of challenges that involve tasting wine so that he might find the Drops of God and the 12 Ap ...more
Michael Hughes
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
The son of a world-famous wine critic reluctantly embraces his father's legacy. After befriending Miyabi, a sommelier in training, Yutaka Kanzaki begins to unravel a mystery written into his father's will: identifying thirteen wines, including the so-called Drops of God, in order to claim his inheritance. If you like wine, even a little bit, you'll find plenty to enjoy here, not least in Shu Okimoto's graceful and generously detailed illustrations. Kate Robinson's translation, too, is first-rate ...more
May 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, graphic-novels
Finished vol 1. Interesting but most of it went right over my head.
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I drink only cheap wine but it's still very interesting subject, so when I heard there was a manga about wines, I wanted to read it. And it turned out to be great! It's full of wine descriptions and people with INSANE abilities to taste and smell differences and origins of wines. But it's interesting. There's also a bit of a mystery element because the main character's father dies and leaves a will with a quest to identify 12 + 1 wines.

There's often seen setting of an underdog with raw talent an
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, comics
I started this a million years ago, loved it, and then never finished it? So I finally picked it up and powered all the way through and I still really love it -- it's a primer about wine packaged in an engaging and surprisingly tense story. I still have no ability to discern any flavor from wines (all wines basically taste like "wine" to me, aside from being able to tell one is red, white, sweet, dry), but I WISH I could after reading this. Also, the hapless protagonist isn't a total moron, whic ...more
Slow Man
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I admit I was reading halfway and wanted to draw a conclusion: This book is strictly for Wine lovers.
And then I carried on reading. The story managed take a turn and many more interesting and funny characters are brought into the story, like Mr. Honma. That makes the story very engaging and light to read even though it is a manga about Wine. So I am looking forward to pick up vol.2. Well done.
Mar 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was interesting and mildly fascinating, though I still don't know how much I would enjoy wine even after reading about how certain actions bring out the flavor.
The book had a good pace and an interesting premise that definitely has me wanting to know the ending.
I like the artwork and the characters and I look forward to reading more of the series.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
The characterization and imagery that comes with each bottle of wine the protagonists seek out could only be pulled off with a graphic novel, and it’s done well. I know very little about wine, but the history of the vineyards and the culture was surprisingly entertaining and easy to take in.
May 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Apparently this series is highly praised. I didn't see what the big deal about it is. But I will continue to read it because it was entertaining. And I assume it picks up in whatever way a series about wine can pick up. ...more
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This manga is so 👏 good 👏, and I don't even drink wine.
It's gotten foodie awards left and right: I don't have much experience when it comes to food culture, but I have read manga and comics for over ten years, and this is a gem.
If you're at all interested, seek it out.
Jyothi Narayana
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gets into details of the art of wine tasting. The comic in itself is interesting and transitions in the illustrations were amazing! I am planning on getting the entire set now (:
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