The Drops Of God Takes Their Final Sips, Swirls Them Around, And Spits

shuokimoto-thedropsofgod-topLast week Kodansha's Morning magazine began its serialization on wine-based manga, The Drops Of God's final storyline, by creators Tadashi Agi and Shū Okimoto.

The first chapter?  Focusing on wine that pairs well with salt-fermented squid, part of the final storyline about wine's relationship to food.

The comic book has done well to boost the sales of certain wines that have featured in its pages, since it was first published eleven years ago.

In five years, it has become the main mover of wine in Asia. According to figures from the publisher, wine sales in Japan jumped 130% in the first year; in Korea, the main wine store saw its sales rise 150%. Sommeliers regularly report diners coming in with the latest copy and asking for the featured wine.

It received French wine magazine La Revue du vin de France's top award, and was turned into a live action show in 2009.

The comic saw a young beer seller receive an inheritance from his estranged father that depends upon him identifying and describing correctly thirteen wines… and that he has a competitor for the prize. Which sees him delve into the world of wine and bringing the reader with him.

And now it is to end. But what could replace it?

The Justice League, of course…



About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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