The Drops of the Gods

How can japan take such mundane people as lawyers and sommeliers and turn them into speed-line chosen ones with magic powers?

Note: Read a fan translation of The Drops of the Gods here: http://www.mangafox.com/page/manga/read/4166/kami_no_shizuku/chapter.63774/page.1/

At first glance the manga “The Drops of the Gods,” (“Kami no Shizuku” in Japanese) a Japanese weekly written by the brother sister team Yuko and Shin Kibayashi, sounds like your typical pre-adolescent storyline, and that is exactly what it is. A young, rebellious son breaks it off with his father who then dies, leaving the young man and his brother a task to find 12 sacred objects to see which one can claim the dead man’s inheritance.
So why discuss it here? Depending on how deep a wine geek you are you may already know about the growing influence this manga is having on Asia’s wine drinking habits, if not the New York Times can fill you in.
While the concept of a comic book may seem strange to most people familiar with a very rarified pecking order in professional wine tasting, i for one welcome the idea of people taking advice from comic book writers rather than score obsessed critics.
Here’s to hoping it gets properly translated and lands on our shores.

Note: I contacted some friends in Japan and they are going to send me the first few collections. Keep you posted…

~ by Cory Cartwright on October 22, 2008.

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