>> Friday, December 20, 2013
The Drops of God Vol. 3 by Tadashi Agi
Genre: Fiction (Graphic Novel)
Publication Date: 2012
The Short Version:
Two rivals continue their competition to determine who will inherit their father’s estate by searching out twelve outstanding wines.
Why I Read It:
I loved the first volume of this series and while the second was still excellent it left me wondering whether the third in the series would be able to continue the level of the first one.
From the publisher:
The hunt is on! Shizuku and his adopted brother Issei have both selected their choices for the First Great Wine Apostle. Now they have to actually acquire these wines. Crossing the globe to meet with the winemakers and critics that know these casts inside and out. But will either one of these two know why Yutaka Kanzaki selected the winning wine? The message behind it may shatter the conscious of at least one challenger, for there is more to wine appreciation than just wine value. There are messages attached to these heaven sent wines. Shizuku's father selected them to help bring his family closer together through wine, even if it meant having to do so while he was no longer on this plane. The blood and wine will continue to flow, but who will appreciate it the most in the end?
The first book in this series was my introduction to Japanese Manga. It surprised me how much I liked it and how much I actually learned about wine and wine tasting. The second volume was still good but it left me wondering how things would progress with the series. My concern was whether the pace of the series would pick up or not,
Now that I’ve read the third volume I have my answer. Unfortunately that answer is “No”.
The long term story of this series is finding and identifying and finding twelve amazing bottles of wine. Here we are in volume three and only one of twelve has been identified. The other problem I’m having is that the side stories are becoming repetitive. I loved the first book. I liked the second book but I think the third book will be the last in this series for me.
My vote is read the first one and call it done.