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News: Drops of God manga authors plan new wine pairing “battle” series

Brother and sister duo Yuko and Shin Kibayashi, who penned their New York Times bestselling wine-themed manga series, The Drops of God, under the pen name Tadashi Agi, are planning a research trip to France for their next manga from a similar vine.

This time the pair will focus on the challenges of matching wine with food, as they recently told the drinks business magazine. Marriage: The last chapter will feature foods from Japan and other cultures, partnered once more with the fine wines of Europe.

Yuko recounted her inspiration for the new series, saying “I’m often asked when dining what kind of wine will go with what food – so I think that wine and food pairing should be put into manga.” And so, it’s set to go in a rather Food Wars-esque direction, where the characters “battle” on their journey to find the perfect wine for different foods.

“For example, if sushi was the theme, they would compete to find the best wine match, and they would need to use a lot of tricks to make sure the food and wine go well together,” Yuko added, “So we’ve been talking about it as a marriage battle.”

Shin agreed, “We’ve been talking about it as a marriage battle, but also like a new couple getting married, it is like a new start to bringing two things together.”

Their 2004 weekly manga The Drops of God (Kami no Shizuku) followed Shizuku Kanzaki, a young man working in a beverages company who learns that his estranged father, Yutaka Kanzaki, has died. To claim his legacy, the collection of rare and prized wines his father gathered in his 30-year career as a prominent wine critic, he must compete with the man Yutaka recently adopted as his second son.

Such was its attention to detail, and success in South Korea in particular, that the series has been used there as a textbook for learning about wine. Elsewhere, in Japan and across East Asia, the Kibayashis also created a cult following for the fine wines featured in the manga.

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