Drops of God Manga's Final Arc Ends in 6 Chapters
posted on by Alex Mateo
This year's 40th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine revealed on Thursday that Tadashi Agi and Shū Okimoto's The Drops of God (Kami no Shizuku) manga's final arc Marriage ~Kami no Shizuku Saishūshō~ (Marriage ~The Drops of God Final Arc~) will end in six chapters. If there are no delays, the manga will end in October. The manga's final three compiled book volumes (volumes 24-26) will ship in Japan for three consecutive months from October to December.
Agi had announced on Twitter last Saturday that the manga's final arc was nearing its climax.
Shin and Yuko Kibayashi — under the pen name Tadashi Agi — launched The Drops of God with artist Okimoto in Kodansha's Morning magazine 2004. A live-action series based on the manga aired in Japan in 2009. The manga ended in June 2014, and the 44th and final compiled book volume shipped in July 2014. The manga's final arc launched in May 2015. The 23rd compiled book volume of the manga's final arc shipped in Japan on July 20.
The story revolves around a young man whose father, a famous Japanese wine critic, passes away. When he visits his father's estate to lay claim to his inheritance, he learns that his father adopted another man and that the two must compete to identify 13 wines in order to earn the inheritance: a vast fortune in the form of a wine collection.
Comixology and Kodansha Comics released volumes 1-8 re-edited with new cover art and debuted volumes 9-11 in English in October 2019. The companies then released volumes 12-22 of the manga in English on May 6. The manga's first 22 volumes are available digitally as part of the ComiXology Originals line of content at no additional cost for members of Amazon Prime via Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited, and ComiXology Unlimited. The manga is also available for purchase through Kindle and ComiXology. Comixology and Kodansha Comics plan to release the entire 44-volume series.
Vertical previously licensed the series in 2011 and released 10 volumes in North America.
Throughout its serialization, the manga had famously boosted the sales of wines profiled in the story. The French wine magazine La Revue du vin de France has recognized the manga, giving it the magazine's top award in 2010. The New York Times also profiled the manga in its Dining and Wine section in 2008.
Source: Morning issue 40