First there was “The Manga guide to statistics” and now Manga wine tasting (watch out Gary!)…
Kami No Shizuku â€“ or The Drops Of God â€“ has been wildly popular with manga fans since its creation in 2004, and is considered a bible for ordinary wine-lovers scared by stuffy wine magazines.
Sales have topped a million copies in South Korea alone, with sales of wine shooting up by 30 per cent in response.
The ten-volume series sees two brothers given the challenge of locating 12 legendary wines when their father, a wine critic, dies suddenly.
Printed mostly in black and white and drawn to look like an ancient Japanese woodblock print, the secret of its success lies in the brilliant, sensual â€“ and ever more outrageous â€“ wine descriptions. ‘Just like a classic rock concert!’ says one brother after taking a sip of a 2001 Mont-PÃ©rat.
‘Like walking in a quiet forest being followed by two butterflies,’ exclaims the other brother.