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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: VERTICAL (10 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935654527
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935654520
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 525,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Nick Cobbett on 10 Oct 2013
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A shame that this book has jumped to the New World - so much omitted that I'd like to know more about from the previous issues not translated into English !!
I shall have to read them in French (where they continued the translations, I understand)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Skips ahead from #77 to #210 ~ 26 Sep 2012
By Christopher Barrett - Published on Amazon.com
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I can't really get too upset with the US publishers for this one. Apparently it was the authors themselves who asked for the English release to skip ahead several volumes. Apparently all of us "Westerners" can't enjoy reading about Old World wine, so we have to have the authors throw us a bone and focus on New World wines. If you recall at the end of volume 4, there was a note from the US publisher about this skipping ahead. So if you read the last page then you should know you're missing over 100 weeks of manga.

And that being said, I can't give it a low rating because of that. If this had been one more volume released in order, it would be a solid 5 stars. It's kind of like jumping into a great television show on season 4 or 5. Say you started watching Lost in season 4 or 5, you wouldn't really know much of what went on in between, but you would still enjoy it.

That being said, I sincerely hope that this volume will sell well. I have a feeling that if it doesn't do well, there might not be any more coming. Did you notice there is no pre-sale yet for a volume 6? The pre-sale for this volume was listed on Amazon right before volume 4 was released.

So please understand that this was a decision by the odoriferous authors and their Japanese publisher, not the American company trying to translate and bring this over.

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Update: finished it. Was pretty great as expected. Sad that we're not seeing the issues in between, at least at this time. Since the book itself doesn't say #5, I wonder if they might release the issues in between soon. As long as this issue sells well I think they will.

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Update: The series is done in the US. The authors are upset with the low sales and Vertical cannot justify the licensing fees for new editions. Sadly I think it was just not marketed the right way. But it is 100% dead at this time. I have spoken to other people who will be buying the French versions in the meantime. Better brush up on my French!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A less than ideal jump ahead, but still high quality. 21 Oct 2012
By para - Published on Amazon.com
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** IMPORTANT NOTE: This volume skips roughly 5 volumes forward from the end of volume 4. The series builds gradually and is best read in order, but at this point there will be no more volumes translated, so I recommend going ahead and reading this after finishing #1-4. **

** Because of the time jump not only will this review contain no spoilers for New World, I will also avoid taking about anything in this volume that spoils events in the skipped volumes, although I will mention which Apostle they are on for time reference. **

Shizuku's journey through the world of wine and the contest to identify more wines described by his late father than rival Issei continues. Volume 4 ended with the identification of the Second Apostle, and we have now moved forward to the Seventh. Without getting into story details, New World was tough for me to read at first only because the series grows so well from chapter to chapter skipping over 100 was very disorienting and I felt like I was missing out on a lot of nuance. That being said, if you're not worrying too much about what was missed or long running developments and thread the tale in this volume does stand alone fairly well. The detail and care given both to art, wine and character elements is as impressive as always.

Unfortunately the series has essentially been cancelled, as apparently sales for 1-4 haven't been good enough for them to continue publishing the series at this time. The publisher had gone on record before starting the series that they would publish as much as they could, but no matter how the series did they would translate/publish the stories about California wines at some point (assuming, I guess, that's what American readers would be most interesting in). This appears to be a combination of them making good on that promise and hoping that it will increase appeal and generate enough interest and additional sales to enable them to continue publishing the series in the future. Personally I would have preferred one more volume in order, but I can see why they and the original Japanese authors focused on CA when trying to get people in the U.S. excited about the series and it is nice to see them follow through on a promise. I'm hoping things will change and they'll eventually be able to take another chance with this, but for now these five volumes are all we're getting. :(

While jumping so far ahead in a layered, gradually building story is rather frustrating and takes some depth away from this volume, it is none-the-less up to the usual quality standards of the series and presents a engaging back and forth view of Issei and Shizuku's search for the Seventh Apostle.

New World is a worthy addition to Agi's epic and I highly encourage anyone who's interested in the series to pick it up, both to experience the last bit of Drops of God we'll get for a while and because any chance of future releases will depend greatly on the continuing sales of available volumes.
illegible on kindle for ipad 1 Mar 2014
By M. Chung - Published on Amazon.com
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I checked for compatibility but the quality is so poor that you cannot possibly read this on kindle for ipad. I thought I would try to save some paper but it again teaches me that there is nothing like hard paper.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Poor presentation 22 May 2014
By Tim Rutherford - Published on Amazon.com
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I can overlook the huge story arc...even though the strategy is baffling.

What us maddening is having to expand each page in order to read the panels. The previous titles presented properly. This is very disappointing and worthy of a refund, in my opinion. At the very least, fix the problem and push a new download.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This is not Book 5, it skips ahead! 26 Sep 2012
By Gromer - Published on Amazon.com
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I just received my copy which I pre-ordered on Amazon. I am heartbroken. I regret to discover that these publishers, who have otherwise been doing a brilliant job of bringing Drops of God to America, do not understand manga readers and manga book collectors. Or if they do, they had some financial issues with the series and decided to take this drastic editorial step. For Vol 5 "New World" - is not really Vol 5 and doesn't follow Vol 4. Instead, it skips ahead in the story. The back cover warns us. I have been eagerly reading Vol 1, 2, 3, and 4 by the same publisher, Vertical. I've pre-ordered every volume as I have been collecting the books and following this story.

I'm completely stumped and flabberghasted that the publisher has decided to do this. This is what the English language Oishinbo (another gourmet manga series) ended up as - a hellish hodge-podge of "best of" episodes with stories that started in the middle and made no sense. I did not follow Oishinbo in English precisely because the online reviewers complained. Perhaps the American publishers think by skipping to the "Napa Valley" story arc, more American buyers would pick up the series. IMHO, American manga readers don't want to read manga because it is more identifiably American. They want to read manga because it is Japanese-y and crazy sexy cool.

I believe the only American buyers who would buy New World would be the same ones who have been buying Vol 1 - 4. No new fans are going to read New World as a stand-alone, because it starts in the middle of the story. So why do this? It's neither here nor there.

Does this mean they would ever issue a Vol 5 to cover all the "episodes" in between Vol 4 and New World? Probably not, because if you read New World, you would have already read all the spoilers. To add insult to injury, the cover art and spine doesn't exactly match the previous 4 volumes and don't look good on my shelf. Be warned. You might be better off reading and collecting the Japanese or French versions, if you can do it. I am completely heartbroken. I weep at my lost innocence!

Update: after catching up on interim episodes (published in the Chinese and French translation volumes, available in France, Hong Kong, Taiwan), I finally read this "skipped ahead" English volume. It's really good. I'm sad to read other online reviewers say that Drops of God in English has committed "manga-kiri" (i.e. no more English translations after this 5th volume). Says something about the American market and its attitude towards manga, wine, and other countries' cultures. I am glad I was "forced" to take foreign languages at school - now I know why - it's to read DROPS OF GOD! Because one can no longer reliably count on one's manga series to be translated into English!
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