Into Japanese comics (manga) or fine wine (boozy grape juice)? Then you may know Drops of God in its bestselling comic-novel form. Soon you can watch it as a live-action, multilingual dramatic series on Apple TV+, the streaming service said Wednesday.
In a somewhat unusual move, Apple TV+ licensed the French-Japanese dramatic series adapted from manga form rather than producing it. It did not set an air date, however. It said only that the series will premiere in 2023.
Japanese manga Drops of God becomes live-action drama series on Apple TV+
If a comic book about the world of fine wine and gastronomy sounds a little unusual, it is. But it’s a drama on the page and on the screen. So you can probably count on plenty of tension in whatever form it takes.
Here’s how Apple TV+ described the eight-episode series, in which characters will speak English, French and Japanese:
Drops of God finds the world of gastronomy and fine wines in mourning as Alexandre Léger, creator of the famous Léger Wine Guide and emblematic figure in oenology, has just passed away at his home in Tokyo at the age of 60. He leaves behind a daughter, Camille, who lives in Paris and hasn’t seen her father since her parents separated when she was nine years old.
When Camille flies to Tokyo and Léger’s will is read, she discovers that her father has left her an extraordinary wine collection — the greatest collection in the world according to the experts. But, to claim the inheritance, Camille must compete with a brilliant young oenologist, Issei Tomine , who her father took under his wing and is referred to in Léger’s will as his ‘spiritual son.’ But is his connection to Issei only spiritual?
Cast and creators
Legendary Entertainment adapted the drama from the New York Times-bestselling Japanese manga series created and written by Tadashi Agi, with artwork by Shu Okimoto. It was published by Kodansha, one of Japan’s largest publishing companies. Les Productions Dynamic produced the series for Legendary in association with 22H22 and Adline Entertainment.
The series is presented in partnership with France Télévisions and Hulu Japan, Apple said.
Get Apple TV+
Apple TV+ is available by subscription for $6.99 with a seven-day free trial. You can also get it via any tier of the Apple One subscription bundle.
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