The differences between “Drops of God” and the manga that inspired the Apple TV+ series
AppleTV+ has been launching interesting proposals for a more mature audience and Drops of God is one of them. The series is an adaptation of the manga written by Tadashi Agi, which narrates a competition unparalleled wine tasting to obtain a million-dollar inheritance.
The television show premiered on April 21 and stars Fleur Geffrier (“Vise le coeur”) who plays Camille Léger, the daughter of a famous French winemaker who recently passed away.
Meanwhile, Tomohisa Yamashita (“Alice in Borderland”) stars as Issei Tomine, the young wine critic who must face off to claim his father’s inheritance.
The production of Apple TV + took inspiration from the comic that was first published in 2004 and has 44 volumes in total.
Although the adaptation has kept the essence of the story, there are several creative licenses that have been taken and, in our opinion, have been for the best. In addition, they have given a more international character to the series.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE “DROPS OF GOD” SERIES AND THE MANGA?
The gender of Camille Léger
Although it’s hard to imagine a father-daughter dynamic other than what we’ve seen in the Apple TV+ series, in the manga’s story, the protagonist is actually a man named Shizuku. In both cases, his relationship with his parents has been distant for several years, so it is shocking when they inform him of his death.
The nationality of the characters
Another of the main differences between paper and screen is the nationality of the characters. In Tadashi Agi’s manga, most of the characters, and especially its protagonists, are Japanese. Alexandre Léger’s name is Yutaka Kanzaki and Camille is Shizuku Kanzaki. Of course, the Tomine family remains the same.
Despite this big change, the series has managed to create a plausible justification for the events taking place partially in Japan, such as the winemaker teaching for a short time at a Japanese university and finding more opportunities to innovate than in the traditional setting of France. .
Additionally, there are some foreign figures from the manga–such as Christopher Watkins, Robert Doi, and Sarah–who have been removed or modified to the point of being unrecognizable in the series.
In the TV version, Camille was a writer living with her mother who couldn’t drink a drop of alcohol because she passed out. However, in the manga, the protagonist worked at a beer company called Taiyo.
Although he does not consume wine due to the obsession his father had in his youth, he can drink other spirits. Even so, both share the incredible talent of identifying flavors and aromas, as well as describing the experiences that are lived when trying a glass.
The tests to obtain the inheritance
Another big difference between the series and the manga is the tests that the protagonists must pass in order to claim the winemaker’s inheritance. However, in both cases the basic message is maintained, which consists of the information they are discovering about their relationships with the deceased.
In the series, only three tests are carried out, which consist of identifying mystery wines. However, in the manga, they will have to taste 13 wines in total. The first 12 are called the “Twelve Apostles” and the last one is “Drops of God” (“Drops of God” in Spanish).