4.098 out of 5 from 44 votes
These two seinen manga feature page after page of adult dudes waxing lyrical about delicious food and wine. They're both pretty mellow, though very informative, and would definitely appeal to the same audience.
In the world of classical music, Chiaki Shinichi is a stellar talent in the making; yet with everything going for him, he is nevertheless tied down by his own phobias. Unable to leave Japan because of his fears of flying and sailing, he finds himself in the company of another naturally-talented person, the very weird girl Noda "Nodame" Megumi. Together, the two find themselves in a slowly more intimate relationship, as they struggle to develop their talents and overcome their shortcomings.
The Drop of God and Nodame Cantabile treat their subjects (wine and classical music, respectively) very similarly. Descriptions are flowery and metaphorical, but relate to everyday things, allowing even readers with no prior experience with either to fully immerse themselves in the experience. You will definitely learn something while reading these manga. But that doesn't mean they're stuffy textbooks- the characters and stories of each are also captivating.
Drops of God is kind of like Nodame Cantabile, if all the characters were more like Chiaki. It lacks most (though not all) of Nodame's goofy humor and quirky characters, but still captures the drive and extraordinary talent that makes these characters interesting.