Hiatus

July 14, 2014 14 comments

Sorry for the late post, but I’ve decided to take some time off of this project.  I’ve actually been working on something else over the past year in conjunction with translating Bartender.  This other project is personal, but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.  It’s taking longer than expected to finish, and so I’ve decided to focus more time on it than before.  I’ve also adopted a dog in the past year, which adds to the amount of things I have to do on a daily basis.  Rather than splitting my time thinly on these different things, I think it will be best for me to put off translation on hold.  I don’t know for how long, but I will probably come back to it once my other project is finished.  Give or take a month or two.  If no one else begins to translate Bartender at that time, then I will continue on.

Thanks for all the support everyone has given me throughout the years.  I hope I can continue to translate, if not Bartender, then some other mangas that everyone can enjoy.

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Bartender Glass 115 – Memories

June 12, 2014 6 comments

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Drink of the Day:

Bannockburn

  • 30 ml Bunnahabhain
  • Lemon Juice
  • Tomato Juice
  • Salted Rim

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

Not a bad way to end this arc.  Takei finally understands that Sasakura is on his side, and Sasakura was able to confide his past to Takei, and the two became good friends.  I’m sure everyone’s glad to finally learn more about Sasakura’s past, although it probably raised more questions than answered.

I don’t think Don Quixote is a good comparison for Takei.  I’ve never read the novel, but from what I understand, Don Quixote is a delusional knight who challenges things that don’t actually exist.  Takei is fighting for something very real.  The only similarity here is that both their efforts were not appreciated, but it still feels like a stretch to me.  I guess the author needed this reference so he can talk about Robert the Bruce, but it’s just odd to me that Takei would say Don Quixote of all people.

Categories: Bartender

Bartender Glass 114 – Lie

May 30, 2014 3 comments

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Drink of the Day:

Boston Cooler

  • 45 ml Light Rum
  • 15 ml Lime Juice
  • 1 Tsp Sugar
  • Fill up with Ginger Ale

Saratoga Cooler

  • 20 ml Lime Juice
  • 1 Tsp Sugar
  • Fill up with Ginger Ale

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

I felt this chapter was much better than the last.  It’s got quite a few twists and turns to keep me engaged, and there isn’t a whole lot of random facts or random skits that draws away from the main plot.  We start off with Soma showing up, and acting like he’s about to spill some secrets, then realizing that Soma was actually hiding something, but Takei still falling for his tricks.  Eventually, Takei, at the last moment with Sasakura’s help, realizes that Soma was just acting.  However, that’s not the end of it, another twist at the end where it seems Soma was actually telling the truth?  This whole sequence was very well done.  I normally get tired of reading the same chapter 3-4 times while I scanlate, but this one didn’t give me that feeling.  The only thing I would want to change is to make it less obvious that Soma had something to hide.  Perhaps the author could’ve shown that Soma was surprised by the drink, but simply leave it at that, instead of adding the lines like “I guess I can’t hide anything from you”.

Categories: Bartender

Bartender Glass 113 – Past

May 9, 2014 4 comments

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Drink of the Day:

French 75

  • 45 ml Dry Gin
  • 15 ml Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tsp Sugar
  • Fill up with Champagne

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

I’ve said pretty much all I have to say about politics and journalism a few weeks ago.  There isn’t anything else that I can add.  I feel that this chapter is quite slow though.  I don’t feel like there’s much going on really.  Takei comes out and taunts Sasakura, and they just talk about some random things in the past.  Both the post card writing and greeting people flashbacks seem quite random.  The reasoning behind giving Takei a French 75 seems kind of weak as well.  Takei did not display any signs of fatigue, but Sasakura still asks him to take a break.  Takei is being quite aggressive the whole night, but telling an aggressive person to calm down rarely works.  The last bit about the temperature outside is also a bit unnecessary and forced.

It’s a great chapter in terms of telling us more about Sasakura and building up to a big cliffhanger, but the details all seem weak or off to me.

Categories: Bartender

Bartender Glass 112 – Secret

April 18, 2014 7 comments

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Drink of the Day:

Godfather

  • 45 ml Whisky
  • 15 ml Amaretto

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

This chapter touches upon two things that I dislike – politics and journalism.  I’m from Taiwan, and the media there never ceases to amaze me.  Not only do they report the most pointless events, but they would also get their facts wrong very often.  It seems that many journalists rely on Wikipedia to get their information now, and that’s never a good idea.  Not only that, but I believe Taiwanese journalist would steal information from foreign sources, and use something like Google Translator to read the article.  I can’t remember the specific person in question, but the most ridiculous one I’ve heard is that a journalist in Taiwan falsely reported a celebrity as a transsexual when the original article referred to the celebrity as bisexual.  This is going off topic, but I just wanted to express how much I dislike Asian journalists, and this manga reminds me of why in a way.  Although the guy in this story has good motivations, most journalists don’t.  They dig up stories for personal gains.

Also, for a civilized country, Taiwan really doesn’t have a very civilized government.  They physically fight in congress all the time, and recently, a bunch of students actually managed to occupy congress. This doesn’t just show how crazy stupid these students are, but it also shows how weak the government is.  I don’t know too much details so I’ll leave it at that.

Aside from the bad, it’s good to see that Wakui’s starting to show more bartender-qualities, and also we’re about to dive deeper into Sasakura’s past, which is always fun!

Categories: Bartender

Bartender Glass 111 – Each Person’s Spring

March 25, 2014 5 comments

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Last chapter of Volume 14!

Links:

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Drink of the Day:

Rinse Type Martini

  • Dry Vermouth (used to rinse ice)
  • 60 ml Gin
  • Ice

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

I’ve read this chapter several times, and I still don’t see the relevance of the chapter’s title to the story.  When talking about Spring, at it’s plainest form, it’s one of the four seasons of the year.  Very often (especially in Japan), when a person enters Spring, it means he has found his love or he started a relationship.  There was some hint of that with Miyashita, but then that’s hardly the focus of the story.  The story is all about Tsubasa’s realization that customers are people too, and that’s why he can’t just do whatever they ask.  I don’t see how that has anything to do with “Each Peron’s Spring”.

I also don’t like how the story ended.  I think it would be a bit better if Tsubasa saw a glimpse of that old man’s soft side.  If he were even talking on the phone or talking to someone about a problem he’s having (and I mean a real problem, not just missing a flight), which would justify why he acted like an ass the whole chapter, then it would make Tsubasa’s ending dialog more convincing.

The coolest thing in this chapter is Kuzuhara.  We see a soft side to him, and what appears to be approval of Tsubasa as a bartender.  We also see Shiraishi not liking that too much.  All of which builds up to further rivalry and complications between the two young bartenders.

Categories: Bartender

Bartender Glass 110 – Apprentice Shiraishi Ken

March 6, 2014 13 comments

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Drink of the Day:

Panache

  • 3 teaspoon of Lemon Juice
  • 150 cc Water
  • Sugar
  • Beer

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

Shiraishi makes a consecutive appearance, and he’s already set himself up as a good villain.  He’s acting like a total jerk, so the readers would hate him.  He’s more skilled than Wakui, so he’s something Wakui can strive to overcome.  He has a more intimate relation with the girl that Wakui likes, and there’s always motivation when a girl is involved.  Lastly, despite all the bad that we see from him, he also holds some secret that makes him all that much more interesting.  It’s hard to tell what that secret is right now, but it’s a great setup to allow Shiraishi to become a good guy in the future.  He really has all the elements you’d want in a villain/rival character.

I think the other function that Shiraishi serves is to solidify Wakui’s stance on being a bartender.  If you think about it, he started out as an apprentice not because he wanted to, but because that’s where the company assigned him to work.  Unlike the other bartenders in this manga, he really has no motivation of becoming one.  He’s been working hard as an apprentice, but it’s hard to imagine that a person would continue a career in bartending unless there’s a more personal reason.  And now that Shiraishi insulted Sasakura, it gave Wakui a personal reason to continue on his bartending career, at least for a while longer.

Categories: Bartender
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