Bartender Glass 116 – Jealousy (Part 1)

October 15, 2014 11 comments

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Drink of the Day:

Vodka Tonic (Uchida Style)

  • 45 ml Vodka
  • 1/2 Soda Water
  • 1/2 Tonic Water
  • Lime
  • Hard Ice

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

Not going to talk too much about the story just yet.  Only wanted to point two things out.  First, Uchida said he tried many different types of Vodka, but in the manga, he ended up using Smirnoff… If what he strive for is taste, then I cannot agree with this choice at all, no matter how you look at it.  Not to mention his goal is to make Vodka Tonic taste as smooth as water, and Smirnoff is the farthest thing from a smooth vodka.  Second, on the second to the last page, after Uchida said “Welcome”, there’s a frame where Tsubasa is staring blankly forward, and then he exclaims “What”.  I tried to see it as a pause after seeing something but did not immediately realize that there’s something out of the ordinary.  However, I don’t think it works.  Feels very odd to me.

Categories: Bartender

Quick Update – Project finished (sorta), will be posting again shortly

October 13, 2014 8 comments
Categories: News

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.

Categories: News

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
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