Bartender Glass 111 – Each Person’s Spring

March 25, 2014 5 comments

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Last chapter of Volume 14!

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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.

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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.

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Bartender Glass 109 – Kenpai (Part 2)

February 19, 2014 3 comments

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Drink of the Day:

Highball

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

It’s two of the best bartenders back to back, showing us why they’re the best in what they do.  I think it’s also cool that even though Higashiyama is known for his service and Kuzuhara for taste, Higashiyama provided a delicious drink , and that Kuzuhara provided good service (in it’s own way).  And of course, even in the face of two great bartenders, the author still managed to find space for Sasakura to show off some skills.

I think the biggest part of these chapters is the introduction of another apprentice bartender.  A spoiler here is that he’ll eventually become a friend/rival of Tsubasa, very much like Goku and Vegeta.  It’s always good to get interactions like that in manga, since there’s so much possibilities to build on.  I thought that’s how Kuzuhara would be to Sasakura, but he’s much more experienced and older, which made it so that he didn’t feel right as a rival.  The apprentice was also introduced in a good chapter.  This chapter is all about the passing of Kase Gorou and honoring him, and at the end of it, we see a new bartender enter the scene.  It’s like showing the ending of an era and the beginning of the next.

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Bartender Glass 108 – Kenpai (Part 1)

February 4, 2014 3 comments

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Drink of the Day:

Highball (Kobe Style)

  • Dewar’s White Label
  • Soda Water
  • No Ice
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Bartender Glass 107 – Bar Counter Rules

January 20, 2014 6 comments

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Drink of the Day:

Yukiguni

  • 40 ml Vodka
  • 10 ml Cointreau
  • 10 ml Lime Juice
  • Glass rimmed with salt

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

Tsubasa’s the main character in this story.  I like the stories revolving around him, since he’s a newbie and makes mistakes.  Not to mention he usually has more comical scenes than Sasakura, and his stories are usually more casual.  He’s starting to become more and more like a real bartender though.  He got another chance at making a cocktail for a customer.  He also learned to talk like Sasakura, in a poetic fashion and not really getting to the point.  It’s still a fun chapter though.  The twist at the end was easy to see coming, but it was still funny.

There is also some issues with the flow of dialog in this chapter, but I’ll let it slide since I enjoyed the story a lot.  I don’t know if other people feel the same way, but in some chapters, the flow just seems off to me.

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Bartender Glass 106 – Undesirable Guests (Part 3)

December 30, 2013 3 comments

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Happy Holidays! Sorry for the late release.  Lots of things happening in life, and holidays make me lazy.  I didn’t update my status with a post, since I didn’t want to give myself an excuse not to get to it, but it turns out, I still procrastinated.  Well, enough of that.  Hope you guys enjoy the final part to this story.

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Drink of the Day:

Devil

  • 45 ml Brandy
  • 15 ml Mint Liqueur
  • Red Pepper

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

This 3-part story touched upon different issues.  The first two chapters are focused on the two male guests.  The old man could not stop living the same life style even though his company went down.  I think this is something everyone goes through to some extent.  Any life changing event can cause the same problem.  The most common one that I can think of is marriage.  Getting married isn’t just moving in with someone, but you have to change and adapt your lifestyle to match theirs, and many people fail to do that.  Moving is also another, especially if you move from one country to another.  I’ve gone through many major changes in my life, and I think people are happiest when they’re able to adapt to these changes and find happiness in any situation.  I don’t know if the author had these thoughts in mind, but that’s what I felt when I read these chapters.

There isn’t much to say about the rich, young man.  He got stood up by a girl, and wanted to pig out.  Fair enough.

And then there’s Emi.  I’ve never had to work long hours before, so I can’t really relate to her feeling of being completely worn out.  But I think it’s definitely possible to be in her situation.  I think lashing out at people’s incompetence can relieve stress in the short run, so I can see why she would do that.  I would want to lash out at people when I’m pissed off too.  Of course, it’s not a good thing to do, but for some people, it’s the only thing that works.

The biggest thing that didn’t sit well with me is her reasons for spotting unwelcomed guests.  She say that she wanted to look for them, and then laugh at the hotel staff.  Okay… at first glance, it sorta makes sense since she’s looking for things to complain, but there are much easier ways to “lash out” and relieve stress.  She could just go to a bar or restaurant and start complaining about everything.  Also, Wakui’s comment about how he caused Emi to lash out made it sound like that she wasn’t there to complain in the first place.  She did not plan to be a nuisance, but she snapped when Wakui made his comment about mountain climbing and nurses.  All in all, I think the author didn’t do a very good job connecting the dots here.

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Bartender Glass 105 – Undesirable Guests (Part 2)

November 28, 2013 10 comments

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Happy Thanksgiving!  Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays!

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Drink of the Day:

Gloom Chaser

  • 20 ml Orange Curacao
  • 20 ml Grand Marnier
  • 20 ml Lemon Juice
  • 2 dash Grenadine
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