Bartender Glass 129 – The Last Leaf

May 21, 2015 7 comments

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Links:

MediaFire

MangaHere

Drinks of the Day:

O’Henry

  • 20 ml Whisky
  • 20 ml Benedictine
  • 20 ml Ginger Ale
  • Mix until no bubbles are left

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

This chapter is similar to the last in that Sasakura not only encouraged an old acquaintance, but also helped a new one.  Aside from that, nothing special really stood out to me.  The moral is quite straightforward (it was literally spelled out to us), and there’s not much to extrapolate there.  It’s a nice, chill story though.  No one really getting shocked, no shouting, etc.  Just a couple of guys talking and drinking.  The best part of this whole chapter is near the end though.  I loved it when Sasakura said a cheesy line as always, but this time, he gets called out for it.  Tsubasa’s expression was also priceless, a mixture of apathy and facepalming.  And next to him, Sasakura was smiling in satisfaction, pleased with how well he said that line.  I didn’t really notice this until I read it a couple of times.  A nice surprise for me.

 

Categories: Bartender

Bartender Glass 128 – The Door of Tomorrow

May 7, 2015 5 comments

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Links:

MediaFire

MangaHere

Drinks of the Day:

Bloody Bull

  • 35 ml Vodka
  • 15 ml Lemon Juice
  • Fresh Tomato Juice
  • Double Consommé

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

Sasakura is finally back to work, and he’s back to cheering people up.  I always like seeing reoccurring characters, and it’s nice that the author brought back Yamanouchi.  It’s been a long time since his first and only appearance, and it seems he has maintained a good relationship with Sasakura.  During his first and only appearance, he was said to be a great chef, but ultimately, he just acted like an annoying guy.  It’s great that we can get some details on him, and I think he was the perfect person to ask Sasakura about opening his own bar at the end of the chapter.  It’s exciting to see that the manga is heading towards its next arc.

The moral of the story is a pretty simple one.  Don’t let fear get in the way of making the most out of your opportunities.  I think fear is a necessity, and it’s a sign that you have self-awareness.  If Kishida was not afraid of failing at all, then I would think he’s ignorant.  He’s afraid because he knows his own limits, but you can’t stop there.  You have to push your limits to grow.

All in all, a good start to volume 17.

 

Categories: Bartender

Can’t Find Bartender Volume 17-21 Chinese Translation online

March 25, 2015 4 comments

Have some bad news. I’ve been translating this manga from Chinese to English, and the Chinese version for volumes 1-16 can be easily found online.  However, it seems nobody uploaded the rest of this series.  I did find the raws in pretty good quality, so at least that’s half the battle.  I do have the physical copies of volumes 17-21 in Chinese, but they are kept at my parents’ house.  The earliest I can get it is probably a month from now.  If someone can somehow find the Chinese version online, then I can start sooner.

Sorry about that.

Update (4/14/15): I will be getting volumes 17-21 on 4/25/14.  I should have a chapter ready a week from then.

Update (4/25/15): I just received volumes 17-21. I will start translating again sometime next week.

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Bartender Glass 127 – The Story of Taketsuru and Rita (Part 3)

March 20, 2015 6 comments

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Update: Fixed MangaHere’s link

Links:

MediaFire

MangaHere

Drinks of the Day:

Rita’s Bell (a.k.a Wedding Bell)

  • 20 ml Dry Gin
  • 20 ml Quinquina
  • 20 ml Dubonnet
  • 10 ml Cherry Brandy
  • 10 ml Lemon Juice

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

A lengthy 3 chapter story that tied together the loose ends from past chapters.  I think the author did a pretty good job wrapping it all together.  For most of the chapter, the story focused on the story of Rita and Taketsuru, but it all leads up to Wendy and Masao, whom they mirrored.  It wasn’t clear what grandma Hana wanted to express at first, but when Wendy came into the picture, everything is clear.  She is trying to tell Masao about another couple who made it work even though they weren’t of the same race/nationality.  She also knew that they will probably encounter hardships and wanted to show support in her own way.

I’ve also learned quite a bit about whisky from these chapters.  I’ve never actually visited a whisky distillery before, and now I’m kind of interested in seeing one in person.  I’ve also taken an interest in Japanese whisky.  I’ve recently tried two brands, Taketsuru 12 and Hakushu 12.  I don’t have a good palate, but I can tell they’re different from Scotch or Irish whisky, and they are quite good.

I’m pretty sure I butchered a lot of technical terms, but please forgive me for the mistakes.  I’m also a bit skeptical about the details on Rita and Taketsuru.  At the very least, I’ve read different versions of the Christmas Pudding thing.  If anyone have credible source regarding their story, I’d love to know what actually went down.

Categories: Bartender

Bartender Glass 126 – The Story of Taketsuru and Rita (Part 2)

March 6, 2015 10 comments

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Links:

MediaFire

MangaHere

Drinks of the Day:

Hot Apple Wine

  • 45 ml Apple Wine
  • Hot Water
  • 1 Slice of Lemon
  • (Optional) Cinnamon
  • (Optional) Cloves

 

Categories: Bartender

Bartender Glass 125 – The Story of Taketsuru and Rita (Part 1)

February 20, 2015 5 comments

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Update: Taketsuru’s name is actually Taketsuru Masataka, not Taketsuru Nikka.  Sorry about the mistake.

Links:

MediaFire

MangaHere

Drinks of the Day:

Mint Julep

  • 60 ml Whisky
  • 4-5 Leaves of Mint
  • 1 Teaspoon of Sugar
  • 20-30 ml Mineral Water
  • Ice
  • Garnish with Mint

 

Categories: Bartender

Bartender Glass 124 – Clown of the North (Part 2)

February 6, 2015 2 comments

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Links:

MediaFire

MangaHere

Drinks of the Day:

Hot Whisky Toddy

  • 45 ml Whisky
  • Cloves
  • Sugar
  • 1 Slice of Lemon
  • Hot Water

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

A very nice way to go into Shiraishi’s past.  I think the back story fits very well with the personality that he has shown us.  He’s always intense because he strives to earn enough money to support himself and his sister.  He’s a bit narcissistic and snide, probably traits that grew with him when he was a delinquent.  And he’s also a bit cynical, which can be explained by the fact that his father left his family for a woman.  It’s a pretty sad story with few comical moments, but I think it was very well done.  I also really liked how Shiraishi changes throughout the arc.  First, he was angry at his father for leaving him, then he was given some consolation when Kuzuhara understood his pain.  He thought he has forgiven his father, tried to reconnect, but a misunderstanding messed things up.  However, I think ultimately, this shows that Shiraishi hasn’t really forgiven his father at all.  He didn’t truly understand what Kuzuhara meant about “straying from the right path” until he saw the bottles fell over in the taxi cab.  He finally forgave his father, but it was too late.

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