Bartender Glass 154 – The Old-fashioned Man

May 16, 2017 2 comments

Still busy.  Not much time to write thoughts for this chapter.

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Drinks of the Day:

Holland Pride

  • 40 ml Holland Gin
  • 20 ml Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 dash Absinthe
  • 1 dash Cointreau
  • 1 dash Sugar Syrup

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

Moral of the story: stay true to yourself.  But I don’t completely agree.  I think a person has to constantly evolve and improve himself.  Sure that can mean in a variety of ways, and I’m not saying Sugiyama should’ve abandoned his 80’s style, but should still find ways to be more appealing to the new generation of listeners.

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Bartender Glass 153 – The Waiting Woman

April 13, 2017 4 comments

Sorry for the delay.  Life’s been busy – daughter on Spring break, work busy, Tonsillitis, etc.

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Drinks of the Day:

Francis Albert

  • 45 ml Wild Turkey Bourbon
  • 45 ml Tanqueray Gin

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

A very mature chapter, deals with marriage and issues with trust.  How the author played out the story really shows the difference between Japanese and Western culture.  In America, when something like this happens, the wife will confront the husband, and probably lead to a divorce.  However, in Japan and other Asian countries, there’s a much higher chance that the wife will simply look the other way.  I think there’s this notion that as long as the husband still loves his family enough to support it and not runaway or something, then it’s all good.  At least that’s my impression of it.

I normally like it when the author brings back characters from previous chapters, but I’m a bit torn on this one.  I think Aki is a great character, but there’s really nothing that ties her character into the story, besides presenting them with the Frank Sinatra CD and stuff.  Any other character could’ve done that, and I really wished she was given a more substantial role.

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Bartender Glass 152 – The Regretful Man

March 10, 2017 2 comments

Back to 26 pages per chapter again… so weird

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Drinks of the Day:

The Glenlivet Nadurra 16 Years

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

This chapter had a pretty heavy topic, and the author did a great job building up the tension.  I also like how the girl from the previous chapter and Tsubasa kept things balanced with some humor.  The story is also very believable.  I think retirement is one of those life changing moments that will make a person think back to his career and life.  You’re about to start the final chapter of your life, but the last thing you should do is start regretting your past decisions.  I’m not at that point in my life yet, so I don’t know how that would feel, but when I do get there, I definitely hope I feel better about myself than that old man did.  Overall, this is a very solid chapter.

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Bartender Glass 151 – Tokyo Station, 6 O’ Clock Train, Hope – Gaman Girl

February 17, 2017 6 comments

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This was a tough chapter to translate.  I’m not very clear on the distinction of “Gaman” and “Endure”.  Katagiri actually says “Gaman” in the early parts of the chapter, but I didn’t want to just use that phrase over and over.  I hope I at least captured the spirit of the story.

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Drinks of the Day:

Perfect Lady

  • 15 ml Dry Gin
  • 15 ml Peach Schnapps Liqueur
  • 15 ml Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Egg White

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

This is the first chapter of a series of connected chapters.  Started off pretty strong.  A good story for the most part and quite funny.  I don’t like Katagiri though.  Not saying she’s poorly developed or anything like that.  I just don’t like the type of person she is.  First of all, she doesn’t seem to be good at her job, and like Sasakura said, she doesn’t really believe she is wrong when she apologizes.  I have some friends like that, and it’s really off-putting when they insist that they are right, to say the least.  What really bugs me is that she considers quitting her job after ONLY THREE DAYS.  I can understand if she’s been doing this for like a month or even a couple of weeks.  But THREE DAYS?  Really, that’s all it takes to make you want to quit your job and go back to your home town?  And she makes it sound like she’s endured hardship for years.  Nope, can’t stand her type.

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Bartender Glass 150 – The First Drop

January 27, 2017 5 comments

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Looks like chapters are back to 24 pages again.  Weird.  This also wraps up volume 19.  Just two more to go!  Happy Chinese New Years!

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Drinks of the Day:

The Final Drop Burnside 1990

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

This chapter have some really highs and really lows for me.  I really like how they finally brought back Miwa.  Feels like it’s been ages since she appeared, and I think this chapter is a good, natural continuation of their story.  Its also good to see both that lawyer (forgot her name) and Kyouko show up as well.  I really like the dynamic between those 3 female characters.  It’s just a different type of interaction than the ones that Sasakura have with others.

There’s something I really did not like though.  First of all, Sasakura really screwed up big time.  As perceptive and experienced as he is, how could he mess up so many times in one sitting.  First, he seems to not care that Miwa is ordering strong drinks one after another.  Then he tries to give her a liquor to convey his message, and that message didn’t reach her.  This is very unlike him.  I’m sure there is another liquor or cocktail out there that he could’ve used to give the same message, but one that Miwa can actually notice.  What’s more, after he gave Miwa the drink, he pretty much egged her on and got her to down it.  He should know what kind of person Miwa is by now, and not say something that’ll piss her off even more.  What Kyouko said also doesn’t make sense.  It doesn’t matter if the customer doesn’t get their intention?  That’s just amateur talk.  Sasakura always say bartenders are there to console the customers.  If they don’t understand your message, how can you console them?  Not only that, she said it’s fine because it gives them some self satisfaction?  Wow, I wouldn’t want her as my bartender.

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Bartender Glass 149 – The Invisible Flavor (Part 2)

January 7, 2017 3 comments

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This chapter and the last are both 26 pages long (used to be 24).  Looks like they may have permanently increased page count at this point.

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Drinks of the Day:

Kaikan Fizz (Morning Fizz)

  • 45 ml Gin
  • 30 ml Milk
  • 15 ml Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Syrup
  • Soda Water

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

This is one of those rare occasions where Sasakura failed.  He was able to convey the message like he was asked, but he also wasn’t able to do it perfectly.  It was kind of surprising, since it didn’t seem like a situation where Sasakura would screw up, but I still liked it.  Sasakura has been on a roll for too long now; it was about time that he was humbled.

I don’t know if I agree with the message here though.  I do think there’s always value in finding out the truth, even if you might not like what you find out.  I’m not saying a white lie isn’t good, but Kuzuhara made it sound like we should always let bygones be bygones.  And this came right after he said a bar is where people can face their true self.  How can you face the truth if you don’t know what it is?   I just felt that this chapter had some mixed messages.

And a warning, the upcoming chapters will also become more and more confusing.  Hopefully I can translate them correctly, but no guarantees.

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Bartender Glass 148 – The Invisible Flavor (Part 1)

December 25, 2016 8 comments

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Merry Christmas everyone!

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Drinks of the Day:

The Bronx

  • 30 ml Gin
  • 10 ml Dry Vermouth
  • 10 ml Sweet Vermouth
  • 10 ml Orange Juice

 

 

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