Bartender Glass 133 – Black Rose

July 23, 2015 4 comments

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Drinks of the Day:

Black Rose

  • 45 ml Gold Rum
  • 120 ml Iced Coffee

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

Chairman Kurushima is officially dead, and Miwa is left to deal with Hotel Cardinal.  At first, it seems like if she was to retain control of the hotel, then Eden Hall might not have to close, but it seems things are out of her control.  Sasakura already knew this was coming, and provided Miwa much needed support.  We also got to see some interaction between the two, something that we haven’t really seen in a while.

This chapter doesn’t follow the usual routine where someone visits the bar and needs Sasakura to help inspire them or give them a push.  I see this chapter purely as a transition into the next arc.  There’s some morals to explore, but nothing too deep or serious.  It’s quite refreshing to me actually.  There isn’t much humor, but unlike some chapters, I didn’t have to read it 2 or 3 times to understand what’s going on.

Lastly, I couldn’t find actual recipes for this “Black Rose” cocktail anywhere.  The ones I did find all use Bourbon as base, and the recipe is very different.  Not sure if the one in the manga is made up or not.

Categories: Bartender

Bartender Glass 132 – Elephant

July 9, 2015 6 comments

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Drinks of the Day:

Old Pal with Ice

  • 20 ml Rye Whisky
  • 20 ml Dry Vermouth
  • 20 ml Campari
  • Ice

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

This chapter brings the Hotel Cardinal arc to an end.  I know it hasn’t been explicitly stated, but it should be pretty obvious that Chairman Kurushima died in this chapter.  There’s nothing keeping the hotel together and Sasakura is forced to leave Eden Hall.  More spoilers, the next arc is the final one, and it’s my least favorite.  It’s one of those classic cases where the manga was forced to finish without a proper ending.  Anyways, will talk more about it when we get there.

I think coping with death is something that doesn’t come naturally, but it’s something that we learn in time.  I’ve had a few relatives pass away, and I think I am fine dealing with the death of others, but I can’t imagine dealing with my own death.  I’ve read some articles about people accepting the inevitable, but I think I’m still too young to understand how that’s possible.

Categories: Bartender

Bartender Glass 131 – Narai (Part 2)

June 20, 2015 3 comments

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Drinks of the Day:

Lover’s Dream

  • 20 ml Lemon Juice
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon Sugar
  • Ginger Ale
  • Garnish with Lemon Peel

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

This is a good story in my many ways.  First of all, it has a good moral.  The story teaches us to make every second count because you never know what’s going to happen next.  It’s easy to take for granted what you have, and often times, you only realize what you have when you lose it.  The story also, to some extent, teaches us that everyone has a past and we should not neglect that.  Sometimes parents may have a different perspective as their kids, but there’s a reason for that.  Parents come from a different time, and had experiences of their own.

We also finally get to read about Tsubasa’s family.  I’m always interested in getting to know more about the main characters.  It’s a shame that we don’t get this more often.

And lastly, this chapter is necessary for what’s to come.  Sasakura is leaving Eden Hall soon, and Tsubasa was stuck with the dilemma of following Sasakura or not.  The story gave Tsubasa two reason to join him.  One, his father pushes him towards that decision, and two, now that he’s kicked out of the house, he doesn’t have to answer to his mom anymore or worry about what she’ll think.  I think his mom would’ve been okay with it, but it’s tougher to make this kind of decision when you’re living in your parents’ house.

 

Categories: Bartender

Bartender Glass 130 – Narai (Part 1)

June 5, 2015 4 comments

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Drinks of the Day:

Sol Cubano

  • 60 ml Light Rum
  • 60 ml Grapefruit Juice
  • Tonic Water

 

Categories: Bartender

Bartender Glass 129 – The Last Leaf

May 21, 2015 7 comments

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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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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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