Bartender Glass 134 – Bartender’s Qualification

August 28, 2015 2 comments

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Drinks of the Day:

Boccie Ball

  • 30 ml Amaretto
  • 30 ml Orange Juice
  • Soda Water

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

Another chapter that I did not quite like.  The new guy, Kakuda, had too many weird statements that never really made sense.  For example, the conversation about his father, and also the fact that he went from “I don’t have time to think about stuff like this …” to looking like he’s really happy about the drink Tsubasa made him.  At first, they looked like plot devices that can be explored in the future, but (unless I’m mistaken) this guy never appears for a second time.  I’m also not a fan of the pace.  This chapter moved too fast, and it was hard to figure out what is going on.  For example, in the beginning, Keiko makes a joke about Kakuda’s food choice, then he downs his drink (a small frame showing that), and then Keiko makes a convoluted statement about meeting classmates in court, and then Kakuda gets the conclusion of “don’t let your guard down”…. Okay… I thoroughly confused the first few times I read this.  I just don’t see how the conversation can proceed like that.  The manga expected you to have this thought process: 1) Keiko makes a joke about Kakuda’s food choice, 2) Kakuda, annoyed by Keiko, downs his drink, 3) Keiko sees this and thinks this is inappropriate, and warns Kakuda that we may meet other lawyers present at this mixer in court, so don’t do that, 4) Kakuda tries to figure out why Keiko made this warning, and thinks it’s because he shouldn’t drink too much and give the other lawyers a chance to pry information from him.  All this jam packed into a little over a page is just too much.  This is going to happen more and more often as the series continue too.  The main reason why I disliked the later chapters.

Categories: Bartender

No Release For Two Weeks (At Least)

August 3, 2015 2 comments

Due to personal reasons, the next release won’t be out until 8/21 at the earliest.

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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

 

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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.

 

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