Next Release Will Be Delayed

July 26, 2017 1 comment

Since there’s only about 10 chapters left, I’m going to power through with translating them first before I work on the rest of the scanlating process.  The next release will be delayed by a few weeks, but the chapters after should come rolling out faster than before.  Stay tuned!

Categories: Bartender, News

Bartender Glass 156 – The Jealous Man

July 11, 2017 5 comments

Links:

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Drinks of the Day:

Sweet Memories

  • 20 ml White Rum
  • 20 ml Orange Curacao
  • 20 ml Dry Vermouth

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

I don’t think I ever experienced the same feeling that the professor did in this chapter.  I was not raised to become the best.  In fact, my parents always told me there will always be someone better, and it’s more realistic (and less frustrating) to just aim to be “good”.  However, if I did devote years of my life on something, and some guy comes along and invalidated in a few minutes, I probably wouldn’t be “jealous”.  I think I would feel that way if he was doing the same research but did it better.  Kaneko didn’t really out-do him; what he did is completely trivialize 20 years of his life (which is way worse, tbh).  I think it’s natural to hate the person or thing that did this, but I don’t think jealousy is the emotion here.

Categories: Bartender

Bartender Glass 155 – The Banging Man

June 15, 2017 4 comments

Links:

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Drinks of the Day:

Harvey Wallbanger

  • 45 ml Vodka
  • 2 tsp Galliano
  • Orange Juice

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

Not really into this chapter.  The flow of the story is odd, especially the tantrum near the end by Kikuta.  The comment he made about education also seems too random.  Feels like there’s a better way to segway into that topic.  Lastly, neither Sasakura nor Kikuta commented on the cocktail, Harvey Wallbanger’s, flavor!  I can’t remember the last time that a chapter did not talk at least a little bit about the cocktail’s taste or texture.  Sure it’s usually pretty generic, but it does give us some idea of what kind of cocktail it is.

I also had a hard time finding anything on the painting, L’Arbre tordu.  Only thing I did find is this: http://www.hiroshima-museum.jp/en/collection/abroad/Cezanne_en.html.  It appears it’s a piece displayed in Hiroshima Art Museum.  That’s probably why the author picked this piece to talk about.

Categories: Bartender

Bartender Glass 154 – The Old-fashioned Man

May 16, 2017 2 comments

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

Links:

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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.

Categories: Bartender

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.

Links:

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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.

Categories: Bartender

Bartender Glass 152 – The Regretful Man

March 10, 2017 2 comments

Back to 26 pages per chapter again… so weird

Links:

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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.

Categories: Bartender

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.

Links:

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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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