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.

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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

 

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

February 6, 2015 2 comments

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Links:

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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.

Categories: Bartender

Bartender Glass 123 – Clown of the North (Part 1)

January 21, 2015 2 comments

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Drinks of the Day:

Super Nikka

 

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Bartender Glass 122 – Sauv Qui Peut

January 7, 2015 6 comments

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Happy new years! Hope everyone had a great holiday season, got lots of awesome gifts, and are well-rested to start the new year.

Links:

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Drinks of the Day:

Sapporo

  • 30 ml Vodka
  • 30 ml Amaretto
  • 15 ml Dry Vermouth
  • 15 ml Chartreuse Verte
  • Garnish with Green Cherry or Lemon Peel

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

In this chapter, we get to see the rare scene where another bartender helps Sasakura in a pinch. I think it’s good to have chapters like these to show us that Sasakura is human too, and it took trials and tribulations before he became (and continue to be) a good bartender.  I also like it when the manga shows other bartenders as being competent.  Although… now that I think about it, I feel like there are too many good bartenders in this manga.  They rarely show bad or evil bartenders who doesn’t care about the customers.  I suppose the focus of this manga is to be laid back and give different perspectives on life, but it would’ve been cool to have a chapter or two where Sasakura have to expose a bad bartender.

I’m normally all for comic reliefs, and I do think one is necessary in this chapter, but I really don’t like that old geezer who’s just spewing nonsense. I know he’s supposed to be drunk, and he’s just making connections to relationships because he just got dumped, but I just find him annoying, not funny.  Another reason I don’t like him is what he said at the very beginning of the chapter.  “Hear me out, I’ve only cheated once, and she wants to break up with me!”  That just shows the inequality between men and women in Japan.  It’s okay for men to cheat, but not okay for women to do it.  It just irritates me that he actually believes the person he cheated on should continue to go out with him, and even labeling her as “heartless” when she doesn’t want anything to do with him anymore.

Categories: Bartender

Bartender Glass 121 – The Heart of an Adult

December 19, 2014 6 comments

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Links:

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Drinks of the Day:

Prairie Oyster

  • Egg Yolk
  • 1 Tsp of Hot Sauce
  • 1 Tsp of Ketchup
  • 2 Dash of Vinegar
  • 1 Dash of Pepper

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

The main point I got from this chapter is that nothing can truly prepare you for the real world.  The only way to learn to be an adult is to become one and work as one.  School can prepare you academically, and people around you can help you towards your goal, but it’s not that easy.  There are so many things in life that can prevent you from obtaining your dream job.  What’s worse is that you may end up with a job you think is easy, but it ended up being harder than you ever imagined.  I’ve said this before, but I think one of the most important qualities a person can have is to be adaptive.  The faster you can get used to something, the better off you are in life.  I’m not saying to take whatever is thrown at you, but sometimes you don’t have a choice, and you just have to work through it.

On a side note, I like the little bits and pieces of humor in this chapter.

Categories: Bartender

Dream Drift – Project I’ve Been Working On

December 15, 2014 5 comments

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Hi All,

I’ve been working on a separate project for the past 18 months.  It was one of the reasons why I took my last haitus from Bartender.  It’s actually still not 100% complete, but it’s at a state where I feel comfortable sharing it with others.  It’s an RPG game made with RPG Maker VX Ace.  I’ve taken the features that I really liked from famous 90’s RPGs (Chrono Trigger, FF6, etc) and put them into one.  The story is also something that I spent quite some time writing.  It probably has quite a few plot holes, but from the comments I’ve heard so far, it’s pretty solid.  The graphics and sound aren’t that great, since I’ve mostly just using what resources I can find online, but hopefully the combat, gameplay, and story will make it an enjoyable experience.

Making games have always been something I wanted to do.  The lack of artistic skills (or friends) made it difficult for me to create one from scratch.  I’ve attempted making games several times before with varying success.  This one is by far the most complete, and I’m very proud of what I managed to accomplish.

Hope there are some RPG lovers out there who are willing to give it a try.

Link to rpgmaker.net page: http://rpgmaker.net/games/7129/

Link to the download: http://rpgmaker.net/games/7129/downloads/

Screenshots:

field_1 menu map field_4 field_3 field_2 battle_1 battle_2

Categories: Stuff

Bartender Glass 120 – The Heart’s Wall

December 2, 2014 3 comments

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Links:

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Drinks of the Day:

Cherry Blossom

  • 30 ml Cherry Brandy
  • 20 ml Brandy
  • 2 Dash of Lemon Juice
  • 2 Dash of Curacao
  • 2 Dash of Grenadine

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

This chapter is about a touchy subject, racism.  It’s not about hating people of another race, but I think in some respects, this is even worse.  It’s about how people tend to shy away from people of other race/nationality.  Sometimes this is rooted in history, but I think more often, people are just afraid of the unfamiliar.  There’s nothing wrong with Judy in the chapter, but the old man Tadashi just have a hard time accepting her.  I’m no psychologist, but I think this stems from the fact that the older generation had almost no contact with foreigners (or at least good impression of foreigners) when they were young.  Although Tadashi seem to accept Judy at the end, I personally don’t think it’s ever that easy.  It takes time for people (especially old people) to change.

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