Can’t Find Bartender Volume 17-21 Chinese Translation online

March 25, 2015 2 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.

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Bartender Glass 127 – The Story of Taketsuru and Rita (Part 3)

March 20, 2015 5 comments

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Update: Fixed MangaHere’s link

Links:

MediaFire

MangaHere

Drinks of the Day:

Rita’s Bell (a.k.a Wedding Bell)

  • 20 ml Dry Gin
  • 20 ml Quinquina
  • 20 ml Dubonnet
  • 10 ml Cherry Brandy
  • 10 ml Lemon Juice

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

A lengthy 3 chapter story that tied together the loose ends from past chapters.  I think the author did a pretty good job wrapping it all together.  For most of the chapter, the story focused on the story of Rita and Taketsuru, but it all leads up to Wendy and Masao, whom they mirrored.  It wasn’t clear what grandma Hana wanted to express at first, but when Wendy came into the picture, everything is clear.  She is trying to tell Masao about another couple who made it work even though they weren’t of the same race/nationality.  She also knew that they will probably encounter hardships and wanted to show support in her own way.

I’ve also learned quite a bit about whisky from these chapters.  I’ve never actually visited a whisky distillery before, and now I’m kind of interested in seeing one in person.  I’ve also taken an interest in Japanese whisky.  I’ve recently tried two brands, Taketsuru 12 and Hakushu 12.  I don’t have a good palate, but I can tell they’re different from Scotch or Irish whisky, and they are quite good.

I’m pretty sure I butchered a lot of technical terms, but please forgive me for the mistakes.  I’m also a bit skeptical about the details on Rita and Taketsuru.  At the very least, I’ve read different versions of the Christmas Pudding thing.  If anyone have credible source regarding their story, I’d love to know what actually went down.

Categories: Bartender

Bartender Glass 126 – The Story of Taketsuru and Rita (Part 2)

March 6, 2015 9 comments

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Links:

MediaFire

MangaHere

Drinks of the Day:

Hot Apple Wine

  • 45 ml Apple Wine
  • Hot Water
  • 1 Slice of Lemon
  • (Optional) Cinnamon
  • (Optional) Cloves

 

Categories: Bartender

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.

Links:

MediaFire

MangaHere

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

 

Categories: Bartender

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

February 6, 2015 2 comments

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Links:

MediaFire

MangaHere

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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Links:

MediaFire

MangaHere

Drinks of the Day:

Super Nikka

 

Categories: Bartender

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:

MediaFire

MangaHere

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
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