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Bartender Chapter 22 – The Lie at the Counter (Part 2)

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Drink of the Day:

Pastis Water

  • 1 Pastis
  • 5 Mineral Water

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

A relatively exciting chapter.  The con artist Oda challenged Sasakura to a tasting match.  He wants Sasakura to figure out different brands of Pastis by tasting it.  But like what any professional bartender would do, he declines to drink while he works (this is something that will be brought up time and time again), but he ended taking the challenge but only drinking 1 drop of Pastis that’s dilluted in water.  I’ve never drank Pastis before, so I don’t know if they have a very distinct flavor, but the fact that Sasakura figured out every single brand like that is truly impressive.  Unlike the previous stories, Sasakura really showed off his abilities as a bartender.  From last chapter’s detective-like perception to this chapter’s super-human tasting abilities.  Not to mention the service and respect he provided even to a con artist.  It was just great to see some action again.

This story also shows the maturity of this series, and how it is geared more towards adults than younger readers.  Most mangas would focus on justice and virtues such as one should not lie.  But in reality, it really isn’t possible to live a life free of lies.  The bar is a stage.  You can act and show others what you want them to see.  I believe Sasakura did not want to expose the Oda’s true identity either, but he obviously changed his mind after figuring out that Oda’s true intentions were to get the lady’s money.  But even someone righteous like Sasakura said some lies are permissible on a bar’s counter.  He understands that it is often a necessity.  The chapter also serves as a good example for people in the service industry.  It is one thing to confront the customer, but you should always leave them with a way out.  Don’t push your luck, there’s no point in that.  This is probably more important in Asian countries than Western countries, but direct confrontations will not always work, especially towards prideful customers.

All in all, this was a very enjoyable story, and it has a lot of deeper meanings for readers to think about.

Categories: Bartender
  1. Thomas
    February 26, 2010 at 10:44 am
  2. Grimmer
    February 26, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Just dropped in to say thanks for the excellent work done. 😉

  3. Grimmer
    February 26, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Oh btw, frankly I think I too could taste a single drop of pastis in a glass of water…frankly I’d probably be able to smell it. Anise is very pungent.

  4. a
    February 26, 2010 at 11:28 am

    http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ%3AL%3A2008%3A039%3A0016%3A0054%3Afr%3APDF

    Here a eu regulation concerning alcohol appelations

    Search for pastis in the middle of the doc.

  5. a
    February 26, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Commenting as I’m reading : it’s a fact that pastis also means to mix (mélanger) in provencal, so there’s no error here 🙂

    • February 26, 2010 at 2:18 pm

      Thanks for taking the time to comment! It’s good to know that the author isn’t just making things up… hahaha

  6. JePiNaY
    February 26, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Thanks again for another chapter.

  7. Tsukasa
    February 26, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Thanks again for another great chapter! I can’t wait to see more. ^^

  8. cerkis
    February 26, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Thank you for the chapter, realistic take on the situation. Very nice.

  9. ndqanh_vn
    February 26, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Sasakura is even more impressive than he’s in the anime episode!

    The plot twist’s really interesting :”>

  10. ndqanh_vn
    February 26, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    one more, with all those review, you’re the most amazing translator I have ever seen. Keep up the good work.

    One more thing, is it possible for me to use your translation to translate the manga into Vietnamese?

    • February 27, 2010 at 9:31 pm

      Sure thing. I would suggest that you also use Japanese as reference if at all possible. I really don’t know much Japanese, but I use whatever I can understand anyways to double check.
      There are some instances in my translation that I didn’t translate it literally to make it flow better, so please use it with caution. hahaha

  11. Anonymous
    February 27, 2010 at 5:52 am

    Another superb chapter. keep up the good work!

  12. ezechielle
    February 27, 2010 at 6:48 am

    Thank you for the work!

    Fine translation and that’s true that Pernod is just a anised liquor and not a pastis. It came from the fact that pastis(es?) come from the soaking of fennel or chinese star anise and liquorice. The pernod comes from the distillation of plants and contain rather a few quantity of liquorice. The Berger blanc is a white pastis because it is not colored with caramel like pastis 51 or the other presented in the manga. That’s why, when you poor cold water on Pastis 51 it is slightly yellow and not completelty white like Berger Blanc or ouzo.

    Well, all this speach to say thank you so much for your wonderfull work on this manga!

  13. Will
    February 28, 2010 at 6:37 am

    I am amazed by yr delivery of the characters’ emotion.

    One example:http://www.onemanga.com/Bartender/10/22/

    • February 28, 2010 at 3:12 pm

      Yes, I am also amazed by the delivery of the emotions in this page, but unfortunately I wasn’t the one who made this translation. hahaha. I’ve only started on Bartender starting chapter 16. Hopefully you will find my translation to be just as good as my predecessor.

  14. Dhalia
    March 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    another great chapter! thanks!

  15. Anon
    March 4, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Thank you for the chapter

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