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Bartender Chapter 40 – Cigar Smoke (Part 1)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope everyone has a good weekend and thanks for all your continued support.  Also, I’ve been asked to upload Bartender to other websites, but truth is there are just too many sites out there, and since there are kind people out there who are willing to propagate my scans from MangaFox to other locations, I don’t really want to spend the time doing it myself.  Thanks for understanding.





Drink of the Day:


  • 40 ml Spicy Sherry
  • 20 ml Dry Vermouth
  • 1 Dash of Orange Bitters

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

This is the first part of another two-part story (there’s going to be more and more of this), but I like this a lot more than the last two-part story, since it features an old character.  For people who don’t remember, Hayase and Sasakura have known each other for quite some time (read chapter 7 for more details).  Hayase is generally a good customer, very professional, and also has a kind heart (partly thanks to Sasakura).  However, in this chapter, he again makes an ass of himself when his temper snaps in the bar.  I really like the moral of this story (at least so far).  It teaches us that people do not always express their true selves, and that there may be a deeper meaning behind what people do.  And in some situations, people can’t help but act the way they do.  Although on the surface, Bartenders is a manga about cocktails, it actually focuses on the relationships between people, and their emotional turmoils.  I think this chapter really did a good job in that area.  In comparison, the “Story in the Glass” chapter did not flow as well, and the characters seem to randomly snap.  The build up of emotions is much more natural here.

Another reason why I like this chapter is because Sasakura kind of screwed up.  It shows that he’s not all powerful, he can’t read minds, and he doesn’t always know what is the best thing to do.  He’s a very skilled bartender, but he still lack in experience.  It’s good to see Sasakura make these mistakes to show that he still needs to improve.  A manga where the protagonist doesn’t improve is a boring manga, and it’s the same case here.  Sasakura still needs to evolve and learn.  On one hand it makes the story more engaging to read, and on the other, it makes the story more realistic.

Categories: Bartender
  1. November 24, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Thanks for the release!

    What did people think of the redraws??
    I would like any comments on if anyone could tell if anything was redrawn! 😀

    Also megaupload link seems to be really slow today, I just finished updating it on the OtakuComplex link, took forever!

  2. Ariel
    November 24, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Thank you very much for the new release!!!

  3. cerkis
    November 24, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Thank you, great scanlation and very interesting chapter.

  4. Epistasthai
    November 26, 2010 at 10:04 am

    than you so much for bringing us this wonderful work! I really enjoy reading this manga, and appreciate very much all the hard work you do in order to bring it to us.

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