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Bartender Chapter 79 – The Most Important Job




Drink of the Day:

Sledge Hammer

  • 45 ml Vodka
  • 15 ml Lime Juice

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

I have mixed feelings about this chapter.

The topic, although sensitive, was a good choice.  Suicide is a real-world issue, and showing that a person can turn away from that idea is always a good thing.  It will indirectly influnece the people who read this chapter, and hopefully give them hope.  It also explains that suicide isn’t only troublesome, but also a selfish act.  I read recently that some people who choose suicide have the perception that suicide is a way for them to make a statement.  It’s not that they really have no where else to turn in life or something devastating forced them to kill themselves.  People suicide to make a point, and sometimes even to show their pride.  (I think this type of thinking is more prevalent in Eastern culture).  It’s scary to think that people would choose to end their own life just so they can convey an idea to others.  It’s always good to see media of any form to provide some reality to suicide.  Also, it ties in with Sasakura’s past, so we can explore that a little bit more as well.

What I don’t like about this chapter is the ending.  I’ve read this chapter several times, and I still can’t understand what was the spark that changed Kurosawa.  The manga shows that he realizes something, but from the dialogue, it didn’t make much sense to me.  It says that he went to the bar one last time to face himself.  I don’t know what gave him that idea, and I don’t understand why that thought would change his attitude.  It’s possible there was something subtle in the original Japanese text that wasn’t translated into Chinese, so I wasn’t able to get that.  I’ll give the author the benefit of the doubt, but I still don’t like the fact that I couldn’t understand the climax of the story.

Another nitpicky thing I didn’t like is what Miwa did.  Her relationship with Sasakura has been subtle thus far.  She’s shown signs that she likes him, but she was making things too apparent in this chapter.  Although it was a one-liner that was thrown in like an afterthought, it was still abrupt.

Categories: Bartender
  1. Mike
    November 14, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    With regards to Miwa, it has been subtle so far outwardly, but certainly not in the prose itself. I think watching Sasakura in action on this particular topic, along with remembering things she did, as well as the anxiety of asking out the guy she likes probably all just pushed her into a weird place emotionally. It made sense to me that she would act out like that.

    Thanks for the great work you do!

  2. Michael
    November 14, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    As an “almost suicide”, in my case it was about ending the pain of migraine headaches. ANYTHING that stopped the pain was acceptable. What saved me was my wife, I could not drop that load of guilt on her.
    Three friends have taken that route, and I still do not understand why.

    On a cheerful note, Thanks for the translations, this is a great series.

  3. Dedale
    November 15, 2012 at 10:55 am

    About the Anatole France quote which you translated by : “Death is a lot of work”, the only one I can found that match is : “Mourir, c’est accomplir un acte d’une portée incalculable.” from ‘Les jardins d’Epicure’ which I would translate as: “Dying is an act with an inestimable reach” (well if you take it quite literally and that you’re not sure about your english (abscence of) proficiency, you get something along those lines). Or perhaps “To die is to perform an act of great consequences”.
    Not that i am convinced that it is the original quote as it doesn’t really match with the following line.

    Anyway, thank you for your hard work.

  4. November 18, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    As always, thanks for the beautiful series to you and the author especially.
    As for my opinion, what Miwa did is actually an explosion of emotion that she’s been held when she worried about the author “last message”. When the author do suicide, certainly the hotel’s image will be affected. Knowing that he changed by Sasakura Ryu, Miwa couldn’t keep her happiness and her affections towards Sasakura was greatly increased. That’s why she grabbed Sasakura with a shed of tears

  5. Pen
    December 15, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Mayhaps, Miwa forwardness towards Sasakura in this chapter reflects her worries from Sasakura’s trauma of that late client’s suicide. She gave it a lot of thought in “Ryuu’s Past” and I see her worries about that subject reocurring in this chapter.

  6. February 12, 2013 at 12:41 am

    Suicide is one of the leading causes of premature death. But it lives in the shadows. Except for widely publicized cases like bullied British Columbia teen Amanda Todd, you don’t hear much about these deaths. We tend to keep them quiet and think of them as a private matter. In the newspaper obituaries, families almost never say “death by suicide.” Instead, there is a euphemism, like “died suddenly.” Or there is no cause of death listed at all.

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