Bartender Glass 150 – The First Drop

January 27, 2017 5 comments

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Looks like chapters are back to 24 pages again.  Weird.  This also wraps up volume 19.  Just two more to go!  Happy Chinese New Years!

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Drinks of the Day:

The Final Drop Burnside 1990

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

This chapter have some really highs and really lows for me.  I really like how they finally brought back Miwa.  Feels like it’s been ages since she appeared, and I think this chapter is a good, natural continuation of their story.  Its also good to see both that lawyer (forgot her name) and Kyouko show up as well.  I really like the dynamic between those 3 female characters.  It’s just a different type of interaction than the ones that Sasakura have with others.

There’s something I really did not like though.  First of all, Sasakura really screwed up big time.  As perceptive and experienced as he is, how could he mess up so many times in one sitting.  First, he seems to not care that Miwa is ordering strong drinks one after another.  Then he tries to give her a liquor to convey his message, and that message didn’t reach her.  This is very unlike him.  I’m sure there is another liquor or cocktail out there that he could’ve used to give the same message, but one that Miwa can actually notice.  What’s more, after he gave Miwa the drink, he pretty much egged her on and got her to down it.  He should know what kind of person Miwa is by now, and not say something that’ll piss her off even more.  What Kyouko said also doesn’t make sense.  It doesn’t matter if the customer doesn’t get their intention?  That’s just amateur talk.  Sasakura always say bartenders are there to console the customers.  If they don’t understand your message, how can you console them?  Not only that, she said it’s fine because it gives them some self satisfaction?  Wow, I wouldn’t want her as my bartender.

Categories: Bartender

Bartender Glass 149 – The Invisible Flavor (Part 2)

January 7, 2017 3 comments

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This chapter and the last are both 26 pages long (used to be 24).  Looks like they may have permanently increased page count at this point.

Links:

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Drinks of the Day:

Kaikan Fizz (Morning Fizz)

  • 45 ml Gin
  • 30 ml Milk
  • 15 ml Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Syrup
  • Soda Water

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

This is one of those rare occasions where Sasakura failed.  He was able to convey the message like he was asked, but he also wasn’t able to do it perfectly.  It was kind of surprising, since it didn’t seem like a situation where Sasakura would screw up, but I still liked it.  Sasakura has been on a roll for too long now; it was about time that he was humbled.

I don’t know if I agree with the message here though.  I do think there’s always value in finding out the truth, even if you might not like what you find out.  I’m not saying a white lie isn’t good, but Kuzuhara made it sound like we should always let bygones be bygones.  And this came right after he said a bar is where people can face their true self.  How can you face the truth if you don’t know what it is?   I just felt that this chapter had some mixed messages.

And a warning, the upcoming chapters will also become more and more confusing.  Hopefully I can translate them correctly, but no guarantees.

Categories: Bartender

Bartender Glass 148 – The Invisible Flavor (Part 1)

December 25, 2016 8 comments

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Merry Christmas everyone!

Links:

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Drinks of the Day:

The Bronx

  • 30 ml Gin
  • 10 ml Dry Vermouth
  • 10 ml Sweet Vermouth
  • 10 ml Orange Juice

 

 

Categories: Bartender

Bartender Glass 147 – Departure

December 8, 2016 5 comments

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Links:

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Drinks of the Day:

Balluchone

  • 30 ml Vodka
  • 30 ml Strawberry Liqueur
  • 30 ml Grapefruit Juice
  • 2 tsp Pomegranate Syrup
  • 2 tsp Lemon Juice

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

This chapter had 31 pages, which is much longer than the usual 24.  I think the author made good use of it though.  I didn’t feel like the story dragged on or anything.  He took the time to setup a solid background and finished it off with a good ending.  It had a great balance of humor and seriousness to it as well.  My only complaint is that the story seems too plain.  I would’ve like a long chapter like this to be about Miwa or a character we are already familiar with.

 

 

 

Categories: Bartender

Next Chapter Delayed

November 20, 2016 Leave a comment

I have some family matters to tend to.  This shouldn’t result in a hiatus, but next chapter will be delayed for 1-2 weeks at least.

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Bartender Glass 146 – Fox

November 7, 2016 4 comments

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Links:

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Drinks of the Day:

Golden Cadillac

  • 20 ml Galliano Liqueur
  • 20 ml Crème de cacao
  • 20 ml Heavy Cream

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

An entertaining chapter with some good morals.  Starts off with a difficult customer that is eventually cracked by Sasakura’s drink.  Sasakura also made keen observations like he normally would.  It’s a pretty classic Bartender chapter.  The story is also full of morals.  Don’t listen to rumors cause they’re not always true.  And Ayaka also reminded us to never give up because it’s possible to overcome any obstacle.

Like the previous chapter, I feel there’s some disconnect between two scenes though.  When Sasakura talked about the old bottle being taller, Ayaka immediately reacted with “You … went out of your way to make this cocktail with the old, tall bottle?”  It’s not as weird, but I feel she reacted too quickly and too fast.  I think it would’ve felt more natural if the author added one more frame of her looking at the bottle and making the realization.

 

 

Categories: Bartender

Bartender Glass 145 – Bartender Akatsu Shinji (Part 2)

October 14, 2016 4 comments

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Links:

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Drinks of the Day:

Blue Blazer

  • 60 ml Scotch
  • 60 ml Hot Water
  • Lemon Peel
  • Lit up Scotch and pour into Hot Water

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

This chapter had an enjoyable subject, flair bartending.  I’ve never been to a flair bar or seen any professional performances before, but it looks interesting.  I think there are far more “non-traditional” bars in American than Japan though.  Everywhere you go, the bars are loud, rowdy, and just a bunch of people trying to have a good time.  I think the author tried to make the distinction too black and white.  Even in earlier chapters, you see a lot of people go to Sasakura’s bar when they are happy or want to have a good time.

I also don’t really like the flow of both chapters.  There were a few chapters like this before, where the dialog just doesn’t fit right.  Feels like the author couldn’t find a better way to push the story along.  For example, it feels odd to me that Akatsu would comment on Sasakura’s lack of flair bartending experience.  They were having a good talk about traditional bars vs flair bars, and boom, he just suddenly made that comment.  Another instance is where Akatsu just goes off on a rage and make a 2-handed Blue Blazer.  Then he immediately looks calm again.  It’s not like Sasakura screwed up or anything.  No reason to get angry and be insulted.

Categories: Bartender