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Old 2006-10-11, 04:26   Link #21
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Well.... It looks like the show will be 11 episodes, I dont know if its confirmed but whenever they have it set up like that it hardly ever changes. I was looking forward to more.. :/

Only! 3 days left till it Airs =)
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Old 2006-10-15, 00:03   Link #22
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Finally! I was waiting for the raw all day--
I really enjoyed the first epsiode - but it's only the first
I'm anxious for the next episode and when they really get into the story
Really liked how real frames were included Some(?) nice music too (volume was a bit low)

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Old 2006-10-15, 00:32   Link #23
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It was... beautiful. I can emphasize a bit with a sense of disillusionment... the man's ignorance despite being so well informed...
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Old 2006-10-15, 02:58   Link #24
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Hmm, I didn't really like the first episode...
Spoiler:
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Old 2006-10-15, 09:04   Link #25
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Old 2006-10-15, 10:21   Link #26
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Old 2006-10-15, 17:46   Link #27
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There is a song by Billy Joel that goes like this:

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Piano Man

It's nine o'clock on a Saturday
The regular crowd shuffles in
There's an old man sitting next to me
Making love to his tonic and gin

He says, "Son can you play me a memory
I'm not really sure how it goes
But it's sad and it sweet and I knew it complete
When I wore a younger man's clothes"

La la-la di-di da
La-la di-di da, da dum

Sing us a song, you're the piano man
Sing us a song tonight
Well, we're all in the mood for a melody
And you've got us feeling all right

Now John at the bar is a friend of mine
He gets me my drinks for free
And he's a quick with a joke or a light-up-your-smoke
But there's someplace that he'd rather be

He says "Bill, I believe this is killing me"
As the smile ran away from his face
"Well I'm sure that I could be a movie star
If I could get out of this place"

La la-la di-di da
La-la di-di da, da dum

Now Paul is a real estate novelist
Who never had time for a wife
And he's talking with Davey who's still in the Navy
And probably will be for life

And the waitress is practicing politics
As the businessmen slowly get stoned
Yes they're sharing a drink they call loneliness
But it's better than drinking alone

Sing us a song, you're the piano man
Sing us a song tonight
Well, we're all in the mood for a melody
And you've got us feeling all right

It's a pretty good crowd for a Saturday
And the manager gives me a smile
'Cause he knows that it's me they've been coming to see
To forget about life for awhile

And the piano sounds like a carnival
And the microphone smells like a beer
And they sit at the bar and put bread in my jar
And say "Man, what are you doing here"

La la-la di-di da
La-la di-di da, da dum

Sing us a song, you're the piano man
Sing us a song tonight
Well, we're all in the mood for a melody
And you've got us feeling all right
Bartender is probably the closest anime will ever get to that atmosphere.

To anime is very relaxed and relaxing, almost lost in its own thoughts, or maybe lost in the depths of the drink.

The jazzy ending is amazing and to see the bartender mix the same drink described in the episode was very inventive. I wonder if they are going to do it every time?

This could be educational.
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Old 2006-10-15, 22:01   Link #28
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There is a song by Billy Joel that goes like this:



Bartender is probably the closest anime will ever get to that atmosphere.

To anime is very relaxed and relaxing, almost lost in its own thoughts, or maybe lost in the depths of the drink.

The jazzy ending is amazing and to see the bartender mix the same drink described in the episode was very inventive. I wonder if they are going to do it every time?

This could be educational.
Yes I really liked that The bartender actually did make a Grasshopper in the ED with a recipe provided I was wondering too - would they really show a new drink for every ending? That would be nice


Oh and how many episodes will the series be? There's already eleven listed but could that change

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Old 2006-10-16, 00:01   Link #29
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The show has a good, unique feeling. And I was really impressed with the bartender's voice and presentation. I'm not much of a fan of either bars or mixed drinks, but maybe this will corrupt me, lol. We'll see if the apparently episodic nature of the thing gets stale or not.
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Old 2006-10-16, 10:57   Link #30
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Bartender seems really good for 'chilling out'.
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Old 2006-10-16, 15:20   Link #31
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We'll see if the apparently episodic nature of the thing gets stale or not.
I just hope episode one would give rest to any further comparison with Mushishi.
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Old 2006-10-16, 16:37   Link #32
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It's been subbed!
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Old 2006-10-16, 18:48   Link #33
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yeah, it's been subbed, so this thread should be moved to the Fansubs forum

it took me a while and a couple of searches to even find this thread...

dl'ing now and will comment whenever i get around to watching it
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Old 2006-10-16, 19:57   Link #34
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Definitely a "healing" genre for adult. Just for people to sit back and watch the show and relax and have a drink and then go to bed. Good atmosphere delivers the promise.

And what? Comparing it to eh, mushishi???? Prolly next time people are gonna compare orange with Mother Teresa, spaghetti with Kim Jong Il, and pepsi with hmm, the Mars?
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Old 2006-10-16, 23:31   Link #35
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Just watched ep 1. It's a bit on the boring side, but it's quite educational. And I think it's cool they show how to make the corktail with real person doing it at the end. I will check out a few episodes more before deciding on this series.
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Old 2006-10-16, 23:49   Link #36
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The closest anime I can think of in terms of mood is ARIA. I am a sucker for slice-of-life shows, and it helps even more that Bartender is being directed as though it is a theater show.

To add on, my thoughts as written elsewhere,
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Just watched the subs for this one, and it is definitely a keeper for me. The one unique thing about this anime is how they make it seem as though the show is set on a stage, inclusive of character spotlights, narration and soliquays. I am a big Literature fan, and I absolutely love the direction they have taken here.

Cheers.
I really hope that a group will pick this one up for regular subbing.

Cheers.
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Old 2006-10-17, 07:48   Link #37
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I also have an uncontrollable susceptibility towards slice-of-life anime. It doesn't terribly surprise me that I liked Bartender, given the premise and what I've heard of it, etc, etc. But it is nice that I can actually say I liked it after I watched it. And it is nice.

Rather surreal at times, though. The story's certainly aren't anywhere near as profound as Mushishi or similar (well, not the one we saw in the first ep anyway). In fact, I think we can all put the Mushishi comparisons to bed now that we've seen the first ep. ARIA is a far better comparison now, particularly given the feel-good mood and the fact that it most definitely belongs in the "healing" genre.

I wouldn't say the animation is bad, but there wasn't a great deal that really tested the animators. I did like some of the cinematography and segue, though... some of it was really clever and eye catching. Absolutely loved some of the music, though.

There are times where I thought the story was a bit stupid. It's obvious they're not aiming for anything overly profound here, but I think the way they handled it made it respectable, even if it wasn't terribly interesting. This is clearly more a character-focused thing and I think the appeal of the stories in future episodes will be more an emotional one than an intellectual one. Which is fine by me.

Good stuff. I think I'm going to thoroughly enjoy this anime.
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Old 2006-10-17, 09:16   Link #38
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Nice. It always sounded a bit like Aria to me. I think I said as much in this thread and the new announced anime thread. Nice to see some Aria fans enjoying the show, and whilst not a clear cut indication should hopefully mean it's something that I will also enjoy. Like Sorrow-K and Skane, I usually like all the slice-of-life type animes that I've come across and they are something of a favourite genre/class of mine, with the only recent exception being Binbou Shimai(but that was really due to not getting on with the characters and as a result I didn't watch past the first episode which is not something I usually do). I will probably either wait until someone else subs it or perhaps with some spare time check out the subs currently available.
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Old 2006-10-17, 10:11   Link #39
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finally, my ARIA/Mushishi fix for this season.. it's all coming togethere now... the replacements for the void left out by the previous season...

Sukuran/Ouran => Sumomo mo Momomo for comedy
Hachikuro II => Asatte no Houkou and Kanon for drama slice of life
Death Note, D.Gray Man and Pumpkin Scissors for action (include Code Geass and Busou Renkin, but these two pale in comparison with the three)

and of course..

Bartender for slice of life... i just hope they keep it up, and even better, if they surpass the first episde standards
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Old 2006-10-17, 10:50   Link #40
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I hoped that it invoked a mood similar to Hemingway's most known and best-written shorts, A Clean Well-Lighted Place, where although there's an exploration on the problems of the old, suicidal drunkard and some resolution is sought by the bartenders, they themselves have problems of their own that even with introspection, they basically find nothing - the nada concept. Yeah, I know I was shooting for craps, but it would have been fun had the show been something laconic yet evocative of a pervasive melancholy.

For more, kindly check out my First Impressions on Bartender. I guess I was simply dreaming; this isn't even the next Mushishi, IMO.
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