Thwip!’s Manga Mondays – Bartender

It’s Monday folks! Which means we talk about a favorite manga of ours and why you all should read it – this week’s Manga Monday is all about writer Araki Joh and artist Kenji Nagatomo’s slice of life manga, Bartender.

Sometimes you gotta take a break from comics…or manga…or even just life.

That’s when you sit down to read Araki Joh and Kenji Nagatomo’s manga Bartender.

Being a slice of life manga means that there are many chapters where you just sit back and watch the story unfold and the story that Araki Joh manages to put on the page is so simple and zen that you feel that peaceful numbness that alcohol is supposed to give you (rather than drunken shenanigans).

The manga does two things really nicely, first of all it gives an interesting historical look at various cocktails and alcohol and the way the information is laid out, it kind of sucks you in (and also makes you want to be a mixologist). The other part of the story is the humanity that is walks the streets. The stories are full of the flavors of life and are all there to inform what will be our protagonist, Ryu Sasakura’s final, life-saving glass (when the manga concludes…eventually…or whatever). What is interesting with this story is that this story somehow makes one think about how to be emphatic with another person (rather than sympathetic, which seems to be easier for most people).

There are a lot of things to say about this manga, but really the main thing is how a nicely drafted manga with simple stories can bring relief to a person’s mind.

If you want a break from everything, pick this manga up, trust me.


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