I imagined the bartender anime as being the anime version of Cheers. And we all know how long Cheers lasted! But can an anime about bartending really be worth watching?
First off, I watched the raw of this, and there aren’t any episode summaries as of now, so I’m mainly guessing on what happened in the episode. Here’s what I got:
There’s a special bar called “Eden Hall.” In it resides the ultimate bartender. He’s got a special ice sculpture that seems to be the centerpiece of the bar. By chance, some bartender training guy walks into Eden Hall. He just had a busy day of judging some aspiring bartenders (and saying their drinks weren’t reflecting the customer’s heart or something).
The patron asks the bartender to make him a drink and tries to predict what the bartender will make. This simple choice will determine whether the bartender is good or not. Instead of making a fancy drink like a grasshopper or a martini, the bartender just gives him whiskey on ice (I think). At first, patron is like “what an amateur!” but soon understands the decision of the bartender! Also, the ice came from the cool sculpture, which probably gave the drink magical properties.
So I guess that this anime will be a “customer of the week” sort of deal. Like each week a person will come in and the bartender will fix their lives with hard liquor… What I find funny is that they need to describe how awesome the drinks are. Like many “food” anime or manga, finding the heart of a customer is way complicated.
At the end of the episode, there was a recipe on how to make the grasshopper drink, and the ending credits showed a real life bartender making it. I think it’s pretty cool how all of those layers stay in place. Just like how “The Mighty Ducks” made me want to play hockey, Bartender kinda makes me want to learn how to mix cool looking drinks.
There was a lot of gratuitous use of CG. Like the ice and drinks were rendered in 3D. I guess it works for this show. There was also a lot of real life stills that were used. It’s definitely easier than hand-drawing bottles of liquor, I guess. The style of the anime stayed fairly consistent. Bartender seems like a chill-out anime to me.
As far as I know, there’s only one main character: the bartender. His design is okay, I guess. He looks like a bartender to me!
The OP and ED are surprisingly good. The OP is a male-female duet. It’s kind of addictive to listen to. The ED is slower and not as good as the OP, in my opinion.
To Western audiences, an anime about a bartender probably seems like a really dumb idea. Japanese people sure like their food manga/anime, though, and it only seems natural that a bartender one appear. If this actually gets subbed, I might consider watching it just to see where the heck it goes. It certainly wins some points for being original.