Ranked #1306


Alternative Titles

English: Bartender
Japanese: バーテンダー


Type: TV
Episodes: 11
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 15, 2006 to Dec 31, 2006
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.571 (scored by 11543 users)
Ranked: #13062
Popularity: #1081
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Genius bartender, Sasakura Ryuu makes the most incredible cocktails anyone has ever tasted. Seeking his "Glass of God", individuals from all different walks of life visit his bar. With both a compassionate ear and a godly drink, Ryuu helps people with their problems.

(Source: ANN)


Episodes  0 / 11
Aired  Oct 15, 2006 to Dec 31, 2006
Status  Finished Airing
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Adaptation: Bartender

Characters & Voice Actors

Sasakura, Ryuu
Sasakura, Ryuu
Mizushima, Takahiro
Mizushima, Takahiro
Ogata, Mitsuru
Ogata, Mitsuru
Mine, Kaori
Mine, Kaori
Suganuma, Hisayoshi
Suganuma, Hisayoshi


Yamamoto, Kouji
Watanabe, Masaki
Motoyama, Satoshi
Sound Director
Imagawa, Yasuhiro

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Aug 31, 2007
“In happy times, one cocktail is enough, because anything you drink will taste good. But if there are a hundred shapes of unhappiness, I want to be a bartender who will make a hundred cocktails to soothe unhappiness.”

An anime series about a bartender at work might not sound like anything worth paying attention to, but Bartender is a calm, gentle series that might be just what you need. Each episode covers the stories of customers that go into a bar to soothe their souls. Bartender Ryu Sasakura assists them with their problems by making them a cocktail with a history or taste that relates to read more
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Apr 8, 2008
At first glance, Bartender appears mundane. It appears to be one of those self indulgent works that could easily turn you off. I mean, are we really going to spend 25 minutes talking about a bartender, and drinking? But you are wrong! This is one anime that is really interesting. We have here a work from someone who loves drinks and presents it to you in a very creative way.

The stories to me are real, and relatable. Each episode appeals to the mind and the emotion. There is no cheezy moment that you see in most slice of life anime. The writer of this puts read more
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Apr 6, 2014
Children have no place in a bar, and most youths prefer dancing in nightclubs to loud music and cheap booze... but for those who wish a calmer and more mature place, there is the bar.
Even among bars, there is a variety of styles: from seedy dockside dives, to beer halls where there is always a ball game or race being played on a large screen, to the dimly-lit classier cocktail bars...

What, then, is a bar? A place where they serve drinks, sure, but that's just an element of the whole.
A bar is a social environment safe from the rest of the world where one goes read more
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Dec 10, 2013
Before I get to the bulk of the review,

Imagine the thought of going to a bar for the very first time. Even after going through the trouble of eventually arriving at one, you stand outside the bar idly, wondering whether you should go in or not. Afraid that you’ll be made fun of, afraid you’ll embarrass yourself, you become anxious and the door handle feels heavy, as if it’s shutting you out. But mustering up the courage, you cautiously open the door and take a peek inside. Dim lights, gentle murmurs of people talking, occasional clangs of glasses, classy jazz playing in the background; all read more
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Both are calm and slow-paced series where the main character helps to solve the problems of the people he meets. 
Wonderfully, these two anime capture your attention from the start. The protagonists of the series dually act as minor and major roles in the "episodic" storyline. The two protagonists from Bartender and Trapeze tend to deal with peoples social troubles and help them solve them through strangely fitting and often intriguing ways. The anime Bartender is more serious, while Trapeze cracks jokes to enhance the psychedelic mood. If you're contemplating on watching these and are led astray by the art or concept, give either a try! If you enjoyed or are enjoying either, check the other one out - you won't be disappointed. 
Another beautiful enigmatic story paced for relaxation. 
The episodic nature of both shows is the biggest similarity. In each show the main character helps a new person each episode. Each episode also teaches something. In Bartender, the viewer gets to learn a lot about the histories of different types of alcohol and different types of cocktails. In Gallery Fake, each episode teaches about an artist or a style of art. Both shows are generally laid back and calming, since each show usually concludes with a problem being solved. 
I haven't gotten deep into Bartender, but seeing how I've only seen a few cafe/restaurant setting animes around, Bartender and Eve no Jikan definitely have the same type of setting, with the former in an obscure bar and the latter in an obscure cafe. What's intriguing about the two is the emphasis on "backstory" rather than serving cocktails or coffee. Yeah, it's cool that you get to know about all these interesting cocktail mixes, or I guess the semi-relevant counterpart Eve blend coffee, but where each anime pulls strongly together is the influence and power the bar or the cafe has on its  read more 
The protagonists in both series are bartenders.
Both shows deal with human emotion, psychology and morality.
They both play out in episodic format (more so with Bartender), with one-off characters that discuss/reveal past or present emotional situations in their lives. 

Opening Theme

"Bartender" by Natural High

Ending Theme

"*~Hajimari no Hito" by Natural High

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