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GATSU



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 2:21 am Reply with quote
Now all they need is to interview the Bartender manga-ka for completeness sake. Wink The fact that it made it in the NYT, and the fact that there are previews, makes me wonder if it isn't one of Kodansha U.S.A.'s forthcoming releases...

Spoke too soon.

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JohnnySake



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 6:59 am Reply with quote
That's a shame that there are no current plans to bring it over. A title like this has the potential to expose manga to another subset of the public that might not be reached otherwise. (meaning the wine drinking set)
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MrAnimeSpecialist



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 8:19 am Reply with quote
At last, critics that cover something in the manga world besides child pornography!

At any rate, I like those wine descriptions (especially the first one).

I do hope that this manga series gets brought over here though, as that premise sounds interesting to me.
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Tofusensei



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 1:39 pm Reply with quote
Great manga. Been reading it since the beginning of the year. It'd sell very well in the states.

-Tofu
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 5:10 pm Reply with quote
Tofusensei wrote:
Great manga. Been reading it since the beginning of the year. It'd sell very well in the states.

-Tofu

My sense of taste isn't really acute enough to understand or enjoy wine tasting. Is this the sort of thing you could enjoy regardless of the subject matter?
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Zin5ki



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 5:10 pm Reply with quote
Tofusensei wrote:
Great manga. Been reading it since the beginning of the year. It'd sell very well in the states.

-Tofu

My sense of taste isn't really acute enough to understand or enjoy wine tasting. Is this the sort of thing you could enjoy regardless of the subject matter?
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T.Zukumori



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 8:22 pm Reply with quote
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My sense of taste isn't really acute enough to understand or enjoy wine tasting. Is this the sort of thing you could enjoy regardless of the subject matter?


As someone who enjoys wine, beer, liquors and spirits on a regular basis, yes, I would say that you could enjoy this sort of thing (speaking of either the manga or the act of drinking wine). When Japanese manga focuses on a topic, be it tennis, soccer, baking, mixing drinks, or cooking, it tends to weave into the technical details of the craft/discipline other storytelling aspects that drive the narrative, such as interpersonal drama, character reflection, intrigue and mystery, etc. For instance, I know next to nothing about baking, and I could care less if a recipe calls for 250mg and not 300mg of baking soda (because I don't understand it), but I am an avid fan of "Yakitate!! Japan" because of the drama and storytelling between the characters. I may not understand how a convection microwave can bake butter rolls in 15 minutes that are more flavorful than a loaf of Parisian bread, but it tickles my insides when I read about how the main character dishes out one of his wacky "Ja-pan" creations from a seemingly random (and seemingly doomed) concoction of ingredients in an unfavorable setting.

And to address the acuity of being able to understand or enjoy wine tasting, it's something that can be trained and developed (you don't necessarily have to born with a gifted tongue). I 've trained my pallet to taste wine since I was 14, and have trained and taught five of my college friends. Like most people, they started out knowing almost next to nothing about wine (and were both intimidated and fascinated by the "world and culture" surrounding wine), but in three short years, they have become budding connoisseurs in their own right. We definitely won't be able to outclass restaurant sommeliers, but through constant exposure on a regular basis to a lot of wines, we've developed enough understanding to look at a wine list with a sense of understanding and self-confidence. The most important factor was a willingness to experience something new and find personal enjoyment in the process.

And, barring serious health conditions, it's never too late to begin appreciating wine (or other alcohols) in all its aspects of aroma, taste, color and appearance, history and politics, the science (viticulture and production) and culinary applications (how it can improve one's gastronomic experience).

-T.Zukumori.
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Tofusensei



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 9:33 pm Reply with quote
Yup. I agree.

It's like a lot of stories that are well done. Like Shion on Ou has a pretty good plot and you can just sort of mindlessly get through the really complex shogi stuff and still enjoy the overall experience. Kami no Shizuku is very similar in that sense.

-Tofu
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