The official website for Bartender: Kami no Glass, the upcoming anime adaptation of the Bartender manga by Araki Joh and Kenji Nagatomo, has revealed its first promo video, visual, and cast. Fans can look forward to the anime’s premiere in April 2024. Crunchyroll will stream the series for viewers in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS regions.
“Bartender” is a manga series that serves up more than just drinks; it offers a unique blend of storytelling and mixology. This manga, created by Araki Joh and Kenji Nagatomo, brings readers into the world of Ryu Sasakura, a skilled bartender known as the “Glass of God.”
Set in a bar called Eden Hall, the series follows Ryu as he crafts not only cocktails but also life-changing experiences for his customers. Through its episodic nature, Bartender writes stories of people who visit Eden Hall, each with their struggles, desires, and pasts.
People loved the manga mainly due to its attention to detail when describing the art of mixology. Readers are treated to beautifully illustrated panels that show the intricate process of making cocktails, complete with explanations of the ingredients and techniques involved.
We’re more than excited to see how the cocktail creation is animated.
Bartender: Staff, Cast, Plot
The anime adaptation of Bartender is directed by Ryōichi Kuraya and produced by studio Liber. Mariko Kunisawa handles the series scripts, while Yōichi Ueda designs the characters and acts as the chief animation director. SUNTORY is helping with the show’s production.
The newly announced cast includes Takuma Terashima as Ryū Sasakura, Yoshino Nanjō as Miwa Kurushima, Haruka Shiraishi as Yukari Higuchi, Eriko Matsui as Kyо̄ko Kawakami, Ryoko Shiraishi as Yuri Kinjо̄, and Makoto Furukawa as Kelvin Chen.
In the heart of Tokyo’s Ginza district lies Eden Hall, a hidden gem of a bar overseen by the legendary bartender Ryu Sasakura. With an uncanny talent for crafting the perfect drink to match each customer’s needs, Ryu becomes a symbol of peace for visitors from diverse backgrounds.
Here, amidst the calmness of Eden Hall, customers find not only heavenly cocktails but also the wisdom and kindness of Ryu, which have a transformative effect, lifting their burdens and redeeming their second chance at life.
Bartender is primarily an episodic series where each story revolves around resolving problems through the right drink. In this manga, alcohol is not portrayed as a potential problem but as a means to start an earnest conversation with oneself.
To determine the most suitable beverage, a bartender must be a keen observer, as demonstrated by Ryū’s ability to discern emotions and honesty from a person’s hands. It’s not just about drinking; the customers’ stories are often as important as the history of the liquors consumed.
Worth a Watch?
Ryu believes that there are two professions where lying to customers is impossible: being a doctor and being a bartender. Ryuu’s exceptional ability to understand people’s thoughts and emotions allows him to heal their worries and troubles with a well-made cocktail and a subtle life lesson.
This manga has done a fantastic job with the character development. The main characters, especially Ryuu Sasakura, are brilliantly written and easy to connect with. But what sets Bartender apart is its rich cast of supporting characters, each with a unique personality and backstory.
Even if you’re not particularly interested in alcohol, the knowledge you gain adds to the overall entertainment. This manga is a masterpiece that might not appeal to Shounen enjoyers, but for those who prefer a peaceful and thought-provoking narrative where words carry more weight than sword strikes, Bartender is highly recommended.