Pouring a perfect cocktail is a difficult feat, but one bartender, Ryuu Sasakura, is such a master of his craft that his drinks are renowned worldwide. No matter what challenges are thrown his way, Ryuu takes the time to get to know his customers and serves them the most helpful concoction for their joys and sorrows. With a calm demeanor and caring heart, this skilled bartender will do whatever it takes to make his clientele, and colleagues, happy.
Tachibana has recently quit his job at a high-class firm, and for unknown reasons, decides to open a bakery. His first employee is Ono, an extremely talented patissier who is also known as the 'Gay of demonic charm' - something that has caused him to lose his job countless times. Joining the crew also is Eiji - a retired champion boxer - who is hired on the spot as only a trainee purely because he is not Ono's 'type.' However, Chikage, the bumbling childhood friend and shadow of Tachibana, is exactly his type! Now, with the shop finally open, everyone seems to be filling their positions well; but one question remains: what were Tachibana's motives for opening the bakery, and does it have a link to his troubled and forgotten past?
What led me to Antique Bakery was my love for Bartender (one of my favorite anime). The fact that both have that real world essence and have the element of dealing with humans on a real and individual basis is what is fantastic. The thing about Bartender and Antique Bakery is you really do fall for the characters and their stories. In Bartender it's on really a show by show basis with the main character, Ryuu Sasakura being the main link. In Antique Bakery it felt like each episode, though all characters there, was it's own story too. I'd say that it still had an overall theme/storyline but they didn't just focus on that. Overall if you like anime with a more modern drawing, a very real life theme, and that can take an individual away and have them anticipating the next episode these two are very well done and fit the bill.
Both Antique Bakery and Bartender are slice of life series that are quite gentle in their overall tone. Though Bartender focuses more on the story of the customer than Antique Bakery, both involve the primary staff member selling their customer the ideal beverage/cake for their situation or tastes. If you enjoyed one then it is well worth trying the other.
If atmosphere is capable to do the trick for you when you watch anime, then one of these two might just be what you were looking for. While Bartender is more episodic in nature and Antique Bakery somewhat more linear, they both breathe a soothing, calm atmosphere that is allowed to exist only within their respective domains; the bar in Bartender and the luxory cake shop in Antique Bakery.
Of course, on a very basic level, they are the same in the sense that the stories revolve around consumption; cakes in Antique Bakery and alcoholic beverages in Bartender. Still, the most important thing to point out is that these settings allow the very distinctive atmospheres of both series to flow naturally.
It's not a spectacular experience, but still quite different from what you usually get from anime. You'll need to have the right mindset watching them, if you like to try something calm and unique.
If you enjoyed the slow and gentle pace of Bartender, I think you would also enjoy the similarly paced Antique Bakery. While both are themed upon the daily doings at a refreshments selling establishment (Bar Eden bar in Bartender and the bakery/cafe known as Antique in Antique Bakery), they also offer slice of life vignettes as well. Bartender offers more focus on the bar's patrons and significant history of the episode's focus drink while Antique Bakery's attention is more concerned with the proprietors and only secondarily on the ingredients of the day's special pastry. Each is a gentle and enjoyable tribute. If you want Bartender with a bit more depth and heart, try Antique Bakery.
In the future, androids live side by side with humans – but not as their equals, as their slaves. Though they look identical, these androids must display a holographic ring over their heads so the difference is clear. One day, a boy named Rikuo finds abnormal activity patterns in the logs of his own android, and alongside his friend Masaki, he sets forth to find where the android has been. Much to their surprise, the duo discovers a secret café known as Eve no Jikan with a single rule: within its walls, there must be no discrimination between humans and robots. In this place, androids appear to be human and are even displaying signs of independence – a trait that should not be possible. Rikou finds his perceptions increasingly challenged as he struggles to come to terms with his own android, and the relationship between man and machines...
This might seem like an incredibly strange recommendation, and it is, but the one thing that made both of these shows so enjoyable for me was the atmosphere and feel both anime shared. They both have the same idea of what a bar is: a place of relaxation to escape from the rest of the world. Both anime are almost fully conversation-driven, and you get to understand the different characters, their problems and how they are solved through these conversations. If you enjoyed one of these shows for their laid-back, yet thought-provoking feel, give the other a try.
While the story of Bartender is as different from Eve no Jikan as alcohol is from coffee, the way they both serve these drinks is similar. If you have enjoyed the slow pace and exquisite storytelling of one, you will enjoy the other.
Bartender and Eve no Jikan are both short series that revolve around characters within a community. They are both episodic and leave you wanting for more episodes.
An urban legend tells of a Miracle Train that runs the tracks of Tokyo’s subways. Appearing only to troubled ladies, it’s said to house a few young men who are manifestations of the Oedo Line’s stations; together, they are able to solve any problem that plagues their passengers. Whether it’s helping a girl who lost her dog to a woman who refuses to tell the boys of her problems, Shinjuku, Roppongi, Shiodome, Tsukushima, Ryogoku and Tocho-mae will help anyone they meet aboard the Miracle Train.
Both anime are about people who help others that end up coming to them one way or another. Miracle Train has males helping women who come onto their train where Bartender has people enter the bar and the bartender gives advice and such. Both are episodic and have a nice range of likable characters. Check one out if you liked the other.
The pace, the ambience, the overall feel of these two episodic series makes them feel very similar.
Both are shows where an average person in need stumbles upon help. In Miricle it is a group of men, who represent rail stations on a magical train, in Bartender it is a singular man who has the insight to help people with the right words and a stiff drink.
Also both are also fantastic at teaching you things along the way.
Like Train lines and the underground transit in Miricle or drinks and Bartenders and the history of some liquor mixes. It is like learning while you watch.
These two episodic titles have a character, or characters, helping out random folks that are in need of assistance. Neither are very good and are slow paced.
Located on a small street near the center of Rome, the Casetta dell'orso is a small yet popular restaurant staffed by a group of older, bespectacled gentlemen. Nicoletta is a twenty-one-year-old woman who has just arrived in Rome to meet with her estranged mother's husband, who owns the restaurant. She intends to inform him that not only was his wife married once before, but also that she is her daughter - a secret her mother desperately wants kept. When she arrives at the restaurant Nicoletta becomes enamoured with Claudio, one of the waiters, and begins to spend more time there. Despite the age gap, Nicoletta finds her feelings towards Claudio growing; and after making a promise to keep her mother's secret, Nicoletta begins working at the restaurant as an apprentice chef. Now she is trying her hardest to become a good cook, but can Nicoletta overcome the difference in age and win the quiet Claudio's heart?
Both the anime involve food and drink and how these things bring people together. They are also about the lives of the people who visit and work at these places. Bartender focuses more on the drinks themselves and Ristorante Paradiso focuses more on the people, but they are both at a relaxing pace and have beautiful animation and music to go along with them. I would check out one if you liked the other.
Ristorante Paradiso and Bartender are both extremely slow shows that bring all of the characters together. Each of the anime series involves a great detail on the character development and takes time to progress through the story. They also each involve food and drinks captivating the people that are in the restaurants while spinning a relaxing tale of their lives.
These 2 are slice of life adult style anime. They are slow paced with their drama and just have a wonderful adult feel to them. Bartender takes on a episodic feel where Ristorante Paradiso is completely fleshed out with a great romance story. If you like your anime more geared towards the adult in you check either of these out.
Gallery Fake is an art gallery that deals exclusively in counterfeits of well-known masterpieces... or is it? Rumor has it, the store is just a front for owner Fujita Reiji's black market sales of stolen paintings. Mitamura Sayako, the curator of Tokyo's Takada Museum, has made it her mission to expose Fujita's shady deals to the public. But is that what's really going on?
Both anime are based off of terrific manga of the same genre (seinen), but are lacking when compared to the manga version. The main characters are similar in the fact that they are masters of their art and have a large circle of influence. Gallery Fake deals with art in the same way Bartender deals with wine, beer, etc.