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.
Hitohira and Bartender both take an inspirational outlook on life. Although Bartender has a little more stop and go approach. It does not seem to flow as nicely as Hitohira does although it does have a certain appeal.
In Strawberry Panic and Hitohira, the heroine is having problems making new friends, fitting in, and adjusting at a new school. Strawberry Panic is more about general high school problems whereas Hitohira focuses mainly on Mugi Asai's problem of not being able to speak in public.