Hand Cream Review: L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

Details: More information can be found at https://www.loccitane.com/en-us/shea-butter-hand-cream-01MA150K18.html

Score: 7.3/10

I’ve never reviewed hand cream before… because I just don’t know much about hand cream or how to evaluate it. I did feel obligated to review this one because of how much I appreciated it.

I generally hate using hand cream because of how oily it makes your hands and because of the smell. Moreover, I have really dry hands during the winter and using hand creams generally give my hands a somewhat allergic reaction, at least at first. This brand of hand cream did not do that. No matter how much I used on my scaly, dry hands, it did not cause any redness. This is a first for me as just about every hand cream I’ve used before that would cause some discomfort and a reaction.

The only downside to this cream is that it is extremely small. At least the one I used was. The small size is about twelve dollars and the large size is thirty. The small is one ounce and the large is five. I advise purchasing the large because one ounce will last you a week if you ration it.

Overall, I wrote this review because this is the only hand cream that did not cause a semi-allergic reaction to my dry, scaly hands. For that reason alone, I recommend buying this hand cream.

Manga Review: UQ Holder!

This is a video of the anime. The review is for the manga.

Details: Currently ongoing. More information can be found at https://kodanshacomics.com/series/uq-holder/ and https://myanimelist.net/manga/57765/UQ_Holder

Score: 6/10

UQ Holder! is a sequel series to Mahou Sensei Negima!, a popular manga and anime series that came out over a decade ago. I’ve never read Mahou Sensei Negima, which made this series confusing as many of the characters are older versions of the characters from that series. I’m not sure this series is a good read for anyone was hasn’t seen and liked the prior series.

Mahou Sensei Negima! was about an aspiring, teenaged wizard sent to teach at an all girls school. It was an ecchi/harem series, which means that the protagonist got into all sorts of “accidental” perverted scenarios with his students, but it’s pretty tame and there’s nothing explicit (but there is a lot of perverted stuff going on). UQ Holder takes place in the future of this fictional timeline. I’m not sure how far in the future, but I want to say decades… if not hundreds of years in the future.

The story takes place in world where technology and magic have advanced tremendously. We’re talking spaceships powered by science and magic all over the galaxy. The story start off on Earth in a small Japanese village. Touta is a kid who is turned immortal by a vampire. He soon joins up with a whole group of immortals known as UQ Holder and they fight the forces of evil.

As a sequel/spinoff series, one of the biggest goals of UQ Holder is to be an epilogue to the events of Mahou Sensei Negima. The early story arcs do a good job of establishing this series’ own identity, but the most recent few story arcs rely too heavily on Mahou Sensei Negima, to the degree that if you have no seen the prior series, it is really hard to keep up with what is going on.

The tone of the story is mostly comedic. There is the standard type of harem romance and shounen action going on. It’s a pretty standard story for this genre.

The art is the same style as Mahou Negima Sensei and Love Hina, which is to say that it is a somewhat dated style. It’s not bad though and if you were to compare the art here with the author’s previous works, there is clear improvement.

Overall, as someone who has not read Mahou Sensei Negima, I cannot recommend this series. The latter story arcs simply rely too heavily on events from the prior series. If you’re curious about this series, you could probably get to around issue 120 before the references start becoming unbearable. This series is mainly for fans of Mahou Sensei Negima and if you are not one of those fans, just skip this.

Manga Review: Katabami to Ougon

Details: This series is currently ongoing. Also known as 片喰と黄金

Score: 7/10

Katabami to Ougon is a Japanese comic book about two Irish immigrants in the middle of the 1800’s. I generally enjoy historical dramas and this one is no exception.

The story takes place during the Irish Famine in the 1800’s. An Irish girl and boy survive the famine, immigrate to the United States and seek to reach California, find gold and get rich.

This comic is primarily meant to give a glimpse of the experience of immigrants in the United States in the mid 1800’s. It does not shy away from a lot of the ugliness of that era. For instance, many immigrants died from illness on the trip from Europe to America and the story shows a bit of that horror. With that said, this is still a Japanese manga so there are bits of humor in it as well. You should also expect to see our protagonist bump into famous figures from history. Even though it is kind of ridiculous that two random people would conveniently bump into the famous people of that era, it is still fun to see.

The art is pretty good and fits the tone of the story well.

Overall, this is a great comic that I will follow along with. I’ve only read a few issues, so my opinion isn’t steadfast. So far, I really enjoyed what I read.

Manhwa Review: Max Level Returner

Details: Also known as 나 혼자 만렙 귀환자. Currently ongoing.

Score: 7/10

Max Level Returner is yet another isekai Korean manhwa about someone who dies and gets transported to a fantasy world.

Our protagonist is living in present day South Korea when him and like a million other people from around the world get transported to a fantasy world that is governed by the rules of a role playing video game. They fight for a few years, but all of them die off until only the protagonist is left. Then he dies and is transported back to the real world. He learns that when anyone dies, they get sent back. Now monsters are invading the real world and he and the returned people are the only hope.

It’s all fairly generic Korean manhwa. Like in a lot of comics from this genre, there’s an emphasis on international politics. In case you didn’t know, Korean and Japanese currently don’t like each other that much. That comes through in a lot of Korean manhwa because Korean comic authors love portraying the Japanese as bad and crapping on them in their stories. There’s a bit of that here (as in Solo Leveling).

The art is fine. It does not rise to the level of Solo Leveling, which is a comparison I make because the story is similar and in the same genre.

Overall, this is a generic Korean manhwa. I read it because I’m a sucker for this genre, but that doesn’t mean it is good. It means my standards are low.

Snack Review: Chobani Greek Yogurt Pomegranate on the Bottom

Details: More information can be found at https://www.chobani.com/products/fruit-on-the-bottom/cup/pomegranate/

Score: 6.7/10

This is a decent yogurt with actual pomegranate in it. If you’ve never had pomegranate before, you should know that the only edible parts of the pomegranate are the seeds inside. While tasty, chewing on these seeds is not very pleasant since they all have a hard core in them. Eating a bunch of these things is like chewing on sand. That’s basically what’s wrong with this yogurt. It’s not the yogurt, it’s the inevitable crunch you get from each real pomegranate seeds you chew on. It’s nice they have actual pomegranate in it, but pomegranate is just not that much fun to eat. They probably should’ve pureed it or something, but then the customer wouldn’t know the pomegranate seeds were real.