Anime Shows I Watched This 2022

Hahabol lang bago mag-Bagong Taon! For real, inumpisahan ko ‘tong blog ng “Kaunti lang ang napanood ko this year” pero nang nag-umpisa na akong maglista, nagulat ako na mas marami pala akong napanood this year kaysa other years. Bakit gano’n? Haha.

Again, here is a summary of my ratings:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – will rewatch and probably buy my own copy, will recommend and share
⭐⭐⭐⭐½ – will recommend and share
⭐⭐⭐⭐ – good watch, will share
⭐⭐⭐ – a story is better than nothing, will share

I don’t want to give one or two stars, but if ever, the reason will be the following:
⭐⭐ – obvious plot hole
⭐ – huge plot hole; romanticizes and encourages discrimination, historical revisionism, and the like

Blue Period

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Superb anime. One of a kind. I really rooted for Yatora, the main character in the series, as I could relate to him in terms of self-assessment. Like me, he would often talk to himself and analyze how he could make his weakness his strength, ask his mentors for pieces of advice, and exhaust himself for something he liked doing. Plus points for the LGBTQ representation. If you are looking for an anime to inspire you to pursue your passion, I highly recommend Blue Period.

Komi Can’t Communicate (Seasons 1 and 2)

⭐⭐⭐⭐

End of 2021 ko ‘to inumpisahan, pero hindi pa kasi tapos that time. Loved this anime. Medyo naiinis lang ako kay Nagiri for forcing Komi to do things immediately. Puwede namang gradual. But anyway, keri lang. Ang hardcore lang talaga ng ibang characters. Fave characters ko si Komi at si Tadano. Ang genuine lang ng friendship nila. Nakaka-miss ang high school (pero hindi rin haha).

Kimetsu no Yaiba – Entertainment District Arc

⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Di ko maintindihan kung bakit ang daming hate ng Demon Slayer. Haha. Samantalang ako, enjoy na enjoy ko. Anyway, everything was perfect para sa ‘kin. My favorite scene would always be with lower moon 5, but Uzui and Upper Moon 6’s fight was one of the best animated fight scenes of all time. The writing was superb, and I loved how the parallelism between Tanjiro-Nezuko and Gyujiro-Daki was emphasized. The writer made sure na hindi excuse pumatay ng tao kung may sad, pitiful background ka.

Kimetsu no Yaiba – Mugen Train

⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Ang ganda ng animation ng mga fight scenes talaga sa Kimetso no Yaiba. Pati songs. Ugh. Di naman ako naiyak (dahil minanhid na talaga ako ng Ano Hana), pero I felt the sadness. Mami-miss ko si Rengoku.

Mieruko-chan

⭐⭐⭐½

Interesting plot. Naiinis lang ako paminsan sa character kasi alam naman niya ‘yung takot niya pero pumupunta pa rin siya mag-isa sa places. Also, the subtle incest is there; weird talaga ng mga may ganoong theme. Anyway, overall, I still liked it.

Attack on Titan (The Final Season Part I)

⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Bakit kasi may part I pa? Puwede namang hatiin into two different seasons. So weird for me. Anyway, again, gusto ko pagkakasulat ng AOT. One of the best characterizations for me. Sabi ko nga “Good writing. Great conflicts.” Was just sad that there were about five episodes that Eren wasn’t there. And yes, Mikasa, if she prolly said she thought of him as a potential boyfriend, then maybe things would be different.

Classroom of the Elite (Season 1)

⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Watched this because of the hype for the second season. I thought the protagonist was the same as My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, but the last episode got me interested with the next season. Looking forward to the next.

Jujutsu Kaisen 0

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Ayoko na mag-review. Basta 5 of 5. Charot. Gandang-ganda ako sa Jujutsu Kaisen, sabi ko nga. Nakalinya ‘to sa favorite kong anime, e, pagdating pa naman sa anime e loyalist ako hahaha. Excited ako sa ibang seasons ng Jujutsu Kaisen dahil dito. Please lang, ilabas n’yo na.

The Rising of the Shield Hero (Season 2)

⭐⭐⭐

Kamuntikan ko na itigil. It was not as good as the first season kasi walang nagho-hold sa akin to finish. Pero natapos ko pa rin naman. Keri.

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. (Seasons 1 to 3)

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Nagustuhan ko ‘to kahit sobrang independent ng episodes from one another. Nakakatawa kasi bawat character, at talagang napapakulay nila bawat episode. Saiki is a perfect representation of an asexual person, kaya it’s funny to me na may nagshi-ship. I think there was an episode na nag-fan service na lang ang mga writers haha.

My Dress-Up Darling

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Although not a super fave, ito talaga ‘yung anime na napa-pursue ako sa cosplaying hobby ko. There were some kilig and funny parts, but I was more interested on how passionate they were in their hobbies. I loved how honest both were. I disliked how the guy only gets flustered on big boobs but only literally panics on a cup A but fully naked woman. Weird lang haha.

Kakegurui (Seasons 1 and 2)

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Buti na lang di ako nagbabasa ng reviews kasi madali akong maimpluwensiyahan haha. Ewan, pero I like dark characters. I’ve heard of this anime but didn’t watch it kasi akala ko harem. Now i regret that I watched this now. I loved how unique the characters were kasi. I also had ships, including Mary (the character with the greatest character development) and the president’s twin. So much gxg content. Nakulangan lang ako sa last episode ng Season 2. But loved it pa rin. Hehe.

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners

⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Alam kong hindi para sa lahat ang Cyberpunk. Warning lang. Hehe. I was busy with work, so I wasn’t able to watch anime for a longtime. Thankful that this was recommend to me (much-needed pain). Cyberunk was unique in a lot of ways, althought I was overwhelmed with the theme at first. Characters and storyline were great. Di ko nalaro ang game, pero nagandahan pa rin ako. After watching, life wasn’t all the more diajoubu. Dito ko nakuha ang favorite line ko for this year: “But you never had to save me. All I ever wanted was for you to live. I don’t matter. I don’t have anything left. You have a dream. I need you to see it through me. That’s my dream. Everything else doesn’t matter.”

Spy x Family (Seasons 1 and 2)

⭐⭐⭐⭐½

I could say na ito ang favorite anime ko this 2022. Para sa ‘kin, ang nagdala talaga rito ay ‘yung unique personality ng bawat character. Sa season 2, mas independent na ang episodes, like some can stand on its own. But for real, favorite ko for the entire two seasons ang episodes na nando’n si Nightfall. She’s so colorful hahaha.

There, there. Ang dami rin pala. Wala pa rito ang mga series na pinanood ko. Looking forward to watch more next year. Recommendations are welcome!

Angela Floral Elf Skin Cosplay

Actually, dump lang talaga ‘to, pero share ko na rin. I actually have a list of who to cosplay bago man lang sana ako matigok. Chariz. Or at least before 35. Pero hindi kasi madali, e. Mag-iipon pa, especially na sobrang hirap hanapan ng generic costume ‘tong body type ko. Maliit na nga, maliit pa ang boobs, pero malaki ang puwet. So I have to customize talaga.

Anyway, share ko lang mga gusto kong i-cosplay:

  • Hiyori from Noragami
  • Momoko from Wedding Peach
  • Yona from from Yona of the Dawn

At basically lahat ng skins ni Angela. Nagawa ko na ‘yung sa Summer Vibes skin niya, and gusto ko rin gawin ‘yung latest skins niya huhuhu. Nag-pictorial na ako for this pero sa kuwarto lang, so this time, sa legit na photoshoot studio talaga (thank you po sa services, District 1 Cosplay Studio).

I really wanted to attend a con. Dapat a-attend ako ng Cosmatsuri, but there were more cons and expenses than the pros. Pro, siyempre, ay ‘yung fun and experience. Cons ay mag-isa lang ako, mabigat ang costume at need ng support, wala pa akong ticket (so meaning pipila pa ako, e, sa bigat ng costume ko baka umiyak na lang ako sa pagkairita). Sana may cosplay buddy ako, pero as an introvert with trust issues, hirap ako makipag-friends sa con goers hehehe. Anyway, next time. Sabi nga ni Angela, “Every flower blooms in its own time.”

Ayun lang! Dump lang talaga ‘to. May vlog din ako about this pero maikli lang. You can watch it here.

Year-End Trip: Baguio 2022

Unlike my packed vacation three years ago, I left for Baguio on a Friday, hoping to have a chill, relaxing getaway from the city. I planned a fewer places to visit, and my purpose was more to unwind and take aesthetic photographs rather than to tour around the city.

You can also watch my full Baguio vlog on my YouTube channel.

How to Go to Baguio

To avoid the hassle, I already bought my ticket online on Victory Liner’s website. The ticket was worth PhP 630.00, excluding a convenience fee of PhP 50.00. The price of the ticket went up by more than a hundred pesos since my last Baguio trip, sadly.

Where to Stay in Baguio

It has been my dream to stay at Kamiseta Hotel because of the pastel aesthetic, but as per my experience, they’re fully-booked already by September, so I booked a deluxe room on Agoda last July to secure my spot.

Their reception area was more elegant in personal. This room is only exclusive for Kamiseta Hotel lodgers, however. Cafe visitors aren’t allowed.

The receptionist was happy to assist and assign me to room no. 1, which surprised me since it was rare to be assigned to the first room of any hotel.

There were chipped paint on several walls, and the cabinet wasn’t fully cleaned. The towels were also weren’t replaced every day, which I wasn’t used to in 4-star and higher hotels. For travelers, I would still recommend transients rather than hotels during Baguio travels since the purpose was to visit tourist spots, but I still enjoyed the pastel aesthetic nonetheless.

Sample Baguio Itinerary

Day 1

6:00 a.m. Departure at Victory Liner, Pasay

12:30 p.m. Arrival at Victory Liner, Baguio

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Travel to Arca’s Yard + Waiting Time for Taxi

1:00 p.m. -1:45 p.m. Lunch at Arca’s Yard

1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Travel to Kamiseta Hotel + Waiting Time for Taxi

2:!5 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Check-in and Rest

4:15 p.m – 5:00 p.m. Travel to Baguio Christmas Village + Waiting Time for Taxi

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Baguio Christmas Village

6:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Walk to Choco-late de Batirol

6:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Dinner at Choco-late de Batirol

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Travel to Kamiseta Hotel + Waiting Time for Taxi

8:00 p.m – 11:00 p.m. Chill Time

11:00 p.m. Bedtime

Day 2

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Preparation

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast at Hotel Room

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Travel to Bamboo Sanctuary + Waiting Time for Taxi

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Bamboo Sanctuary

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Travel to Botanical Garden + Waiting Time for Jeep

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Botanical Garden

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Travel to Ili-Likha Artists Wateringhole

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch at Ili-Likha Artists Wateringhole

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Travel to Mirador Hill and Eco Park + Waiting Time for Taxi

2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Mirador Hill and Eco Park

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m Travel to Sizzling Plate + Waiting Time for Taxi

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Dinner at Sizzling Plate

7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Walk to Starbucks at Session Road

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Chill at Starbucks

9:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Travel to Kamiseta Hotel + Waiting Time for Taxi

9:15 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Chill Time

11:00 p.m. Bedtime

Day 3

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Preparation

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast at Hotel Room

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Chill Time at Vanilla Cafe

11:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m. Preparation for Checkout

12:00 p.m. Checkout

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Travel to Victory Liner, Baguio

1:00 p.m. Departure at Victory Liner, Baguio

8:00 p.m. Arrival at Victory Liner, Pasay

Estimated Expenses

This is for 1 pax only, excluding hotel booking with free breakfast.

Food: ≈PhP 2,000

Transportation: ≈PhP 2,500 (including bus back and forth and taxis)

Entrance Fees: ≈PhP 300

  • PhP 125 for Baguio Christmas Village
  • Donation for Bamboo Sanctuary
  • PhP 10 for Botanical Garden
  • PhP 100 for Mirador Hill and Eco Park

The total will vary depending on your spending habits. You could save a lot if you walk, but I wanted to preserve my energy, so I rode taxis instead.

Places to Visit in Baguio

Baguio Christmas Village

I was able to visit Baguio Christmas Village in 2019, but the 2022 version was different since it had a Japanese winter theme. I advise going at around quarter to five to avoid long lines. Entrance fee was worth PhP 125.00 for adults.

Bamboo Sanctuary

This bamboo sanctuary at St. Francis Xavier Seminary is a new tourist spot in Baguio. There’s no entrance fee, but you can donate any amount to help maintain the sanctuary. It was closed some time before because some tourists decided to vandalize on the poor bamboos.

When I learned it was reopened, I instantly included it in my itinerary. Do not be as stupid as me to wear fashion boots; save your shoes by wearing hike-safe footwear.

Botanical Garden

Even though I had been to Baguio twice before, it was my first time to visit Baguio Botanical Garden, one of the popular tourist spots in Baguio. Good thing there was a jeep from the bamboo sanctuary. There’s an entrance fee worth PhP 10.00 per pax.

I wasn’t able to take a lot of pictures because I was enamored by the beautiful flowers. I was so tempted to buy, but then I remembered I had to commute back to Manila.

To replenish my thirst, I ordered a cold caramel macchiato (PhP 139.00) at Cafe Fleur, which was nearby the entrance.

Mirador Hill and Eco Park

Again, make wise decisions and wear hike-safe footwear.

Mirador Hill and Eco Park is one of the newest tourist spots in Baguio as well. I had to pay PhP 100.00 for the entrance fee. It’s only a thirty-minute hike (or less for advanced hikers) back and forth, but it took me three hours because I rested and took pictures in several spots of the park.

One of my highlights of my Baguio trip was to see and experience thick fog coming closer to where I was seated.

Story time. Tagalog para mas feel.

I was in line to have my photo at the peak of Mirador. There was a group of three before my turn, and then another trio after. But several minutes later, three or more people followed the trio behind me. Siguro friends sila. Naintindihan ko naman ‘yon, especially kung magkakasama sila.

Ang nainis lang ako ay kung pa’no nila i-pressure ‘yung mga nasa harap nila na magmadali mag-picture. Like, look, if they weren’t able to have a picture at the peak during their desired time (sunset), it wasn’t the fault of those before them. Pumila nang maaga ‘yung mga bago sila. If there was lesser light during our time, it was our fault kasi hindi kami pumila nang mas maaga. It’s the right of the people na nakapunta nang mas maaga to take beautiful pictures. May consideration naman sila, e. It wasn’t as if they took a long time. ‘Yung iba nga, tig-iisang picture na lang.

I was just sad para doon sa trio before me. Nagparinig na kasi ‘yung isang babae sa likod ko (na mas late dumating) doon sa tatlo bago ako, “Ano ba ‘yan, isa pang picture?” So the Aquarius (cheret) with a deep sense of justice in me e napasabi na lang ng “Lahat naman tayo pumila. Let them take their time” na lang ako. Imagine how condescening the tone of this girl was that the introvert me had the guts to speak!

E, sobrang bait pa ng nasa harap ko. Nag-sorry kahit wala silang kasalanan. I was so irritated that I told my photographer companions that one picture was enough and I didn’t care anymore. Before I left, I said, “Okay na ‘yan. May nagmamadali kasi.”

Picture at the left was taken 30 minutes before my time. No’ng ako na, wala na ‘yung sun, pero okay lang. It was my fault na di ko na-anticipate na may pila. Lightroom na lang ‘yan. Doon sa ate na nagmamadali na parang walang pakialam na may mga nauna sa kanya, sana maganda picture mo sa peak.

Where to Eat in Baguio

Arca’s Yard

I went straight to Arca’s Yard to experience this infamous cafe. It had three dining areas: one outside, one on the first floor, another on the second floor. We decided to eat in the outdoor dining area because of the fresh air.

The first floor had a wide area, recommended for family gatherings. I wasn’t able to check out the area beyond the framed ethnic clothes since the staff was practicing a dance number.

The second floor was also spacious, with around three tables to dine. If you wanted to be nearer to the comfort room, then eat in the second floor.

Since I was craving for pasta, I ordered their basil pesto pasta worth PhP 240.00, in which the extract from the olives created a unique taste. A 3.5 out of 5.

Choco-late De Batirol

After a fun time at Baguio Christmas Village, I walked to Choco-late De Batirol for an early dinner. This time, I ordered their best-selling champorado (PhP 150.00) and their traditional blend hot chocolate (PhP 175.00). A 5 out 5 dinner, I must say.

Ili-Likha Artist Wateringhole

I fell in love in this food hub, hence the second visit. I just loved the chaos and the asymmetry of Ili-Likha Artist Wateringhole, the effort of the architects and interior designers to materialize the idea of Kidlat Tahimik.

I ordered Cafe Cueva’s banofee smoothie (PhP 100.00) and grilled pork with salsa (PhP 190.00) for lunch. A 3.5 out of 5. Maybe for my next visit, I’d go here for a snack.

This was also where I bought my Baguio 2022 souvenir, a beautiful amethyst stone (my birthstone) from Living Room by Highland Plants Co.

Sizzling Plate

After the exhausting hike to Mirador Hill and Eco Park, I went to Sizzling Plate, another one of Baguio’s popular restaurants. I loved the mushroom they served for appetizer, but not much on my main dish. Maybe there was just too much butter on the gravy. A 3 out of 5.

Vanilla Cafe

Too bad I wasn’t able to try the recommended dishes in Vanille Cafe since I thought I had spent too much on the lodging with free breakfast, but I loved my complimentary breakfast accompanied with hot chocolate. A 4 out of 5.

I was also able to try their oreo chocolate milkshake before checking out the hotel.

Favorite Pictures