I love this Japanese song from the end of Natsume’s Book of Friends (Natsume Yuujin-cho season 2) called Aishiteru. Here’s a youtube video of the ending:
I can’t claim to understand the song, since it’s in Japanese, but I love it nonetheless. Sure, I’ve read the lyrics and the translation, but it’s still Greek to me.
Usually I’d like to find out more about the artist if I like a song or I like to find the original music video, but for some reason this artist, Kourin, eluded me. I actually always thought it was one woman, but they’re a duo. Her singing is haunting and achingly beautiful, especially in this song.
It’s been three years, but the song is still on my mind (and in my playlist), and I was looking around Youtube for various music videos and I searched for Aishiteru and came across the PV:
Kourin’s blog. There are a bunch of other live performance videos on there so I can get a sample of more of their work. I’ll have to pick up the CDs.
Also, if you’re looking for an anime to watch, I recommend Natsume’s Book of Friends. I found it on Crunchyroll years ago and immensely enjoyed it. The stories are a nice mixture of light humor and melancholy. They’re ghost stories without resorting to scares to elicit an emotional response from you. There was recently two more seasons. They’re not what I remember the show to be, but there are a few gems in the newer seasons. Regardless, it’s good to see one of my favorite animes return, although now it’s done and over.