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Stargazing: Kokuhaku - Angela Aki

Already December 20. Once again nearing the end of the year, so let's go on a little journey before our time is up for 2016.

Angela Aki is quite the talented singer, songwriter and pianist. The first song I ever enjoyed of hers (but certainly not the last) was 'Kokuhaku', an ending theme to the popular Uchu Kyodai series. The song starts off with a gentle little guitar riff all by itself, but slowly builds up towards its insanely satisfying climax, with Angela Aki providing vocals upon vocals upon vocals. The buildup is handled beautifully, and it symbolizes just what it likely intended- a slow ignition and rise into the world beyond.