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Stargazing: Toi Kono Machi de - Kaitani Naomi

So...so cold. After working my 13th consecutive day between two jobs, I was faced with one of our oh-so-popular windstorms while waiting at the station for my ride. Not only were the strong winds blisteringly chilly, but they were also propelling raindrops into my face like they were tiny needles. It was not fun. I can only look to an absolutely beautiful song from the Cardcaptor Sakura movie.

After an entire film filled to the brim with tense confrontations in a foreign land, Cardcaptor Sakura's first movie slowly faded to black from a lovely view atop a boat on the sunny Hong Kong waters. It's something I have to mention right now, but that entire movie had that sort of special filter that made it feel like it was being played off of a dusty film reel. It added this rustic sense of productive charm that was reminiscent of the time I watched Ghost in the Shell and Cowboy Bebop for the first time.

But enough about the movie, that's for you to experience (GET IT DONE ALREADY). When the movie leaves you beyond satisfied and fades to black, 'Toi Kono Machi de' slowly fades in as the ending credits music. I'm a little bit ashamed to mention that although I had watched this movie a decent while ago, I had forgotten just how nice this ending song was. It has a really gentle sound that reminds me of the emotion you feel when you sit outside the window every night of December, just praying that when you wake up, you'll be blinded by a soft winter wonderland. Maybe it's a little bit out of place as the movie itself takes place in a very warm setting, but hopefully you'll see what I mean once you hear the track.

Please, please, please go out and watch Cardcaptor Sakura if you haven't already. Don't let the fact that it was a series marketed towards children in the West deter you. It's been over 15 years since this show first aired, but CLAMP's gorgeous character designs make the breathtaking atmosphere so pretty to look at. The bonus? It stayed looking adorably lovable for the entirety of its 70 episode run. It must be enjoyed by everyone, I'm serious.