Anime Soundtrack Review: Naruto Super Hits 2006-2008

Naruto Super Hits 2006-2008 is a 12 track CD that includes opening and closing themes from the first Naruto anime series, the ending theme for the third Naruto film, some of the opening and closing themes from Naruto Shippuden, as well as the ending theme for the first Naruto Shippuden film.

Naruto Super Hits 2006-2008
Publisher: Sony/Columbia
Release Date: July 29, 2008

Like the previous two Naruto soundtrack CDs that I have reviewed, the songs on this CD seem to be sequenced in the order when they first made their appearance in the franchise. The disc opens with the eighth opening theme, then is followed by the 14th ending theme, the ending theme for the third Naruto film, the ninth opening theme, the 15th ending theme, the first opening theme and the first two ending themes for Naruto Shippuden, the ending theme for the first Naruto Shippuden film, and then concludes with the second opening theme and the third and fourth closing themes for Naruto Shippuden.

The CD opens with “Re:member,” which was the eighth opening theme for the first Naruto anime series. While this may have been one of the opening themes for the long “filler” portion of the series, this upbeat opening is still one of the more memorable openings for the series. For me, this ranks as one of my favorite openings for the first Naruto series.

Next is “Pinocchio,” which was the 14th ending theme for the series. It’s an upbeat ending song, and it’s actually the shortest song on this disc. It’s a song from the series that I recognize instantly when I hear it, and it’s one of the ending themes that I really enjoy.

This is followed by “Tsubomi,” which was the ending theme song for the third Naruto film, Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom. This is another upbeat ending theme song, and to me, it’s probably the most memorable of the theme songs for the three films released for the first Naruto series.

Next is “Wavering,” which was the final opening theme song for the first Naruto series. It’s not a bad song, but I probably remember it more for the fact that it was the final opening than for the actual song itself. “Scenario” is the final opening for the first Naruto series, and it’s another upbeat ending. It’s a very catchy and memorable track that I recognize instantly when I hear it.

The disc then moves on to “Hero’s Come Back!!,” which is the first opening for the Naruto Shippuden series. This upbeat and nearly intense track is one of my favorite themes from the Naruto Shippuden series that I have heard so far, and it’s a very memorable song. I can also see the visuals from the opening rather vividly when I hear this song.

Next is “Shooting Star,” which is the first closing theme for Naruto Shippuden. This is a decent midtempo song, but I probably remember this more for being the first Naruto Shippuden ending theme than for the actual song itself.

“Road to You All” is the second closing theme for Naruto Shippuden. When it first starts, I don’t quite recognize it; however, once the song really kicks in around 40 seconds in, then I realize that I do know the song from Naruto Shippuden. This is a slower song; it’s a decent theme, but to me, it doesn’t rank up there as one of the more memorable Naruto themes.

Next is “Lie-Lie-Lie,” which was the ending theme song for the first Naruto Shippuden film. This song was also used in the trailer Viz produced to promote the film; unfortunately, Viz was including this trailer on so many of their releases, that I became sick of this particular song rather quickly. It’s not a bad song, but it can be a little on the repetitive side. I probably would enjoy this song a little better if I hadn’t heard it from seeing so many copies of the trailer for the film.

“Distance” is the second opening for Naruto Shippuden. It’s an upbeat theme, but to me, it’s not one of the stronger opening themes for the Naruto franchise.

“Your Story” is the third ending theme for Naruto Shippuden, and it’s a mid-to-uptempo song. It’s a decent ending theme, and it’s one that I instantly recognize when I hear it.

The final track on the disc is “Awaken! Wild,” which is the fourth ending theme for Naruto Shippuden. While I like the sound and instrumentation of this song, I have to admit that I’m not instantly recognizing it from Naruto Shippuden, even though I’ve seen the episodes that it was used in. About a minute in, I finally recognize it, but the fact it takes that long for me to recognize it makes me think it must not be one of the more memorable ending themes.

If you want to collect the various opening and ending themes for the Naruto franchise, then I would highly recommend acquiring this CD, along with Naruto Best Hit Collection and Naruto Best Hit Collection 2.

However, this CD is starting to become harder to find. Be sure to look around at sites that sell Japanese import CDs and try to find the best deal.

I wrote this review after listening to a copy of Naruto Super Hits 2006-2008 that my husband purchased for me as a gift.

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