Anime Soundtrack Review: Bleach The Best

Bleach The Best is a 12 track CD that includes the first four opening themes for the Bleach television series, as well as the first eight ending themes. The tracks are sequenced in the order that they originally appeared in the series.

Bleach The Best
Publisher: Sony
Release Date: December 25, 2006

One thing I want to mention is that I appreciated the fact that the booklet for the soundtrack not only includes the lyrics for each song in Japanese, it also says in English which theme song the track is. I found this to be rather helpful.

The CD opens with “* ~ Asterisk ~” by Orange Range, which is the first opening theme for Bleach. It’s an upbeat piece that is instantly catchy. When I think about the various themes for Bleach, this is always the first one to come to my head. Yes, this is probably largely due to the fact that it’s the first theme I ever heard for the series, but I’m also willing to attribute this to the song’s catchiness. It still ranks as one of my favorite opening themes for Bleach.

Next is “Life Is Like a Boat” by Rie Fu, which is the first closing theme for the series. It’s a slow song, with a heavy emphasis on piano for instrumentation right at the beginning; however, the instrumentation builds as the song progresses. There’s also quite a few lyrics of the song that are in English. Whenever I hear this song, I keep thinking that the vocalist sounds a bit like Alanis Morissette, especially when she’s singing in English. This still ranks as one of my favorite closing themes for Bleach.

This is followed by “Thank You!!” by HOME MADE Kazoku, which is the second closing theme for Bleach. This is more of a mid-to-uptempo track, but it’s still on the catchy side. While it may not be a song that pops into my head right away, it’s a track I recognize from the series when I hear it.

Next is “D-tecnoLife” by UVERworld, the second opening theme for the Bleach television anime series. It’s another uptempo track, and it’s a good song, but it’s just not quite as instantly recognizable at the first opening theme.

Then it’s “Comets” by Younha, which is the third ending theme for the series. It’s an upbeat track, and it’s a good song. However, I have to admit that when I listened to this disc, I didn’t instantly recognize it from when I heard it while I watched the episodes of Bleach that it appeared in.

This is followed by “happypeople” by Skoop on Somebody, and it’s the fourth ending theme for Bleach. It’s a mid-to-uptempo song that is very enjoyable. However, I have to admit that when I first heard it in Bleach, it didn’t quite seem like the type of song you’d expect to hear from a show like Bleach. I will say that while it’s a decent song, I prefer the shortened version used in the show. Hearing the full version, I realized that it’s actually a bit on the repetitive side.

Next is “One Lone Flower” by High and Mighty Color, which is the third opening theme for the series. It’s an upbeat song that I didn’t recognize when I heard the opening; however, after the song got going, then I did recognize it from Bleach. It’s a good theme song, especially for a series like this one.

“Life” by Yui is the fifth ending theme song for the series. It’s a more midtempo song, and I admit that I didn’t recognize it immediately when I heard it on the disc. However, I have to give this song credit for some of its instrumentation; I’m pretty sure I heard bongo drums in the opening. It’s a good song, but it’s not so catchy that it’s instantly recognizable when listening to song outside of the context of the anime series.

This is followed by “My Pace” by SunSet Swish, which is the sixth ending theme song for Bleach. As soon as the music kicked in, I recognized it instantly. It’s a more midtempo song, and it opens with some catchy chanting. I think it’s that chanting that made me remember it as quickly as I did. It’s a theme from the series that I enjoy listening to.

Next is “Tonight, Tonight, Tonight” by Beat Crusaders, and it’s the fourth opening theme song for the series. It’s an upbeat track with an opening guitar riff that I recognized from hearing theme in the anime. It’s a good song, but it’s not quite as catchy as most of the other opening themes that appear on this disc.

“Fireworks” by Ikimono-gakari is the seventh ending theme for Bleach. As soon as the vocals kicked in, I recognized it from the series immediately. If I recall correctly, it was when this ending theme was being used that the “Radio Kon” omake started appearing at the end of the episodes; if it wasn’t this song, then it would’ve been “My Pace.” When I hear this song, I can instantly picture Kon dancing to it during the intro the “Radio Kon” segment.

The disc closes with “Movin!!” by Takacha, which is the eighth ending theme for the series. It’s a midtempo track that sounds like it may have a bit of a reggae influence on it. This is a decent track, but it’s probably one of the weakest themes to appear on this disc. It’s definitely my least favorite track on this disc.

Even though I may not personally enjoy “Movin!!” that much, I still have to say that Bleach The Best is actually a rather strong anime soundtrack CD. If you’re wanting to own the theme songs from the Bleach anime series, then I would recommend trying to track down Bleach The Best. It’s an import CD, so you’ll need to search at sites that sell Japanese import CDs and try to find the best deal.

I wrote this review after listening to a copy of Bleach The Best that my husband purchased for me as a gift.

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