Anime Soundtrack Review: Best Hit Naruto

Best Hit Naruto is a 14 track CD that includes four opening themes for Naruto Shippuden, eight ending themes for Naruto Shippuden, the ending theme for Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds, and the ending theme for Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Inheritors of the Will of Fire.

Best Hit Naruto
Publisher: Sony
Release Date: July 14, 2010

The disc opens with “Blue Bird” by Iimono-gakari, which is the third opening theme for Naruto Shippuden. It’s an upbeat track, and it’s a very memorable theme from the series. I’m glad that the disc opens with this track, because it works well as an opening track. This is one of my favorite themes that’s included on this disc.

Next is “Honest Rainbow” by Surface, and it’s the fifth ending theme for the series. It’s a slow ballad, with instrumentation that focuses heavily on the piano, and also includes some percussion. I really like this theme, but sonically it’s not exactly the type of song I would normally associate with a series like Naruto Shippuden.

This is followed by “Broken Youth” by NICO Touches the Walls, and it’s the sixth ending theme for Naruto Shippuden. It’s an upbeat ending theme for the series; however, I have to admit that it’s one of the less memorable themes that’s included on this disc. It’s not necessarily a bad song, but I have a hard time recognizing it outside of the context of the anime series.

Next is “No Rain No Rainbow” by HOME MADE Kazoku, and it’s the ending theme for Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds. It’s a decent song, but it doesn’t rank as one of my favorite theme songs. However, I have to give this song credit for the fact that it’s better than “Lie-Lie-Lie,” which was the theme song for the first Naruto Shippuden film.

“Closer” by Joe Inoue is the fourth opening theme for Naruto Shippuden. It’s an upbeat track that’s pretty good. However, I have to admit that it’s not quite as catchy or as memorable as most of the other opening themes that appear on this disc.

This is followed by “Long Kiss Goodbye” by HALCALI, and it’s the seventh ending theme for the series. It’s a mid-tempo track, and I have to admit that it doesn’t become memorable to me until it hits the chorus. The chorus is catchy, but the verses are a bit more on the forgettable side.

Next is “Bring It On!!” by Dev Parade, and it’s the eighth ending theme for Naruto Shippuden. It’s an upbeat track, and it also has the distinction of being my least favorite track on the disc. This song is definitely the most annoying song on this CD, and it doesn’t help that I don’t like the animation that accompanied this song in the series. When I hear this song, I easily picture Might Guy’s dancing… and it’s a rather frightening image.

“Glow Of Fireflies” by Ikimono-gakari is the fifth opening theme for the series. Unlike their previous song, “Blue Bird,” this one is more of a mid-tempo track. This is another very memorable opening theme for the series. Between “Glow Of Fireflies” and “Blue Bird,” it makes me want to track down more material by Ikimono-gakari and see if I enjoy it as much as these two songs.

This is followed by “Deep Breathing” by SUPER BEAVER, and it’s the ninth ending theme for Naruto Shippuden. It’s an upbeat ending theme, and it’s also rather catchy. While this may not rank as one of my top five themes from the show, it’s still a pretty good song.

Next is “My Answer” by Seamo, and it’s the tenth ending theme for the series. It’s a slow-to-midtempo theme, but it’s also rather catchy. When the vocals kick in, I recognize the song from the series. This song’s an enjoyable listen.

“Someone” by Puffy is the ending theme for Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Inheritors of the Will of Fire. It’s an upbeat and catchy track, and so far, it’s my favorite Naruto Shippuden movie theme that has appeared on the two CDs I’ve reviewed that includes music from the Naruto Shippuden series and films.

Next is “Sign” by Flow, and it’s the sixth opening theme song for Naruto Shippuden. It has a slow opening, but the tempo quickly picks up after getting through the English vocals at the beginning. Once the tempo of the song picks up, it becomes a catchy theme. It’s one of the memorable opening themes from the series.

“It Was You” by Kishidan is the eleventh ending theme for the series. It’s a mid-to-uptempo track. Admittedly, it’s one of the closing themes that I don’t recognize outside of the context of the anime series.

The final track on the disc is “For You” by AZU, and it’s the twelfth ending theme for Naruto Shippuden. It’s a slow-to-midtempo track, and I admit that I don’t recognize it until after it gets through the introduction and the main part of the song kicks in. The chorus is actually rather catchy, and this is a pretty good ending theme.

Overall, this is a pretty good collection of theme songs for Naruto Shippuden. There’s only a small fraction of the songs that I either don’t care for or aren’t the more memorable theme songs.

If you’re wanting 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, Naruto Best Hit Collection 2, and Naruto Super Hits 2006-2008. The best way to acquire these discs is to look around at sites that sell Japanese import CDs and trying to find the best deal.

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

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