Anime Soundtrack Review: Naruto Super Sounds

Naruto Super Sounds is a 13-track CD that includes some of the opening and ending themes for the Naruto Shippuden anime series, as well as the ending theme for the Road to Ninja film. There is also a bonus DVD that contains the textless versions of the opening and ending themes that appear on this release; however, since the DVD was manufactured for a Japanese audience, it is a Region 2 disc.

Naruto Super Sounds
Publisher: Sony Japan
Release Date: November 26, 2014

The disc opens with THE CRO-MAGNONS’ “Assault Rock,” which is the 11th opening theme from the Naruto Shippuden anime. It’s an upbeat and catchy track, and it’s a song I recognized as soon as I heard it. This is one of the memorable theme songs that appears on this disc. While I know the song is at the beginning due to where it falls chronologically, I still think it works well as the opening song for the CD.

Next is “Cascade” by UNLIMITS, and it’s the 21st ending theme for the series. It’s another upbeat track, and it’s another one I recognize as soon as I hear it. I love how it builds in intensity as it reaches the chorus, and when it reaches the chorus, there’s almost a sense of urgency that can he heard in the vocals. “Cascade” ranks up there among the memorable ending theme songs for Naruto Shippuden.

This is followed by “Shout This Voice Dry” by AISHA featuring CHENON, and it’s the 22nd ending theme for the anime. It’s another upbeat and catchy ending theme for the series, and it’s another one I recognize as soon as I hear it. I really like the sound of this one, and I can start conjuring up some of the visuals from the closing animation that accompanies this music.

Next is “Even If” by Daisuke, which is the 12th opening theme for Naruto Shippuden. This is another upbeat and catchy song on the disc. While I may not recognize this one right when it starts, I recognize it once the chorus kicks in. This isn’t a bad song at all, but it just isn’t as easily memorable to me when compared to the previous three songs on the disc.

“Mother” by MUCC is the 23rd ending theme for the series. Compared to the previous themes, it’s a midtempo song. It’s not a bad song at all, but it’s just not terribly memorable compared to the other theme songs on this disc. It’s not until I hit the chorus where I go, “Oh, yeah, this does sound kind of familiar.” But I do have to say that having a midtempo track is a nice change of pace at this point in the disc. While I like the upbeat songs that appeared on the disc up to this point, it’s nice to have a theme that isn’t another uptempo track.

This is followed by “Sayonara Memory” by 7!!, and it’s the 24th ending theme for the anime. We’re back to another catchy and upbeat theme song, and it’s also one of the very memorable themes on this release. As soon as the song started, I recognized it instantly. The chorus for “Sayonara Memory” makes me want to move and groove when I hear it.

Next is “Not Even Giving In To The Sudden Rain” by NICO Touches The Walls, and it’s the 13th opening theme for Naruto Shippuden. This is another upbeat, catchy, and memorable theme song that appears on the disc. As soon as the opening notes start, I recognize the song instantly.

“I Can Hear” by DISH// is the 25th ending theme for the series. This song starts out as a midtempo track, but once it hits the chorus it becomes very upbeat and catchy. When I hear the chorus, I’m like, “Yes, I recognize this!” Of course, it probably helps that several lines in the chorus are in English.

This is followed by “Embrace Your Dreams ~Crossroads Of The Beginning~” by Rake, which is the 26th ending theme for the anime. It’s a midtempo track, and it’s a good song. However, at least for me, it’s not as memorable right away when compared to many of the theme songs released for this series.

Next is “The Size Of The Moon” by Nogizaka46, which is the 14th opening theme for Naruto Shippuden. It’s an upbeat and catchy song, and it’s one I recognize as soon as I hear it. It really reaches its level of catchiness when it hits the chorus. This ranks up there among my favorite songs that appears on this disc.

“Black Night Town” by Akihisa Kondo is the 27th ending theme for the series. It starts out kind of slow, but after the intro, it picks up into a more upbeat and catchy song. But even with its slow intro, I recognize this song as soon as I hear it. It’s another one of the themes where I can remember some of the visuals from the opening that go with this theme. It’s another song that ranks up there among my favorite songs that appear on this release.

Next is “Rainbow” by Shinku Hollow, and it’s the 28th ending theme for the anime. This is more of a midtempo track, but it’s still memorable to me as soon as I hear it. It’s also another theme on the disc where I can remember some of the visuals that accompany this music. It may not be as catchy as some of the other themes, but it’s still a strong song and is very memorable.

The final track on the disc is “Well Then, See You Tomorrow” by ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION, which was used as the ending theme for the Road To Ninja film. It’s a very upbeat and catchy rock song, and it’s another one of these themes that’s memorable to me as soon as I hear it. When I watched the Road To Ninja film, I remember thinking that this song worked great as an ending theme for a movie.

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, Naruto Super Hits 2006-2008, Best Hit Naruto, and Naruto Greatest Hits!!!!!. 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 Naruto Super Sounds that my husband purchased for me as a birthday gift.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s