Tubi TV Adds the English Dubbed Version of the Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow Anime Film

The Fandom Post has announced that Tubi TV has added the English dubbed version of the Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow anime film.

The story of Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow is described as:

A land forever covered in ice. A princess missing for 10 years. And one high-spirited ninja named Naruto.

Naruto and his team are sent on a mission to guard Yukie Fujikaze, a popular actress starring in the hit movie The Adventures of Princess Gale. The crew is heading toward the Land of Snow, a land forever covered in snow, to shoot the final scenes of the film.

When Yukie refuses to go and escapes from the set, she is brought back by force by Naruto and his teammates. But little do they know there are three rogue Snow Ninja lying in wait with a sinister purpose that forces Yukie to make a crucial decision and face her hidden past.

Source: The Fandom Post

My Favorite Anime Doctors

I know it’s been a while since I last posted a list, but the topic of this list is very appropriate for what’s happening in my life right now. On the day this list is posted, my youngest child is scheduled to have spinal surgery for scoliosis, and I’ll be spending a few days in the hospital with her as part of her care team. So, it felt appropriate to celebrate anime doctors.

This is not a ranked list, however. It’s just a listing of the doctors that have stood out to me from anime that I have watched.

Dr. Marcoh

Dr. Marcoh is from Fullmetal Alchemist, and he used to be known as the Crystal Alchemist. He was the leading researcher in the military’s Philosopher’s Stone creation project. He is a kind man but suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and extreme guilt for the actions he took during the Ishvalan war that resulted in the deaths of thousands of Ishvalans. Marcoh deeply cares for others and is patient and forgiving of others… even if he is unable to forgive himself. While Dr. Marcoh may not be able to use his alchemy for combat, he is able to use it for healing. He is also very skilled in medicine.

Dr. Sado (aka Dr. Sane)

In the original Space Battleship Yamato series, Dr. Sado (aka Dr. Sane in Star Blazers) was more of a comedic character that was known for his alcohol consumption, although he had his moments of seriousness, especially when it came to Captain Okita (aka Captain Avatar). In the Space Battleship Yamato reboot, he still drinks his sake, but Dr. Sado is portrayed as a respected surgeon. As the Yamato‘s medical officer, Dr. Sado does a great job of keeping the crew healthy and caring for Captain Okita as he fell ill during the voyage to Iscandar.

Hatori Soma

Hatori Soma is part of the cursed Soma clan in Fruits Basket, and he is one of the family members with the zodiac curse. While part of his job is to wipe the memories of people outside of the family who have seen or know anything related to the curse, he is also an actual doctor. We see Hatori taking care of both Somas and Tohru Honda. He has a good heart, as well as a good bedside manner. He may not be the most emotional of people, but I think this trait suits him well for his profession.

Dr. Tofu

Dr. Tofu is from Ranma 1/2, and he’s the doctor that the Tendo family and Ranma go to see if they get sick or receive an injury. Dr. Tofu is a good medical doctor, and he’s also got some impressive skills as a martial artist. However, he does have one weakness… Kasumi Tendo. Whenever she comes over the Dr. Tofu’s clinic, he becomes extremely nervous and klutzy. Dr. Tofu is a good doctor, but if you see Kasumi walk through the door of the clinic, it’s best to come back and see the good doctor another time.

Tony Tony Chopper

He’s the cute little blue-nosed reindeer from One Piece who serves as the doctor for the Straw Hats. After eating a Devil Fruit that allows him to transform into a human hybrid, Chopper first started learning about medicine from Doctor Hiriluk. After Hiriluk passed away, Dr. Kureha continued Chopper’s training. Chopper may be shy when he first meets people, but he’s a good doctor. Unlike Hatori Sohma, who doesn’t show a lot of emotion, Chopper gets very emotional after he becomes attached to someone. While he’s usually able to control his emotions while treating patients, he has a hard time during the Punk Hazard arc when Mocha eats all of the candy that has been used to poison the children. Chopper can’t contain his emotions even while treating her.

Tsunade

Tsunade is one of the three legendary Sannin in Naruto and is renowned for her skills in medical ninjutsu, as well as for her brute strength. Tsunade suffered the painful losses of her younger brother Nawaki and her lover Dan during the Secong Shinobi World War. With these losses, she developed haemophobia and left the village with Dan’s niece, Shizune, as her apprentice. After some serious convincing from Jiraiya and Naruto, Tsunade returns to the Hidden Leaf Village to not only serve as the Fifth Hokage, she also returns to practicing medical ninjutsu. She later takes on both Sakura and Ino as apprentices. The audience first gets a glimpse of Tsunade’s abilities when she performs an extensive operation on Rock Lee that allows him to continue as a shinobi.

VIZ Media Announces Summer 2022 Releases at New York Comic Con

VIZ Media announced its Summer 2022 lineup during New York Comic Con and on its social media. All of the following titles are scheduled to be released during that time period:

Title: The Liminal Zone (Genkai Chitai)
Author(s): Junji Ito
Summary: Three-time Eisner Award winner Junji Ito presents brand-new nightmares. A weeping woman, a forest of death, and more in four new stories in The Liminal Zone.

Title: Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon (Han’yō no Yasha Hime)
Author(s): Story and art by Takashi Shiina with main character design by Rumiko Takahashi
Summary: The hit anime series returns in manga form. The daughters of Inuyasha and Sesshomaru set out on a journey transcending time in Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon Volume 1.

Title: Crazy Food Truck
Author(s): Rokurou Ōgaki
Summary: Zero customers, a naked young lady, and an armed militia—it’s just another post-apocalyptic day for this food truck owner.

Title: The Elusive Samurai (Nigejōzu no Wakagimi)
Author(s): Yusei Matsui
Summary: In war-torn medieval Japan, a young samurai lord struggles to retake his throne, but not by fighting; Hojo Tokiyuki will reclaim his birthright by running away.

VIZ Media is already releasing this title digitally.

Title: Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible (Kubo-san wa Mob o Yurusanai)
Author(s): Nene Yukimori
Summary: In Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible a social butterfly makes friends with a wallflower—whether he’s ready or not.

VIZ Media is already releasing this title digitally.

Title: Rooster Fighter (Niwatori Fighter)
Author(s): Syu Sakuratani
Summary: In Rooster Fighter, giant demonic monsters wreak havoc and level Japanese cities. While the citizens flee in terror, it’s up to one brave rooster to stand his ground.

Title: Ghost Reaper Girl (Ghost Girl)
Author(s): Akissa Saiké
Summary: Chloé’s trading her dreams of taking over the acting world to taking down evil spirits.

VIZ Media is already releasing this title digitally.

Title: The Promised Neverland: Art Book World (Yakusoku no Neverland: Art Book World)
Author(s): Posuka Demizu
Summary: Featuring Posuka Demizu’s incredible artwork, as well as creator commentary and interviews, The Promised Neverland: Art Book World is a beautiful and haunting gaze into one of today’s most popular Shonen Jump series.

Title: Marvel’s Secret Reverse
Author(s): Kazuki Takahashi
Summary: Spider-Man and Iron Man travel to Japan to battle an evil gaming magnate and his deadly new technology in Secret Reverse—a new addition to the Marvel Universe from Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi.

Title: To Strip the Flesh (Tōda Oto Tanpenshū: Niku wo Hagu)
Author(s): Oto Toda
Summary: In a moving collection of six short stories, To Strip the Flesh finds Chiaki setting out to remake himself in his own image and discovers more than just personal freedom with his transition—he finds understanding from the people who matter most.

Title: Death Note Short Stories (Death Note Tanpenshū)
Author(s): Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata
Summary: Kira’s story is over, but the Death Note’s is not. This imaginative complete collection of short stories by the series’ creators explores the impact and influence of the legendary Death Note.

Title: Naruto Retsuden novels:

  1. Naruto: Kakashi’s Story–The Sixth Hokage and the Failed Prince (Naruto: Kakashi Retsuden: Rokudaime Hokage to Ochikobore no Shōnen)
  2. Naruto: Sasuke’s Story–The Uchiha and the Heavenly Stardust (Naruto: Sasuke Retsuden: Uchiha no Matsuei to Tenkyū no Hoshikuzu)
  3. Naruto: Naruto’s Story–Uzumaki Naruto and the Spiral Destiny (Naruto: Naruto Retsuden: Uzumaki Naruto to Neji no Tenmei)

Author(s): Jun Esaka, original concept by Masashi Kishimoto
Summary: A new series of Naruto novels in which Naruto’s allies and enemies take center stage in fast-paced adventures, begins releasing Summer 2022 with Naruto: Kakashi’s Story–The Sixth Hokage and the Failed Prince.

VIZ Media will release the following works digitally only:

Title: Witch Watch
Author(s): Kenta Shinohara
Summary: A VIZ digital exclusive. A teen witch wants to get familiar with her familiar. From the mangaka of Astra Lost in Space comes Witch Watch.

VIZ Media is already releasing new chapters of the manga digitally as they are published in Japan.

Title: Our Blood Oath (Bokura no Ketsumei)
Author(s): Kazu Kakazu
Summary: A VIZ digital exclusive. The Hizuki brothers may not be connected by blood, but they are bound by something stronger—a vampire oath.

VIZ Media already released new chapters of the manga digitally as they were published in Japan.

Title: High School Family (Kōkōsei Kazoku)
Author(s): Ryō Nakama
Summary: A VIZ digital exclusive. High school is rough, but imagine going to school with your whole family.

VIZ Media is already releasing new chapters of the manga digitally as they are published in Japan.

Source: ANN

Naruto Series Music to Stream and Be Available on Digital Platforms Outside of Japan

Milan Records has announced the score music for the Naruto anime franchise will be available to stream and on digital platforms for the first time outside of Japan. The soundtracks will become available through these outlets on September 24, 2021.

The albums that will be available include:

  • Naruto Original Soundtrack
  • Naruto Original Soundtrack 2
  • Naruto Original Soundtrack 3
  • Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow Original Soundtrack
  • Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel Original Soundtrack
  • Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom Original Soundtrack
  • Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack
  • Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack 2
  • Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack 3
  • Naruto Shippuden: The Movie Original Soundtrack
  • Naruto Shippuden: The Movie – Bonds Original Soundtrack
  • Naruto Shippuden: The Movie – The Will of Fire Original Soundtrack
  • Naruto Shippuden: The Movie – The Lost Tower Original Soundtrack
  • Naruto Shippuden: The Movie – Blood Prison Original Soundtrack
  • Naruto Shippuden: The Movie – Road to Ninja Original Soundtrack
  • The Last: Naruto the Movie Original Soundtrack
  • Boruto: Naruto the Movie Original Soundtrack
  • Boruto: Naruto the Movie Original Soundtrack 1
  • Boruto: Naruto the Movie Original Soundtrack 2

Source: FUNimation Entertainment

Pawsonify Producing Officially Licensed Naruto Shippuden, Boruto, and Inuyasha Pet Accessories

Pawsonify, the leader in anime pet wear, has partnered with VIZ Media to develop lines of pet accessories based on the hit manga and anime series Naruto Shippuden, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, and Inuyasha.

Pawsonify’s deal grants them North American and South American rights to create dog and cat collars, leashes, pet ID tags, and waste bag dispensers from these top anime series. They are proud to become the first US pet product licensee for Boruto or Inuyasha, and the first cat product licensee for all three franchises in the Americas.

“Growing up I loved Naruto – the characters, the story, and the whole world that it takes place in,” said Vensy March, the founder and CEO of Pawsonify. “Naruto was some of my earliest cosplays and I always wanted to have something from that anime for my pets. We’re so happy to make pet stuff that animal-loving Naruto fans like us will enjoy!”

Inuyasha has some of the most beautiful, iconic outfits in anime,” said Kevin Cheung, president of Pawsonify.”“We are thrilled to design pet accessories that capture the spirit of the main characters and the traditional Japanese style of the series.”

“We love our pets and they are very important members of our families,” said Laura Takaragawa, Vice President Consumer Products and Promotions at VIZ Media. “Fans of Naruto, Boruto, and Inuyasha will be excited to express and share their love for these anime with their furry friends.”

At launch, products will include forehead protector-style designs for shinobi and rogue animal ninjas, Akatsuki red cloud collars and leashes, and konoha accessories in Naruto and Boruto colors. The Inuyasha line will feature designs focused on Sesshomaru, Kagome, and Inuyasha. Fans can pre-order now on www.Pawsonify.com.

Chainsaw Man Is #1 on the NPD BookScan Adult Graphic Novels List for July 2021

Manga volumes occupied 17 spots on NPD BookScan’s Top 20 adult graphic novels list for July 2021:

  • Chainsaw Man Volume 1 by Tatsuki Fujimoto (#1)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 28 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#3)
  • Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 1 by Gege Akutami (#4)
  • Uzumaki 3-in-1 Deluxe Edition by Junji Ito (#6)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama (#7)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 27 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#9)
  • Death Note Black Edition Volume 1 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata (#10)
  • Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun Volume 1 by Aidairo (#11)
  • Hunter x Hunter Volume 1 by Yoshihiro Togashi (#12)
  • Tomie Complete Deluxe Edition by Junji Ito (#13)
  • My Hero Academia: Vigilantes Volume 10 by Hideyuki Furuhashi and Betten Court (#14)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 2 by Hajime Isayama (#15)
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 22 by Koyoharu Gotouge (#16)
  • Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 6 by Gege Akutami (#17)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#18)
  • One-Punch Man Volume 1 by ONE and Yūsuke Murata (#19)
  • Naruto Volume 1 by Masashi Kishimoto (#20)

Source: ANN

Champion Teams Up With Naruto to Launch The Brand’s First Anime Collection Ever

Champion Athleticwear has partnered with Naruto, a Japanese manga, to bring a unique capsule to market celebrating the story’s most well-known characters. Fans can shop the limited edition collection on August 13, 2021 at Champion (in-store and online).

The collection includes Reverse Weave hoodies and Heritage short sleeve tees for men, cropped Reverse Weave and Boyfriend Reverse Weave hoodies and heritage short sleeve tees for women, and hoodies and tees for kids.

Plus, fans can go in any Champion store for an exclusive opportunity to customize their merchandise with hand-picked patches including characters Naruto Sage mode, Gaara, Shikamaru, Tsunade, Hashirama, Tobirama, Hiruzen and symbols Uzumaki Clan, Uchiha Clan, Akatsuki cloud, and Sharingan.

This collaboration celebrates Naruto’ss quest to be his own Champion, a nod to Champion Athleticwear’s “Be Your Own Champion” initiative. The initiative represents the pure joy of playing, the importance of character and the importance of staying true to oneself. It encourages consumers not to try to be another person’s idea of a champion and to win with dignity and lose with grace.

Naruto is the definitive force behind Japanese pop culture in America, its influence and style. With masterful art and epic storytelling, the young ninja who seeks recognition from his peers and dreams of becoming the Hokage, today inspires millions of people across generations on a daily basis. Setting sales records at over 250 million manga copies sold globally, Naruto’s cultural impact is vast; from musicians like Cardi B and Lil Uzi Vert referencing the ninja in their lyrics, to NFL players mimicking Naruto’s actions after making a touchdown, and to the viral sensation and meme that is the Naruto Run – the storming of Nevada’s Area 51, all make Naruto an icon of our time.

Naruto, My Hero Academia, and Sailor Moon Stage Plays to Stream in August 2021

Live Viewing Japan has announced that it will stream three “2.5D” stage play programs from August 6-26, 2021, including Live Spectacle Naruto, My Hero Academia: The “Ultra” Stage, and Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Musical Nogizaka46 ver. 2019. Tickets are available on the company’s website for viewers in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Singapore.

Live Spectacle Naruto ran in 2015. My Hero Academia: The “Ultra” Stage ran in 2019. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Musical Nogizaka46 ver. 2019 is a 2019 run of a stage play that originally ran in 2018.

Source: ANN

Anime Soundtrack Review: Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack III

Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack III is a 25-track CD that is completely background instrumental score from the Naruto Shippuden anime series.

Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack III
Publisher: Aniplex Inc.
Release Date: July 6, 2016

This is the third and final background score soundtrack that was released for Naruto Shippuden. The pieces included on this disc are the ones that appeared in the episodes from near the end of the series. The tracks on this disc run anywhere from a minute and forty-four seconds to four minutes and twenty-five seconds.

The first track is titled, “Itachi Uchiha,” but I’m wondering where this title comes from. This is not a piece I associate with Itachi. I recognize this piece, though, especially from the battles of the Fourth Great Ninja War. I love how much this piece rocks, but I still don’t quite get Itachi’s connection with it.

Next is “Unleashing Nine-Tails,” which has a very ominous sound to it. Right at first, I didn’t recognize it from the series, but as it progressed it started sounding a little familiar. “Fourth Hokage” is an upbeat and frenzied track, which works for Minato (aka “Konoha’s Yellow Flash”). This is followed by “Father And Mother,” which is a very downbeat piece of music. However, this is one I recognize from the anime series, and I love the vocal part that appears here. This is a beautiful piece of music, and I associate it with Minato and Kushina’s death scene. This was also a piece of music that VIZ Media used for the menu on one of their Naruto Shippuden home video releases. “Gentle Hands” is another slower piece of music, and it seems to borrow some musical themes from “Father And Mother.”

“Kaguya Otsutsuki” is the theme music for Kaguya, the new “final boss” introduced during the Fourth Great Ninja War. This piece seems to borrow from traditional Japanese music, and it also appears to be using a variation of the male chanting from “Akatsuki.” There’s also a female vocal in here that adds a “mystical” quality to the piece. This is followed by “Zetsu’s Theme,” which is a more bombastic piece than “Kaguya Otsutsuki.” I recognize the piece and can easily connect it with Zetsu. I’ve always liked this piece of score from Naruto Shippuden.

“Ashura – Indra” brings the tempo back down, and it has a similar quality to “Guren,” which appeared on the previous soundtrack disc. Even though the two tracks have a similar quality, “Ashura – Indra” isn’t sharing a musical theme with “Guren.” This is followed by “Scene Of Carnage,” which is more of a midtempo track. Unfortunately, I can’t say that I necessarily recognize this song just from hearing it.

“Cold Ground” has a slower tempo and seems to incorporate some Middle Eastern influences in its musical arrangement. This has an almost desolate feel to it. “Purge Goddess” brings up the tempo and energy immensely. It’s a very frenetic sounding piece. From the title, I’m sure it’s a reference to Kaguya, but sadly, I can’t say this piece is memorable to me when I listen to it. I like it, but I’m just not placing where it would have shown up in the anime. This is the shortest piece on the disc.

This is followed by “Spiralling Hot Wind,” which is an upbeat piece that incorporates some of the male chanting I associate with some of the background score from the first Naruto anime. “Standing Upon Rumbling Ground” has a slow start, but then suddenly explodes and starts rocking out. This is one of the standout pieces for me on this release.

“Those Who Have Courage” is a piece that seems be pulling some musical ideas and themes from the score of the first Naruto anime. It incorporates the male chanting, but there was also a part of this track where musically, it seemed to be borrowing some ideas from the earlier background score. This is another standout piece on this soundtrack.

“Always Watching” slows things down immensely, but it is a very recognizable piece from this portion of Naruto Shippuden. This is a piece I associate with Rin from Obito’s flashbacks to his youth. “Kakashi And Obito” is another downtempo piece, and it has a strong emphasis on piano and strings. Both this and “Always Watching” are beautiful pieces of music. This is followed by “Friend,” which starts out slow but picks up in tempo. In some respects, it seems to share a musical “theme” with “Kakashi And Obito.”

“Eternal Sleep” is a very uptempo track that sounds bombastic. It’s among some of the “harder rock” instrumental pieces to be composed for the Naruto Shippuden franchise. Next is “Obito’s Theme,” which slows the tempo back down again. This piece seems to share musical themes with both “Kakashi And Obito” and “Always Watching.” This would make a lot of sense, though, considering the relationship that these three characters had.

This is followed by “Martyr,” which seems to share a musical theme with “Akatsuki.” It has the same type of choral chanting and the same gothic arrangement musically as the other song. However, after it reaches a climax of these shared elements with “Akatsuki,” it suddenly starts rocking out and becoming a piece unto its own. I really like the sound of “Martyr,” especially after it starts rocking out.

“Nostalgia” slows the tempo of the disc back down, and it seems to share a musical theme with “Reflection,” a piece that appeared on Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack II. Considering there’s a similar theme between nostalgia and reflecting, this shared musical theme makes a lot of sense. This is followed by “To Reach A Person,” and it’s another downtempo track with an emphasis on strings. The woodwinds that appear in this track make me think of a musical theme that appeared in the first Naruto anime. I was noticing this happening a bit in the tracks that appear on this disc. It kind of makes me think that Yasuharu Takanashi, the composer, was trying to bring things back “full circle,” if you will. Considering the emphasis on Naruto and Sasuke at the end of Naruto Shippuden, it makes a lot of sense to me to find ways to incorporate some musical thematic ideas from the first series, which had a strong emphasis on these two characters.

“Waltz of Wind and Fire” has a much more ominous, and nearly gothic, sound to it. It really gives the impression that the stakes have gotten high. Considering the title and where this appears on the disc, it would have to be music from the final battle between Naruto and Sasuke. I really like the sound of this piece, though. “The Road Continues” is a slower piece, and I can definitely hear that it’s borrowing from one of the classic themes from the first Naruto anime. I don’t remember the title of that theme, but it’s one I instantly recognize when I hear it. With a title like “The Road Continues,” it again makes sense to borrow something from the earlier series and incorporate it into the soundtrack for Naruto Shippuden.

The final track on the disc is “Naruto Main Theme ’16,” and this is a new version of Naruto’s theme music from the first Naruto anime. While you can recognize it as Naruto’s theme, you can also tell it’s a different recording. Takanashi took that piece of music and found ways to make it sound like his own. This is the longest track on the disc.

I found this score soundtrack to be just as strong as Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack and Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack II. This release, along with the other two soundtracks, should really be in the music collection of a Naruto fan. The best way to acquire these soundtrack CDs is to look around at sites that sell Japanese import CDs and trying to find the best deal.

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Anime Soundtrack Review: Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack II

Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack II is a 28-track CD that is completely background instrumental score from the Naruto Shippuden anime series.

Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack II
Publisher: Aniplex Inc.
Release Date: December 16, 2009

When it came to the tracks that are included on this release, I recognized quite a few of them when I heard them. The tracks on this disc run anywhere between a minute-and-a-half to a little over five minutes in length.

The title of the first track is translated to “Rising Dragon,” and I instantly recognized it as one the pieces of music VIZ Media used for the menus on their Naruto Shippuden home media releases. It’s also an important piece that shows up at crucial moments in the anime.

The second track, “Critical Point,” is a very upbeat and very recognizable piece of music. It’s usually heard when Naruto or someone else gets to an important point in a fight, and the fight is starting to go in the protagonist’s way. Track three, “Crushing,” is also recognizable since it’s the piece that can be heard when a character is about the make the final blow in a battle.

Track four is titled “Colorful Mist,” and it’s an instantly recognizable piece of music. It’s one that I strongly associate with Itachi Uchiha. I like the female vocal, as well as the harp, that appear during this track, because they help to accentuate the haunting feel that the song has.

“The Prophet” is the first track on here that references a background piece from earlier in the series and starts emphasizing the idea of a theme running through the music. In this case, the track uses elements from “Akatsuki,” a song that appeared on the previous soundtrack that is basically the theme for the Akatsuki. By hearing elements of “Akatsuki,” the listener knows that this piece is connected to this particular group of characters. The next two tracks are “Hidan” and “Kakuzu,” and these are the themes used for these particular two members of the Akatsuki. Hidan’s directly uses elements from “Akatsuki.” Kakuzu, on the other hand, not as much. Kakuzu’s theme sounds more like a hard and “driving” rock song when compared to Hidan’s. I believe this was another piece of music that VIZ Media used for the menus of their home video releases for Naruto Shippuden. “Crimson Flames” is another song associated with Hidan, and again, borrows elements from “Akatsuki.”

“Unkempt Hair” is another harder song, and it’s a piece of music I know I heard a bit in Naruto Shippuden during its run. However, I’m not recalling how the title of “Unkempt Hair” would fit in with where this piece would have first appeared in the series.

“Burial” is a downtempo piece of music. I admit that I don’t recognize the piece as I listen to it, but from where it appears on the soundtrack, I think I can guess where it appears. And if I’m right, that’s why it’s a piece that’s not used much in the series. This is the longest piece to appear on this set.

“White Clover” is another downtempo piece, but it’s one that I recognize because it was used a few times during the series. It’s a beautiful piece of music, and for the sequencing of the disc, it was perfect to put it right after “Burial.”

Track 12 is “Wandering,” and it almost feels like a song that wouls be used to score something set in the American Wild West. But, this is a theme that becomes associated with Sasuke during Naruto Shippuden. Fans of the series will recognize the piece immediately when they hear it. “Impregnable” returns to the hard driving and upbeat score, and it’s an instantly recognizable piece of music from the series. “Foreboding Skies” is another classic piece of score from Naruto Shippuden.

“Trial” is a song that fans of Naruto Shippuden will instantly recognize as being the piece of music that’s used in the next episode previews for the series. I’m sure it also appeared within the actual series itself, but I most recognize it as the new episode preview music.

Next is “Mind Reading,” which has a mystical and Eastern feel to it, and it’s a piece I instantly recognize and associate with Orochimaru. “Guren” relies heavily on woodwinds and was used as the theme music for the character of Guren, who was introduced during a filler arc.

“Black Spot” is a more upbeat track, and it’s another recognizable piece of music. Not only do I recognize it from the series, but it’s also another piece that VIZ Media used for the menus of their Naruto Shippuden home video releases.

“The Scarlet Letter” uses elements that I recognize from another piece, and I think that piece would have appeared on the first Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack. This is followed by “Courtesy,” which is a piece I associate with Pain. It has an almost gothic sound to it and is accompanied by a choir singing. In my mind I have always considered this to be Pain’s theme song.

“Red Rose” is an upbeat track that really rocks out and sounds great. However, I have to admit that it’s one of those songs that doesn’t sound instantly recognizable to me. As it progresses, it starts sounding a little familiar, but I can’t place where it was used. “Mountain Haze” is a much more downtempo number. It sounds beautiful, but I can’t say that I instantly recognize it as a piece of background score from the series. However, as it progresses, I do start recognizing it thanks to certain pieces of instrumentation. It’s a piece that I associate with flashbacks of young Obito.

This is followed by “Many Nights,” which uses elements from “Colorful Mist.” It’s not exactly the same as “Colorful Mist,” because it adds a male choir during it, as well as some other subtle differences. But this is an example of “themes” starting to appear throughout the background pieces that were written and recorded for Naruto Shippuden.

“Vision” uses elements from “Mind Reading,” and has a similar exotic sound to it. This is followed by “Reflection,” a very downbeat piece that focuses on acoustic guitar for its instrumentation. I recognize this piece as one that appears when characters are reminiscing on the past, hence the track’s title. “Fallen Leaves” is another piece that is downbeat and relies on acoustic guitar for its instrumentation. However, there are other instruments that make an appearance in this track. It’s another piece that I associate with flashbacks of young Obito.

“The Crying God” brings the tempo back up, and it’s another piece that appears during a fight scene. In this case, it appears when a battle is building up to its climax. The final song on the disc is “Early Summer Rain,” which is another slower piece. While it has a focus on acoustic guitar, there are also other musical elements that make the occasional appearance in the track. It’s a piece that VIZ Media used for the menus on their home video releases of Naruto Shippuden when they wanted something more laid back and serious. It’s also another piece I associate with flashbacks of young Obito.

Overall, I really enjoyed Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack II. I recognized the vast majority of the pieces that were included on this set, and I really didn’t have any complaints about the sequencing of the tracks on the disc. It’s a very solid soundtrack of background score instrumentals.

If you’re a fan of the Naruto franchise and enjoy the background score music, I would recommend finding a way to acquire Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack II. The best way to acquire this disc is to look around at sites that sell Japanese import CDs and trying to find the best deal.

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