OP Up! Naruto Edition


The Last is here. Believe it.

Naruto: The Last just premiered last weekend in theaters across the United States and the story of Naruto Uzumaki's adventures has come to a close. It's been 16 years since the first chapter of the Naruto manga was published in Japan and an entire generation of otaku have grown up with the orange-clad ninja and I'm sure many of you readers out there are part of that generation.

So I'd like to make this week's selection of anime openings to be about Naruto. I've forgotten just how many awesome songs were in Naruto openings and I still have them on my music players for some great listening. So let's go take a ninja dash down memory lane for a quick look at some Naruto openings.

[There's also a review for Naruto: The Last that is incoming so watch out for that later this week.]

Naruto Openings:

"Haruka Kanata" by Asian Kung-Fu Generation
Year: 2003

I did not like the first Naruto opening but I absolutely loved this second one by the band Asian Kung-fu Generation, a favorite band of mine (whatever happened to them?). Definitely more action-oriented with a fast rock song, this is when Naruto started to get really serious and this opening just got that message across well.


"Sadness in kindness" by little by little
Year: 2003

An emotionally gentler song with some images of the childhood of the Naruto cast, this one hits you in the feels central but still has a fast pace for some action in there.


"GO!!!" by FLOW
Year: 2004

A lighter song with some great beats that make you wanna get up and jump up and down with your fist in the air. It's got some comedic bits with some action in the later version of the opening, overall a great opening that captures Naruto's spirit.


Naruto Shippuden Openings:

"Hero's Come Back!!" by nobodyknows+
Year: 2007

A strong first opening for Naruto: Shippuden after years of suffering through pointless and inconsequential filler episodes. A great upbeat hip-hop song full of spirit with the right title. Makes you feel how much Naruto is such a boss.


"Distance" by LONG SHOT PARTY
Year: 2007

After the first strong opening full of excitement and tenacity, this second opening is a high tempo song about friendship and fighting through the odds to cherish that friendship. Perfect song for the events in the anime with a lot of great dynamic animation.


"Diver" by NICO Touches the Walls
Year: 2010

I took a hiatus from the Shippuden for a while and when I came back a couple of years later, this absolutely great opening welcomed me back and it's really good. Great symbolism with Naruto sinking into the abyss, Sasuke being a dick with helping Naruto drown. Just when you thought it was over, Naruto's friends come along and catch him to push him back up (I see Sai copping a feel too).

There's about 25 total Naruto openings, that's a lot. So which one is your favorite? Share in the comments below.

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