Naruto Soundtracks Officially Released Outside of Japan For First Time

Naruto fans can now officially stream or digitally download music from the anime series' almost 20 year history.

The soundtracks were released by Milan Records and are now available to stream on a variety of music services, including Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, YouTube Music and more. The 19 soundtracks span the anime adaptation's almost two decade history, and include composer Toshio Masuda's works for the original Naruto animated series, as well as Yasuharu Takanashi's scores for the sequel series Naruto Shippuden and the on-going Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. The collection also includes soundtracks from the various Naruto animated movies, including the original Naruto The Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow and The Last: Naruto The Movie, which served as an epilogue to the Shippuden series. The Naruto soundtracks from both composers are well-known for their unique blend of traditional Japanese instruments, such as the shakuhachi and shamisen, with modern popular genres and production techniques.

Naruto was created by Masashi Kishimoto and was first published in the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump in 1999. The series quickly became one of the most popular manga in the world, and is now the fourth best-selling manga series of all time, with a worldwide circulation of over 250 million copies. The manga was generally regarded as one of Shonen Jump's "Big Three" franchises during the boom period of the early '00s, alongside Eiichiro Oda's still on-going One Piece and Tite Kubo's Bleach. The original manga ended its run in 2014, but was followed up with a sequel series, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations in 2017. The new manga was initially written by Ukyo Kodachi, who has also worked on the Macross and Fate Grand/Order franchises, but Kishimoto returned to write the series from volume 14 onwards.

The anime adaptation of Naruto debuted in 2002 and was produced by Studio Pierrot, which is also known for animating other popular shonen franchises, such as Bleach, Black Clover and Yu Yu Hakusho. The series aired on networks such as Cartoon Network and Jetix in North America, where it was originally heavily censored. The show became one of the first anime series to receive an online simulcast (a simultaneous international release to coincide with the airing of episodes in Japan,) when Crunchyroll licensed the series in 2008.

Source: Milan Records

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