Ever go on vacation, and have a song or an album become the soundtrack to that trip?
That’s happening here this week, as our 12-year-old has commandeered the CD player in the car.
We’re not doing much, just hanging around town, but we listen to the same thing everywhere we go — music from “Naruto,” a Japanese adventure cartoon. Oops, sorry, anime.
Judging from its Wikipedia description, I can see why “Naruto” appeals to 12-year-old boys: “The main character, Naruto Uzumaki, is a loud, hyperactive, unpredictable adolescent ninja who constantly searches for recognition, as well as to become Hokage, acknowledged as the leader and strongest of all ninja in the village.” I can think of someone who fits that description. Yes, you, Evan.
So I’ve been listening to the same eight cuts, found on the Web, downloaded and burned onto a CD by our 12-year-old son. It’s an interesting little trip into the world of Japanese pop music. Most of it clearly is influenced by American pop-punk, but some also by ’80s pop.
“Naruto” is just the latest in a series of Japanese comics (oops, sorry, manga) and anime that Evan has dug.
So I ask: Why Naruto, and not Spider-Man or Batman or some of their fellow superheroes?
“Dad, I like this.”
Maybe Andrew over at Armagideon Time, were comics and music peacefully coexist, can explain it all. (And he has! Please check the comments. Thanks, Andrew!)
I guess Evan isn’t all that different at 12 than I was at 11, when in the summer of 1968 I read:
So, in the unlikely event you’d like to hear Evan’s favorite tune from his Naruto CD, here you go.
“Go!!!,” by Flow, 2004.
It sounds like Green Day until about 2:30 in, when there’s a 25-second bridge that’s a classic ’80s guitar solo. I just can’t put my finger on the influence for that. Maybe Starship. No, maybe Asia.
I think I’ll resist the urge to offer any of the five versions of Neal Hefti’s classic “Batman” theme I have.
For today, anyway.