The upcoming Naruto Shippuden film, Road to Ninja, now has its theme song performer lined up. Rock group Asian Kung-Fu Generation will be wailing away on the song when the film hits Japanese theaters on July 28.
The song is "Sore Dewa, Mata Ashita," and the single will be released on July 25. It's fitting that Asian Kung-Fu Generation return to Naruto, as the group performed the opening theme "Haruka Kanata" back in 2003. The band's vocalist, Masafumi Goto, comments on the impact this had on their popularity:
"Thanks to Naruto, we now have fans in South America, Europe, and Asia," he said. "It's a great honor to have been chosen to sing the main theme for the (Naruto) movie."
Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto elaborated on the thought process behind choosing the band. "I have been deeply involved with this movie since the initial planning stages," he said. "When I thought about who I'd want singing the theme song, I thought about Asian Kung-Fu Generation, who was in charge of the anime's opening theme in its early days. This movie will be complete once this song has been put into it!"