One of the most famous artists in Japan, Ikimonogakari, have just released their 33rd single BAKU , which has which has been used as the opening theme song for the TV Tokyo animation BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS since January 2021. In addition to the track, this album will also feature Blue Bird, Hotaruno Hikari used as the opening theme song for the world-wide popular animation NARUTO SHIPPUDEN in 2008 and 2009 respectively, and the first remix of Ikimonogakari’s song by DJ/Producer Slushii who is active all over the world.
The album cover of this song is a complete reproduction of the cover of Blue Bird released in 2008, with the members of Ikimonogakari replaced by Boruto Uzumaki and other main characters of the anime “BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS.” When the album cover design was released, it was greeted with comments such as “This is emotional!” and “I’m glad to see this homage!” from Ikimonogakari fans as well as NARUTO/BORUTO fans in Japan and abroad on social media.
In addition to the aforementioned tracks, the inclusion of “Blue Bird (Slushii Remix)”, remixed by DJ/Producer Slushii who makes the world his stage, has also been released. It is the first time for the band to have their song reconstructed as a remix and released. “Blue Bird” is one of the most globally listened tracks of IKIMONOGAKARI, recently announced as #4 in Spotify’s “2020 Most streamed Japanese songs overseas,” thanks to the worldwide popularity of NARUTO. The song was made into a more danceable EDM style by Slushii, and is expressed in a cool and emotional way. At the same time, a music video for the remix song “Blue Bird (Slushii Remix)” by the internationally popular DJ Slushii has been released. This video was produced by REALROCK DESIGN using the opening image of ” Naruto: Shippuden ” in which the song “Blue Bird” was used in 2008.