The Naruto franchise has given the anime community some of its most iconic openings of all time, but for some reason, the series doesn’t seem to garner nearly as much acclaim for its endings. While skipping an outro in order to quickly get to the next episode is completely understandable, it shouldn’t take away from the quality of these sequences in Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden.
For those not in a hurry to continue binge-watching, Naruto’s endings can be a great way to decompress and reflect on the events of an episode. Thanks to the series’ extended syndication, there is no shortage of endings to sort through, including a few of which are among the best that the shonen genre has to offer.
Updated on January 27, 2023 by Kennedy King: As the Naruto franchise quickly approaches its 25-year anniversary, Boruto and the new generation of Hidden Leaf shinobi continue to spread the Will of Fire throughout the ninja world. Along with these shinobi’s adventures has also come a new generation of fans to the franchise, many of whom are unfamiliar with Naruto’s stellar library of outros. This, along with fans’ ever-changing taste in music, means that a new pecking order has emerged among these endings, some of which are among the most beloved in anime history.
11 Pino And Amelie
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“Pino and Amelie” is sung by Huwie Ishizaki and serves as the ending for episodes 467 to 479. Akin to the Naruto Shippuden opening, “Line” by Sukima Switch, this ending functions as a tribute to the brave shinobi who lost their lives during the events of the series.
It is only appropriate, as this ending is shown near the end of the Fourth Great Ninja War after the death of numerous major characters. Each character sends off a lantern to commemorate their fallen allies, watching them float into the night sky as Ishizaki’s fantastic vocal work creates the perfect atmosphere.
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“ALIVE” is sung by Raiko and appears at the end of episodes 65 to 77. While the vocals may catch some off guard, Raiko’s infectious rapping eventually gets even the quietest fans singing along. Although the ending doesn’t show anything extravagant, it does convey a lot about the story without becoming overcomplicated.
During the outro, Naruto overlooks the village and stares at Hokage Rock, stopping multiple times to stare at the 4th Hokage. This ending also happens to take place after the 3rd Hokage is killed by Orochimaru, making it even more poignant in the moment.
9 Many Times Before
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“Many Times Before,” performed by The Mass Missile, is the ending for episodes 78 to 89 of Naruto. This outro is a rare example of a Naruto ending where Sasuke is included. It depicts Naruto sitting alone during a sunset before Sakura and Sasuke come to greet him, bringing along the Konoha 11 when they do so.
This ending shows that although Naruto may be used to being alone, he’s starting to develop worthwhile friendships. It’s uplifting to see everyone come together without any sadness and simply stand by each other without fighting about something.
8 Because You Are With Me
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Naruto may end with one of the most notorious filler stretches in anime history, but that doesn’t mean that these episodes didn’t yield some quality endings. “Because You are With Me,” sung by AMADORI, serves as the ending for episodes 154 to 165, bringing with it throwback R&B vocals reminiscent of a simpler time for shonen anime.
With a fall accent and watercolor backgrounds, the gentle sound of the AMADORI’s voice makes listeners want to sway along with every lyric. Sakura is together with Ino despite their personal tensions, and Naruto is shown smiling happily together with his friends. This ending reminds viewers that although Sasuke may be gone, Naruto and Sakura still have friends with them.
7,6 Rainbow’s Sky
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“Rainbow’s Sky” by FLOW is the series’ outro sequence for episodes 418 to 431 of Naruto Shippuden. Keeping in line with the trend of Shippuden endings that have a nostalgic feel to them, this ending is performed by the same band who performed “GO!” and spawned the iconic catchphrase, “Fighting Dreamers.”
This ending flashes through various characters from the Hidden Leaf Village as they eat at Naruto’s favorite ramen shop, Ichiraku Ramen. Minato and his pregnant wife Kushina even make an appearance, demonstrating that Naruto has a connection with the shop that long predates the events of the show.
5 Lost Words
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“Lost Words” is sung by No Regret Life, and it functions as the ending for episodes 129 to 141 of the original Naruto. Relying heavily on the emotional weight of Sasuke’s departure from the Hidden Leaf Village, this outro hits home on a deeply emotional level.
No Regret Life’s lead singer and his raspy, powerful vocals ring out as memories of Sasuke weigh heavily on the minds of Naruto and Sakura. As they sit back-to-back on a boat floating in the middle of nowhere, they each think of their time with Sasuke and how they regret not doing more to stop him.
4 A Promise That Doesn’t Need Words
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If there were ever a Naruto ending that depicted the history of shinobi in a minute, it would be Naruto Shippuden’s 33rd ending: “A Promise That Doesn’t Need Words.” Performed by sana, this quick history lesson only appeared from episodes 406 to 417.
This ending shows everything, starting with Madara and Hashirama’s fight and ending by showing how the four major shinobi villages were built upon the corpses of ninjas — the word “ninja” is even spelled in blood splatter on-screen at one point. Madara looking through a leaf is especially poignant, as he thinks the world of shinobi is not right in its current state, due in large part to the Wood-style user Hashirama Senju.
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“Scenario” is sung by SABOTEN and functions as the ending for episodes 203 to 220 of Naruto — the final 18 episodes before Shippuden. It begins with an upbeat and cheerful tune, which is a perfect send-off for a series as flashy and fun as the original Naruto.
While holding Sasuke’s forehead protector tight, Naruto runs on a hill, even showing a preview of him in his teenage years to get fans excited about the continuation. It also depicts the other ninjas, such as Sasuke and Sakura, as they start their journeys pre-time skip.
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The last Naruto Shippuden ending, “Absolutely”, is the best of the entire sequel series, and it isn’t just because it’s the last one. There are multiple variations of the ending (performed by Swimy), giving each character the spotlight they deserve and highlighting their development from the original Naruto series all the way to the end of Shippuden.
At the end of the series, the final version of the ending appears, utilizing fanart from many fans and messages of gratitude about what the series meant to them. Because of this, as well as all the other quality versions of this outro, “Absolutely” is easily the best Naruto Shippuden ending.
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“Wind” is sung by Akeboshi and serves as the perfect ending for the first 25 episodes of the Naruto franchise. As the first outro of the series, its haunting visuals, gritty art style, and wistful score set the tone for the entire story, creating one of the best, most recognizable endings in anime history.
For those that watched Naruto during their youth, it’s almost impossible to forget the lonely image of Naruto sitting alone on a swing as he is shunned by his fellow Hidden Leaf shinobi. “Wind” captured the struggle of the main character perfectly. It may not be as flashy as some other endings, but its simplicity captures Naruto in a way that hasn’t been topped since.