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Closer, performed by Joe Inoue, was the fourth opening for Naruto: Shippūden. It ran from episode 78 up until episode 102. It was then replaced by Light of a Firefly.

Lyrics

Rōmaji

Michika ni aru mono
Tsune ni ki wo tsuketeinai to
Amari ni chikasugite
Miushinatte shimaisou

Anata ga saikin taiken shita
Shiawase wa ittai nandesu ka?
Megumaresugite ite
Omoidasenai kamo!

Ima koko ni iru koto
Iki wo shite iru koto
Tada soredake no koto ga
Kiseki dato kidzuku

Michika ni aru mono
Tsune ni ki wo tsuketeinai to
Amari ni chikasugite
Miushinatte shimaisou

You know the closer you get to something
The tougher it is to see it
And I'll never take it for granted

Oitsudzuketekita yume
Akiramezu ni susume yo nante
Kirei koto wo ieru hodo
Nani mo dekichainai kedo

Hitonigiri no yuuki wo mune ni
Ashita wo ikinuku tame ni
And I'll never take it for granted

Let's go

Rōmaji (Full Version)

Michika ni aru mono
Tsune ni ki wo tsuketeinai to
Amari ni chikasugite
Miushinatte shimaisou

Anata ga saikin taiken shita
Shiawase wa ittai nandesu ka?
Megumaresugite ite
Omoidasenai kamo!

Ima koko ni iru koto
Iki wo shite iru koto
Tada soredake no koto ga
Kiseki dato kidzuku

Michika ni aru mono
Tsune ni ki wo tsuketeinai to
Amari ni chikasugite
Miushinatte shimaisou

You know the closer you get to something
The tougher it is to see it
And I'll never take it for granted

Let's go

Hitodasuke wo gizen to
Yobu yatsura mo iru keredo
Shinjiru no mo utagau no mo
Hito sorezore dakara

Tatoe kari ni sore ga
Gizen de atta to shitemo
Dareka wo sukueta nara
Sorya mushiro nani yori mo riaru

Oitsudzuketekita yume
Akiramezu ni susume yo nante
Kirei koto wo ieru hodo
Nani mo dekichainai kedo

Hitonigiri no yuuki wo mune ni
Ashita wo ikinuku tame ni
And I'll never take it for granted

Let's go

Michika ni aru mono
Tsune ni ki wo tsuketeinai to
Amari ni chikasugite
Miushinatte shimaisou

You know the closer you get to something
The tougher it is to see it
And I'll never take it for granted

Oitsudzuketekita yume
Akiramezu ni susume yo nante
Kirei koto wo ieru hodo
Nani mo dekichainai kedo

Hitonigiri no yuuki wo mune ni
Ashita wo ikinuku tame ni
And I'll never take it for granted

Let's go

Kanji (Full Version)

身近にある物
常に気を付けていないと
余りに近すぎて
見失ってしまいそう

あなたが最近体験した
幸せは一体何ですか?
恵まれすぎていて
思い出せないかも!

今ここにいる事
息をしている事
ただそれだけの事が
奇跡だと気付く

身近にある物
常に気を付けていないと
余りに近すぎて
見失ってしまいそう

You know the closer you get to something
The tougher it is to see it
And I'll never take it for granted

Let's go

人助けを偽善と
呼ぶ奴等もいるけれど
信じるのも疑うのも
人それぞれだから

たとえ仮にそれが
偽善であったとしても
誰かを救えたなら
そりゃむしろ何よりもリアル

追い続けてきた夢
あきらめずに進めよなんて
キレイ事を言えるほど
何も出来ちゃいないけど

一握りの勇気を胸に
明日を生き抜くために
And I'll never take it for granted
Let's go

English (Full Version)

All that is near us we must know
Could disappear any day, be careful
The main key to finding happiness
Lies nowhere else but in my soul

You could reminisce, you could recall
The very last time you felt joy
Or maybe you are so blessed to a point
Where you can't remember anything

It's a harmony, a miracle
Being able to breathe and live at all
So here is your one and only chance
Life is an opportunity

All that is near us we must know
Could disappear any day, be careful
The main key to finding happiness
Lies nowhere else but in my soul

You know the closer you get to something
The tougher it is to see it
And I'll never take it for granted

Let's go

Some people may call a kind deed
An act of mere hypocrisy
But never mind those who have lost faith
You shouldn't give in to what they say.

As a matter of fact, let me tell you
Even if it was for a selfish cause
A salvageable hypocrisy
Is superior to murderous honesty

Everyone tells you from time to time
To never give up, like a phrase from a movie
They tell you to stand up for yourself
As if it was always that easy

Gather a handful of courage in my heart
To go on and survive another day
And I'll never take it for granted

Let's go

All that is near us we must know
Could disappear any day, be careful
The main key to finding happiness
Lies nowhere else but in my soul

You know the closer you get to something
The tougher it is to see it
And I'll never take it for granted

Everyone tells you from time to time
To never give up, like a phrase from a movie
They tell you to stand up for yourself
As if it was always that easy

Gather a handful of courage in my heart
To go on and survive another day
And I'll never take it for granted

Let's go

Characters

The characters in order of appearance:

Trivia

  • In the second version of this opening, notable fights are shown that didn't happen, such as:
    • Sakura battling Rinji.
    • Hinata battling Gozu.
  • Kihō is the only member of Team Guren to not be shown in the second version of this opening.
  • From episode 83 to episode 102 of Naruto: Shippūden, Asuma's spirit can be seen alongside Team Asuma during this opening.
  • On Disney XD, when Hidan cut Asuma's cheek, the blood was edited out.
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