Anime Month Day 1- CBN’s Top 10 Anime Openings

What better way to kick off anime month than to talk about the best of the best anime openings.

We based this list on a few key elements. The openings visuals and audio quality was of course the centerpiece, but we slightly took nostalgia into account. We looked at how each opening represented the anime as a whole, and how it stood out from it. And lastly, the opening needed the ability to summon you to the source of the audio, if you were for some reason not in the room.

Note that this is mainly personal opinion of the Classicbutnew cast based on the anime we’ve seen, because we can’t have possibly have watched them all. If you think we missed one that should be here, tell us the name of the opening in the comments and we’ll give it a listen! 

These are the openings that if they got switched after episode 13, you’d get upset.

These are the openings that you can sing or move to even ten years after watching the show.

Not only are these the openings you never skip, these are the ones you playback after its over.

Honorable Mention 

We Are! by Hiroshi Kitadani (Sub)/ Vic Mignogna (Dub) -One Piece

The first opening of One Piece is a catchy, upbeat rap that nicely lays out the background for the start of an epic adventure that has yet to end. While the song sums things up nicely by itself, the visuals also show off the abilities of numerous characters that we’d grow to love.

-Javale W.

Continue reading

Advertisements

Flashback Backlog- Guitar Hero 3

Guitar_Hero_III_Logo

Back in high school, Guitar Hero 3 was one of my favorite games to play. I still remember going to Gamestop to pick up the game and the bundled in Guitar, then having to lug it back home via crowded bus. After that nightmare of a bus ride, I set everything up and never looked back. I started off on easy mode, since playing with a plastic guitar was very new to me, but I eventually got the hang of it and switched to medium difficulty. My skills on medium were of course, unmatched by anyone. GH3 introduced me to awesome songs that I still listen to today, such as “Monster,” “Reptillia,” “Helicopter,” and much more. The game was probably the moving force that pushed me to love rock music more than anything. I enjoyed my high school days of shredding through songs on a regular basis until something disastrous happened. All of a sudden, my guitar stopped working properly and I had to get rid of it and Guitar Hero. Years later, I’m now in college, and yet again I find myself caught in the Guitar Hero 3 wave.

I was waiting for a buddy to met up with me to go see Guardians of the Galaxy (great movie), so I decided to drop in and kill sometime at a near by Gamestop. It was pretty early in the morning, so it wasn’t packed with the usual Gamestop clientele, so it was pretty calm. I spotted Guitar Hero 3 for the crazy price of one dollar (without the Guitar of course). I couldn’t pass up that opportunity to relive some good memories so I grabbed it for that price and pre-ordered Persona 4  Arena Ultimax. *Side-note, I’ve learned to avoid buying anything at Gamestop unless you’re planning to pre-order something, otherwise they bombard you with “suggestions” to pre-order a certain game.* Anyway, after the watching the hilariously awesome Guardians of the Galaxy, I went home and started playing GH3; with a regular controller for the first time. It was awkward as hell at first and my fingers were cramping up, but eventually, once my muscle memory remembered which button does what, it felt smooth again. Of course, it wasn’t as fun as playing with the plastic guitar, but it still brought the nostalgia in full force. I almost got a perfect run on “Monster” and “Helicopter.” “Through the Fire and the Flames” kicked my ass. And overall, it was just a blast to relive that feeling of kicking back, enjoying some music and playing an old game that never wears off.

Rock & Roll Throwback Thursdays: Reptilia

I might as well rename these articles “Guitar Hero 3 memories,” because so far, I’ve been picking songs strictly from GH3. Can you blame me? GH3 was awesome. This time, I find myself listening to Reptilia, by The Strokes. I don’t listen to The Strokes, but I know that Reptilia is one of their most popular songs. Reptilia is a personal favorite because it was so fun to play on Guitar Hero 3. It wasn’t as fun as “3’s & 7’s,” “Through the Fire and the Flames” or “Helicopter,” but it was still enjoyable nonetheless. The song is still quite enjoyable to just listen to, and the music video that goes along with it is pretty cool too. I’ve always enjoyed music videos that focus on the band and instruments itself to further drive home the talent of the band. Don’t take my word for it though; watch the video for Reptilia below and see/hear the music video for yourself.

Rock & Roll Throwback Thursdays: “3’s & 7’s”

I might go searching for Guitar Hero 3 soon, because apparently it has heavily influenced my love for rock and roll. I didn’t listen a lot of music when I was in middle school, but everything changed once I discovered Guitar Hero in high school. The song list in that games was marvelous, and I still listen to a bunch of songs that the game introduced me to. One of my personal favorites was a song by The Queens of the Stone Age, called “3’s & 7’s.” Take a journey back in time with me and watch the music video for one of my favorite Guitar Hero 3 songs.

Rock & Roll Throwback Thursdays: Helicopter

I don’t know about you, but I’m feelin nostalgic. I feel like revisiting my high-school days… Ah high-school… The time where I didn’t have a care in the world besides video games, friends and girls. That was like, seven years ago (I’m still young). Back then, one of my favorite games was Guitar Hero 3. That’s right, I’m a Guitar Hero guy instead of a Rock Band guy. It is probably because I mainly played video games alone instead of going to a buddy’s house to play cooperatively. But Guitar Hero was my jam! Excuse the horrid pun, but I wish I still had my plastic Les Paul guitar to shred songs on medium difficulty… Yeah, medium; I never said I was an actual Guitar hero. My favorite song on the game was a little number called Helicopter by Bloc Party. I’ve never heard of the band at the time but man, Helicopter was a good song. I replayed it countless times, and I even managed to perfect the song (YES, on medium difficulty! Who are you to judge, rockstar?!). I even went to arcades to try to get the high score on their machines and I manged to get one (The record has probably been beaten by now, but you get the medium point).  So take a journey back to 2006 with me and open your ears and prepare your eyes for one of the worst looking, but awesome sounding videos you’ll experience today.

Music Release Date (Update 5/3/2014)

Updates Are In Bold

I will keep you up to date with the latest release dates and let you know who I think you should look out for.

 

April

April 1, 2014 Nick Cannon White People Party Music
April 15, 2014 Nas Illmatic XX
Jason Derülo Talk Dirty
April 22, 2014 Iggy Azalea The New Classic
Kelis Food
Future Honest
Asher Roth RetroHash

May

 May 5, 2014 Chris Brown X
Lily Allen Sheezus
 May 6, 2014 Lykke Li I Never Learn
Naughty Boy Hotel Cabana (US Edition)
May 9, 2014 Foxes Glorious
May 12, 2014 Clean Bandit New Eyes
Ice Cube Everythangs Corrupt
Professor Green Growing Up In Public
May 13, 2014 Micheal Jackson Xscape
Blondie Blondie 4(0) Ever: Greatest Hits Deluxe Redux/ Ghosts of Download
The Black Keys Turn Blue
May 19, 2014 Afrojack Forget The World
Coldplay Ghost Stories
May 26, 2014 Sam Smith In The Lonely Hour
May 27, 2014 Cher Llyod Sorry I’m Late
Mariah Carey Me. I Am MariahThe Elusive Chanteuse

June

June 3, 2014 50 Cent Animal Ambition
June 10, 2014 The Toxic Avenger Romance & Cigarettes
June 14, 2014 Linkin Park The Hunting Party
June 23, 2014 Example Live Life Living
Ed Sheeran X
June 30, 2014 Trey Songz Trigga

 

TBA

Adele TBA
Azealia Banks Broke With Expensive Taste
Calvin Harris TBA
Chris Brown & Tyga Fan Of A Fan: Album
DJ Fresh TBA
Diplo TBA
FlyLeaf TBA
Frank Ocean TBA
Emeli Sandé Who Needs The World
Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence
Limp Bizkit Stampede of the Disco Elephants
Nicki Minaj The Pinkprint
Rita Ora TBA
Taylor Swift TBA
Tyga The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty