Netflix Debuts Japanese Cartoon Series ‘Aggrestuko’ and ‘B: The Beginning’

Netflix is ramping up its international original animation production with several new Japanese series. Last summer, Netflix announced it would release original animated series such as “Devilman Crybaby,” “Saint Seiya” and “Baki,” from by some of Japan’s top animation producers.

This year, Netflix will launch “Aggrestuko,” based on Sanrio’s Japanese popular character. Ten 15-minute episodes will be released in the spring. The story centers on Retsuko, a young female red panda working in a major corporation. Retsuko’s struggle in the office milieu is a portrayed as a high-tension comedy drama. The project was favorably received around the world when the trailer was launched on YouTube.

Netflix will also release “B: The Beginning” in March. The crime action series of 12 episodes is produced by Production I.G. (“Ghost in the Shell,” “Psycho-pass”) and Kazuto Nakazawa (animation director of “Kill Bill”). In the series, scientists hope “new humans” will create universal peace, but they are
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The HeyUGuys Interview: Jason Becker

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Jason Becker inspires something akin to awe in his army of fans. So much so that one, producer/director Jesse Vile, aspired for fifteen years to make a film about him. And, when the time came, several hundred more came forward with the cash to make it happen.

Their devotion could be attributed to any one of a number of reasons. Perhaps they were fans of the virtuoso shred guitarist from his days touring with Cacophony – perhaps they saw Jason and a pre-Megadeth Marty Friedman jamming and fell under their spell. Maybe they read the cover stories that screamed from the metal mags when, in 1989, Jason was made lead guitarist of David Lee Roth’s new band. He was 19-years-old at the time.

Or are they fans of the haunting music he is composing and producing now – 22 years after Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Als) devastated his career, paralysed and sentenced him
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Movie Review - Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet (2012)

Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet, 2012.

Directed by Jesse Vile.

Starring Jason Becker, Ehren Becker, Gary Becker, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Marty Friedman.


Jason Becker was an extraordinarily talented guitarist whose skill caught the attention of the rock world. As his stardom grew Jason’s health declined and within a few months of becoming part of David Lee Roth’s new band, Jason was diagnosed with Als (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Jason still lives, 22 years after his initial diagnosis, and continues to write music through special computer software.

Documentaries are a thriving form at the moment, with a string of successes including Senna, The Imposter, Searching for Sugarman and Crossfire Hurricane. With the internet allowing for more extensive research, this type of filmmaking is fast becoming a popular starting point for directors and writers. One such upstart is Jesse Vile, an industry mogul once part of the Raindance Film Festival,
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