Casey Baseel

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Casey Baseel spent his formative years staring in frustration at un-subtitled Japanese TV programming shown on Southern California’s international channel. Taking matters into his own hands, he moved to Tokyo to study the language, then found work in Yokohama a decade ago teaching, translating, and marketing hotels he can’t afford to stay in. When not participating in the eternal cycle of exercising to burn the calories form his love of Japanese food, Casey scours used comic and game shops for forgotten classics, drags his wife around the country in a quest to visit all its castles, sings karaoke not nearly as well as he thinks he does, and counts the days until the summertime bars open on Enoshima Beach.

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Live-action U.S.-produced Gundam movie is coming to Netflix

Anime mecha saga leaping to live-action in tie-up with streaming giant, Chinese theatrical release also planned.

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J-pop star Utada Hikaru teases new music video in preview for her latest anime theme【Videos】

Six seconds is all fans need to hear to know another hit is on the way, but there’s a longer preview too.

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Wife takes revenge on cheating husband by auctioning his Yu-Gi-Oh! collection for millions of yen

The cheating heart of the cards.

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Japanese parents can turn their baby into Pikachu, rent Pokémon kimono at photo studio【Photos】

New outfits combine the art of Pokémon with the traditions of the Shichi-Go-San festival.

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Mister Donut Glossy Green Tea shows true beauty is on the inside, even for desserts【Taste test】

Team-up with Kyoto tea merchant is lovely to look at, but looks even better when you see what’s inside.

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Man arrested in Kobe after stuffing fried chicken into woman’s mailbox

Not the best way to tell your ex how you feel.

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Daiso sells “emergency shelters,” and they have an amazing visual trick【Photos】

There’s a big surprise waiting inside this affordably premium-priced item from the 100 yen store chain.

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Beautiful photos of the isekai-looking mountain that’s one of the Tokyo area’s best day-trips

You’ll be glad you saw this amazing place.

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All heart, no CG in beautiful, mind-bending Pocari Sweat video【Video】

You might just shed a tear watching this amazing ad from Pocari Sweat.

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Macross for all! Legendary anime’s Japanese rights holders finally settle dispute with Robotech

After decades of nebulous legal fights, Macross will finally be coming to the rest of the world!

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“Glossy green tea donuts” sound weird, look amazing in Mr. Donut team-up with Kyoto matcha master

Mr. Donut mixes an array of traditional Japanese flavors into a new lineup of irresistible sweets.

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Japanese girl can’t think of anything to write about for in-class essay, writes awesome one anyway

Outside-the-box thinking gets a thumbs-up from teacher.

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Street Fighter II characters appear in Japanese English textbook, drawn by famous designer

Cosplayer conversation in junior high text features cameos by World Warriors.

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Man fights giant crab statue on streets of Osaka, becomes city’s most hated criminal【Video】

Innocent, delicious Crab Tower damaged in senseless attack.

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Asahi Super Dry’s draft beer in a can, the Nama Jockey Can, is here【Taste test】

Bringing the izakaya draft beer experience home.

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How many times has Golgo 13, manga’s greatest assassin, ever laughed? Let’s find out!

In 200 volumes, anime/manga sniper extraordinaire Duke Togo doesn’t laugh much, and when he does, he has some weird reasons.

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Real-life Demon Slayer? A visit to the legendary split boulder of Haban Shrine【Photos】

This shrine’s anime-level boulder has an anime-level backstory.

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Toy Story Hotel opening at Tokyo Disneyland resort this year

Pixar’s hit franchise serves as the inspiration for a new class of Tokyo Disney Resort accommodations.

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Line up in the hall, open your shirts, show your bras – Real instructions from one Japanese school

Dress code check has people in Japan upset.

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AKB48 signs removed from exterior of AKB48 Theater building in Akihabara

Idol group’s home-turf ads replaced with ones for hit Chinese video game.

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