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.

All Stories by Casey Baseel

Japanese senior citizen beats up adult son after he finds out he got tattoos

Skips spanking, instead goes with punching after body art discovery.

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Kyoto Animation suspends Kyoto Animation Awards in aftermath of deadly arson attack

Novel-writing contest, which accused arsonist was a failed entrant to, has been held since 2010.

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Mental illness issues could make death penalty impossible for Kyoto Animation arsonist

Psychiatric and legal experts comment on the possibility of arsonist in attack that killed 35 being sentenced to die for his crimes.

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New arrest warrant issued for Kyoto Animation arson suspect

Kyoto police update list of charges while suspect remains in hospital for burns suffered in attack on Fushimi anime studio.

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Kyoto Animation releases beautiful trailer for first major anime project since arson attack【Video】

Violet Evergarden movie will open in theaters less than two months after arson attack that killed 35 Kyoto Animation employees.

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Japanese restaurant says its wonder ramen provides all the vegetables your body needs in one bowl

Oh, and it has about half the carbs of regular ramen too.

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Cosplayer’s “blasphemous” Attack on Titan cosplay criticized by fans as too sexualized【Photos】

”This isn’t the Sasha I know and love,” laments one fan of the original series/outfit.

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Aggressive upskirt photographers terrify Chinese cosplayer to tears at Comiket【Video】

Says that next time she’ll be dealing out swift kicks to wielders of cameras that are getting too close to her legs.

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Slowpoke Pokémon PC cushion is ready to help you feel great about not getting very much done

Pokémon plushie pal’s productivity parameters are suspect, but his cuteness can’t be denied.

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We try gold-topped ramen, the newest gourmet noodle treat in Tokyo and Kyoto【Photos】

There’s gold on them thar noodles!

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Fallen otaku being carried away by paramedics at Comiket gives otaku-est command to friend【Video】

Even as he’s being put in the back of an ambulance, this hard-core otaku doesn’t forget what he came for.

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Japanese man’s bank isn’t satisfied with him cancelling fixed deposit to support favorite idol

Banker asks fan why he needs the extra cash, struggles to process the idol-loving response.

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Swords of famous samurai reborn as beautiful kitchen knives from Japan’s number-one katana town

A fierce warlord, a visionary reformer, and a Shinsengumi officer are all standing by to help you get dinner ready.

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An adorably awesome use for Japan’s mini rice cooker capsule toys: Pet bird feeders!【Video】

Pair of pets enjoy snacks out of the latest quirky gacha toys.

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Everyone cuts their toenails wrong, says Japanese doctor, and here’s how to do it correctly

Frustrated doctor is tired of seeing improper length and shape.

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Video game maker/Kyoto Animation creative partner Key donates 10 million yen to arson relief fund

Clannad creators hope Kyoto Animation will continue to “give courage to people in Japan and throughout the world.”

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SO…MANY…PIKACHUS!!! 2019’s Pikachu Outbreak takes over Yokohama with cuteness【Photos, video】

SoraNews24 heads to the Tokyo-area bayside oasis to spend warm summer nights chasing, and finding, Pokémon!

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Cup Noodle’s Nissin releases ultra-nutritious instant ramen with “all nutrients your body needs”

Instant ramen for breakfast, lunch, and dinner will take care of all your vitamin, mineral, and protein requirements, company says.

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Kyoto Animation arson victim returns to work, calls it “ultimate counterattack” to arsonist

Says “We were friends, and we were a family,” in remembrance of fallen coworkers.

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Four frustrating attitudes women in Japan run into when interviewing for jobs, grouped by age

Exasperated job-hunter lays out 13 years of catch-22s.

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