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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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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We spotted an umbrella thief in the act on the streets of Tokyo, and it left us feeling strange

Rainy-day crime gives our witness a lot to think about.

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Diet-friendly Cup Noodle Pro is here, but does it taste as good as the original version?

We taste-test the new high-protein, low-carb version of the instant ramen king.

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Anime industry group doesn’t want artists to rely on CG, releases free animator drills

Animator Assignment Collection covers “First Steps Towards understanding the Principles of Motion.”

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Can humans eat Japan’s premium cat food Nekkokan? It’s complicated…【Experiment】

We buy some extra-fancy Shimane cat food for our cat, but it looks pretty tasty to us too.

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In Japan, you can now earn money for turning your car into an anime itasha

New service pays drivers to promote the otaku media they love while driving around.

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Amazing photos of off-the-beaten-path Japanese castles to add to your travel wish list【Photos】

Looking at these overlooked castles might have you altering your itinerary.

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What’s it like to shop at Family Mart’s first “unmanned convenience store” in Japan?

We pay a visit to a Tokyo convenience store where there’s no human clerk to pay.

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What happens in the kitchen of a conveyor belt sushi restaurant? Let’s find out at Sushiro!

The mega popular kaitenzushi chain has a new branch in downtown Tokyo, and they let us into the back room.

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