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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Can this crazy LED robo mask make us better-looking? Let’s find out!【Experiment】

Sure, we could wash our face and get plenty of sleep, but let’s see what crazy technology can do instead!

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New Evangelion figure has eyes that follow you, very form-fitting plugsuit【Photos】

If you’ve got your eyes on Asuka, she’s got her eyes on you too.

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Susuki: One of the most beautiful, and often overlooked, parts of autumn in Japan【Photos】

At the right time of year and the right time of day, this traditional sign of fall shines like a field of gold.

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Sega’s troubles continue as parent company asks hundreds of employees to to quit their jobs

Search for volunteers is accompanied by executive pay cuts.

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Beautiful 3-D puzzle kit lets you build Ghibli’s Spirited Away bathhouse with no tools, glue【Pics】

Includes cameo appearances by some of the stars of the Hayao Miyazaki masterpiece.

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Secret otaku certification test: Can you see the video game cosplay hidden in this clothing ad?

Should clothing chain Shimamura start calling itself the King of Fashion?

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Anime music legend Yoko Kanno to compose music for Japan’s Takarazuka all-female revue

Creator of soundtracks for Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell franchises working on play set on the Silk Road.

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Sega leaves arcade operation business, sells off management of all its 193 Japanese game centers

As the company celebrates its 60th anniversary, it says goodbye to one of its cornerstones.

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This amazing photo of the Japan Alps only gets more beautiful the higher you look

Site of the Winter Olympics shows off multiple seasons’ splendor in one shot.

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Police in Japan find dismembered body of father in attic of son’s condominium

Son is not currently a murder suspect, though.

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A whole bunch of capybara videos to help ease your presidential election stress【Videos】

Bath time is only one of many times these critters cuteness can put your heart at ease.

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Tokyo train passengers team up to take down thief who stole sleeping man’s wallet【Videos】

Quick thinking leads to swift justice on the last train of the night.

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A capsule toy vending machine pandemic shopping solution The My Gashapon Handle

Because who knows how many little kids and giant otaku have put their hands on that machine since the last time it was cleaned?

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Police in Japan warn of new Shinkansen/travel-related scam

Young people especially likely to be target of con that preys on sense of compassion and desire to help.

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Anime figure stolen from otaku bar, owners have thief on video but give him chance to come clean

Once again, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is part of a real-life struggle between the good and evil to be found in the human heart.

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Ramen-flavored fried chicken is here, proves once again Japanese convenience stores are paradise

The always delicious Karaage-kun combines with another of Japan’s favorite comfort foods for an irresistible offer.

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Japanese inventors create robot girlfriend hand for lonely people to hold and walk with【Video】

A ton of thought went into the clever device, which actually has some heartwarming goals.

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Poop or Wiener? Election divides Japan with a difficult decision

Kids’ manga magazine asks a juvenile question that prompts some deep thought and low-brow humor.

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Japanese brand Muji’s new soy meat can be stored at room temperature, needs no hydration

Lifestyle brand expands into plant-based meat with four super-convenient options.

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There’s now a moving Gundam anime robot model that you can control with your brain【Video】

Psycommu technology goes from anime sci-fi to real-world science.

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