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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New Ranma 1/2 fashion bag lineup is 100-percent retro anime stylish【Photos】

Chaotic cursed cast of classic anime/manga are here to help keep your belongings in order.

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KFC Japan invites you to admire beauty of moon, then eat it with tsukimi fried chicken sandwiches

Today, fried chicken is also your gateway to Japanese culture and linguistics.

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Japan’s new Final Fantasy fried chicken looks crazy, tastes great【Taste test】

The flavor of the Light and Dark Crystals pairs great with a bottle of Moogle tea from Lawson.

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This shrine in Japan looks too beautiful to exist in our world

A gorgeous sight from a part of Japan that isn’t on many travelers’ itineraries.

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Adult entertainment guidance center in Tokyo also serves up great curry【Taste test】

For when the hot, steamy action you’re craving is of the curry variety.

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Gundam’s creator says he can only work in anime studios for three more years due to spinal issue

Yoshiyuki Tomino’s anime career stretches all the way back to writing for Astro Boy, but it might be coming to a close.

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If Fast and Furious was about 1970s Japanese truckers, this dekotora would be the star【Photos】

The hero car from “Truck Guys” is now a real-life hero too.

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And now, a giant sleep-next-to-your-anime-girlfriend panel for giant otaku【Photos】

Rent-A-Girlfriend will keep lucky fans company through lonely nights.

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China announces new three-hour-a-week video game limit for kids

New regulations surprisingly don’t include the phrase “You know, when I was your age…”

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The 4 best anime of Fall 2021 that need more attention – Preemptive picks【Seiji’s World of Anime】

Our resident otaku gazes into the future and chooses four shows to watch that keep getting left off others’ “most anticipated” lists.

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“I need to talk with you,” Japanese worker tells boss, gets sweet reaction to “serious” problem

Boss fears the worst, shows that he’s the best.

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Demon Slayer anime restaurant coming to Universal Studios with Hashira meals, life-size figures

Wisteria Restaurant to pop up at Universal Studios Japan alongside Demon Slayer AR coaster.

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Crazy shiitake crane game out lets you win mushrooms by winning mushrooms that aren’t mushrooms

A UFO catcher that goes beyond plushies and figures.
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Japan creates gaming chopstick holder, because gaming doesn’t always stop when it’s time to eat

Or is that eating doesn’t always stop when it’s time to game?

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Japan’s newest weird capsule toys are…super realistic capsule rocks?!?【Photos】

But they do have a special function that real stones don’t.

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Japan’s “edible tear gas ramen” lives up to its name【Taste test】

The convenience store treat (?) from Japan’s northern island is delicious…as long as you eat it the right way.

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Anime character art doesn’t age, but it sure did change for these characters

Japanese anime Twitter takes a look back at characters who have been around so long you might not recognize them in their original forms.

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Could you eat 50 beef cutlet refill pieces? If so, this Japanese restaurant will let you eat for free

We take on the 50 Challenge of Kyoto gyukatsu chain Katsugyu.

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Sumo wrestler loses 104 matches in a row, retires as holder of longest professional slump

Shonanzakura steps away from the ring, but not without high praise from his coach and fans.

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Breathtaking pixel art video shows 100 years of Japanese work culture changes【Video】

From the birth of salarymen to the rise of the company warrior and the new normal.

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