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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The end of Sailor Moon is coming with new Sailor Moon Cosmos theatrical anime【Video】

Paired anime films from new director seek to put finishing flourish on the Sailor saga.

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Mix-and-matching Yoshinoya, Matsuya, and Sukiya to create the ultimate beef bowl【Taste test】

We tear the Big Three’s gyudon apart to see if we can rebuild them into something better.

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Studio Ghibli theme park announces ticket prices and reservation policy

Getting into Ghibli Park will cost more on weekends and holidays, but still far less than Disneyland.

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Pettable Pokémon, transforming Mario ghost latte art made by amazing Japanese artist【Videos】

What, like anyone would be able to resist giving this guy a few belly pats?

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Ghibli cosplayer doesn’t just make Princess Mononoke costumes, but animal companions too【Photos】

Amazingly talented artist also shows off Elden Ring cosplay.

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Pokémon video game developer will allow employees to choose four-day work week

Gotta catch ‘em all, but don’t gotta work five days a week.

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Japan reality edges closer to anime with Japan Railway’s VR-style humanoid robot

Step 1 towards the world of Patlabor is complete.

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Live-action My Neighbor Totoro stage play starts this fall, composer Joe Hisaishi producing【Vid】

Veteran Studio Ghibli composer explains why the play isn’t being produced in Japan.

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“More Japanese than Japan” – Kodawari Ramen Tsukiji in Paris lives up to every part of its name

The wisdom of “Long line equals great ramen” turns out to be as true in Paris as it is in Tokyo.

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Which Japanese conveyor belt sushi chain has the best squid sushi?【Taste test】

We’re going beyond fish today with a four-way maika faceoff.

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Origami folded by gyaru – The first capsule toy it’s impossible to get a complete set of【Photos】

Flock of cranes folded by flashy women comes with a side of philosophy.

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Super Mario movie delayed, Nintendo posts strange apology

”This is Miyamoto.”

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US$12,000 Final Fantasy figure is so amazingly beautiful it just might be worth the price【Photos】

If you’re gonna drop 1.485 million yen on a video game figure, this is the one to do it on.

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Bulk-buying otaku has heart broken by Spy x Family Gum【Video】

Anime tie-in turns out, unexpectedly, to be exactly what it promised.

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Never waste time arguing about what to eat for dinner again with Japan’s Six Noodle Dice【Photos】

It’s not a gamble when all of the outcomes are delicious.

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Hikaru Utada releasing vinyl version of all albums, pop-up store opening in Shibuya

Nightly Hikaru Mix DJ events to stream online.

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New Zealand prime minster welcomed to Japan by kiwi mascot characters, surreally somber dance

Following reception by the Japanese government, it was the Kiwi Brothers’ turn to say hello.

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Sayonara, trash cans – Tokyo to remove last receptacles next month

Passengers asked to take their trash home with them.

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“I’ll kill you!” says Japanese schoolgirl when convenience store won’t let her use restroom

Japanese police say call of nature was no excuse for threat of violence.

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Photos of Complete Strangers: Japan’s new strange, and strangely compelling, capsule toys【Pics】

Unusual concept is a hit, with a second line on the way.

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