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

Netflix announces it’s making a new Cowboy Bebop live-action series, fans recoil in horror

Streaming giant’s U.S.-produced remake of the anime classic is seen be many as trying to improve on perfection.

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This is what a million yen of lottery tickets looks like, and a secret that’ll make us rich【Pics】

Trust us, this won’t end like our other get-rich-quick-schemes, because this time we’ve got supernatural powers on our side!

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Mr. Sato meets with a fan from Peru, shares his origin story and dreams of South American fame

A visitor from the other side of the world wanted to know how Mr. Sato became the man he is today.

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Japanese government worker fired for lying about having LESS education than he really does

College graduate said he only graduated from high school, loses job he held for 38 years.

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Talking anime girl calendars let you stare at and listen to your live-in 2-D girlfriend

Popular voice actresses lend their talents to create an aural fantasy otaku can enjoy every day.

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Evangelion returns to legal English-language distribution with Netflix streaming deal【Video】

Get in the damn streaming service, Shinji.

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Believe it or not, Tokyo grows coffee, and here’s where you can try a cup

It took 140 years and 1,000 kilometers to get this cup of Tokyo coffee to our table.

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Amazing winter photos of university on Japan’s northern island make us want to go back to school

Winter comes early to Hokkaido and turns one of Japan’s most respected schools into an otherworldly wonderland.

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Japanese government may soon start bribing people three million yen to move out of Tokyo

Towns in the rest of the country can’t compete with the lure of the biggest city in Japan.

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Curry rice king Coco Ichi removes 80 percent of rice, replaces it with something else in new dish

For those times when you really want curry, but don’t really want rice.

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Japanese company’s hands-free umbrella looks like a giant condom for your head【Photos】

Remember to always use protection (from the rain).

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Ninja girl anime/video game franchise Senran Kagura continues to have one thing (or two things) on its mind.

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Virgin majority for surveyed Japanese college students, and 30 percent have never gone on a date

Survey shows continuing decline for physical shows of affection.

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Pikachu can now be part of your legal signature in Japan thanks to awesome Pokémon personal seals

Why just say “I accept the terms of this transaction” when you can say “I accept the terms of this transaction, and also PIKA!”

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Over half of Japanese people in survey only dated three or fewer people before getting married

First boyfriend/girlfriend turned into spouse for roughly one in seven.

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Japan’s upcoming full-sized MOVING Gundam statue gets a home, will debut in 2020

Full-scale anime mecha statue will move, but not in Tokyo.

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We try “almost sea urchin” Cup Noodle, the latest chapter in instant ramen trickery【Taste test】

After the success of its mystery meat flavor, Cup Noodle turns its ingenuity to the sea and one of Japan’s most expensive ingredients.

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Japanese udon noodle-flavor tortilla chips are the latest delicious way to multi-task snack

Or, if you’re in the mood for something less crunchy, there’s the option of tempura soba-flavor popcorn.

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Japanese professor says women should NOT marry a guy who promises to help with the housework

Sure, it sounds nice, but critics say the deeper meaning behind his choice of words spells trouble ahead.

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Abysmal anime that told viewers “We’re in serious trouble” delays new episode, reruns old one

The legend of tragically named pseudo-animator Shojiki Komata returns!

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