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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Cheap cosplay: How to make an awesome magic sword slash for just three bucks【Photos】

A cool and clever idea that Demon Slayer fans, and kids too, will love.

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Plushie cat testicle pouches prove Japanese designers can make anything look cute【Photos】

Adorable bags let you “enjoy cat balls wherever you are and whenever you like.”

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The manga sales charts for this week in Japan are absolutely insane as new record is set

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba does something no other series has ever done.

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Suicide is the leading cause of death among young people in Japan, statistics show

Situation is found in no other country of similar economic status.

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The unforgettable Dragon Quest theme music took an amazingly short time to write, composer says

Or an amazingly long one, depending on how you’re counting.

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You can use anime mecha weaponry to open your mail with this awesome Gundam letter opener【Photos】

It’s how Char would handle his fan mail.

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Man arrested in Japan after walking around supermarket in a monkey mask

There’s no law against his monkey business, but something else landed him in trouble with the police.

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Anime girl holograms to start working as hotel staff at Tokyo’s “Weird Hotel”【Photos】

The Idolmaster cast will be waiting to serve travelers.

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Man arrested in Japan for selling overseas bootleg anime DVDs

Publisher alerted police, seller claims he didn’t know he was doing anything wrong.

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Our reporter/Yngwie Malmsteen’s request for anime actress Kotori Koiwai, and her shocking answer

Our interview with the Non Non Biyori star ends with a hail Mary that gets answered.

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Japanese adult video actress gets home-invasion robbed by teenagers in Tokyo

Police deliver swift justice.

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Can a Tokyo hair salon change you into today’s hottest anime character from Demon Slayer?【Photos】

Our otaku reporter asks for a haircut that’s “not grounded in reality.”

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Life isn’t like anime — Japanese school to close, students must transfer 200 kilometers away

Coronavirus is straw that breaks the back of boarding school with shrinking enrollment numbers.

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This gigantic faux Switch is exactly how we want to play Nintendo games【Photos】

Since there’s already a Switch Lite, should we call this the Switch Heavy?

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Japanese police search for police search dog that ran away during police search

Prefecture’s youngest dog makes a break for it in the middle of performing duties.

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‘90s anime fans not happy with new character design as Tokyo Babylon gets reboot【Video】

A lot has changed in the last 30 years, but this is one evolution old-school Clamp fans didn’t want to see.

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25 different Japanese convenience store sandwiches – What’s inside them?【Photos】

Following Japan’s “paper tiger sandwich” incident, we went out and bought every sandwich we could find to investigate.

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92 great anime from the last 10 years to binge watch ASAP

Our resident otaku looks back on the last decade with year-by-year picks of the best of the best.

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Hot spring hit by manga thief continues to be awesome with wonderful thank-you gifts to donors

A touching, and delicious, gesture to show appreciation to everyone who sent in manga donations.

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7-Eleven Japan’s “Paper Tiger” sandwich sparks online controversy over deceptive packaging

Attempted explanation gets called “lame excuse.”

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