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

Sonic the Hedgehog’s creator still doesn’t like one part of his much-improved movie redesign

The Sega star is looking a lot better after a six-month redesign, but game designer Yuji Naka still thinks there’s something “off.”

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Is Japan’s biggest “boys” manga magazine really being read by little boys?

Weekly Shonen Jump’s name might not be entirely accurate, so our in-house fan offers an alternative.

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Attack on Titan roller coaster, Monster Hunter VR hunt to open at Universal Studios Japan!

You won’t find attractions like these at Tokyo Disneyland.

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Is 150,000 yen (US$1,389) a month enough to live on in Tokyo? Depends what kind of life you want

That’s plenty for life in Japan’s capital, claims twenty-something woman, but you might not want to live like her.

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Japan’s cheapest hotel charges just 130 yen (US$1.20) for a room, with a huge, no-privacy catch

Even if you’re traveling by yourself, you’ll never be alone since you’re on a 24-hour live stream.

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New Pokémon dress sock line brings Pikachu and pals to your fashionable grown-up feet【Photos】

The entire Pikachu evolution family is here, plus other fan favorites.

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Weightlifting is Japanese salarymen’s newest hobby, report says, since “Muscles won’t betray you”

Lead researcher says pumping iron gives salarymen a joy “that they can’t get from work.”

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Crows in Japan spotted playing with Yu-Gi-Oh! cards, may have exploitable bias in deck-building

Apparently even crows aren’t immune to the “I put this card in my deck because I think the character looks cool!” weakness.

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Japanese model home provides model wife and model daughter so you can feel the joy of family life

Tokyo model lets you share a beer with your sudden wife of eight years and play with your seven year-old daughter.

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Does US$50 canned wagyu beef make for a great beef bowl? We find out【Taste test】

Just because it’s canned doesn’t mean this beef is cheap.

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Extra-cozy Japanese roomwear line is seriously the cat’s pajamas【Photos】

Two different adorable kitty designs are here to convince you that you don’t really need to go anywhere this winter.

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Japan’s first beef bowl vending machine goes into service in Tokyo

Yoshinoya’s rival introduces new innovation to the gyudon industry.

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More young Japanese men romantically involved with older female coworkers than younger ones【Survey】

Love is sweeter with senpai than kohai for these young working men in Japan.

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We test Japan’s brand-new Muscle Suit Every exoskeleton【Video】

SoraNews24 reporter Ahiru Neko is now Mecha Ahiru Neko!

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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure memes are the signature seasoning at this ramen restaurant in Japan【Vid】

You expected a ramen chef, but is was him, Dio!

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Tokyo Metropolitan Police say they’ve captured the Ame-zing Spider-Man

Would J. Jonah Jameson be ame-zingly happy to see this menace off the streets?

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Uniqlo’s shockingly sexy new clothing item inspires selfies and anime-style fan art

New addition to Extra Warm line gets very hot below the hips.

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One last visit to Japan’s craziest, scariest video game arcade: Warehouse Kawasaki【Photos】

The legendary arcade is closing down for good, but there’s still time to see this awesome piece of history for yourself.

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Anime fan gets maybe the nicest letter of noise complaint ever from his neighbor

You don’t need a sharp tongue when you’ve got sharp ears, plus the power of magical girl Puella Magi Madoka Magica.

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List of jobs in Japan that “don’t allow women to wear glasses” upsets fans of vision, meganekko

Talk show explains debatable logic behind four professions that frown on eyewear.

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