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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Believe it! Naruto live-action stage play returns, shows off huge new cast and costumes【Photos】

First new Live Spectacle Naruto production in four years adapts Pain’s Invasion, Five Kage arcs.

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Lotteria’s Tsukimi Rib Sandwich joins the fight for Japanese tsukimi supremacy【Taste test】

Moon-viewing shrimp burger and guilty-pleasure cheeseburger also arrive in our stomach.

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A house in the Japanese countryside for just US$9,100? You bet we bought it!【Photos, video】

Welcome to the SoraHouse.

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They’re all here! Japanese collector completes set of all 1,244 Game Boy games【Photos】

If you could buy it in a store, he’s got it.

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The top 70 words that keep showing up in Japanese light novel titles (and yes, isekai is one of them)

I Was Called to a Delicious Alternate World by the Too-Cute Devil Lord isn’t an actual light novel title yet, but it’s only a matter of time, data analysis shows.

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Legendary manga creator Rumiko Takahashi gives Twitter tour of her home【Photos】

Creator of Inyasha, Ranma 1/2, and other hits shows where she draws, her amazing home library, and incredibly merch collection.

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Falling into the sweet life with Japanese convenience stores’ new sweet potato sweets【Taste test】

Autumn comes to Family Mart with the simultaneous of a huge new dessert lineup made with Japanese sweet potatoes.

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Whether you look up or down, there’s beauty all around in these “inverted world” photos from Japan

Gorgeously mysterious photos of the sky above…and a town below?

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Mt. Fuji gets covered with beautiful umbrella cloud that also has some people seeing a fried egg

Beautiful, mysterious, and maybe a little delicious too.

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Amazing stop-motion artist recreates Akira anime’s most famous sequence with figures【Video】

The slide seen ‘round the world looks awesome in a whole new way with some clever practical effects.

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Stores in Japan ask customers to prove they’re real Pokémon fans when buying cards to stop scalpers

Pokémon quizzes and deck inspections are part of the plan to spot resellers.

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Clever Japanese sticker defeats junk mail flyers, lets mail you actually want get through【Photos】

Designers say it’s completely solved their junk mail problems in a delicious way.

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10 years of skipping One Piece — With Volume 100 out, can fans who took a break come back and enjoy it?

Extreme poverty caused our in-house otaku to miss more than 30 volumes, so is it too late for him to get into One Piece again?

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Pickax-wielding yakuza member ambushes movie star Beat Takeshi in Tokyo

Famous director’s real life suddenly turns into what could be a scene from one of his organized crime movies.

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Demon Slayer Season 2 won’t be toning down its red-light-district setting, TV exec says

”We intend to broadcast it without making any changes.”

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One Piece anime and J-rock band Radwimps pair up for awesome “Twilight” music video【Video】

English-subtitled We Are One short drama about One Piece fans gets theme song from band famous for Your Name hit in celebration of manga volume 100, TV episode 1,000.

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How to put together a senbero drinking/snack session at Japan’s 100-yen convenience store【Photos】

Drinks, food, and an important lesson for just 1,000 yen (US$9.19).

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Cute cannibals — Japanese Internet falls in love with triplet babies “eating” brother【Video】

Hang in there, kid, because there’s a very happy ending to the story.

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Real-world Gundam rations now on sale in Japan【Photos】

Loyal soldiers and citizens of the anime’s Principality of Zeon can stock up on supplies for any years-long fights they envision.

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Japanese convenience store’s love letter vending machine proves they really do sell everything

Rural convenience store at anime holy site offers canned coffee and bittersweet romance from same machine.

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