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

Manga shows a revolutionary way to eat sushi that makes it more delicious than ever

A tiny trick turns one sushi fan’s world upside-down.

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SoraNews24’s shy singer Mai checks out foreigner-friendly one-person karaoke chain One Kara

All the fun of karaoke with high-spec gear, but none of the stage fright.

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New Final Fantasy VII Remake trailer shows off biggest scene stealer, brothel owner【Video】

The Turks arrive and immediately yank the spotlight away from designated protagonist Cloud, as does Aerith’s beautiful dress.

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Colonel Sanders gets hot and spicy as star of official anime-style KFC dating simulator【Video】

Game is officially published by KFC, promises a romance that will make you want to lick your fingers.

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Acting like a literal dick is the secret to happiness, Japanese ramen restaurant says

The answer has been between guys’ legs the whole time, but that doesn’t mean we should all be rude to each other.

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Lobster ramen in Tokyo is amazingly good and amazingly cheap【Photos】

A new restaurant in Shibuya takes the flavor of Hokkaido-style ramen upmarket, but leaves the price low.

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Why do Japanese recycle bins have two openings but dump everything into the same compartment?

One says cans, one says bottles, but they end up in the same place.

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Gamer finds way to turn Pokémon into a dating simulator, has one complaint about his mega-harem

A clever idea at the character name-entry screen drastically changes his relationship with the rest of the cast.

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Yawns can be contagious for cats too, Japanese pet owner’s adorable felines prove【Photo】

Don-chan and Mogu-chan show that people and kitties aren’t always so different.

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Man arrested for arson threats to Kyoto Animation-related video game company

Osaka police track down man who tweeted “Even I’m feeling tense, since I don’t know when I’ll attack.”

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Crazy huge crowd of otaku, rockers, and sports fans forms at Japanese train station【Photos】

Trio of events end at the same time, sending three huge fanbases to the same station.

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Taste-testing Domino’s Pizza’s Tsundere Pizza with SoraNews24’s biggest otaku

Every bite is like an episode of a tsundere romance anime series.

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Kyoto Animation arsonist will live, status upgraded by doctors

Police still unable to make formal arrest, however.

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Cruel angels, beautiful blades: The amazing sword of the Evangelion and Katana exhibition【Photos】

Master katana craftsmen and anime mecha designer team up to will Evangelion to life in katana form.

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Kyoto Animation to release full list of arson attack victim names in credits of new anime movie

Violet Evergarden’s story of loss and separation will end with a reminder that Kyoto Animation staff who lost their lives will not be forgotten.

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Domino’s Pizza now sells Tsundere Pizzas in Japan, wants to both hurt and please you

”Ba-…baka! It’s not like Domino’s bakes these specifically for anime fans or anything!” …oh, wait, they do.

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Nintendo FINALLY adds 16-bit Super NES/Super Famicom games to Switch Online service!

20 classic titles available almost immediately after long-awaited surprise announcement, retro controllers on the way too.

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“Katana steel cookies” are the latest sweet treat from Japan’s samurai sword capital【Taste test】

26th-generation swordsmith oversees the creation of Tamahagane Biscotti.

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Elderly anime fan allegedly threatens to kill man who complained about loud TV with fake katana

Police arrest 50-something anime fan on a Sunday afternoon.

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One Piece creator reveals timetable for when he’d like the mega-hit manga to end

Anime/manga legend Eiichiro Oda gives a sneak peak at his amazing home and when he intends to drop the curtain on his masterpiece.

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