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

Brand new Pikachu donuts pulled from market for being too uncute to live【Photos】

It’s hard to make Pikachu look anything less than adorable, but Mister Donut has found a way…several ways, in fact.

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See yourself in these cool Cowboy Bebop shoes, space cowboy

One of the most stylish anime in history inspires a set of stylish kicks.

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Anime magical girl spokesmodel tells Japanese women not to feel bad about dying their hair【Video】

Taking control of your hair color is nothing for a magical girl to get embarrassed about, after all.

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Crotch improvement makes Japan’s new 2019 Damegi roomwear lazier and cozier than ever【Photos】

Designers’ hard work lets you feel better than ever before while doing absolutely nothing.

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Starbucks’ brand-new Meccha Matcha Frappuccino: 20 years in the making, 50 percent more green tea

The numbers don’t lie as we taste test the new dessert drink exclusive to just one prefecture in Japan.

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An illustrated guide to the proper way to give and receive business cards in Japan

If you want to look suave and polite, these are the four steps.

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Maguro sushi meets soba noodles for a one-of-a-kind, unbelievably delicious combo in Tokyo

This Asakusa restaurant has two of Japan’s greatest foods, paired in a way nobody ever did before, and the result is amazing.

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Following the Find Seiji a Girlfriend Project, our reporter now has to meet his girlfriend’s mom

Seiji’s greatest fear: Having his girlfriend’s mom ask “What do you do for a living?” when the answer is “I work for SoraNews24.”

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Every night can be movie night at this awesome Japanese apartment building with its own theater

Stylish shared spaces let you go to the movies without leaving home.

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Are fairy tale books in Japan using too much “moe” anime-style art? Publisher defends its covers

Critics are calling the modern anime aesthetics “inappropriate,” but publisher says they’re missing the point.

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Suspects arrested for 100-million yen Kyoto home invasion robbery after eight-year search

One of the accused was a government-paid politician’s secretary at the time.

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Evangelion Bar opening in Tokyo to soothe the rattled nerves of fans of the traumatizing anime

You’ll feel better after downing a few Rei cocktails and eating rampaging Angel Sachiel.

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Why do Chinese characters in anime say -arimasu/-aru ALL the time?

Linguistics professor explains the centuries-old background of the omnipresent anime and manga verbal tic.

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Japanese government to outlaw carrying unbound knives on trains starting next year

No-more-knives rule comes after bullet train slashing in which passenger lost his life.

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Sailor Moon super-collector gathers 140 fans to give voice actress an unforgettable birthday card

After Sailor Neptune touched their hearts, these anime fans pooled their powers to give a touching present to the voice of the iconic character.

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Super Mario history book accidentally ships with “Grabbing Pussy” poetry collection inside

Series of crazy coincidences leaves Nintendo fans being told “let me see your masculinity on view in full physical arousal.”

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Japanese cop smashes through window to arrest apparently high-on-meth driver in Osaka【Videos】

Doing donuts in central Japan’s biggest city is a sure-fire way to get the police to bring out their fists of fury.

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Hollywood producer talks about upcoming new Super Mario movie, doesn’t make it sound not terrible

Even with Mario’s creator “front and center” in the movie-making process, this could go very wrong.

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49-year-old Japanese shut-in spends weeks living with corpse of mother who died at home

”I couldn’t do anything,” says hikikomori in written statement.

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