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 artist on scanlations: “I am not in a financial position to offer my work free-of-charge”

Boys’ love artist expresses frustrations in English message to fans.

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Meet cute? No, meet poop! Toilet paper shortage leads to romantic meeting in Japan

Apparently the red string of fate can also take the form of the white roll of two-ply.

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People in the Tokyo sky, and with no CGI! Photographer’s amazing photo tricks are all in-lens

46th floor Shibuya observation deck turns out to be a uniquely beautiful place for people-watching.

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Japanese Twitter has its sanity saved with lifehack to deal with tissues left in your laundry

Solution to the most annoying thing that can happen when washing your clothes is probably within arm’s reach of your washing machine.

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Japanese government may encourage people to reuse masks as coronavirus-caused shortage continues

If people can’t buy new masks, is using old ones more than once the next best option?

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Tokyo’s Akihabara looks otherworldly beautiful when all the people are gone【Photos】

And no, Japan’s otaku mecca isn’t empty because of the coronavirus.

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Japan goes beyond gaming desks with the gaming bed【Video】

Wake. Game. Sleep. Repeat.

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J-rock legend Yoshiki refuses to do no-audience coronavirus concert, but for a very kind reason

Musician who always has love for his fans shows his heart is big enough to love other people too.

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Japan’s new hyper-realistic food model is specifically designed to get your coworkers to shut up

Company behind Cup Noodle creates a bit of culinary camouflage to keep your meal from being the topic of unwanted conversations.

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Japan now has drinkable gamer fuel gelatin, so let’s see if it can power us up【Taste test】

Game Booster promises to replenish energy for smartphone, PC, and console gamers.

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Japanese company invents a way to let us “drink” potato chips

Can also be used to turn other snack foods into snack drinks.

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Australian politician calls for immediate review of all anime due to depictions of “child abuse”

“They contain depictions of wide-eyed children, usually in school uniforms, engaged in explicit sexual activities and poses, and often being sexually abused.”

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Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea will close for two weeks because of coronavirus fear

Shut-down goes into effect almost immediately, follows previous request for people with cold-like symptoms to refrain from visiting the parks.

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Pokémon of the Year results announced, and Pikachu wasn’t even close to winning【Video】

What’s behind the pika-poor showing for the face of the franchise, and also a disappointing finish for Eevee?

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Modern Hollywood movies get a ‘70s/’80s Japan makeover with awesome retro film posters【Pics】

Talented fan takes John Wick, Pikachu, and Marvel heroes back to the golden era of Japanese poster graphic design.

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Sakura isn’t cherry?!? Starbucks Japan release the Sakura Cherry Frappuccino, and we try it

Starbucks gives us a delicious reminder that sakura sweets are different from cherry ones.

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Anime Japan, Tokyo’s biggest anime industry convention, cancelled due to coronavirus fears

Four-day event completely scrubbed for 2020.

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Monster girl brothel anime finally makes a friend as it finds new broadcast partner in Japan

Interspecies Reviewers has been kicked off multiple networks in Japan, but now it’s found one that’s welcoming it with open arms.

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“Single women only” say rules for anime voice actress auditions for new Love Live! series

No married women allowed, but 15-year-olds are A-OK.

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Idol group will fine fans who come to event without masks, but many don’t buy coronavirus excuse

There’s a hole in the logic of the plan that’s supposedly meant to block germs.

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