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

Japanese former adult video actress Sola Aoi is pregnant, shares maternity photos

”Seriously?” asks internationally famous actress, who’s shocked every time she takes a bath at how quickly her body is changing, but knows it’s for not just one, but two special reasons.

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Sega suspends sales of yakuza video game after actor/musician is arrested on cocaine charges

It’s one thing to play a crime boss in a game, but when the real life actor starts breaking the law, Sega is ready to pull the plug.

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Japanese teen wins right to change name from “His Lordship the Prince” to something less flowery

After years of embarrassment, Oji-sama Akaike finally has a new name.

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VR videos of adult film actresses provide dirty thoughts to be turned into clean energy.

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Harry Potter actor apologizes for wearing shirt critics say glorifies Japan’s WWII aggression

Draco Malfoy’s real-life actor apologizes for causing offense through his “ignorance.”

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Beautiful Japanese race queen goes from trackside to driver’s seat as she becomes pro drifter

Awano Kisaragi looking to crowdfund 2019 drift campaign and overseas race entries.

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Japanese couple celebrates marriage by pulling Master Sword from Legend of Zelda wedding cake

Newlyweds skip standard Japanese wedding protocol and do what they really want to do: raise Nintendo sword high to declare their love for one another.

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Hokkaido police searching for naked man in glasses who groped woman in sub-zero weather

Lack of common decency and common sense lead to unusual attack in Sapporo.

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Too much anime? Number of late-night series to premiere in spring is down 40 percent, fan says

Steep drop has some hoping less quantity will lead to more quality.

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Optical illusion sticker from Japan gives cat companionship to people in no-pet apartments

Previously focused on boob-based fantasies, the Delusion Mapping design team can now provide you with an imaginary feline buddy.

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“Divine” Japanese wife gives husband special thank-you surprise for being such a hard-working dad

Father of baby girl gets a day off, plus a budget to enjoy it with.

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Love Live otaku takes up two seats on bus for himself, four for his anime plushie crushes

Love Liver stretches his anime idols out for a relaxing ride, but online critics aren’t a fan of his manners.

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“Pantie”-flashing anime girl Japan Self-Defense Forces recruiting poster shot down by critics

”Those aren’t panties” claims regional recruiting office, but critics aren’t convinced.

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Japanese Dragon Quest fan finds her one-button fix for composer’s questionable politics

Koichi Sugiyama’s political beliefs keep some gamers from enjoying the video game series, so this famous Japanese psychiatry expert has her own special cheat code.

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Mouthwatering Pokémon KitKat “ad” has us dreaming of the future of Japanese sweets【Video】

The lovingly animated concept video is too good to be true…for now.

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Brand-new Gundam Cafe, biggest branch yet, to open in Osaka this month

Anime eatery’s first branch in central Japan offers exclusive food and merch for mecha fans.

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Feline affinity test! Can you see the kitty hiding in plain sight on this Japanese home’s floor?

Wait, do cats come with optic camouflage now?

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Japanese middle school teacher kisses her student at Tokyo Disneyland during date, gets fired

A real-world ending follows their Magic Kingdom kiss.

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Japanese schoolgirl kimono roomwear line expands with new color options for old-school comfort

Don’t know how to tie a kimono sash? No problem, because the clever design of these garments means you don’t have to.

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Osaka pickup artist arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting woman he got drunk for lesson

Student and teacher arrested following nightclub training session.

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