Master Blaster

Writer / Translator

Master Blaster is the two-man translating team of Canada’s Steven Le Blanc and Japan’s Masami M, a pair who in addition to writing work are in English education and created the StudyNow app for Japanese students of English.

Together they have written somewhere around 1,500 articles for RocketNews24 covering such diverse topics as Chinese men selling sanitary napkins to each other and a Japanese guy dragging an ear of corn around the Tokyo train system. A few of these were actually good, but don’t take our word for it! Here’s what our beloved readers had to say:

“One isn't always in the mood for bold tastes. But when I'm in the mood for bold flavor I turn to you.”
“Stupid article. Who cares what the Japanese think it's cool. You don't call a monkey, "gorilla".”
“You know, this is about the most cogent explanation of how a turbocharger works that I have ever seen in the non-motorsports world.”
“Thanks for the article peter!”
“It's people like you who make exploitation possible.”
“It looks yummy and the story was great. Thank you for the smile.”

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All Stories by Master Blaster

Does catching a female co-worker’s eraser win her heart like it does in video games?

Seiji attempts to apply the romantic logic of dating simulators to the real world.

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Roses and cherry blossoms help to repel wasp attacks, according to Kochi University study

Turns out those vicious insects are just a bunch of big ol’ softies.

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Evil barbershop punished by heroic copyright agency for playing stereo

Let that be a lesson to anyone who dares play a CD in a place where it might be overheard by someone else.

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Three women arrested for smuggling 20 pounds of gold down their bras at Hokkaido airport

Hardly the last place someone would look.

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World’s most passive-aggressive restroom found in Tokyo

Pfft, a ladies’ room is going to need more than 11 signs and an audio warning on a continuous loop to keep me out.

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Join us in congratulating Kaneda from Akira for his milestone on 17 March, 2018!

Our little Kaneda is growing up so fast… KANEDA!!!

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Is nothing sacred? Line crossed as beloved anime Captain Tsubasa endorses pseudo-gambling

Reason #164 why pachinko sucks.

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Father of the bride gets laughs telling everyone his hard rock background, then begins to sing…

Every hard rocker needs at least one tender ballad in their repertoire.

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NHK slips touching hidden message into TV listings on March 11

A subtle way to let certain people know they’re still on your mind.

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Video highlights remarkable recoveries of towns destroyed by the 3.11 Tsunami seven years later

Chris Broad’s look at the towns of Onagawa and Kesennuma are an inspiration.

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New survey shows Japan to be deeply divided among blue and red prefectures

A difference in a fundamental way of thinking threatens to tear Japan apart at the seams.

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Grade-school student makes touching tribute to the late Ren Osugi

One future film buff was robbed of the great actor too soon.

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Black telephone like me: What if a handsome guy tries modern politics’ most famous harido?

If you ever feel like testing the limits of your hairdresser, try ordering one of these bad boys.

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Gyoza rice balls are here, and everyone agrees they look awesome, but are they? 【Taste Test】

We find out if gyoza onigiri is the match made in heaven everyone is expecting.

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All-you-can-eat KFC returns to 247 locations across Japan this April!

But it can only be taken advantage of by reservation, so book your pleather seat today!

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Ultimate Gundam ranking being held nationwide including all series and movies, voting on now!

It’s time to stand up and be counted, and help choose the coolest stuff to ever come out of the entire 40-year universe of Gundam.

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Japanese elementary school students discovering “channel of the dead” on their TVs

Kids are spreading the word that a “magic button” on some remotes opens a gateway between the living and the dead.

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Harsh retribution for school bullies using Japanese law suggested on Twitter, but it’ll take time

They say revenge is a dish best served cold, and it doesn’t get much colder than this.

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Genghis Khan-insulting manga pulled from major book stores amid further Mongolian protests

Three major bookstore chains in Japan stop selling CoroCoro Comic after an image defacing the ancient ruler was published.

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Japan Snow Battle Federation looking to make snowball fights Olympic event

It just isn’t winter games without a good old-fashioned snowball fight.

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