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

Naked waterslide found in Toyama bathhouse, all-you-can-slide for $5

The freedom of naked watersliding may be fun in theory, but in practice…

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Osaka police on the lookout for guy calling himself “Tights World”

It’s the burning question on everyone’s lips: Who is Tights World?

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Can you guess what celebrity snuck into this Japanese Coming of Age Day photo?

Twitter user’s fun experiment in style grabs the attention of the actual celebrity photoshopped into the image above.

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Chiitan the otter rejected as mascot character for Japan’s Susaki City due to reckless behavior

That adorable otter just took one too many blows to the head for the liking of city residents and officials.

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Massive 1-kilogram (2.2-pound) rice ball on sale in Japan, perfect for eating or self-defense

Reasonably priced and perfect for those who enjoy their snacks comically large.

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Ibaraki Prefecture marketing chief regarding their capital city: “Mito sucks! Die!”

Who knew Ibaraki was so punk?

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Get your money Mizuho Bank customers! All ATMs are taking the long weekend off

In Japan, even cash-dispensing machines need a little R&R sometimes.

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Japanese version of 24 in production, set to air in 2020

The following article takes place between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Events occur in real time.

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Seiji starts a new health regimen with Oronamin C, straight from a plastic bottle faucet

We’ve come to terms with Seiji’s new obsession.

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Seiji shares a very special tip to keep warm and have fun in the Japanese New Year

Our esteemed writer brings us a new twist on the classic sweetness of amazake.

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Mie man arrested for appearing naked on another man’s third-floor balcony

Someone’s 2019 is off to a skin-crawling start.

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Even Michael Jackson is getting in on the action, with his own fukubukuro in 2019

We pop open a lucky bag essential for fans of the late King of Pop.

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Mr. Sato gets his heart broken by a 2019 Akihabara Junk Shop Lucky Bag

My mama always said life is like an Akihabara junk shop fukubukuro. You never know what you’re going to get.

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We get more than we bargained for with this Akihabara lucky bag

A seemingly innocent bag of random anime and game merch became the trigger for a peculiar addiction.

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Thousands oppose Osaka Metro’s plan to change major stations in giant boats and fabric swatches

Is Osaka Metro destroying the sophistication of the city, or is it just the victim of a bunch of wet blankets?

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132 hours of a fixed camera on creepy dolls to be broadcast live on Japanese video site

Ring in the new year by getting into a staring contest with a pair of dark, soulless eyes for five-and-a-half days.

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Japanese subway line sells a piece of guitar history worth thousands for only five bucks

This unassuming little silver box is worth its weight in gold.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas with “artificial snow” powder from the 100-yen store

Just add water!

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Customer receives special treat with his package: edible packing!

When “DO NOT EAT” becomes just “EAT,” life is good.

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Nintendo sends unto us Toad to utterly butcher a Christmas carol this holiday season 【Video】

MERRYCHRISTMASFROMNINTENDOOOOOGYAAAAAHHHHH!!!!

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