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

Face to face with Ibaraki’s giant Daidarabotchi, not so bad after all and a bit of a looker

The 15-meter-tall miniature of the legendary yokai puts it in a whole new light.

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Tokyo clerk arrested for memorizing over 1,300 customers’ credit card info, using it online

Just being brilliant in one way doesn’t necessarily mean you’re smart.

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JASRAC called “evil” for wanting to collect royalty fees for music recorded during weddings

And don’t even think of getting married in silence, because you’d be ripping off John Cage.

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Can this cushion really protect an egg from being sat on? How about a few punches?

Our writer Tasuku Egawa risks his pants to determine if “as seen on TV” is “as seen in reality.”

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Shonen Jump and Marvel team up for two months of web comics

Titles featuring Iron Man, Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, Ant-Man and more can be seen through the Shonen Jump+ app.

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Japanese survey finds top 10 emoji that “make you look like an old man”

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Enter the cup noodle: Eating instant ramen in bullet time

Do you think that’s meat you’re eating?

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SoraNews24’s Seiji goes to England to find fame with the spirit of Yngwie Malmsteen

In preparation for his music festival debut, our reporter once again summons the spirit of a Swedish guitar hero.

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New Japanese video game lets you compete in an international toilet racing circuit

And all from the comfort of your own toilet if you have a laptop.

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Single “haunted taxi” cruising the streets of Osaka until the end of August

It’s like a haunted house on wheels, except you can’t choose when to ride the ESP Taxi. It chooses you.

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Nissan develops golf ball that automatically finds the hole every time

A fun demo of their newest driving assist technology, ProPilot 2.0.

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Japanese man changed name of his iPhone to “Please send cat pictures” and it worked

Ask and ye shall receive data.

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Canned fish rings now on sale at capsule machines across Japan!

Saury we didn’t tell you sooner.

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Visiting the burial site of the head of Japan’s most evil demon in Kyoto

Don’t worry, our writer brought a Pikachu with him for protection.

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Let’s try out some paper “underwear for a travel” from the 100-yen store!

Go Hattori tastes the forbidden fruit of Japan’s rock-bottom-priced goods.

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Man arrested for spraying Japan’s public broadcasting fee collector with fire extinguisher

That’s one way to end a heated conversation.

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Grilled & chilled sweet potatoes from vending machines a hit in southern Japan

The newest natural summer snack sensation is also helping people with disabilities earn livings.

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Toilet-seat themed comedic-adventure The Benza breaks new ground for foreign talent in Japan

Full of literal toilet humor and heart, this Amazon Prime series is a breath of fresh air.

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Can the “Beijing Bikini” help Tokyo bear the boiling heat during next year’s Games?

Some Chinese authorities want to put a stop to it, but might Japanese authorities be wise to encourage letting our guts fly free?

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Climate change may be affecting otaku migration patterns, attracting matadors

This year’s Comiket Opening Dash otaku herds seem abnormally sluggish, sparse, and disoriented…and there’s a matador now.

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