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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Posted by Master Blaster

Saitama lieutenant calls subordinate’s lunch “garbage”, then loses job for eating garbage lunches

Glass houses…

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Adult version of popular Japanese candy Nerunerunerune coming in September

Nary a Nerunerunerune like it.

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Calendar of photos from often maligned train otaku community to be sold by JR East

Finally, some train photography without any head trauma or swearing.

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Train driver’s locked tablet with forgotten password leads to big delay on Fukushima line

Growing pains of digitizing trains in Japan.

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Yahoo! Japan finds most alphabetic and katakana words Japanese people want to find out about

GJ on YJ for TCOB.

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Japan’s newly identified species of flatworm is reminding people of octopus wieners

Wiener resemblance was not included in the peer-reviewed report.

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Mackerel chips coming to Japan…for gamers!

Not fish and chips, now the fish is the chips!

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Our writer falls victim to Katsuya’s new Full Power Egg

This egg is not for the faint of heart.

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Life-size giant freshwater stingray blankets to go on sale in Japan if enough people want them

You always said you wanted a giant stingray blanket, but now it’s time to put your money where your mouth is.

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Mr. Sato stops by 7-Eleven’s often overlooked fast food chain Poppo

From fries in bowls to ice cream dipped in shaved ice, they do things differently here.

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Real-time shade information added to walking app from Navitime Japan

Let Navitime throw you some shade.

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Japanese government worried young adults aren’t drinking enough alcohol

This calls for a contest!

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Robot security guards patrol Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

They look kind of like robot squid too.

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Sunsoft, makers of the OG kusoge, are back!

The sun also softs.

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Fancy genuine leather shoes with squishable heels released from Japanese shoemaker

Break the laws of leather shoes without breaking the shoes themselves.

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Biannual running of the otaku fails to take place for second time in a row

Some fear the tradition may never return, but most just hope so.

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Daiso’s 100-yen ramen egg makers even better in smaller sizes

Our resident eggman’s dream comes true, kookookachoo.

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Yuzuru Hanyu launches own YouTube channel, fans flock to subscribe

He totally landed that debut video.

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Very limited sale of glasses that can halt or reverse nearsightedness begin in Japan

A pair of truly “corrective” lenses?

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Watermelon-looking rice balls go on sale in Tokyo, bring Mr. Sato bitter memories of regret

Some seeds you can’t spit out.

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