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.

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Madoka Magica heads to the beach with new line of anime-themed swimsuits 【Photos】

If you’re a magical girl, or just an anime fan, in need of some seaside R and R, this unique swimwear is for you.

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Because isn’t it kind of depressing when your booby anime mousepad just sits there in silence?

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Godzilla/Evangelion crossover figure: Two giants of Japanese storytelling in one awesome package

Get in the damn kaiju, Shinji.

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After two years of success, intimate fashion label Feast is ready to start Feast Secret.

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Pikachu shows off the frightening new powers he gained clubbing in Taiwan 【Video】

After dancing the night away, we just end up with a hangover, but apparently it helps Pikachu evolve to a higher state of combat prowess.

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Why does McDonald’s Japan sell more Filet-O-Fish when it rains?

For some reason, when it’s raining cats and dogs, McDonald’s customers in Japan seem to start craving fish.

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Twitter user shares difference in how male and female anime artists draw characters in swimsuits

It’s said that men and women see the world differently, so sometimes they draw it differently too.

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April showers bring May flowers, but June showers bring adorable paired Pikachu plushies!

Pokémon Centers embrace the rainy season, plus roll out new line of Migawari Substitute merchandise.

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Kingdom Hearts orchestral world tour announced, will perform video games’ music in six countries

Grab your tickets and your keyblades, because two Kingdom Hearts concert series are coming with a total of 15 performances in six countries.

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New Pokémon Center megastore set to open at Tokyo Skytree this summer!

Pikachu and pal Rayquaza are getting ready to set up camp at the base of the tallest structure in Japan.

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Hot and handsome rickshaw pullers poised to become the newest crush of women across Japan

These guys don’t need a cool car to catch a girl’s eye.

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Dragon Quest Heal magic-flavored fried chicken coming to Japan to keep video game fans’ HP full

Delicious fried chicken draws near. Command? Eat, of course!

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Samurai Armor Hoodies smash crowdfunding goal, now available to preorder for a limited time

Even if you didn’t back their campaign, these awesome pieces of bushido fashion can now be yours.

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Brand-new Beauty and the Beast area and Baymax attractions coming to Tokyo Disneyland 【Pics】

Belle, Beast, and Big Hero 6’s biggest hero part of extensive renovations planned for the park and its neighbor Tokyo Disney Sea.

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Babymetal becomes the newest alternate character for Nintendo’s Super Mario Maker 【Video】

Barrier-smashing metal group teams up with revolutionary video game.

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Star Wars Tsum Tsum line expands to include adorably chubby Force Awakens plushies 【Photos】

The Tsum Tsum, they’re calling to you. Just let them in.

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Stylish Japanese home gardening pod lets you grow vegetables indoors with little effort, no soil

No back yard? No problem.

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Anime voice actress launching new web series on the wonderful world of sake 【Video】

The female lead from one of one anime’s biggest recent hits stops talking in order to do some drinking.

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Want to date RocketNews24’s most eligible bachelor? Here’s your chance! 【Contest】

Single Japanese male seeks romantic partner, who just might be you!

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Cardcaptor Sakura’s new manga isn’t a one-shot side story, but a sequel series set to start soon!

Sakura returns to monthly serialization as a junior high student.

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