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.

All Stories by Casey Baseel

Otaku dating service advises singles to have interests other than anime

Tough love from Akihabara-based matchmaking service reflects the changing nature of anime fandom.

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The lovely booth ladies of Tokyo Game Show 2017

Dozens of beautiful women give Mr. Sato an unforgettable day in the real world.

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Brock and Misty return to Pokémon anime, strike fan service poses triggering 20 years of memories

To newcomers the anime art may simply look cool, but for veteran video gamers it’s a delicious slice of well-aged nostalgia.

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Pokémon plushie of “Ash’s butt” enthralls the Japanese Internet

But the question of whether this piece of anime merchandise is actually a piece of tail is a matter of perspective.

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Cardcaptor Sakura’s new anime character design, premiere date for sequel series revealed

We now know exactly how long we’ll have to wait to see Sakura again, and what she’ll look like when we do.

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Final Fantasy art exhibit to be held in Tokyo to honor the tear-jerking good-byes between heroes

Fans have met a lot of memorable characters in the video game series’ 30 years, which also means a lot of bittersweet farewells.

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Poisonous blowfish ramen restaurant in Tokyo is death-defyingly delicious【Taste test】

Fugu, one of Japan’s most gourmet foods, is the ramen star of the classy Ginza neighborhood.

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Mr. Sato dials a mysterious phone number he found tied to a lamppost in downtown Tokyo【Video】

After spotting a suspicious stranger in Shinjuku, Mr. Sato is connected with someone he’d never have expected.

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Japan’s “All-Alone Tent” lets you cheaply, easily set up a secret computer room inside your home

Withdraw from human society in just 30 seconds with the latest offering from one of Japan’s craziest companies.

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Universal Studios Japan’s new Final Fantasy attraction is a VR roller coaster

Set to open this winter, the ride takes fans on an adventure through multiple worlds from the Final Fantasy video game franchise.

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Thanks to these baseball-loving ladies,  even people who don’t care about sports are cheering for their team.

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Gorgeous Japanese wheelchair merges mobility with elegant wedding dress styling

Two designs show that wheelchairs can be as beautiful as exotic cars or designer footwear.

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Nintendo Switch has hidden NES emulator, accessed with two tributes to the late President Iwata

Two years after his passing, Satoru Iwata remains an important part of Nintendo’s video game vision.

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An easy way to stop people from stealing your umbrella in Japan, plus put smiles on a few faces

Simple technique requires only a printer, some tape, and maybe an anime reference.

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Japan creates pancake pudding, simultaneously hits two comfort food bullseyes

Clever container even has its own self-contained maple syrup serving.

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Brand-new premium sake Kit Kats are out in Japan, and they’re amazing【Taste test】

But how well do they pair with their liquid inspiration? SoraNews24’s Meg finds out.

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The true identity of Cup Noodle’s “mystery meat”

No longer able to suppress our curiosity, we contact Nissin and demand an answer to the pressing question.

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New Japanese Kit Kats combine matcha green tea, almonds and two berry flavors for luxurious treat

Matcha Double Berry Luxury Every Day Kit Kats are a mouthful to say, should be a joy to eat.

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Heart-breaking plea from kids looking for their mama convinces Tokyo subway station to bend rules

Unauthorized notices beg woman who left girls behind to “Please call home.”

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Easier anime work visa requirements for foreign students being considered by Japanese government

New system could start as early as next year, making it easier for foreigners with anime aspirations to get their foot in the door.

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