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

New Zelda speaker sensors make every trip to the bathroom a Hyrulian adventure【Videos】

Nintendo fans set up the gadgets to play Zelda’s iconic “secret” and “treasure” music, and the results are awesome.

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Elaborately crafted doll sells for $54,000 at hard-core doll otaku event in Tokyo【Photos】

Feverish auction comes to sudden end as buyer takes decisive action to claim the princess.

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Awesome Japanese dad gives son’s handmade cardboard Switch a massive, heartwarming upgrade【Pics】

Loving parent pulls the switch with Nintendo-loving son’s latest creative project.

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First in-costume photo from Digimon live-action stage production released

First live-action adaptation of anime franchise to open in Tokyo this summer.

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Japan’s anime-loving penguin turned to comfort of a 2-D girl after being scorned by his 3-D wife

Lost his real-life penguin wife, gained an anime waifu.

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Japan’s adult wrapping wellness trend is so weird it’s creeping out the Japanese people

Can reliving the womb experience help develop a healthy body and happy mind?

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Anime-style novel contest in Japan bans alternate reality stories and teen protagonists

Publisher nixes two of the most common storytelling tricks in the anime playbook in attempt to create something adults can enjoy.

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Never misclick on your smartphone again with Japanese Twitter user’s awesome life hack

Tip is a God-send for Net surfers and illustrators alike, and all you need is a pen (but you won’t be using it as a stylus).

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Japanese women sound off on the line separating a male friend and a boyfriend

Physical and emotional criteria make the list of top survey responses.

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Cat kimonos from Japan will help keep you cool and cute this summer【Photos】

Even the flowers have a connection to the feline theme.

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Anime Saint Seiya gets live-action “Hollywood” film adaptation, but will U.S. moviegoers care?

Series was phenomenally popular in Japan and Latin America, but will English-speaking audiences show up?

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Japan’s Pokémon cosmetics are back in time for summer and cuter than ever!【Photos】

Extra-stylish Pikachu and starter Pokémon adorn compacts, water bottles, and snacks.

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“Shogun sound” toilet hack covers the sound of your pooping with samurai battle cries【Video】

Cry “Havoc!” and let slip the poops of your butt.

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What happens when you put a hot crepe on a handsome man’s face?【Video/experiment】

Just how different is life for the beautiful people?

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Tokyo’s green tea beer garden gives you all-you-can-drink matcha and hojicha beer this summer

Matcha wine, sausage, and desserts also on offer at elegant restaurant in the heart of the city.

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Japanese musician uses female pubic hair to produce unprecedented sound in new song【Video】

DJ from hip hop unit m-flo creates song dedicated “To the world’s crotch.”

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Shockingly expensive Pokémon watch costs more than most people make in several years

The anime and video game timepiece does look pretty awesome, though.

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Company uses photos of Mr. Sato in letters to customers, so he pays a visit they won’t forget

Mr. Sato stormed off to the company’s office with two very specific demands.

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Evangelion virtual reality game in Tokyo will let fans live the dream of piloting an Eva Unit

Groups of three players will team up to battle an Angel in recreation of the fun parts of the heavy-themed fighting robot anime.

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Princesses, fruits, and blacksmiths: Study reveals the 30 most unusual family names in Japan

Some people didn’t have to win a beauty pageant to be called “Miss Kyoto.”

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