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

Sushi-delivering robots to go into operation in Japan next month

If we can put a man on the moon, why can’t we have robots deliver our sushi? Oh, wait, apparently we can do that too.

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One Piece anime/manga creator promises that the series will, in fact, have an ending one day

Eiichiro Oda asks fans to keep reading the manga “a little longer” as series celebrates 20th anniversary.

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Think mosquitoes suck? Japan’s Shock Extermination Stick lets you suck some mosquitoes instead

Eliminate your insect enemies with the powers of vortexes and electricity.

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Supporting cast of live-action Fullmetal Alchemist movie appears in costume for first time【Video】

Anime heroes Roy Mustang, Riza Hawkeye, and Winry Rockbell featured in English-subtitled trailer.

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Slipshod anime-style sexiness isn’t just for male fans anymore, bizarre artwork error shows

Handsome anime-style archer is sure to defeat all his foes…as long as “nice abs” are a weapon.

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Crazy Tokyo university stairway looks like a real-world graphics glitch

The University of Tokyo is a difficult school to get into, and also around, it seems.

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Gender-jumping gakuran – Traditional Japanese schoolboy uniform inspires new dress for women

Japanese designers shake things up by using male uniforms as their motif for a change.

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There’s a KFC smartphone going on sale in China【Video】

Is Colonel Sanders ready to join Steve Jobs and Bill Gates as a technological icon?

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Fullmetal Alchemist manga getting first new chapter in seven years

The Elric boys are coming back for a new installment from creator Hiromu Arakawa.

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Hokkaido’s breathtaking Blue Pond is exactly as advertised【Photos】

After turning brown for a brief period, the body of water is back to beautiful blue.

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Through the Pokéyears: A reference chart for Ash’s design in each Pokémon anime generation

Pokémon’s leading man has gone through plenty of changes in his two decades of screen time.

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Spanish pro footballer outrages Japanese Twitter with dangerous Tokyo soccer stunt video

Gerard Piqué seems to have enjoyed his time in Japan, but Japanese Internet users aren’t so thrilled.

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SoraReview: Mary and the Witch’s Flower, the newest anime from Studio Ghibli director Yonebayashi

More than a half-dozen key Ghibli creators team up for the first anime film from brand-new Studio Ponoc, but do they do their pedigree proud?

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Pringles releases ramen-flavored potato chips, fills all of us in Japan with ravenous jealousy

Japan has had plenty of special Pringles flavors over the years, but these chips are solely for another nation.

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Real-life location of Your Name’s anime-only lake discovered, still holds a beautiful surprise

Itomori may not be an actual city, but here’s where the hometown of Your Name’s female lead would be in real-life Japan.

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Real-life Japan continues to look like bad Photoshop as penguins “fly” in the Tokyo sky【Photos】

The flightless birds seemingly soar without any CG or image-doctoring.

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Japanese gamers report their Nintendo Switch batteries are draining at shocking speeds【Videos】

Fully charged battery shown completely draining in one minute in video.

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The Pokémon reboot anime movie has kicked Brock and Misty to the curb【Video】

Two of the characters in the Pokémon anime’s original trio of travelling friends have been replaced in I Choose You.

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Anime artist pros draw Wonder Woman to celebrate film’s Japanese opening【Art】

The Western comic icon gets a warm reception from the character designers responsible for some of anime’s biggest hits.

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Tokyo cafe ditches bread, makes its sandwiches with slices of cake instead

Never eaten beef and cake in the same bite? Neither had we, until now, but we’re glad we finally did.

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