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

Häagen-Dazs’ new gold matcha ice cream has French heritage and our full attention

Matcha Opera ice cream promises to make sweets fans ready to sing with joy.

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New Sailor Moon art collection is gorgeous, could (but won’t) be used to send mail

Series creator Naoko Takeuchi’s illustrations grace stamps and post cards that buyers will no doubt keep for themselves.

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Japanese video game with cross-dressing male teen protagonist seeks fan support

Developer thinks the planned game could be great, but worries about whether or not a fanbase exists.

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Anime Your Name to be remade as Hollywood live-action movie produced by J.J. Abrams

Hollywood rolls the anime remake dice again, this time with Makoto Shinkai’s mega-hit.

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School in Tokyo lets students study with cute maids as they learn programming skills

Institution aims to please maid fans and help maids prepare for eventual career changes.

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Starbucks You Are Here Collection expands to Japan with beautiful Mt. Fuji mugs

Taking a look around these mugs is like taking a mini trip around Japan.

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Cowboy Bebop director’s Blade Runner anime is finished, free to watch on YouTube【Video】

Shinichiro Watanabe’s signature anime style is on display in Blade Runner Blackout 2022.

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Studio Ghibli in Real Life video beautifully combines the worlds of reality and Hayao Miyazaki

The characters of Ghibli’s anime films live in our hearts, and in this amazing video, they live in our towns too.

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Frightening video shows car speeding through Tokyo’s Scramble Intersection filled with people

Civilian attempts to assist in police chase, destroy suspect’s car with furious kick.

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Illustrator shares his secrets while breaking down the fine points of fine 2-D ladies.

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Japanese idioms become cute anime girls in latest anthropomorphization video game【Video】

Language is power in Idiom Girl.

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Studio behind anime hit Your Name creates dazzling video showing the beauty of Canada【Video】

Couple’s romantic journey across the country shows off the warm side of a Canadian winter.

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The method to save a seat in Japan shows how awesomely safe the country is【Video】

Leaving your belongings unattended to save a seat doesn’t mean you’re sure to lose your stuff, experiment shows.

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Japanese cosmetics ad has women recoiling in horror as ugly man tries to help one of them【Video】

Their reactions are very different in alternate version with handsomer guy, though.

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Is Tokyo’s cool-looking Pac-Man curry as terrible-tasting as we’d heard?【Taste test】

We ignored the advice of one reviewer who said to “never, ever eat” the video game-inspired dish, but was our courageous decision a foolish one too?

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New preview video for Cardcaptor Sakura sequel anime avoids Sailor Moon Crystal’s missteps【Video】

The other beloved magical anime girl from the ‘90s is ready to mix old and new in a more fan-pleasing way.

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Tokyo’s new giant Gundam anime robot statue is complete, and it’s awesome【Photos】

We spend a day straining our necks and filling our anime-loving hearts to bursting staring up at the brand-new, full-size Unicorn Gundam statue.

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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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