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

40 ways foreign and Japanese TV dramas are different, according to our Japanese-language reporter

A lot’s been said about how foreign audiences feel about Japanese TV dramas, but what if we flip the script?

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“Feeling the seasons through cats” manga warms the heart by showing how pet kitty warms itself

This artist’s pet cat marks the changes of the seasons as surely as the flowering of the cherry blossoms.

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It’s not over yet for 40-year manga Kochikame as series returns one year after officially ending

The creator of one of Japan’s most popular manga/anime franchises of all time still has a story to tell with new chapter.

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Handsome anime men help you pick out a bra, drift off to sleep in new smartphone romance game

Japanese lingerie maker aims provide players with sweet, possibly spicy dreams.

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Y-shaped naked anime girl pillow cover features spreadable legs【Pics】

An unabashed recognition that buyers probably aren’t going to stop at just hugging.

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Luna jeans are just part of the stellar stylishness of new low-priced Sailor Moon fashion lineup

GU, Uniqlo’s sister brand, is back with an all-new batch of affordable ensembles based on the anime classic.

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Discrimination fears lead Japanese genetics society to replace words for dominant, recessive gene

But a potential problem is lurking in its proposed revision.

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Cardcaptor Sakura’s schoolgirl costume now a stylishly cute anime backpack to take back to school

Eye-catching backpack and Sakura Card pass case are ready to make your commute to school or work feel a little more magical.

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Sailor Moon Cafe 2017 opens this month in Tokyo, Osaka with Luna burgers, Tuxedo Mask black curry

Latest iteration of anime restaurant also salutes Sailor Uranus and Neptune’s forbidden…smoothie?!?

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7-Eleven refuses to cooperate with municipal request to cover up its porno magazines in Japan

Chain asserts its right to exhibit magazines filled with models who don’t cover up either.

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Brazilian man acquitted of sexual assault after kissing Japanese woman on Nagoya train

Inability of foreign resident to perceive rejection cited as key factor in ruling.

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Japan has an awesome river that looks just like a dragon

Body of water even has a connection to the creatures’ traditional role in Japanese mythology.

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Anime-themed Japan Self-Defense Forces recruitment campaign makes odd poster boy choice

Child soldier magician encourages people to join the real-life JSDF.

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Tokyo’s biggest, craziest rice ball is both a 2.2-pound monstrosity and great value

You’ll want both hands free and stomach empty before digging into this onigiri behemoth.

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One Piece creator purposely wanted the manga/anime’s artwork to look “strange”

Having artwork that some people would think look weird was all part of the plan for the creator of one of the biggest anime/manga hits ever.

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Chinese bootleg figures for Your Name anime simultaneously look exactly/nothing like you’d expect

No really, what’s your name? Because you don’t look anything like Taki or Mitsuha.

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New Japanese cat cafe is so stylish it’d be worth a visit even if it was feline-free

Cat cafe chain Mocha brings ample ambiance to a new city with the opening of its newest location.

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Japanese survey picks “slightly plump” as the cutest body type for women

Heavier-than-average is top pick by men and women, plus older respondents.

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Dozens of pieces, including urine stream, bundled in set of adult goods for anime figures to pose and play with.

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Move over, matcha. Starbucks makes its first-ever hojicha roasted green tea Frappuccino

The coffeehouse chain dives deeper into the world of Japanese tea.

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