Master Blaster

Writer / Translator

Master Blaster is the two-man translating team of Canada’s Steven Le Blanc and Japan’s Masami M, a pair who in addition to writing work are in English education and created the StudyNow app for Japanese students of English.

Together they have written somewhere around 1,500 articles for RocketNews24 covering such diverse topics as Chinese men selling sanitary napkins to each other and a Japanese guy dragging an ear of corn around the Tokyo train system. A few of these were actually good, but don’t take our word for it! Here’s what our beloved readers had to say:

“One isn't always in the mood for bold tastes. But when I'm in the mood for bold flavor I turn to you.”
“Stupid article. Who cares what the Japanese think it's cool. You don't call a monkey, "gorilla".”
“You know, this is about the most cogent explanation of how a turbocharger works that I have ever seen in the non-motorsports world.”
“Thanks for the article peter!”
“It's people like you who make exploitation possible.”
“It looks yummy and the story was great. Thank you for the smile.”

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All Stories by Master Blaster

Aichi supermarket caught selling poisonous puffer fish livers, “been selling it for decades”

Health agency puts kibosh on long-running game of culinary Russian Roulette.

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Sushiro celebrates a traditional Japanese holiday with this…sushi thing

As odd as it looks, it actually makes a lot of sense for Setsubun.

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Japanese guy plays two-player Taiko No Tatsujin alone, blindfolded and backwards【Video】

And his drumming seems to have an odd power over women.

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Experience all the joy, love, and violence of raising your own grizzly with new smartphone game

My Grizzly Bear teaches us all the great deal of responsibility that goes into raising a lovable-but-feisty 300-kilogram wild animal.

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Street Fighter’s Sagat named ambassador of Saga City, limited edition SFII goods to be sold

For the next few months, Saga will be teaming up with Sagat and the rest of the Street Fighter II crew.

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Osaka restaurant manager arrested for shooting dozens of toothpicks into face of employee

Victim was also said to have flaming tissues shoved up nose.

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Toyota proposes a future where cars become pizza shops, hotels, and occasionally cars too

The future is looking mighty bright for Toyota in this cartopia.

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Kitakyushu is the life of the party again this Coming of Age Day with gold-trimmed rickshaws 【Photos】

And pompadours? You bet!

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After Yoshiki binges on them during TV appearance, Ginza Akebono’s cheese snacks sell out

We track down the few remaining cheese crackers that have hooked the legendary frontman of X Japan.

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We could all learn something from this Korean grade school music class’ Daft Punk cover【Video】

Watching this video makes me realize that I got ripped off as a kid.

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Japanese convenience stores showing “hardening of society” with touch-screen age verification?

Seniors especially irked by the mechanical process, but most people agree it’s kind of pointless anyway.

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2018】Akihabara Junk Shop Lucky Bags: Now with less junk!

Mr. Sato once again tempts fate with two mystery grab bags of outdated electronics.

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2018】Krispy Kreme ups their game in these trying times for donuts

With a simple wish to start your year off with some tasty donuts, Krispy Kreme delivers big in this year’s bag.

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2018】Celebrate the Year of the Dog with Village Vanguard’s “Cat Lucky Bag 2”

It’s that time of year again: time to buy bundled discounted good from nearly all of Japan’s major retailers!

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The tragedy of Mononofu, the functional two-and-a-half-story bipedal robot【Pics & Video】

From its creation to its usage, this giant robot is undeniably awesome, but there’s just one problem.

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Beat the winter blues with an insect hotpot filled with crickets, worms, and giant water bugs

Why wait for the collapse of civilization to enjoy this unique blend of flavors?

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Japanese customer finds run-in with “Indian” convenience store clerk a refreshing experience

Sometimes good customer service means calling a jerk a “jerk.”

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Yamcha death cake wins Christmas 2017

We had a lot of nice cake entries thi…Yamcha? YAAAMMMMCHAAAA!!!

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Taiwanese crane games with bikini women inside spark controversy【Video】

Public divided over whether this is objectifying women or simply women-ifying objects.

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Mr. Sato interviews: One-on-one with Japanese Santa

Feats of strength and porn-loving compatriots are all part of why it ain’t easy being Japanese Santa.

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