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    Thursday March 7, 2013
  • Manga Translator Toren Smith Passes Away

    Localization work helped set the stage for manga's North American boom

    Toren Smith, one of the looming figures in the story of localizing manga and anime for English speakers, passed away on March 4th at age 52. Smith helped bring classics like Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell and Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira to North America, as well as set the stage for the manga boom of the 00s. More after the jump.