Alexander O. Smith is a cofounder of Bento Books and the founder of Kajiya Productions. He has been translating video games, novels, manga, and lyrics from Japanese to English professionally since graduating from Harvard University with a M.A. in classical Japanese literature in 1998. After working at Square Enix’s Tokyo offices for four years, he went freelance and is now based in Kamakura, Japan. Alex has given talks about translation at several universities and conventions, including PAX Prime and PAX East.


Phillip K. Dick Special Citation, 2011 (Harmony, Project Itoh)
Eisner Award Nominee, 2009 (COWA!, Akira Toriyama)
American Library Association Batchelder Award, 2008 (Brave Story, Miyuki Miyabe)
Edge Magazine “Best Game,” 2006 (Final Fantasy XII, Square Enix)
RPGamer “Best Localization.” 2001 (Final Fantasy X, Square Enix)


ICO; The Book of Heroes; Brave Story (Miyuki Miyabe) | Salvation for a Saint; The Devotion of Suspect X (Keigo Higashino) | All You Need Is Kill; Slum Online (Hiroshi Sakurazaka) | Rocket Girls; Rocket Girls 2: The Last Planet (Housuke Nojiri) | The Summer of the Ubume (Natsuhiko Kyogoku) | Twelve Kingdoms, Vols. 1-4 (Fuyumi Ono) | The Guin Saga, Vol. 1-5 (Kaoru Kurimoto) | Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1-5 (Makoto Inoue) | Little Boy, Summon Monster? Open the Door? Heal? or Die?, Superflat (Takashi Murakami | Collected Paintings (Atsushi Suwa)


Cowa!, Dr. Slump, Vol. 1-18 (Akira Toriyama) | Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation (Toshiyuki Nishi) | Shaolin Sisters (Narumi Kakinouchi) | Samurai Deeper Kyo (Akimine Kamijo)


Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together | Gyromancer | Final Fantasy Tactics A2 | Final Fantasy XII | Final Fantasy Tactics Advance | Final Fantasy X-2 | Final Fantasy XI | Final Fantasy X | Vagrant Story | Parasite Eve II | Front Mission 3 | Final Fantasy VIII | Madworld | Valkyria Chronicles | Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney | Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney | Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter | Megaman Battle Network 2 Megaman Battle Network | Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword