Alexander O. Smith

Alexander O. Smith has been translating games, novels, manga and more from Japanese to English professionally for over 15 years. He is founder of and co-founder of, and currently resides in Kamakura, Japan where he likes to cycle and eat hatosabure, not necessarily in that order. Follow @aokajiya on twitter.


Dancing in a Straightjacket: Making restrictions work for you in entertainment translation

Much like writing a haiku, entertainment translation means doing battle with restrictions of genre, format, and line length. Manga text is squeezed within bubbles and around artwork, subtitles race to keep up with dialogue, video game text gets crammed onto an iPhone screen, and...