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Alexander O. Smith

A freelance Localization Specialist for Square Enix, Sega, and others, and founder of Kajiya Productions

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Alexander O. Smith

A leading mind of the Japanese translation industry, Alexander O. Smith's efforts have contributed to the localization of a score of anime, manga, and video games. With a keen understanding of both Japanese and American popular culture, his name has been affiliated with many quality game titles.

Born in Vermont, Smith attended Dartmouth College and Keio University to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian Studies in 1995. He earned his Master of Arts in Classical Japanese Literature from Harvard University in 1998. Joining Square in the late '90s, he aided in the localization of titles such as Final Fantasy VIII and Parasite Eve II.

Smith was the lead translator on Vagrant Story in 1999, commended by reviewers for its high-quality English script: a unique creation featuring archaic diction interwoven with more contemporary language. More recently, he was a lead translator on the thematically related world of Ivalice title Final Fantasy XII. He shares the distinction with Yasumi Matsuno of having worked on two of Famitsu magazine's highest rated game titles.

For Bowne Global Solutions, Smith was contracted on other popular titles as Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter, Koudelka, Star Ocean: Till the End of Time, The Misadventures of Tron Bonne, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. Currently, he resides in Mitaka, Tokyo, where he operates his own localization company, Kajiya Productions with Joseph Reeder.1

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1999
Final Fantasy VIII
PlayStation
Square
Chocobo's Dungeon 2
PlayStation
Square
Parasite Eve II
PlayStation
Square
2000
Vagrant Story
PlayStation
Square
Front Mission 3
PlayStation
Square
Legend of Mana
PlayStation
Square
Final Fantasy IX - Melodies of Life
KICS-811
King Records
2001
Final Fantasy X
PlayStation 2
Square
Final Fantasy X - Original Soundtrack
SSCX-10054~7
DigiCube
2002
Final Fantasy XI
PlayStation 2
Square Enix
Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter
PlayStation 2
Capcom
2003
Star Ocean: Till the End of Time
PlayStation 2
Tri-Ace
Final Fantasy X-2
PlayStation 2
Square
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
Game Boy Advance
Square Enix
2004
The Black Mages II - The Skies Above
UPCH-1377
Universal Music
2005
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Nintendo DS
Capcom
2006
Final Fantasy XII
PlayStation 2
Square Enix
2008
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
Nintendo DS
Capcom
Valkyria Chronicles
PlayStation 3
Sega Wow
Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift
Nintendo DS
Square Enix
Dissidia Final Fantasy - Original Soundtrack
SQEX-10132/3
Square Enix
2009
MadWorld
Wii
Platinum Games
2010
Vanquish
PlayStation 3
Platinum Games
Tactics Ogre: Wheel of Fortune
PlayStation Portable
Square Enix
2012
Crimson Shroud
Nintendo 3DS
Level-5
 
Gyromancer

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Yasumi Matsuno Kickstarter project has less than 3 days remaining

Unsung Story is the latest project from Yasumi Matsuno who is collaborating with Playdek to create a mobile tactical RPG title set in a classic Matsuno world. The Kickstarter project is asking for $600,000 to create a PC/Mac version of the game. Since the project's announcement it has been revealed that Akihiko Yoshida will be creating the character artwork for the title and Hitoshi Sakimoto will be composing the music (previously was only going to be involved in a stretch goal). The project has only hit $508,195 as of the writing of this article, so if you want to see this sort of title hit your PC/Mac you should pledge right away! The first stretch goal at $750,000 will see Alexander O. Smith and Joseph Reeder join the project to translate the title. Further stretch goals include additional platforms, features and voice acting. Check it out!

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