We here at radio are sad to hear of Toren Smith‘s passing. While I had never gotten a chance to meet him, I know Elin & crew got the chance to work directly with him translating 3×3 Eyes and What’s Michel when Studio Proteus and Radio Comix teamed up for the early days of Super Manga Blast.
Toren was instrumental for getting the manga translation scene going here in the states and the rise of anime and manga fandom in the Bay Area of Northern California, if not all of the US. His passion to bringing over the best Japan had to offer with well rewritten, finely touched translations those titles deserved influenced us and sparked Radio’s own dedication to translated manga and original US creator owned works. To this day we continue to strive to the idea’s he set.
Toren, you will be missed.