Anime News Network and Adam Warren have confirmed the passing of Toren Smith, the Canadian writer and editor who was perhaps more responsible than any other single individual for bringing Japanese comics to generations of English-speaking readers. As the founder of translation outfit Studio Proteus, Smith worked on the first English versions of such classic manga as Ghost in the Shell, Akira, Astro Boy, Appleseed, Blade of the Immortal and Lone Wolf and Cub. It's been said that Hayao Miyazaki p
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