Yu Gi Oh! Creator Kazuki Takahashi dies at 60

Picture: British Sky Broadcasting

Kazuki Takahashi, the creator of the hit manga series and trading card game Yu Gi Oh!, was found dead off the coast of Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture in Japan, the country’s coast guard confirmed on the morning of July 7. 30:00 a.m. local time and later identified the man as Takahashi. According to reports from Japanese public broadcaster NHK, he was apparently traveling alone to the popular holiday destination and snorkeling when he died. The Coast Guard is actively investigating the cause of his death. He was 60 years old.

Born Kazuo Takahashi in Tokyo in 1961, Takahashi began his career as a manga artist in 1982, although his early works did not propel him into international limelight. Instead, he became a world-famous entertainer in 1996, when he premiered the smash hit Yu Gi Oh!, a manga series that follows a clever boy who challenges his enemies to magical puzzles and card duels. The original manga was serialized in Japan Weekly Shonen Jumpwhile the English version hit shelves in 2002. Yu Gi Oh! spawned a highly successful media franchise of collectible card games and video games, spin-off television and animated series, and several animated films. While all Yu Gi Oh! products were a certified marketing stunt, it is the trading card game that entered the Guinness World Records in 2011 for the best-selling trading card game in history, with 25.2 billion cards sold at the time. Takahashi’s last work was an original story for the Yu Gi Oh! : The dark side of dimensions animated film, released in 2017. Takahasi’s death was met with an outpouring of grief from fans around the world.

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