Creator of ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’ Kazuki Takahashi found dead at sea in Okinawa aged 60

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Kazuki Takahashi, the creator and mangaka of popular Yu Gi Oh! series, was found dead at sea. According to Japan time, Takahashi was found Wednesday off Okinawa. He was reported to be wearing “a t-shirt and underwater mask, snorkel and flippers” during an apparent snorkeling trip in Okinawa Prefecture.

The search for the mangaka began when the car rental company he was using for the trip contacted police on Wednesday and said they could not reach him. This prompted the Coastguard to begin their search and he was found around “300 metres”, or about 984 feet, offshore. Takahashi was traveling alone. At this time, there is no indication that it was anything other than an accident, but the Japanese Coast Guard is investigating the incident.

Kazuki Takahashi was best known for creating the manga series Yu Gi Oh!who ran into Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1996 to 2004 and spawned one of the greatest media franchises of all timeincluding a card game, several anime series (beginning with an adaptation in 1998 and then another that ran for several years from 2000 to 2004) and video games and remains popular today.

I grew up watching Yu Gi Oh! as part of my Saturday morning cartoon programming. It was one of the first anime I actively followed in both English and Japanese. I played card games, owned a dueling disc, and was obsessed with female characters. This is heartbreaking news.

(Going through Japan timefeatured image: TV Tokyo)

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