The Japan Coast Guard has found YuGiOh manga author Kazuki Takahashi off the coast of Nago City. He was found in the Okinawan city on the morning of Wednesday, July 6th. He was 60 years old.
The Coast Guard reported finding Takahashi with snorkeling gear. Currently, the Coast Guard and police are investigating the possible events leading up to the manga creator’s death. A person on a passing boat had called Japan’s maritime hotline to report an apparent body floating about 1,000 feet from the coast. He had reportedly been in Okinawa Prefecture to tour the city alone. Around 9:00 PM on July 6th, a rental car company reported to the police that they could not contact him.
Kazuki Takahashi’s “YuGiOh”: A Legacy for Many Generations
Kazuki Takahashi was born in October 1963. He serialized his first manga Go-Q-Choji-Ikkiman, in Weekly Shonen Magazine. In 1981, he won the 8th Shogakukan Newcomers Award in the shonen category for Ing! Love Ball, which had been submitted under a pen name.
The original YuGiOh manga follows a boy named Yugi Moto. One day, Yugi solves an ancient puzzle known as the Millennium Puzzle. From there, a mysterious spirit with the personality of a gambler possesses his body. Now, the other Yugi shows up and challenges those with dark hearts to dangerous Shadow Games whenever Yugi or one of his friends is in trouble.
Takahashi’s YuGiOh manga ran in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1996 to 2004. Viz Media is currently licensing and distributing the manga, with over 40 million copies in distribution. Since then, the manga launched an international hit franchise that continues to this day through card games, anime, toys, and spinoff series. Most recently, he has supervised the YuGiOh Arc V manga spinoff series with its authors.
Rest in Peace, Kazuki Takahashi.