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Yu-Gi-Oh! Creator, Kazuki Takahashi Dies at 60

July 11, 2022, is deeply engraved in the Manga fanbase’s hearts. Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi died at 60, and everything has been a blur for most fans. The death is so ambiguous that fans are still speculating the cause. Some are in disbelief, and some are in tears. Yu-Gi-Oh! is probably one of the most successful manga and anime series for countless reasons. The manga was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1996 to 2004, and eager fans continue to play the card game.

The manga artist turned stones when he garnered international fame with a story that inspired a trading card game as one of Japan’s most recognizable cultural exports, rivaling Pokemon.


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How Did Kazuki Takahashi Die?

Yu-Gi-Oh! mangaka, Kazuki Takahashi died due to drowning, as the autopsy revealed on Monday concluded. As of now, there are no suspicions of foul play regarding this incident. Kazuki Takahashi was around 60 years of age and was found by the Japan Coast Guard. As per reports, he was tracked down drifting off the bank of Nago City in Okinawa on July 6, 2022.

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The Coast Guard also gave the reference that Takahashi Sensei had swimming hardware on when they found his body. An individual on a boat recognized a body drifting around 1000 feet (300 meters) off the coast. This individual called the oceanic’s hotline to inform them about this present circumstance, helping the Coast Guard to find Takahashi sensei.

Both the Coast Guard and the police are conducting their investigation. However, nothing regarding the investigation has been out so far.

Who was Kazuki Takahashi Sensei?

Born on the glorious day of October 4, 1961, Kazuki Takahashi’s birth name was Kazuo Takahashi. He was a talented mangaka who created one of the most successful manga series. He created something shy of a cultural revolution in the industry. Its popularity continues to grow as many people continue to learn the card game. Kazuo Takahashi began working as a manga artist in the early 1980s. Subsequently, it was only in 1996 that he began his garner international fame with the story of a spiky-haired boy who challenges his enemies to duels involving magical games.

Much like most mangakas, Takahashi sensei is a big critic of his earlier works. However, he evolved his skills with time and took pride in his most successful series. At Comic-Con International, Takahashi also won the Inkpot award. 

The series and its spinoffs sold themselves. Movies and TV shows featured the characters playing a card game very similar to the one fans could purchase in their neighborhood hobby shops. Even after the manga and anime ended, the update for the cards never did.

Yu-Gi-Oh! isn’t his most famous work. He worked on other series before creating the popular card game series. Tokio no Taka was a one-shot that came out on Weekly Shonen Jump. The entire industry mourns his death, and his dedication to the anime and manga community will always be remembered. His fanbase will always keep his memories and work alive.

“People are mortal, and stories are immortal.” 

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