Kazuki Takahashi, author of Yu-Gi-Oh! is dead

The manga industry has just lost one of its great names in the person of the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh! who has just played his last cards.

It’s the end of the du-du-du-du-duel for Kazuki Takahashi who has just left us at the age of 60 in circumstances still unknown. The NHK, Japanese public channel revealed yesterday that the mangaka’s body was found off the coast of the city of Nago in Okinawa prefecture. Law enforcement is still investigating to determine the cause of the man’s death. Found in a diving suit, the trail of drowning seems to be the most probable.

The father of a real phenomenon

Born in 1961 in Tokyo, Kazuki Takahashi became a renowned mangaka when his cult work was released. Yu Gi Oh! a few years later in 1996. Then aged 35, the artist was far from knowing that he was going to give birth to one of the biggest phenomena of the 90s and 2000s. Published regularly in the prestigious Weekly Shonen Jump between 1996 and 2004.

Derived into an anime and trading card game, the universe of Yu Gi Oh! was a hit in the playgrounds and will have had the right to continued success. Broadcast on M6, the anime will have greatly popularized the franchise in our regions. Coming from the author’s passion for games like Magic The Gathering, his own creation has nothing to envy to the biggest names in the card game industry.

In France, the 38 volumes of the manga are published by Kana, and we can only advise you to (re) immerse yourself in it, both for the quality of the work and as a tribute to its creator. If you’re more into anime than reading, the complete original series is available on DNA. While Yugi strongly believed in the soul of cards, the mangaka now rests in peace after marking the world of manga, anime and collectible card games.

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