Many people either know about or have played with Yu-Gi-Oh cards in their life, likely when they were a kid. For instance, I used to play with these Yu-Gi-Oh trading cards when I was very young as I waited for my mother to pick me up. Many other kids like me from the early 2000’s and late 90’s have played with these cards, and so they’ve had such a major impact on our culture across international borders. So, it comes as sad news that the creator, Mangaka Kazuki Takahashi (real name Kazuo Takahashi), has died only a few hours ago.
Yu-Gi-Oh was a manga created in 1996 and was about young teenagers fighting demonic beings using the ancient power stored within these seemingly normal looking cards. The manga ran for about 8 years (1996 - 2004), but the series was so popular that it spawned an anime that ran for even longer and attracted even more fans of the series and its duels between dragons, ghouls, and other monsters. Around the same time that the anime came out, the TCG (trading card game) was also released to the public, and was met with success. And to complete all arenas of nerdom, the series was adapted to create video games and continues to release material for gamers to enjoy.
Yu-Gi-Oh was one of the most popular pieces of fiction at a time and its popularity has stayed relatively strong all the way to 2022. Truly, the legacy of Takahashi’s greatest work is still alive and something of which he should be proud.
Takahashi was found by a search and rescue team just off the coast of his native Japan approximately 300 meters into the ocean, in a wetsuit meant for snorkeling. His body suffered damage, most likely from local sharks and other sea creatures native to the area. It was also reported by the rescuers that Takahashi was most likely floating for days, already dead, but the cause of death is still yet to be determined and authorities still don’t have any leads.
Takahashi will be missed by the massive community of fans and lovers of Yu-Gi-Oh that he helped to create.
Edited by elissav
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