Yu-Gi-Oh creator Kazuki Takahashi found dead in Okinawa, apparently drowned

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Beloved manga artist Kazuki Takahashi, the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh, was unfortunately found dead today. As one of the creator of one of the world's most influential manga, Takahashi changed manga and anime for a lot of fans.

Yu-Gi-Oh is still a huge hit, getting several anime and a card game that is played to this day. There's no news on how publisher Konami will keep moving the series forward.

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Kazuki Takahashi dies in snorkeling accident

According to a report from the Japan Times, Kazuki Takahashi’s body was “found floating while wearing snorkeling gear in the waters off Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, on Wednesday morning.” The Japanese coast guard retrieved the body and confirmed that it was the Yu-Gi-Oh mangaka on Thursday.

Currently, the Japanese police are investigating the cause of death, not immediately dismissing it as a drowning incident. As the manga artist was alone at the time of his death, not many details are known about his passing.

While it seems likely that Takahashi died while snorkeling, we’ll wait for more details before saying anything. The police will inform the public after an autopsy is done, where they can determine how the legendary author died.

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The true King of Games

As we previously stated, Kazuki Takahashi created Yu-Gi-Oh in the ‘90s and gave birth to a merchandising phenomenon. Even years after the show premiered, Yu-Gi-Oh continues to make an impact on our cultural zeitgeist. Thanks to the card game, memes, and Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged by YouTuber Little Kuriboh, Takahashi’s property will live forever.

Funnily enough, Yu-Gi-Oh cards almost never existed. Takahashi originally had plans for Yugi to play a different game in every arc but the card game’s popularity forced a change. Now we can’t imagine Yu-Gi-Oh without the cards and that’s all thanks to Takahashi and his striking art for these awesome creatures.

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In addition to everything he did for Yu-Gi-Oh, Takahashi also did smaller projects that got fans talking. Takahashi recently worked on Marvel’s Secret Reverse manga where Spider-Man and Iron Man work together to defeat not-Seto Kaiba in a fun one-shot adventure.