February 1, 2023

Kazuki Takahashi, creator of the popular Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, was found dead on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, according to NPR. Takashi’s body was found floating off the coast of Nago in Okinawa. He was 60 years old.

Yugi from Yu-Gi-Oh!

Yu-Gi-Oh was Takahashi’s gateway to success. It was first published in Weekly Shonen Jump. The series focused on a boy named Yugi, who after solving an ancient puzzle, becomes possessed by a spirit that helps him challenge foes and mystic games.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Cards

The comic ran for several years and led to the inspiration for a trading card game and a popular anime series that ran in the United States. There have many been other spin-offs in the forms of movies, shows, and games.

The Comiq

Takahashi continued working on various comics following the success of Yu-Gi-Oh. Most recently he published The Comiq, and he was also collaborating with Marvel on a book starring Iron Man and Spider-Man.

Takahashi’s death is currently being investigated by the Coast Guard.

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