Kazuki Takahashi, creator of the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga, has passed away at the age of 60. This is reported today by Japanese media such as NHK News. Accordingly, he was found on the coast of Nago in Okinawa Prefecture yesterday and his identity was confirmed today.
Police and the Japanese Coast Guard are investigating the exact circumstances of the death, but the media reports that Takahashi was wearing snorkeling gear.
Kazuki Takahashi, also known as Kazuo, started his mangaka career in 1982. He published his first manga in 1990 with Tokiou no Taka. The big breakthrough came in 1996, of course, with the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga.
The manga has inspired many other Yu-Gi-Oh! products over the years, including a trading card game and, of course, anime and video game adaptations.
Most recently on the video game front, Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel, a free-to-play game that is enjoying great success. Kazuo has also been responsible for works such as The Comiq and most recently Marvel’s Secret Reverse.
via Siliconera, Bildmaterial: Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel, Konami
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