The artist behind the popular Yu-Gi-Oh! has been found dead on the Japanese coast
Kazuki Takahashicreator of the successful manga and collectible card game Yu-Gi-Oh!was found dead in South Japanthe country’s Coast Guard reported Thursday.
His body was discovered Wednesday floating off the coast of I knowin the prefecture of Okinawa. Takahashi was traveling alone in Nago, a popular vacation destination, and had apparently been snorkeling when he died of unknown causes, a Coast Guard spokesman said. He was 60 years old.
According to the NHK news channel, the author had traveled alone to Okinawa in a rental car when the company responsible for the car contacted the police, reporting that they could not locate Takahashi. Authorities close to the case have reported that Takahashi’s body had several bite marks that are believed to have been made by a shark, although this has yet to be confirmed.
Yu-Gi-Oh!, which means «King of the games“, debuted as a serial manga and was published between 1996 and 2004. Its protagonist is a child who resolves conflicts using various games. It was a very popular manga during the first decade of the new millennium, and the story became a television series, movies, and various card games.
The television series, which aired between 2000 and 2006, became a sensation, and the American network Cartoon Network’s Toonami aired the series after its full five-season run. According to him Guinness World Records 2011, Yu-Gi-Oh! is the best-selling card game of all time, with 25.17 billion games sold worldwide.
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