Kazuki Takahashi is dead – Yu-Gi-Oh creator recovered on Japanese coast

Kazuki Takahashi is dead. The illustrator and creator of the Yu-Gi-Oh comic died in Japan at the age of 60.

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Kazuki Takahashi is dead. The illustrator and creator of the Yu-Gi-Oh comic died in Japan at the age of 60. © picture-alliance/dpa/dpaweb (Photo: Peter Endig)

Kazuki Takahashi was found off the coast of Okinawa on July 6th. The creator of Yu-Gi-Oh has passed away at the age of 60.

Okinawa, Japan – The creator of one of the most popular card game franchises of the 2000s has passed away. Kazuki Takahashi was the creator and writer of Yu-Gi-Oh, which appeared weekly in Shonen Jump from 1996 to 2004. Originally conceived as a manga, the series has also been implemented as a card game, anime and in several video games and is still extremely popular worldwide.

Surname Kazuki Takahashi
Born October 04, 1961 in Tokyo, Japan
Died July 06, 2022 in Okinawa, Japan
Known for Yu-Gi-Oh

Kazuki Takahashi: manga artist passed away at the age of 60

As reported by several Japanese news sites, authorities discovered the author’s lifeless body on Wednesday off the coast of Okinawa in Japan. On July 7, the Coast Guard finally confirmed that the body was Kazuki Takahashi. Apparently he was wearing diving equipment, but the investigators responsible have not yet been able to provide precise information on the cause of death.

Kazuki Takahashi passed away at the age of 60, leaving behind one of the most successful anime and card game franchises of our time. No public information is known about his family, but we would like to extend our condolences to all of the loved ones.

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Kazuki Takahashi: Yu-Gi-Oh also became a phenomenon in Germany – thousands of fans mourn

Kazuki Takahashi’s manga series also became a phenomenon in Germany, and the anime and Yu-Gi-Oh games were very successful in Germany. In 2005 he finally made an appearance as a guest of honor at the Leipzig Book Fair. Countless users have expressed their condolences on Twitter since the death was announced. Carlsen Verlag, which published the Yu-Gi-Oh manga here, has also expressed its dismay at the author’s sudden death.

Even before the release of Yu-Gi-Oh, Kazuki Takahashi had been working as a mangaka for Shonen Jump since 1991, initially with the stories that received little attention Tokyo no taka and Tennenshoku Danji Buray. Takahashi’s breakthrough came in 1996 with the first chapters of Yu-Gi-Oh. In 2004, the original manga ended, but anime and new games are still appearing regularly to this day.