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Creator of the manga "Yu-Gi-Oh!"  Found dead at sea

Creator of the manga “Yu-Gi-Oh!” Found dead at sea

Kazuki Takahashi, a 60-year-old Japanese franchise maker Yu-Gi-Oh!, dead at sea on Wednesday. He was floating 300 meters from the shore and was wearing snorkeling equipment.

“Let’s duel!” Anyone who grew up in the 2000s may have heard the battle cry on the field. The catch phrase He was summoned by characters from the Japanese anime series Yu-Gi-Oh!, which has been broadcast in Belgium since 2003 on what was then VT4, which is today Play4. The mastermind behind the series, Kazuki Takahashi, was found dead at sea on the coast of the Japanese island of Okinawa on Wednesday.

What exactly happened remains unclear. On Wednesday, a firefighter retrieved a body from the sea 300 meters from the coast, after reporting a “floating body”. Wearing snorkels, goggles and fins, the deceased man was identified one day later as 60-year-old manga artist Kazuki Takahashi. His rental car was found 12 kilometers away on a country road on the beach. Japanese media assume he was on vacation alone.

Takahashi became famous in the late 1990s as the author of the book Yu-Gi-Oh!The manga series started in 1996 in the popular comic book magazine Shounen Jump It ran until 2004. The story, about a frail boy Yuji Muto who becomes possessed by the ghost of an Egyptian pharaoh, achieved worldwide success as an animated series. Yuji and his alter ego fight in all kinds of duels according to the card game Duel Monsters, where an army of monsters and magical creatures compete against each other. The derivative arcade game, a kind of quartet, became a rage among kids and was the best-selling card game of all time, according to Guinness World Records.

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A boy proudly displays his deck of “Yu-Gi-Oh!” cards.

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Yu-Gi-Oh!, The Japanese word for “king of games” is typical of the gaming fad that spread from Japan to Europe in the first half of the 2000s. During that period, parents were being pushed to desperation by their children by using pokemon cards in a row, Beyblade-turn then Yu-Gi-Oh! –Required cards. VT4, now Play4, has been a huge hit in the kids department by airing those series after school.

Takahashi himself took things easy after the success of his comedy series. He supervised spin-offs and drew new cartoons occasionally. The comic was published by Dargaud under the manga title Kana.