‘Yu’Gi-Oh’ Creator Takahashi Kazuki Passes Away

Anime and manga fans everywhere got some very distressing news when it was announced that ‘Yu-Gi-Oh’ creator Takahashi Kazuki had passed away.
NBC News reports that the writer and illustrator was found off the coast of Okinawa Island, Japan about 1,000 feet offshore on Wednesday wearing snorkeling gear, Japanese officials reported. He was 60 years old.
“Local police had also discovered an abandoned rental car at a nearby beach. Once they determined Kazuki had rented the vehicle, they contacted his family to confirm the body was him. He was identified Thursday,” NBC said. “Kazuki was wearing snorkeling equipment when he was found, according to the Coast Guard. He was traveling alone.”
To honor their founder, his creative agency, Studio Dice, turned their web page black. Fans began trending #RIPLegend to celebrate the mangaka.

A photograph of Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi in March 2005 at the Leipzig Book Fair
‘Yu-Gi-Oh’ was a manga that ran from September 1996 and March 2004 that was published in the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine published by the Tokyo-based Shueisha. Toei Animation created the first anime adaption that ran for twenty-seven episodes in 1998.
A second adaption ‘Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters’ was launched in 2000 – 2004 by Studio Gallop. It produced a film and several television spin-offs. Besides the media, the series produced a highly popular trading card game and several video games.
You can watch the trailer for the movie below:

Wikipedia describes the synopsis as follows,
“Yu-Gi-Oh! tells the tale of Yugi Mutou, a timid young boy who loves all sorts of games, but is often bullied around. One day, he solves an ancient puzzle known as the Millennium Puzzle (千年パズル, Sennen Pazuru), causing his body to play host to a mysterious spirit with the personality of a gambler. From that moment onwards, whenever Yugi or one of his friends is threatened by those with darkness in their hearts, this other Yugi shows himself and challenges them to dangerous Shadow Games (闇のゲーム, Yami no Gēmu, lit. “Games of Darkness”) which reveal the true nature of someone’s heart, the losers of these contests often being subjected to a dark punishment called a Penalty Game (罰ゲーム, Batsu Gēmu). Whether it be cards, dice, or role-playing board games, he will take on challenges from anyone, anywhere.”
“It’s time to duel!” ― Kazuki Takahashi

Jacob Airey

Jacob Airey is a writer, nerd, YouTube host, movie reviewer, and pop culture critic. He started the website StudioJakeMedia.com in 2012 where he covers a vast variety of topics including film, TV, anime, music, and faith. He is also the author of The Seven Royals fantasy novel series.

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