Kazuki Takahashi, creator of the hit TV collection “Yu-Gi-Oh,” and eventual inspiration for the buying and selling card sport, has handed away in Japan, in line with the nation’s Coast Guard.
He was 60.
A spokesman informed the New York Times that Takahashi — who had been touring alone whereas vacationing — died from unknown causes whereas snorkeling.
His physique was discovered Wednesday floating off the coast of Nago — a metropolis on Okinawa Island in Southern Japan — the spokesman mentioned.
The Coast Guard is investigating his demise.
Takahashi’s success with anime started in his early 20s, however it wasn’t till 1996 — when he created “Yu-Gi-Oh” — he would notice simply how fashionable the collection would develop into.
Takahashi mentioned in 2019 that when he created the manga, the unique idea was to indicate alternative ways to battle every week. Nonetheless, after two weeks of drawing out the characters he created, he determined to make the collection a couple of buying and selling card sport.
After all, the Yu-Gi-Oh buying and selling card sport — which debuted in the USA in March 2002 — went on to develop into one of the fashionable card video games within the nation rivaling the likes of Pokemon.
The franchise is estimated to have revamped $17.1 billion, together with over $960 million in gross sales of Takahashi’s manga collection, according to Newsweek.
Followers of Yu-Gi-Oh had been shocked as soon as they discovered Takahashi died … together with former NFL participant Cassius Marsh, who posted an image of Yugi — the present’s principal protagonist — on his Instagram story with a tragic emoji.