Kazuki Takahashi, creator of the popular manga Yu-Gi-Oh!, has passed away in an apparent diving accident off the coast of Nago City, Okinawa Island.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Takahashi’s work has had a profound impact on the manga and gaming industries.
Originally intended to be a one-shot story in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine, was then serialized after an influx in demand. The original manga ran from September 1996 until March 2004.
Takahashi’s creation inspired and built a media franchise that is worth over $20 billion USD. From a multi-billion dollar trading card game to a widely successful anime series, Yu-Gi-Oh! became an integral cultural phenomenon that has touched the world over.
Yu-Gi-Oh! has been an important and memory-filled part of my childhood, one that began with the anime series and then eventually into the trading cards. You become a part of a community with a common interest, and that is magical. People who are into similar franchises today will attest to that.
Across social media, Takahashi’s loss has impacted people greatly. Some more personally than others.