Kazuki Takahashi, the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh, has passed away.
An incredible author and artist responsible for some of the most iconic characters in manga, and a foundational creator of what modern shonen is, the industry will forever be indebted to him.
Yu-Gi-Oh! was the go-to manga, show, and card game for kids in the early 2000s. The manga reportedly sold over 40 million copies. The major success came from the collectible card game. Yu-Gi-Oh! collectible card games sold over 25.2 billion cards worldwide by 2011, according to TV Tokyo.
Takahashi was found dead off the coast of Nago, Okinawa on July 6 at 10:30 AM. He was found wearing snorkeling equipment.
Rest in peace Kazuki Takahashi.