Kazuki Takahashi, celebrated worldwide because the creator of the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and the best-selling Buying and selling Card Recreation, has handed away aged 60. He was reportedly discovered off the coast of Nago Metropolis in Okinawa Prefecture, with snorkelling gear.
Takahashi had all the time loved enjoying video games comparable to shogi, table-top RPGs, and naturally, card video games. He began his profession as a manga artist again in 1982, however it will be one other fourteen years earlier than he discovered his first notable success with Yu-Gi-Oh!, a collection a couple of game-loving younger boy who completes a puzzle introduced again from Egypt by his archaeologist grandfather, subsequently permitting a mysterious spirit to take over and problem these with darkness of their hearts to varied video games, with lethal penalties for the loser. The manga started serialisation within the iconic Weekly Shonen JUMP journal a 12 months earlier than its now mascot-level collection One Piece and went from power to power. After a chapter that includes a recreation of Takahashi’s personal creation attracted vital reader consideration, the story quickly grew to become centered on what would later turn out to be Duel Monsters – the inspiration for the real-life Yu-Gi-Oh! Buying and selling Card Recreation, first produced by Bandai and later Konami.
Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! manga continued till 2004, by which level the collection had already seen a number of anime diversifications: Toei Animation’s Yu-Gi-Oh! collection adapting these early manga volumes and an unique quick movie might have solely noticed launch in Japan, however it was Studio Gallop’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters (2000-2004) that noticed the franchise go worldwide. Localised for worldwide markets by 4Kids Leisure, the collection shortly grew to become a staple of youngsters’s tv even right here in the UK, changing into a playground phenomenon. For youngsters who grew up within the early 2000s, Sky One’s weekly double-bills of Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! have been a extremely anticipated reward for making it by means of the varsity week, and ensuring that you just had packed your Yu-Gi-Oh! deck was simply as necessary as textbooks and lunch cash.
Kazuki Takahashi remained dedicated to the Yu-Gi-Oh! collection even after his eponymous collection had concluded. He continued to oversee the plethora of reinventions and spin-offs through the years, and returned to put in writing the screenplay for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Darkish Aspect of Dimensions, a film follow-up to his unique collection that was launched in Japan in 2016 and noticed abroad launch the next 12 months. Audiences have been crammed with adults who had grown up with the collection, and whether or not they have been nonetheless actively engaged with the franchise or not, have been relishing the hit of nostalgia from listening to the likes of Eric Stuart’s comically over-confident efficiency as common antagonist Seto Kaiba as soon as once more.
A reported fan of US comics comparable to Darkish Horse Comics and Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, Comedian Con Worldwide bestowed upon Kazuki Takahashi their annual Inkpot Award in 2015 in honour of his contributions to comics, inviting him into the ranks of previous recipients comparable to celebrated Marvel comics writers Brian Michael Bendis and Ed Brubaker, in addition to filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Hayao Miyazaki. Takahashi’s most up-to-date manga, the quick collection The Comiq, was revealed in Weekly Shonen JUMP in 2018.
Whereas the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise has continued with new incarnations and buying and selling card recreation releases to at the present time, the collection is at present experiencing an period of renaissance within the popular culture highlight. The launch of the cardboard recreation simulator Yu-Gi-Oh! Grasp Duel throughout all main gaming platforms earlier this 12 months shortly reached the highest of Steam’s obtain charts, and the sport nonetheless repeatedly attracts tens of hundreds of views on streaming platform Twitch.
By means of his unique collection and the multimedia phenomenon that it created, Kazuki Takahashi introduced pleasure to thousands and thousands of individuals everywhere in the world, and thru his work, his legacy will dwell on similar to the pyramids he wrote a lot about.
Supply: Japan Times