Kazuki Takahashi, author of the manga Yu-Gi-Oh!, famous worldwide for its declination in collectible card game, died at 60 years old. His lifeless body was found on the morning of Wednesday July 6 by the coastguard off Nago, in Okinawa prefecture, a southern island of the Japanese archipelago, according to the public television channel NHK, citing authorities. maritime. He was dressed in snorkeling gear. An investigation has been opened to determine the cause of death.
Born in 1961, Kazuki Takahashi published what will remain his main and great creation in the pages of the prestigious manga magazine for teenagers Weekly Shonen Jump, between 1996 and 2004. At the convergence of the mangaka's passion for games (especially games roles and Magic cards) and his interest in Egyptian mythology, Yu-Gi-Oh! is a card tournament manga with special properties. The hero, Yûgi Muto, a teenager expert in games, receives the Millennium puzzle, an Egyptian relic that only he will be able to operate and which will free the spirit of a pharaoh giving him certain powers. This series was popularized in France through its animated adaptation dating from the end of the 1990s and broadcast on M6. The paper version has been published by Kana since the turn of the 2000s.
The popularity of manga and anime is also directly linked to the global success of the collectible card game derived from them. Launched in 1999 and relaunched in 2002, "Yu-Gi-Oh!" Trading Card Game" is one of the most popular games of this type. With several dozen expansions and more than 35 billion cards sold worldwide since its inception, it is one of the card games, along with Pokémon and Magic, that have been the subject of intense speculation in recent years. The rarest and most sought-after cards can sell for several thousand dollars each.