Manga author turned 60: "Yu-Gi-Oh!" creator recovered dead from sea

With the manga adventure "Yu-Gi-Oh!" Kazuki Takahashi achieves worldwide success in 1996.

Manga author turned 60: "Yu-Gi-Oh!" creator recovered dead from sea

With the manga adventure "Yu-Gi-Oh!" Kazuki Takahashi achieves worldwide success in 1996. In addition to books, films and a television series, the trading card game in particular developed into a sales hit. Now the Japanese coast guard discovered the body of the 60-year-old in the sea.

The author of the famous manga series "Yu-Gi-Oh!", Kazuki Takahashi, is dead. The 60-year-old may have died as a result of a diving accident, said a member of the coast guard of the southern Japanese city of Nago. Takahashi's body was found off the coast of Okinawa Prefecture on Wednesday morning after the Coast Guard received a call for help.

Takahashi, who is from Tokyo, was reportedly wearing a T-shirt, a diving mask with a snorkel and fins when he was found. An investigation should now clarify the cause of death. At present, neither an accident nor a crime would be ruled out, the Coast Guard said. As the broadcaster TBS reported, the fire department found injuries to the abdomen and lower body that could possibly come from sharks or other marine life.

The first episode of the manga adventure "Yu-Gi-Oh!" was published in 1996. It is about the 16-year-old student Yugi, who is given a puzzle in which the spirit of an Egyptian pharaoh is trapped, which takes possession of the boy's body. The manga has 38 volumes, two Yu-Gi-Oh! series and two Yu-Gi-Oh! movies.

The trading card game for the adventure has become a worldwide bestseller. The aim is to steal 8000 life points from an opponent. The winner is whoever brings the other to zero in a "duel". To do this, each player creates their own deck of 40 to 60 cards to play with. There are thousands of cards, and new versions appear regularly, including Spell, Monster, and Trap Cards. Dice, coins, counters and tokens are also used. In 2011, the game received an entry in the Guinness Book of Records for more than 25 billion trading cards sold.

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