“Yugio!” Creator Kazuki Takahashi found dead off the coast of Japan

Kazuki Takahashi, a Japanese artist in charge of the international hit manga series “Yu-Gi-Oh”. Officials said officials said that some of the popular card games were found dead in the ocean this week. He was 60 years old.

According to an official of the Naha Coast Guard, the body of Takahashi, whose real name is Kazuo, was recovered off the coast of Okinawa, a Japanese island in the East China Sea.

Wearing snorkeling equipment such as masks and fins, he was found floating about 330 yards from the shore.

Officials said Takahashi could have been dead for a day or two, showing signs of being attacked by marine life. Investigation into the cause of his death is underway.

Takahashi was identified after police elsewhere in Okinawa contacted the Coast Guard on Thursday, stating that the rental car was found left on the beach.

According to a Coast Guard official, there was a driver’s license in the car that confirmed his identity. Later, his family was contacted and clearly identified him.

“I feel shocked and sad when I hear Kazuki Takahashi’s sudden death,” said the representative of Konami Digital Entertainment, the publisher of the card game. statement..

“I am deeply grateful for the wonderful’Yu-Gi-Oh!’. The universe he created, and our thoughts, are with his friends and family during this difficult time,” the company added. “With his countless fans, we pledge to continue with’Yu-Gi-Oh’. A legacy of all the love and compassion that deserves it.”

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People walk near the Konami Exhibition at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California on June 16, 2010. (DavidMcNew / Getty Images)

In 1996, “Yu-Gi-Oh!”, Which means “King of the game,” made its debut in Shonen Jump magazine and became a hit immediately, selling more than 40 million copies as manga. The TV show features Yugi Muti, a boy with sharp blonde hair who uses a variety of games to resolve conflicts. The card game played by Muti at the show was released in 1999.

In 2011, the Guinness World Records recognized “Yu-Gi-Oh!”. A game as a best-selling trading card game. At that time, more than 25 billion cards were sold worldwide.

A card game is played by two people facing each other, placing cards of different powers from the deck and trying to defeat the opponent. Each player starts with 8,000 “life points”. Life points will be scraped when the card is lost.

In 2013, the 100th “Yu!” Championship Series “held in California was recognized as the largest trading card game tournament ever held. At the Long Beach event, more than 4,300 players faced each other, surpassing previous records in the Magic: The Gathering tournament.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

from NTD News

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