Kazuki Takahashi, author of Yu-Gi-Oh! manga manga and trading card game, died, apparently while snorkeling in southwestern Japan.
The body of Mr. Takahashi, 60, was found on Wednesday floating about 300 meters off the coast of Okinawa, the coast guard said on Friday.
According to an official at Nago Station of the Naha Coast Guard, the artist’s body was found by someone who was in the sea entertainment business.
The body was found, face down in the water and wearing a snorkeling mask, by the coast guard and fire department. He may have been dead for a day or two, according to the coast guard official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because their work did not allow them to be named.
The body showed signs of being attacked by a sea creature, possibly a shark, but the cause of death was still under investigation, the official said.
Takahashi was identified after police in another part of Okinawa contacted the coast guard on Thursday, saying that a rented car had been found abandoned on a beach.
The vehicle has a driver’s license, identity verification. Mr. Takahashi’s real name is Kazuo. His family has been contacted and identified him, the coast guard official said.
Manga Yu-Gi-Oh! became a hit following its 1996 debut in Shonen Jump magazine, selling more than 40 million copies as the manga, although the number of cards out worldwide was much larger.
The card game officially went on sale in 1999. This was followed by a TV show and video game, as well as figurines and toys.
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There has been a wave of mourning on social media for Mr. Takahashi.
Fans around the world have posted cards and pictures of their manga online in tribute. Some people note that’s how interested they are in Japan. People recall how cards helped them make their first friends.
“We are so grateful for ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’ Wonderful! universe he has created, and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time,” the London-based YuGiOhNews account said on Twitter and on the official page. mine.
When Yu-Gi-Oh! The event was held at a baseball stadium in Tokyo in 1999, so many children and parents came to buy cards, game organizer Konami had to call riot police.
Yu-Gi-Oh! is played by having two people face-to-face and placing cards from their deck with different strengths to try and defeat the other. Each player starts with 8,000 “life points”, which will be worn away when your card is lost.
The main character is a doe-eyed boy with spiky blond hair named Yugi Muto, an expert at playing cards. Yu-Gi-Oh means “king of games”.
Success of Yu-Gi-Oh! in the West similar to other Japanese animations and games such as Pokémon.
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