The creator of the successful manga and anime series Yu-Gi-Oh!, Kazuki Takahashi, was found dead this Tuesday (6), aged 60. The identity of the artist was confirmed only on Wednesday.
According to the Japanese public media NHK, the body of the artist, whose real name is Takahashi Kazuo, was found in the sea near the city of Nago, Okinawa, Japan. He wore wet suits.
An investigation has been launched to understand the circumstances of Takahashi’s death. The artist was apparently on a solo diving trip and had rented a car during that time. According to TBS, the car rental company he hired informed Okinawa police that it had lost contact with the artist.
Takahashi created the Yu-Gi-Oh! in 1996, which later turned into a cartoon and a card game. The game gained popularity, and in 2011 it was recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the best-selling card game in the world, selling about 25 billion units. It was very popular in Brazil in the early 2000s.
The saga tells the story of young Yugi Muto, who receives a mysterious game as a gift from his grandfather and receives the spirit of a skilled player.