The tragic news has emerged that Kazuki Takahashi, creator of the wildly popular manga and trading card game Yu-Gi-Oh!, died while attempting to save drowning swimmers.
According to a report from the U.S. military’s newspaper Stars & Stripes, Takahashi was at a popular diving spot in Okinawa on July 4th when he noticed three swimmers struggling in a dangerous riptide. Witnesses say that Takahashi jumped into the water to try and help them but was ultimately swept away by the currents. His body was found the following day.
Takahashi’s career in the manga industry began in 1996 with Yu-Gi-Oh!, which spawned a hugely successful trading card game and multiple video game adaptations. He also worked on other series, such as Rave Master and Utopia.
Fans and those who knew Takahashi have been speaking out about his selfless act of bravery, remembering him as a hero.
Major Robert Bourgeau, who was also involved in the rescue efforts and is recommended for a Soldier’s Medal, said, “He died trying to save someone else.”
Takahashi’s tragic death has left a hole in the manga and gaming community, but he will always be remembered for his bravery and courage. Rest in peace, Kazuki Takahashi.