Creator of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Kazuki Takahashi passes away

Today it is with a heavy heart we report the passing of Kazuki Takahashi the creator of massively successful manga and trading card game, Yu-Gi-Oh. The morning of July 7th his body was found in Nago City on Okinawa Island after a snorkeling accident.

The multimedia empire started in, Shonen Jump magazine in 1996, became a hit, selling more than 40 million copies as manga. Following it eventually evolved into the game we’ve all come to know and love after fans asked how they could learn the game from the chapters. After months of research and development a basic rule set was set forth and a partnership with Konami formed.

The manga serialization ran from September 30, 1996 to March 8, 2004 with the story being much darker than what was adapted into the show often having people die instead of going to the “shadow realm”. With a total of 38 volumes covering Yugi’s day to day in high school all the way to him and Atem parting ways.

The Guinness World Records has recognized “Yu-Gi-Oh!”as the world’s best-selling trading card game with over 25 billion cards sold around the world as of 2011.