The Yu-Gi-Oh! series that most fans are familiar with is the 2000 adaptation Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, more popularly known outside of Japan as simply Yu-Gi-Oh!, which was animated by Studio Gallop. The franchise now includes 11 series, counting spin-offs, and four features. Takahashi regularly contributed to Yu-Gi-Oh! series, films, and video games, and is a credited storyboard artist on the 2016 feature Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions.
The franchise is best known, however, for the collectable card game Yu-Gi-Oh! in which players go head-to-head in a series of duels. The game was originally published as a one-off franchise tie-in by Bandai and later by Konami, but went on to become one of the most successful trading card games of all time.
Takahashi continued to supervise the manga over the years and wrote and drew other works including Drump in 2013 and The Comiq in 2018, both published in Weekly Shonen Jump. In 2015, Takahashi received Comic-Con International’s Inkpot Award, recognizing an individual who has made outstanding contributions to comics, science fiction and fantasy, film, television, animation, and fandom.
He had also worked with Marvel recently on Secret Reverse, a manga team-up of Iron Man and Spider-Man, which was released by Viz Media last month.
Marvel is saddened to learn about the passing of visionary manga creator Kazuki Takahashi who graced the Marvel Universe with his imaginative storytelling earlier this year. Our condolences go out to his family, friends, and many, many fans worldwide. pic.twitter.com/NsGHXdSJIX
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) July 7, 2022
It has been our privilege to be Kazuki Takahashi Sensei’s publisher for 20 years. We and his many fans are deeply saddened by the news and will miss his indomitable spirit, energy, and commitment to storytelling. His Yu-Gi-Oh! legacy and impact will forever endure. pic.twitter.com/qt3klvSj9r
— Shonen Jump (@shonenjump) July 8, 2022
Pictured above: Kazuki Takahashi, “Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions”