“Yu-Gi-Oh!” creator Kazuki Takahashi’s July death got here after he tried to save lots of a baby, woman and a soldier from a treacherous rip current off the coast of Japan, a latest report said.
Original reports indicated that the creator of the “Yu-Gi-Oh!” empire was found dead after snorkeling in southwestern Japan. But latest details revealed Wednesday by Stars and Stripes show that Takahashi was aiding within the rescue of an 11-year-old girl, her mother and a soldier caught in a current at Mermaid’s Grotto in Okinawa, Japan.
In accordance with the publication, US Army Major and scuba diving instructor Robert Bourgeau was at the favored dive spot with students when he heard the screams of an unidentified Japanese mother caught in the present and jumped into motion.
Takahashi’s manga grew into an internationally loved anime and trading card game. Warner Bros. Pictures.
In some unspecified time in the future through the rescue, Takahashi, 60, was seen by the scholars jumping into the water to help within the rescue, but then disappeared beneath the waves.
“He’s a hero,” Bourgeau said of Takahashi, adding, “He died trying to save lots of another person.”
Bourgeau managed to physically save the girl and child and was in a position to verbally guide the soldier to safety.
The anime and manga creator’s body was discovered two days after the rescue — seen floating off the coast of Okinawa by an individual running a marine leisure business, in response to an official on the Naha Coast Guard Nago station.
The official also shared in a July interview that Takahashi’s body showed signs of being attacked by a marine creature, possibly sharks, however the explanation for death was still under investigation.
Later, a rental automobile was discovered at Mermaid’s Grotto under the trading card game creator’s name, allowing his family to discover his body.
Bourgeau was nominated for the Soldier’s Medal for his rescue efforts. The medal recognizes acts of heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy.
“Yu-Gi-Oh!” debuted in Shonen Jump magazine in 1996 — quickly exploding into an internationally recognized cultural icon — where it sold greater than 40 million manga copies.
Billions of the “Yu-Gi-Oh!” trading cards are in rotation today, because the game continues to be played by many fans. Shohei Miyano/Kyodo News/AP
As for the trading cards — which hit shelves in 1999 — that number is well into the billions today and continues to be a popularly played and traded card game world wide.
A TV show, video games and plenty of other collectible items soon grew among the many franchise.
The world mourned Takahashi’s death in July and again Wednesday, with an outpouring of affection from fans and friends internationally.
A author for Crunchyroll, a preferred streaming service for Japanese anime, wrote on Twitter, “He was a hero. Once more, thanks for all the things, Takahashi.”
“RIP Kazuki Takahashi. Your heart is endlessly within the cards,” one other account tweeted.