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The story of the most famous card game… that wasn’t one • ENTER.CO

Different media in Japan have confirmed that Kazuo Takahashi, better known by his alias Takahashi Kazuki and for being the creator of the Yu-Gi-Oh! and the creative mind behind the franchise, passed away this Thursday, July 7. Some details about his passing have been made public and it seems his body was found floating on the shores near Okinawa prefecture, Japan. Takahashi was reportedly found wearing snorkeling gear and authorities are investigating his cause of death.

Although many people are familiar with the Yu-Gi-Oh! For the anime and Konami’s TCG, Takahashi was the creative mind behind the original concept. In 1996 the author began publishing his series in the pages of Jump.

From shadow games to one of the most popular TCGs in the world

The surprise that many may have is to find that the Yu-Gi-Oh manga is significantly different from the anime that we know in the West. Takahata’s early episodes don’t actually have the card game for which the franchise is famous as its centerpiece. Instead, his story focuses on ‘shadow duels’ which are presented as different competitions (among which are Duel Monsters).

The cards, to Takahata’s surprise, ended up being the most popular element among his readers, so eventually the manga took a creative turn and focused on this game.

It’s a difference that would be important to the anime and the TCG. Yu-Gi-Oh! originally featured an anime adaptation by Toei Animation and TV Asahi. This version is much closer to the manga, with its first few episodes featuring ‘Shadow games’ (the first chapter, for example, has one centered around a poker card game in which the loser is thrown off a rooftop, to give them a better idea).

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In 2000 Studio Gallop made another adaptation, but this time it took the card game as its main focus (taking advantage of the fact that by this time the manga was already completely focused on this point in the story). The remake also went to the trouble of removing some characters, tweaking the design, and generally keeping only the most fundamental elements of our Duel-oriented story. It was a planned strategy because the previous year Konami had acquired the rights to the game and started distribution in Japan. The anime then served as a fairly effective commercial, especially when 4Kids acquired international distribution rights and (despite censorship) made the anime a hit.

Although the throne of Yu-Gi-Oh! As the king of the TCG is no more (some will doubt that he ever existed) the popularity of the franchise remains. The card game continues to release new expansions in physical format and recently launched a virtual client that has helped the game to be enjoyed by more people (and to compete with games like MTG Arena) as well as different new anime adaptations such as GX , 5Ds, Zexal, etc

Images: Konami

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