US Army Officer Says Yu-Gi-Oh! Creator Died ‘A Hero’

Kazuki Takahashi, creator of the popular series Yu-Gi-Oh!, passed away this past July, 2022. The incident was ruled a drowning, but we’ve now learned there’s more to the story. According to reports from a responding U.S. Army officer and scuba training instructor, Takahashi gave his life attempting to rescue swimmers from a rip current. In the region of Okinawa, there’s a known spot for diving which threatened to suck several swimmers out to sea. Takahashi reportedly jumped in to help save them, but the creator was sadly not able to escape the current in time.

Kazuki Takahashi Of Yu-Gi-Oh! Gave His Life For Others

According to a report from Stripes, U.S. Army Maj. Robert Bourgeau was on-scene during the incident in Onna, Okinawa. Conditions were turbulent at Mermaid’s Grotto — in his words, “really, really rough.”  He spotted a woman calling for help, and noticed her young daughter as well as a U.S. soldier trapped in the rip current.

Bourgeau and one of his scuba students assisted in getting the mother and daughter back to shore. However, Takahashi apparently jumped in to help at some point during the commotion. According to the report, witnesses only saw Takahashi briefly before he “disappeared beneath the waves.”

Though the mother, daughter, and soldier were all recovered, Takahashi himself was lost.

“He’s a hero,” Bourgeau said. “He died trying to save someone else.”

This is one more incredible thing that Kazuki Takashi will be remembered for in his 60 years of life. It could be said that his greatest creative work is the Yu-Gi-Oh! series, which first appeared as a manga in 1996. From there, it evolved into a beloved anime series enjoyed all over the world. It even led to a hugely popular recreation of the card game it revolves around. A central theme of the series is spirituality and compassion, something that Takashi embodied in his final moments.

Many creative figures have been lost this year, and Kazuki Takashi is another to be gone too soon. He died as he lived, doing his best to help people.