The creator of the best-selling buying and selling card recreation in historical past is being hailed as a “hero” after he died attempting to save lots of an American woman off the coast of Okinawa.
Kazuki Takahashi, 60, died in July after the tragic incident that went with out clarification from officers for weeks.
The Japanese Coast Guard defined that officers consulted with the household of the late comedian artist, who expressed want to downplay Takahashi’s tragedy in order not to attract consideration away from the continuing care of the younger woman.
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US Army Maj. Robert Bourgeau referred to as Takahashi a “hero” in a Tuesday interview with the Stars & Stripes — a newspaper for the U.S. navy.
Takahashi was snorkeling on the island seaside — house to an enormous US base and navy complicated — on July 4. When the younger American woman and her mother and father started shouting out for assist, Takahashi swam out towards them, adopted by two US servicemen.
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The household and the pair of servicemen managed to return to shore safely, however Takahashi was misplaced after being caught up in a wave.
The physique of Takahashi was discovered floating about 330 yards off the coast of Okinawa, by an individual operating a marine leisure enterprise, based on an official on the Naha Coast Guard Nago station. His physique confirmed indicators of being attacked by a marine creature, presumably sharks, the official stated.
“Yu-Gi-Oh!” debuted in Shonen Jump journal in 1996, grew to become successful, promoting greater than 40 million copies as manga, though the variety of playing cards out on this planet is much larger, within the billions.
The official card recreation went on sale in 1999. A TV present and video video games, in addition to figures and toys, had been additionally a part of the franchise.
The success of “Yu-Gi-Oh!” within the West was just like that of different Japanese animation and recreation works like Pokémon.
Fox News’ Pilar Arias contributed to this report.