the letters of Yu-Gi-Oh! they were, at least in Argentina, the sensational game in the backs of those who were preteen students during the first decade of the 21st century. An entertainment that has formed the nostalgic “otaku package” of many millennials along with the Beyblade and the tola from Digimon.
Just like the 2000 Studio Gallop anime or any other Konami video game, Yu-Gi-Oh! It was one of the many offshoots of the manga of the same name created by the Japanese Kazuki Takahashi in 1996.
Like it Akira Toriyama with Dragon Ball or Hayao Miyazaki with the world GhibliTakahashi has created an inexhaustible universe of artwork and merchandising.
And for many he was, especially now that we know how he died, a hero. The architect of a universe of fantasy and adventure with thousands of fans who find representation in him and continue to perpetuate his legacy.
The death of Takahashi
Kazuki died on July 4th. She was 60 years old. His body was found off the coast of Japan.. The cause of his death was hidden by the police at the request of the mangaka’s family.
With thousands upon thousands of devastated fans uncovering the theories on the internet and under pressure from the media, the Coast Guard has finally confirmed what happened.
According to the New York Times, a lot of information about the case has appeared in Stars and Stripes, a medium funded partially by the Pentagon, and in various Japanese newspapers.
The drama according to the witnesses
American army captain Neda K Othman27 years old and her husband Nathan Feura37, are, together with the instructor Roberto. San Borghese, the only people who know more or less what happened. Thanks to his story, the world can learn about Takahashi’s final story.
On July 4th, Othman and Feura were at Mermaid’s Grotto dive center, a site in the heart of Japan with a strong US military presence. They were there because they wanted to take diving lessons with Bourgeau.
His idea was to get in the water two to three times, but something, a rather desperate request, interrupted his plans.
“Help!”Cried a woman, pointing intently to the mouth of a cove. Immediately, the couple and the instructor went to see what was going on.
Once there, the three realized that down in the water, a 12-year-old girl and a grown man were in danger. They were caught in a ferocious whirlwind.
Nathan and Robert jumped. Neda asked for outside help.
The captain’s husband had been a diver. Although he had a lot of experience in the water, he had never seen anything like it: “When I jumped in, I quickly realized: ‘Wow, this is really bad.'”
Othman managed to alert two rescue helicopters. The four now had to fight for a few eternal minutes against the force of the current until the arrival of the aerial reinforcements.
But before the plane arrived, Neda saw a tall man in red shorts, a black shirt and a snorkel mask walking along a cliff and jumping into the water to help the girl and the man. it was Takahashi.
“The glare and sunlight cut him off, so I didn’t see his face,” the captain told the Times.
In this part of the story, Neda stops seeing the mangaka. Her point of view now is that of her husband.
Nathan watched Takahashi suddenly appear out of the water and hold the hand of the man he was trying to save. After the onslaught of some “big waves”, the figure of the savior disappeared as quickly as it had appeared.
The instructor then managed to secure the girl without the help of the helicopters. The others continued for a few more seconds to fight in unison for their lives.
Eventually, everyone managed to get out. The young woman, desperate, kept asking: “Where is the other guy?“.
the days after
The fright and adrenaline caused by the dramatic moment challenged the beliefs of the participants: did the man with the red pants really exist or was he a mirage?
“We started doubting ourselves, which was crazy,” Othman said.
Coming to their senses, Neda and Nathan found a makeshift translator and told the Coast Guard that another man in scuba gear had participated in the rescue and was nowhere to be found. At the moment, nobody did anything.
Forty-eight hours later Takahashi’s body would be found floating in the water in front of Nago and it would be known that the man in the red pants had tried to save the girl.
According to the Times, the Coast Guard and local police were unaware that Takahashi had been there on July 4th.
What the American media suggests is that the couple’s desperate statements in the midst of the drama have been misinterpreted or translated and that is why the mangaka has not been searched for as it should have been.
To date no one has been accused of wrongdoing and it is not known if a longer search could have saved Kazuki.
On July 11, The Watch confirmed that the body was that of the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh! and that he had drowned.
The police hid the cause of her death so that the girl would not find out that the man had lost his life in an attempt to save her.
Takahashi was 60, a billionaire who created a manga with a fan base around the world, on a tropical vacation, yet is still willing to risk his life to help strangers in need. .
On the networks, many Twitter users, such as @ZroHour, @Xuenou and @Timisawake, agree with Nathan: “He died a hero.”