Hunter x Hunter’s Yoshihiro Togashi Pays Tribute to Late Yu-Gi-Oh! Creator Kazuki Takahashi on Return to Shonen Jump

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In the latest issue of Weekly Shonen Jump, Hunter x Hunter creator Yoshihiro Togashi shared a touching message to Kazuki Takahashi, the late creator of the iconic Yu-Gi-Oh! series.

Specifically, Togashi’s message came in the form of Shonen Jump’s author comments.

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While it’s a short message, it’s a heartfelt one as it shows the bond between the two renowned manga artists.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Creator’s Tragic Passing

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Back in July, it was reported by the NHK that Takahashi has passed away at age 60. Takahashi’s body was found floating off the coast of Nago City at 10:30 AM on July 6. Soon, his death was confirmed.

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After an investigation, it was revealed that Takahashi died while wearing snorkeling gear and that the cause of his death was drowning.

Earlier this month, a new report said that Takahashi died while assisting three people who were caught in a rip current.

Takahashi’s passing was mourned by fellow artists and fans from all over the world.

After all, his iconic work, Yu-Gi-Oh!, is not only a popular manga series, but it has also spawned a massive media franchise that is popular around the world.

Yu-Gi-Oh! began as a manga series that was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump from September 1996 to March 2004.

The manga was then adapted into several TV anime series, as well as a trading card game that has sold over 22 billion cards worldwide.

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Yoshihiro Togashi’s Message

As for the Hunter x Hunter creator’s message, Togashi’s author comment reads:

I remember us laughing about how both of our series had a jinx in our titles. May you rest in peace.

In this comment, Togashi recounts how both he and Takahashi acknowledged the jinx in the official titles of Yu-Gi-Oh! and Yu Yu Hakusho. This jinx refers to the star symbols in the Japanese titles of both series.

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While Togashi’s Yu Yu Hakusho was published in the early 90s, both he and Takahashi were colleagues at Weekly Shonen Jump as Hunter x Hunter began serialization in the same year as Yu-Gi-Oh!

This isn’t just a one-off author comment though as fans can expect more comments from Togashi in the coming weeks. This is because Hunter x Hunter has finally returned from its nearly four-year-long hiatus.

New chapters of the series will be released weekly in Weekly Shonen Jump and on Manga Plus internationally. Another volume release is also set for November 2022.

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