Hunter x Hunter Artist Remembers Late Yu-Gi-Oh Creator in Special Tribute

Hunter x Hunter has returned with new chapters after one of the longest hiatuses in the series' run to date, and the series creator came back with an emotional tribute to Yu-Gi-Oh's late creator! Kazuki Takahashi, known by many fans as the creator behind the Yu-Gi-Oh franchise, tragically lost his life earlier this year in an attempt to save others from drowning in a riptide. Famous manga creators and fans all over the world have been sharing their tributes to the beloved creator, and now that also includes Hunter x Hunter creator Yoshihiro Togashi among those sharing their love.

Hunter x Hunter has returned to Shonen Jump after a nearly four year long hiatus, and that also means that series creator Yoshihiro Togashi was also able to put in a special author's note for the magazine. With Togashi and Takahashi sharing a friendship, the Hunter x Hunter creator used his first big return to the magazine to open up about their creator past and revealed an emotional moment the two had shared with a heartfelt tribute to the Yu-Gi-Oh creator. 

Togashi's Tribute to Yu-Gi-Oh's Creator

(Photo: Shueisha)

Togashi's comment (as revealed by Shueisha's digital Shonen Jump release) is a small but emotional one where he reflects on his shared past with Takahashi, "I remember us laughing about how both of our series had a jinx in our titles. May you rest in peace." It's quite the hard hitting message as it's clear the two creators had shared a bond, and funny enough their titles did too. Togashi is likely referring to the tiny stars that fill in their stylized titles for Yu Yu Hakusho and Yu-Gi-Oh that can work as a lucky charm or "jinx" in Japan. 

An update from the Japanese Coast Guard confirmed reports from the U.S. military that noted that Takahashi had tragically passed while trying to save a young girl, her mother, and a U.S. solider trapped in a riptide. Takahashi had attempted to help, but as reported by Major Robert Bourgeau, a deputy operations officer based in Yomitan, the creator lost his life in the attempt although everyone else was able to get to safety. 

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