Shonen Jump Veteran Pens Emotional Tribute to Kazuki Takahashi

The creator of Yu-Gi-Oh tragically passed away earlier this month, leaving fans of the anime franchise and anime fans in general mourning Kazuki Takahashi. Recently, one of the biggest mangakas within the medium, Jyoji Morikawa, offered his thoughts on his deceased friend while also sharing some heart warming stories of the two artists working to break into the industry and create their masterpieces in both Yu-Gi-Oh and Morikawa's boxing epic known as Hajime no Ippo.

Unfortunately, Morikawa had to deliver a similar tribute when it came to another departed fellow mangaka last year when Berserk's Kentaro Miura had tragically passed as well. Taking the opportunity to share his experiences with Takahashi, Jyoji penned a heartfelt tribute to his deceased friend, with some of the excerpts reading as such that delve into the past they shared at an earlier age:

"He had the makings of a genius who could use his right hand to plot the image in his head directly on the paper. I was so envious of that talent and thought it was such a waste that I would say, "If you applied yourself more, you could make it big, you know." To which he would always respond, "Me and you are different Manga-Kun." He called me "Manga-Kun" just because I did things slow and steady. I have to wonder what his personal relationships were like."

In his final words for the memorial, Morikawa took the opportunity to once again praise the work of his departed friend, following his admiration for the times that they shared as nearly penniless artists seeking to make it big, in which they both definitely did:

"I think it's taboo to open a deceased person's computer unless you're family, but what was the last thing that Yu-Gi-Oh left behind? I'm almost certain that what's stored in there is a card – a card that makes you jealous and makes you lament the waste it's going to. It's a card called talent. Rest in Peace."

Yu-Gi-Oh! remains a force within the world of anime, spawning plenty of anime seasons and manga stories over the years, along with real-life tournaments that continue to be played to this day. Takahashi will most certainly be missed. 

Via Shin Horoko