It’s Monday, which means it is time for this! Welcome back to Don’t @ Me! The place where, like the drawing of a card. I prepare to duel as I give you my thoughts, views and opinions on everything in the anime and manga world. This week, well a lot of shit happened. Let’s talk about what is related to us right after the cut.
- If you didn’t hear, the creator of the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga, Kazuki Takahashi passed away early last week. His death was a shock to many people, especially since it came out of nowhere. There has been a lot of words said about him, and his influence on the anime fandom.
2. As a child of the 4kids/Toonami Era, and a teenager during the Fan-sub era. The Yu-Gi-Oh! series was a core of my anime experience. The card game was something me and my friends played all the time, starting with the very first set of cards. This was a game that part of my youth as much as anyone’s was.
3. That said, like I assume many in the west, my experience with the series wasn’t through Takahashi’s manga, but instead the heavily edited 4kids anime series, and later LittleKuriboh’s parody abridged series. That wasn’t the version of the show that Takahashi intended to write, but it is still the series I loved and how I was introduced to his work.
4. Still, the anime community owes Takahashi a debt that can’t be repaid. His series and the game that spawned from it have touched millions of lives, and created memories and moments that people will cherish. Even if I don’t play the game anymore, it is still something I love, and something that will continue to influence the next generation of children who see a kid with strange hair playing a card games with monsters.
5. So even if my experience with the series wasn’t the experience others had. All of it wouldn’t have been possible without one man and his vision. His death is a tragedy for the manga industry, another blow struck so soon after the passing of Berserk’s Miura. I hope we finds rest and that his legacy will live on.
6. Now play us out, A Yell of Thirst.