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Kazuki Takahashi (高橋 和希 Takahashi Kazuki, born October 4, 1961 in Tokyo) is the creator of the manga Yu-Gi-Oh!, which led to its anime versions, a spinoff manga (Yu-Gi-Oh! R), two spinoff animes (Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, known as Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX in Japan, and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds), as well as several Video Games.

Takahashi started out as a mangaka in 1982. His first work was Tokio no Tsuma, published in 1990. One of his earliest works was Tennenshokudanji Buray (天然色男児BURAY), which lasted for two volumes and was published from 1991 to 1992. However, Takahashi didn't find success until 1996 when he created Yu-Gi-Oh!.

Takahashi's ever popular Yu-Gi-Oh! manga started the creation of the Yu-Gi-Oh! cards or originally known as "Magic and Wizards", a reference to the card game Magic: The Gathering; the name of the card game was changed to "Duel Monsters" for the anime adaptations. However, he never intended to focus his manga on the card game he created. The original format of the manga was set in episodic chapters with a different game being played in each chapter, and the Magic and Wizards card game was originally intended to only appear in two chapters. Shueisha, the publisher of the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, received so many letters and fan-mail asking about the Magic and Wizards game that Takahashi decided to extend it.

Takahashi likes to play games, such as Shogi (Japanese chess), Mahjong (the traditional Chinese tile game), card games, and tabletop role playing games.