Kazuki Takahashi is a mangaka for the magazine Shônen Jump, and the author of 'Yu-Gi-Oh', a series about a troubled schoolboy who can turn into the "King of Games". Born in Tokyo, Takahashi began his career in 1982. He published his first mangas, 'Tokio no Tsuma' and 'Tennenshokudanji Buray', in the early 1990s. He created 'Yu-Gi-Oh!' in 1996, and the popularity of the series led to three anime versions, two spin-off mangas ('Yu-Gi-Oh! R', illustrated by Akira Itou, and 'Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX', illustrated by Naoyuki Kageyama), several video games, as well as a real-life version of the card game featured in the comic.