Kazuki Takahashi ( born October 4, 1961 in Tokyo) is a manga artist, illustrator and game creator who created the manga Yu-Gi-Oh!, which led to the anime versions of it, Toei's Yu-Gi-Oh! and Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters (Internationally known as Yu-Gi-Oh!), as well as a spinoff manga (Yu-Gi-Oh! R), two spinoff anime (Yu-Gi-Oh! GX and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's) and several video games, novels and books. He has no relation with female manga artist Rumiko Takahashi, creator of InuYasha and Ranma ½. In an interview with Shonen Jump (magazine) Takahashi stated that his favorite manga from other authors included Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure by Hirohiko Araki, and Dragon Ball by Akira Toriyama.
Takahashi started as a mangaka in 1982. His first work was Tokiō no Tsuma , published in 1990. One of his earliest works was Tennenshokudanji Buray , which lasted for two volumes and was published from 1991 to 1992. Takahashi did not find success until 1996 when he created Yu-Gi-Oh!.
Takahashi enjoys reading American comics, and Hellboy is his favorite American comic book character. Takahashi and Mike Mignola, the creator of the Hellboy comic book series, once participated in an art exchange. Takahashi drew a picture of Hellboy with Yugi Mutou's hairdo, a Millennium Puzzle, and a duel disk. Mignola drew a picture of Hellboy wearing a Millennium Puzzle and a Yugi T-Shirt, and the two exchanged their artwork.