At the ripe age of 90, professor and psychologist Akira Tago passed away on March 6th due to interstitial pneumonia. Not only did he help with the Professor Layton series, in which he was credited as the Puzzle Master, but he had created his own quiz book series Head Gymnastics (Atama no Taisō) which has 23 sequel parts, and even an e-book version.
His first puzzle book was released in 1966 and was an instant hit – selling more than 2.65 million copies. 2001 saw the 23rd volume of his series, and to date his entire series has sold 12 million copies.
Tago became a professor at Chiba University in 1973 and served as chairman of the Japan Creativity Society and president of Tokyo Future University. To add to his already impressive list of accomplishments, Tago was Chief at Akira Tago Laboratory.
His contribution and dedication will be sorely missed, not only by players of Professor Layton and buyers of Head Gymnastics, but by his colleagues, friends and family. Sad as it is to say, even the greats must pass on.
Rest in peace Akira Tago.