Reopening Planned For Tsunami Affected Ishinomori Manga Museum

Museum attracted over 180,000 visitors annually before being damaged by March, 2011 earthquake and tsunami

In 2008, Shotaro Ishinomori was posthumously awarded him the Guinness World Record for most comics (a category including manga) published by one author for a body of work over 128,000 pages, which included the creation of seminal superpowered team Cyborg 009. His towering influence also helped define the tokusatsu live action genre with works that included pioneering transforming hero Kamen Rider and the Super Sentai series - which became Power Rangers. In November 17th, the museum in his honor will be holding a reopening ceremony - with branding that draws the connection to Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex director Kenji Kamiyama's new reminagined Cyborg 009 anime movie 009: Re Cyborg.

 

The Ishinomori Mangattan Museum is built by corporation of national government and Ishimaki City in 2001 and became a tourist destination, attracting 180,000 visitors annually. During the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, many of the building around the museum were destroyed and its facilities were substantially damaged.

With the help of public fundraising efforts, repair efforts are now nearing completing.

 

A November 17th reopening ceremony is free and open to the public.

 

A special renewal exhibit opens March 23, 2013.

 

 

From HobbyLink's look at the museum

 

From NeoShinka's April 2011 post

 Their pictures from before the quake

 

After

 

 

A report on the area from October 2011 can be read on Untapped Travel

 

 

via @PH9 Ishinomori Mangattan Museum Blog

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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