The Shotaro Ishinomori Mangattan Museum, honoring the work of the pioneering manga/anime/tokusatsu creator, was built with 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. A new Tōhoku Revival video looks at the efforts to rebuilt.
A reopening ceremony was held November 17th.
The museum will be temporarily closed from February 12 to March 22, 2013 for remodeling. Following that a special renewal exhibit opens March 23, 2013.
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.