Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.
Ishimori Production Inc., owner of the rights to works by Shotaro Ishinomori, is releasing five limited-edition T-shirts to help rebuild a tsunami-affected museum dedicated to the late manga giant.
The Ishinomori Manga Museum in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, aka Ishinomaki Mangattan Museum, is one of many museums in the Tohoku region that were damaged by the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake.
It was established in 2001 by the central and the Ishinomaki city governments in honor of manga culture and the works of the “Kamen Rider” creator, who was born in the prefecture. Run by Machizukuri Manbo, the private museum had been a popular sightseeing spot.
Ishinomaki was devastated by the tsunami triggered by the earthquake, which destroyed most buildings around the museum as well as many display items and materials at the facility. The museum has been forced to close temporarily.
The museum hopes to restore its displays, but is facing many obstacles, including finding funds to pay for rebuilding and restoring display items. They also need to win the support of the residents.
To help restore the museum, a bank account was established in April for donations. Initially, the donations will be used to check the extent of damage and repair the facility.
Ishimori Production, which is closely associated with the museum through the late manga artist, joined the relief efforts and launched the T-shirt project.
The T-shirts feature designs based on original illustrations from Ishinomori’s works, such as “Cyborg 009,” “Kamen Rider,” “Himitsu Sentai Goranger,” “Kikaider” and “Robocon.” Each design comes with a handwritten message that says: “Imakoso Minna ga Hitotsu ni Naru Toki” (Now is the time we must become one).
Profits from the sales will be donated to the museum relief project.
The T-shirts are available in various sizes and priced at 3,000 yen ($36) each, plus tax.
Pre-orders are accepted at Ishimori Production’s official website. The T-shirts will also be sold at events and on other occasions.
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