Cyborg 009, et al.
While I was watching gulls and fishies in Matsushima, others climbed a mountain and hiked in 秋保 (Akiu), famous for onsen/spas) and yet another group went to the sea-side resort of 石巻市 (Ishinomaki), famous for San Juan Bautista (“St. John the Baptist”) originally called 伊達丸 (Date Maru).
But more importantly, it is home to the Mangattan Museum. I don't know much about the artist, 石ノ森章太郎 (Shotaro Ishinomori) but he's created everything from 仮面ライダー (Kamen/Masked Rider) to サイボーグ００９ (Cyborg 009). 009 is the tale of nine regular humans kidnapped by the evil Black Ghost organization to undergo human experiments. The result of this tampering are nine cyborgs, each one having super human powers. The nine cyborgs band together to fight for their freedom and to stop Black Ghost. The evil organization's goal is to start the next world war, by supplying any rich buyer their choice of countless weapons of war and mass destruction. You can track down lots of info on them by going to the Japanese and the English sites.
One of friends, picked me up a keychain and a cool plastic sheet drawn by the artist.
I've got several other goodies strewn around the apartment and stuffed away in boxes. I'll have to dig them up and post pics of them someday.
There's also a cool poster offering a new GeGeGe series and the forthcoming live action movie starring ウエンツ瑛士 (Eiji Wentz) and the ubiquitous Dave Spector.
I can't wait for this movie (however incomprehensible it may be!)