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Shotaro Ishinomori (石ノ森 章太郎, Ishinomori Shōtarō) (born Shotaro Onodera (小野寺 章太郎, Onodera Shōtarō)) was a Japanese manga artist who served as an influential figure in manga, anime, and tokusatsu, creating several immensely popular long-running series such as Cyborg 009 and Himitsu Sentai GorengerIcon-crosswiki.png, what would go on to become part of the Super SentaiIcon-crosswiki.png series, and the Kamen Rider Series. He was twice awarded by the Shogakukan Manga Award, in 1968 for Sabu to Ichi Torimono Hikae and in 1988 for Hotel and Manga Nihon Keizai Nyumon.


Shotaro Onodera grew up in the town of Ishinomori in Tome, Miyagi Prefecture, where his interests in manga surfaced in middle school. After starting his own group known as Bokuju Itteki (墨汁一滴, lit. a drop of ink), named after the book by Shiki Nasaoka, he entered and won several manga competitions, where he would catch the attention of Osamu Tezuka and become his assistant.

Ishinomori's manga characters carved on the back of his tombstone, with the kanji saying "Myriads of Things" (羅萬象).

In 1963, Ishinomori created Cyborg 009, which became the first super-powered hero team created in Japan. In 1971, he worked with Toei Company to produce Kamen Rider which led to the birth of the "henshin" (transforming) superhero (human-sized superheroes who transform by doing a pose, and use martial arts to fight henchmen and the weekly monster), and resulted in many sequel shows to this day. Ishinomori then created many superheroes and their dramas, including Kikaider , Henshin Ninja Arashi, Inazuman, Robotto KeijiIcon-crosswiki.png, Himitsu Sentai GorengerIcon-crosswiki.png (the first Super Sentai series), Kaiketsu Zubat, Akumaizer 3, Poitrine and countless others. He even created popular children's shows such as Hoshi no Ko Chobin (Chobin, Child of the Stars, 1974, a co-production with Studio Zero which was a major success on Italian television), and Ganbare!! RoboconIcon-crosswiki.png.

Later Life and Death

Ishinomori promoting Kamen Rider ZO.

On March 27th 1993, Ishinomori made an appearance on TBS's Fight! Our Kamen Rider!- The Strongest Rider, ZO is Born!, telling the audience to see the film Kamen Rider ZO.

The certificate

Ishinomori died of heart failure on January 28, 1998. A manga museum named in his honor opened in Ishinomaki, Miyagi in 2001. His work posthumously awarded him the Guinness World Record for most comics published by one author, totaling over 128,000 pages.


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A short story by Kazuhiko Shimamoto featured in the Kamen Rider ZO (manga), Shotaro Ishinomori appears as a mentor to the fictitious caricature of Shimamoto, Osamu Tenka, who becomes Ishinomori's assistant and learns the secret to his legendary high speed drawing skills.

Ishinomori Ghost Eyecon

Ishinori was given a Ghost Eyecon in the Kamen Rider Ghost toyline. The Eyecon shows his self-portrait on its Transformation Time setting. If inserted in the Ghost Driver, the belt will announce: "Pen to Kami! Sōzō no Kami!" (ペンと紙!創造の神! Pen and paper! God of creation!), starting with an energized explosion and ending with an epic orchestral rock music piece.

Ishinomori as Kamen Rider Double CycloneJokerXtreme Form at the Tokiwa-sō.

After many years from his death, Shotaro Ishinomori has a role in Kamen Rider W: Playback. In this novel, Shotaro was mistaken for another Shotaro by Philip from the original Kamen Rider W series, and later, transforms into Kamen Rider Double. This novel took place in a world for the people who have no bodies, in other words, a world storing human spirits.

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Main article: Shotaro Ishinomori (character)

A fictionalized version of Shotaro appears in Saber + Zenkaiger: Superhero SenkiIcon-crosswiki.png

Personal Life

  • In 1986, he changed his family name to Ishinomori, only with the inclusion of the "no" (ノ) katakana.
  • His grandson is Seiru, who portrayed a young Gai Amatsu in Kamen Rider Zero-One.


As the creator of the Kamen Rider series, Ishinomori had made several cameo appearances in the franchise.

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