Momoko Sakura
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Momoko Sakura
Sakura Momoko
Miki Miura

(1965-05-08)8 May 1965[1]
Died15 August 2018(2018-08-15) (aged 53)
OccupationManga artist
Known forCoji-Coji, Chibi Maruko-chan
Call signJI2EIT

Momoko Sakura ( , Sakura Momoko) (8 May 1965 - 15 August 2018)[2][3] was the pen name of a Japanese manga artist from Shimizu, Shizuoka Prefecture. She was best known as the creator of the long-running manga Chibi Maruko-chan.


Miki Miura,[4] was born 8 May 1965. She revealed very little about her private life, including her real name.[5][2]

Sakura made her debut as an artist in 1984[4][6] and the Chibi Maruko-chan was published in Ribon from 1986 to 1996. The series, which was based on her own childhood, was set in 1974 in suburban Japan. An anime series based on the Chibi Maruko-chan aired from 1990 to 1992 while the current second series, which debuted in 1995, continues to this day.

Sakura also made the more surreal fantasy series Coji-Coji, which ran from 1997 to 1999. She also worked with Marvelous Interactive on creating the Dreamcast title, Sakura Momoko Gekij? Coji-Coji, and with Nintendo on creating the Game Boy Advance title, Sakura Momoko no Ukiuki Carnival. In 2005, she designed the characters for the Xbox 360 title Every Party.

Music has often appeared in the work of Sakura, from the references of YMO in the early collections of Chibi Maruko-chan and the shout-outs to Shibuya-kei in the surreal world of Coji-Coji.[7]

Sakura died from breast cancer on August 15, 2018, at the age of 53.[3] Before her death she wrote lyrics about musician Kazuyoshi Saito for him to sing. Saito used these for his 2020 song "Itsumo no F?kei" (), an ending theme of the Chibi Maruko-chan anime.[8]


In 1989, she received the Kodansha Manga Award for sh?jo for Chibi Maruko-chan.[9]


  1. ^ :53? ... Archived 2018-08-30 at the Wayback Machine (in Japanese)
  2. ^ a b ? (in Japanese), Asahi Shimbun, 2018-08-27, retrieved
  3. ^ a b "'Chibi Maruko-chan' manga author Momoko Sakura dies at 53". Japan News. Yomiuri Shimbun. August 27, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ a b Jackson, Dory (2018-08-27). "Manga author Momoko Sakura is dead at 53". Newsweek. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Creator of "Chibi Maruko-chan" manga dies of breast cancer, Kyodo News, 2018-08-27, retrieved
  6. ^ "? | ?". (in Japanese). Retrieved .
  7. ^ Michel, Patrick St (2018-09-07). "Manga artist Momoko Sakura was also a champion of Japanese music". The Japan Times. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "11?20?ED? ?". Oricon (in Japanese). 2019-10-16. Retrieved .
  9. ^ Joel Hahn. "Kodansha Manga Awards". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on 2007-08-16. Retrieved .

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