Momoko Sakura

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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 (さくら ももこ, 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.

Sakura, who was born Miki Miura,[4] revealed very little about her privacy, 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 Gekijō 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.

In 1989, she received the Kodansha Manga Award for shōjo for Chibi Maruko-chan.[7]

Sakura died from breast cancer on August 15, 2018, at the age of 53.[3]


  1. ^ さくらももこさん :逝く「ちびまる子ちゃん」作者、53歳 国民的キャラ残し… (in Japanese)
  2. ^ a b さくらももこさん、乳がんで死去 「ちびまる子ちゃん」 (in Japanese), Asahi Shimbun, 2018-08-27, retrieved 2018-08-28
  3. ^ a b "'Chibi Maruko-chan' manga author Momoko Sakura dies at 53". Japan News. Yomiuri Shimbun. August 27, 2018. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Jackson, Dory (2018-08-27). "Manga author Momoko Sakura is dead at 53". Newsweek. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  5. ^ Creator of "Chibi Maruko-chan" manga dies of breast cancer, Kyodo News, 2018-08-27, retrieved 2018-08-28
  6. ^ "さくらプロダクション | さくらももこ公式情報". (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  7. ^ Joel Hahn. "Kodansha Manga Awards". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on 2007-08-16. Retrieved 2007-08-21.

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