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Mangaka Momoko Sakura Dies

by tsubasalover
Aug 27, 2018 4:51 AM | 32 Comments
Sakura Production announced on Monday that Momoko Sakura, mangaka of the Chibi Maruko-chan franchise, died on August 15 from breast cancer. She was 53 years old. The funeral was held among family and close friends. The main character Momoko Sakura's seiyuu for the anime series, Tarako, also expressed her sadness regarding the news.

Born Miki Miura, Shizuoka in 1965, Sakura is known for being the mangaka of the Chibi Maruko-chan manga series serialized in Ribon magazine between August 1986 and April 2009. Nippon Animation produced the anime series, with the second season airing since 1995. She also wrote essays in which the first three selling millions of copies, and worked as a lyricist for Chibi Maruko-chan theme songs and for other artists.

Source: Comic Natalie

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Stripes said:
The piece Oda did for her was very touching and they were good friends and close as mangaka so it's very heartbreaking when these things occur.

I didn't know until I found this post today but this is really heart-warming and sad.

Oct 19, 2022 2:10 PM by AverageMangaRead

A Special show of her via NHK on January 5, 2019

Dec 3, 2018 4:08 AM by tsubasalover

late news, but Ribbon magazine, as a way of honoring her, is giving away a volume containing some of Momoko's past works. you can read it free of charge:

it is also available on manga apps like BookLive

Sep 13, 2018 11:17 AM by DreamingBeats

The piece Oda did for her was very touching and they were good friends and close as mangaka so it's very heartbreaking when these things occur.

Sep 8, 2018 2:16 PM by Stripes

Very sad news. Rest in peace.

Sep 8, 2018 8:44 AM by Nintendofan204

Gee, tons of celebs are dying this year. Isao Takahata, Unsho Ishizuka, now Momoko...

Aug 29, 2018 8:09 AM by eze_tielve

Chiba maruko chan anime was one of my entry into the anime world along with pokemon,digimon and doraemon so hearing about the creators death made me so sad

Please rest in please sakura san and thank you for making my childhood so happy and funny.

Aug 29, 2018 4:59 AM by madarchod

Ahh the song never fails to amuse me. Love it, chibi maruko chan.

Aug 28, 2018 11:14 PM by hazecloud

53 years old..damn
rest in peace

Aug 28, 2018 3:05 PM by removed-user

Marukochan was a familiar sight of my childhood.

Aug 28, 2018 1:20 PM by KalfKaneda

RIP legend....

You will live on through your work.

Aug 28, 2018 4:28 AM by thesarcasticguy

RIP lot of great anime and manga related People are passing.Sad

Aug 28, 2018 12:32 AM by Arjuna777

i know that anime is popular in japan so RIP to another legend

Aug 28, 2018 12:25 AM by deg

one of my childhood.. RIP

Aug 27, 2018 10:57 PM by Kuma

Remake of first ep. will be rebroadcasted on September 2 remembering mangaka's death.

One Piece Mangaka's illustration for her death

Aug 27, 2018 10:17 PM by tsubasalover

So many great Japanese authors/mangakas are dying this year. What's going on?

Aug 27, 2018 1:36 PM by GoddessofMayhem

Thats sad, Rest in piece :(

Aug 27, 2018 1:36 PM by Artis_D

T_T my childhood anime ,i still watch it now
RIP and thank you

Aug 27, 2018 1:16 PM by kaitoXotaku96

I only know Chibi Maruko chan because its always on the top 10 of TV raitings. So. RIP the author.

Aug 27, 2018 1:03 PM by minimiau

VyseLegendaire said:
Yet another anime/manga creator passes away young probably from overwork.

overwork is certainly an issue, but she passed away due to breast cancer
original source:

my condolenses to her family and friends.

Aug 27, 2018 12:23 PM by DreamingBeats

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