In 1986, mangaka Momoko Sakura launched her manga career with the family comedy, Chibi Maruko-chan. Her work then went on to become one of the most popular and iconic manga titles in Japan, and that’s saying a lot. However, she recently passed away due to breast cancer. She was 53.

Her family already held private memorial service for her, as well as her funeral. Meanwhile, seiyuu TARAKO, who voiced Maruko-chan herself, said that she was gone too soon as she knows Sakura had plenty of plans.

Ribon magazine Editor-in-Chief Souichi Aida also released a comment, which also said that she was gone too soon, However, he remarked that she was always cheerful, and the smiling faces of Maruko, her friends, and family, will live forever in the hearts of her readers, both adults and children. Finally, her staff from Sakura Production released this image of Maruko and friends:

As for her manga, Chibi Maruko-chan follows the daily life of third grader Maruko. It has over 32 million copies in print, and received various anime as well. Even after her passing, Fuji TV has said that they will be airing the anime for the foreseeable future.

Rest in peace, Momoko Sakura.

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source: Japan News


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