Few manga creators have left an impact as large as Sakura. She first launched Chibi Maruko-chan in 1986 and it has been turned into the second-longest running anime in history. The story, which is based on Sakura’s youth, follows the daily life of a third-grade girl.
The anime debuted in 1990, and has defied modern trends – the anime maintains a large TV viewership in Japan despite falling numbers for other shows. Chibi Maruko-chan has also stood the test of time with its optimistic, charming, and relatable story.
Sakura also created Coji-Coji, a multimedia franchise that follows a talking snowman.
While Sakura’s name or landmark series never gained a fandom outside of Japan, her influence has been felt. Many shoujo and slice-of-life stories attempt to mimic Chibi Maruko-chan‘s tone and format while adding modern twists.
You can thank Sakura for laying down the foundation for the slice-of-life genre.