Following manga artist Momoko Sakura’s death last week, fans and media personalities celebrated her work. Most highlighted the influence her series “Chibi Maruko-chan” had on the nation’s comic and animation industries. That’s a fitting tribute, as her creations not only inspired a generation of artists in print and on screen, but carried over into mainstream pop culture.

Sakura’s legacy doesn’t end there, though. She also helped influence Japan’s musical landscape since debuting “Chibi Maruko-chan” as an anime series based on the manga in the 1990s.

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