Chibi Maruko-chan

Project Status

Author(s) and Artist(s)
Sakura Momoko

The title character, Maruko, is a nine-year-old third-grade student. She is lazy, disorganized and usually late for school, in strong contrast with her neat and tidy older sister who must share her room with her. Maruko, like many kids, tries to avoid homework and chores, takes advantage of her doting grandfather and squabbles with her sister. Nevertheless, she is a well-meaning child who tries to do good.
Maruko’s real name is Momoko Sakura (さくらももこ Sakura Momoko), the same as the pen-name of her creator Miki Miura 三浦 美紀 (who used her own childhood experiences as inspiration). Her nickname “Maruko” is made of marui (“round”, because of her round face) and -ko (girl child); the prefix chibi and the suffix -chan also refer to a cute child.
Maruko’s trademark face fault in reaction to embarrassment is the sudden appearance of vertical lines on her face, sometimes with an unexplained gust of wind blowing behind her head. This is sometimes mimicked by female fans of the series who draw the fingers of one hand down across the face to show embarrassment. On the internet this is often used as emoticons, by speech marks. For example: -_-“
Other characters include Maruko’s classmate and best friend Tama-chan. A fan favorite is Maruko’s kind but absent-minded grandfather. Naive and easily tricked, he keeps a pet turtle and loves watching TV with Maruko. When feeling distressed or nostalgic, he spontaneously retreats to a surreal inner world for a few seconds to improvise a sad yet comical haiku about his state of mind.

Comedy | School Life | Shoujo | Slice of Life

Status in Country of Origin
16 Volumes (Complete)

Manga Updates
Online Reader

Volume 1
Volume 1
2013.10.15     Chapter 01 - The Eccentric Old Man's Magic Cards  MF  MU  RO
2013.11.16     Chapter 02 - Maruko-chan, Who's Been Left With a Lot of Holiday Homework  MF  MU  RO
2013.12.04     Chapter 03 - Maruko-chan Likes to Prepare for Field Trips  MF  MU  RO
2013.12.17     Chapter 04 - Maruko's Cousin's Shichi-Go-San  MF  MU  RO
2013.12.23     Chapter 05 - Maruko-chan Participates in a Christmas Celebration  MF  MU  RO
2013.12.24     Chapter 06 - Maruko-chan's New Year's Eve  MF  MU  RO
2013.12.25     Chapter 07 - Maruko-chan is Still Celebrating the New Year  MF  MU  RO
2013.12.31     Chapter 08 - Maruko-chan Does Not Like Marathons  MF  MU  RO
2014.02.04     Chapter 09 - The Pretense of an Animal Caretaker  MF  MU  RO
2014.02.21     Chapter 09.1 - To My Dear Teachers, Thank You!  MF  MU  RO
2014.04.01     Chapter 09.2 - The Poor Family  MF  MU  RO
2014.08.31     Chapter 09.3 - Yearning For A Nose Bleed  MF  MU  RO
2014.10.05     Chapter 09.4 - The Privilege of the Animal Caretaker  MF  MU  RO
2014.12.07     Chapter 09.5 - I'm Only Going to the Disco  MF  MU  RO
2014.12.07     Chapter 09.6 - The Poor Family II  MF  MU  RO
Volume 2
Volume 2
2015.02.13     Chapter 10 - It's the Parent-Teacher Conference!  MF  MU  RO
2015.03.07     Chapter 11 - A Huge Flood in Maruko's Town  MF  MU  RO
2015.08.01     Chapter 12 - The Home Tutor is Here!  MF  MU  RO
2015.08.22     Chapter 13 - Otousan wa Shinpaishou x Chibi Maruko-Chan  MF  MU  RO
2016.12.25     Chapter 13.1 - Imperceptible Identity of a Good Friend (We Collaborate on Manga)  MF  MU  RO
2016.12.28     Chapter 14 - Maruko-chan buys an alarm clock  MF  MU  RO
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