The Birth of Arale
Volume Details
Manga Chapters: 1-12
Original Anime Episodes: 1-5, 16, 38
Remake Anime Episodes: 1-4, 25
Volume Guide
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Arale on the Loose
List of Dr. Slump manga chapters

The Birth of Arale! (アラレ誕生!の巻 Arare Tanjō no Maki) is the first volume of the Dr. Slump manga series written by Akira Toriyama. It was released on August 9, 1980 in Japan and in May 10, 2005 for the English version. Set in 1980, this volume most notably deals with the creation of Arale Norimaki, the beginning of her school life in Penguin Village Middle School and the birth of Gatchan.

Volume Introduction by Akira Toriyama

"Woo! Hoo! The book version of Dr. Slump is out! Yaaay! It's been a long time coming, and it's thanks to you fans! yaaay! At last, Arale gets to say "N'cha!" in the book! Thanks for reading, good little boys and girls. Now, go have fun in Penguin Village!"


The Birth of Arale

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Arale receiving her glasses after her creation

In Penguin Village, Senbei Norimaki finishes his creation of the world's first perfect android. The android is a girl who ends up having no common sense and being near-sighted requiring glasses. After Senbei gets clothes for her, he takes the girl out to see if people are unaware of her being a robot. Senbei goes to the Coffee Pot to show Aoi Kimidori and names the girl Arale Norimaki who he claims is his 13 year old sister. After Senbei and Aoi are done visiting Aoi, Arale ends up running into the street and accidentally destroys a car that runs into her revealing her strength.

Here Comes Arale

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Arale on her first day of school meeting Akane

The next day, Senbei takes Arale to Penguin Village Middle School and gets the principal to enroll her. Senbei meets Arale's teacher Midori Yamabuki and develops and interest in her. In class, Arale is seated next to Akane Kimidori who Arale becomes fond of. After school, Arale follows Akane to meet up with Peasuke Soramame and Taro Soramame who try to scare Arale off but instead gain her respect when she demonstrates her strength by breaking down a tree.

Something's Missing


Senbei using his See-Thru glasses in town for "research"

After a random day at school, Arale comes home and tells Senbei that she is missing something that all the other girls in class have when they were changing in the locker rooms. Senbei then gets the idea to create the See-Thru Glasses which can see through clothing and show a persons naked body. Senbei walks around town in them to look at women so he can "gather research" for this missing body part Arale didn't have. When Senbei trys to look at Midori who is passing by in her scooter, he accidentally gets hit and the glasses break, with Arale telling him that a belly button is what she was missing which Senbei originally thought she was referring to a vagina.

Which Will It Be?


Arale trying out for Track as one her many club tryouts

When school got out another day, Arale was offered to try out for the track club. Taro challenged the track club leader and asked for Arale to join the baseball club. Afterwards many other clubs wanted to have Arale sign up for the clubs so Arale decided to try out for all of them. While going around to each club, she outdid everyone in each club to find which club was right for her until she ended up joining Akane's bad girl club.

The Mysterious Egg

Senbei's creation of the Time Slipper leading to their adventure going into the prehistoric times and obtaining the egg which hatches Gatchan the new member of the Norimaki family.

Continuity Impact

Anime Differences

In both anime adaptations, the Time Slipper arc is directly after the Arale's school club adventures while in the manga there is a short string of one-off chapters in between the two arcs.

Dr. Slump & Arale-chan

  • The series opens with showing Tori's creation.
  • Gala and Pagos meet Arale when she leaves the Coffee Pot crashing their car instead of in the manga which was just a normal citizens car.
  • The See-Thru glasses episode ends up being after the school clubs episode in the anime when in the manga the See-Thru glasses part was first.
  • The episode Dr. Monster first shows up in which is "The Mysterious Dr. Monster?!" does not happen in Dr. Slump & Arale-chan's version of this arc and instead doesn't happen until way later as a one-off episode with Gatchan being present.
  • Akane doesn't meet Gatchan during Senbei's creation of the Cola Plane like in the manga and instead meets Gatchan earlier.
  • The Gatchan the Courier episode is not part of this arc in the manga and instead was a one-off chapter later on in the series.
  • Arale's time-traveling adventure while on the Time Slipper was actually shown unlike the manga where it was off screen.

1997 Anime

  • Arale's creation ends up being an accident due to a lighting storm as Senbei originally intended her to be an older looking servant girl.
  • Arale is first seen by many of the villagers when she runs wild across town while Senbei is off to buy her clothes.
  • Arale trying out for all the different clubs ends up being on the same day as her first day of school.
  • Arale does not meet Dr. Monster.
  • Senbei creating the See-Thru glasses does not happen in this arc and instead the episode ends up being a one-off story after Gatchan is born.

Chapters & Episodes

Manga Dr. Slump Arale-chan 1997 Anime
1. The Birth of Arale! 1a. Arale-chan's Birth 1a. Arale is Born!!
2. Here Comes Arale! 1b. Hey! Friends 1b. Let's Go to School
3. Something's Missing! 2b. It is! ...not there 3a. Arale's Missing Thing...
4. Dr. Monster 38. The Mysterious Dr. Monster?! 25.
5. Which Will It Be? 2a. Arale-chan Goes to School 1b. Let's Go to School
6. Bearly Friends! 5a. My Friend, Mr. Bear!! 4b. Bear in the Cage
7. Arale is Akane!? 16b. Arale is Akane!? ?
8. The Big-Small Gun! 5b. New Invention! The Big-Small Ray Gun 3b. Dekachibi Ray Gun!
9. 1980: Living For Tomorrow! 16a. Living for Tomorrow! ?
10. The Time Slipper 3a. Great Adventure with the Time Slipper 2a. Time Slipper!
11. The Mysterious Egg 3b. What's with the Egg?! 2b. The Strange Baby
12. Is It a Girl? Is It a Boy!? 4a. Huh?! Is it a Boy? Is it a Girl? 2b. The Strange Baby


Dr. Slump Volume 1: The Birth of Arale
Manga The Birth of Arale! · Here Comes Arale! · Something's Missing! · Dr. Monster · Which Will It Be? · Bearly Friends! · Arale is Akane!? · The Big-Small Gun! · 1980: Living For Tomorrow! · The Time Slipper · The Mysterious Egg · Is It a Girl? Is It a Boy!?
Dr. Slump Arale-chan Arale-chan's BirthHey! FriendsArale-chan Goes to SchoolIt is! ...not thereGreat Adventure with the Time SlipperWhat's with the Egg?!Huh?! Is it a Boy? Is it a Girl?My Friend, Mr. Bear!!New Invention! The Big-Small Ray GunLiving for Tomorrow!Arale is Akane!?The Mysterious Dr. Monster?!
1997 Anime Arale is Born!!Let's Go to SchoolTime Slipper!The Strange BabyArale's Missing Thing...Dekachibi Ray Gun!Bear in the Cage
Dr. Slump manga series
1980 Arc The Birth of AraleArale on the LooseEarth S.O.S.!The Happy Doctor
1981 Arc Monsters' NightDr. Mashirito's Ambition
1982 Arc My Toilet PaperPenguin Grand Prix
1983 Arc The Crazy HoneymoonHere Comes the TsunGatchan - GatchanGo! Go! Nikochan!
1984 Arc I am ObotchamanThe Indestructible Caramel Man 007!Happy Birthday, Turbo!Who's the Strongest in the World!!
1985 Arc God Gets Even!Grand Finale! Invention Explosion!

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