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Arale-chan's Birth
Dr. Slump Arale-chan episode
Episode №: 1a
Airdate: April 8, 1981
Opening: Waiwai World (version 1)
Japanese Title: アラレちゃん誕生
Rōmaji: Arare-chan tanjō
Story Arc: Arale's Birth arc
Manga Counterpart: The Birth of Arale!
Remake Counterpart: Arale is Born!!
Next: Hey! Friends
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Arale-chan's Birth (アラレちゃん誕生 Arare-chan tanjō) is the first segment of the 1st episode of Dr. Slump Arale-chan.


Senbei Norimaki, an inventor, invented a robot named Arale.



Senbei creating Arale.

The episode opens up with Tori being drawn and scribbling all over a white background which then breaks to a cliff over the ocean. Ultraman who is on top of the cliff is seen using a fishing pole to bring the Sun up. The setting shifts over to Penguin Village where Mr. Pig announces that day time has arrived in the village.

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Arale receiving her glasses.

The story begins at the Norimaki Residence where Senbei Norimaki, the town's goofy inventor creates an android named Arale. Before even attached to her body, Arale already was annoying Senbei making him regret making the head first. When she is finally attached to her body she became disappointed when she finds out that she cannot shoot rockets out of her stomach. When Senbei tested her eyesight it showed that she is foresighted making her need glasses to see correctly.


Senbei's disguised as a lady.

Next, Senbei must go to town to get her clothes. At the store, he was able to get everything fine, but the last thing he needed to get was panties. He was afraid to buy girl panties because it would make him look like a pervert. He decides to buy a dress and makeup. In the restroom, he shaves his facial hair, puts on a dress, and makeup to make himself look like a woman so he can buy the panties without people thinking he was a pervert.

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Arale meeting Aoi.

When he got back to his house, Arale put the clothes on and Senbei decides to take her out to see if people could be convinced if she is a real girl.

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Everyone surprised to see Arale unaffected by the police car crashing into her.

They arrive at the Coffee Pot where one of Senbei's friends, Aoi Kimidori, works. He introduces Arale to her and says she is his younger sister. Aoi asks how old Arale is and Arale says that she was just created, but Senbei jumps in and says she is 13. Afterward, when they leave out the door of the Coffee Pot, Arale runs into the street and a speeding police car driven by Gala and Pagos drives into Arale, but the car breaks while Arale peacefully sits there leaving everyone watching shocked.



Character Name Voice Actor
Tori (Debut) Isamu Tanonaka
Ultraman None
Mr. Pig (Debut) Masaharu Satou
Arale Norimaki (Debut) Mami Koyama
Senbei Norimaki (Debut) Kenji Utsumi
Aho! Bird (Debut) Isamu Tanonaka
Momotaro (Debut) None
Aoi Kimidori (Debut) Naomi Jinbo
Gala Isamu Tanonaka
Pagos Masaharu Satou



Continuity Impact[]

  • Akira Toriyama draws Tori who begins the series.
  • Arale is created and finds out that she needs glasses.
  • Senbei hides the fact of Arale being an android and creates the fake identity of her being his 13-year-old sister when introduced to Aoi.
  • The running gag of Arale unintentionally destroying Gala and Pagos Police Car debuts making Gala and Pagos frightened by the sight of Arale being nearby for the rest of the series.


  • Senbei's mustache grows back after he is seen shaving it in the previous scene where he was disguising himself as a woman. Tori even pop out on screen to point this out.
  • Momotaro being present since he supposedly doesn't come to Penguin Village until the events in The Fairy Tale Machine.

Differences from the manga[]

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Tori is the one to point out Senbei's mustache growing back.

  • The intro of Tori being drawn, Ultraman fishing the Sun, and Mr. Pig announcing the morning is anime-exclusive.
  • In the anime, Kenta Kuraaku does not appear in The Store when Senbei cross-dressed in the School Girl Outfit.
  • In the anime, Tori points out that Senbei's mustache quickly grew back but in the manga, a simple black arrow points it out.
  • In the manga, Senbei yells at Arale to stop tossing her head up and down while they still are right in front of their house but in the anime, they are walking down a road in Penguin Village. An extension of the scene is shown as well where Senbei then hides Arale from anyone seeing while he puts Arale's head back on.
  • The Aho! Bird does not appear in the manga when Senbei and Arale are walking to the Coffee Pot.
  • In the anime, Tori makes a formal introduction of the Coffee Pot to the audience when it appears on the screen.
  • In the manga, Gala and Pagos police car did not crash into Arale it was a random citizen in a normal car.


  • This episode is the first animated adaptation of any work made by Akira Toriyama.
  • Momotaro is the only named onscreen character to not have any lines in this episode.
  • This episode takes place on the 17th of Flying Fish, 1980.
  • This episode is one of two episodes that Harmony Gold dubbed in English (the other one being Hey! Friends which is still technically part of the same episode). The only known member of the voice cast was Cheryl Chase who voiced Arale.
  • During the scene in the Noramaki residence, Senbei Noramaki's slippers change from blue to brown.



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