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Gatchan Gatchan
Gatchan Gatchan
Dr. Slump Arale-chan episode
Episode №: 134
Airdate: November 23, 1983
Japanese Title: ガッちゃん ガッちゃん
Rōmaji: Gacchan Gacchan
Manga Counterpart: Gatchan-Gatchan
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Gatchan Gatchan (ガッちゃんガッちゃん Gacchan Gacchan) is the 134th episode of Dr. Slump Arale-chan.


A lot of stuff suddenly disappears in Penguin Village, so police start researching who has done all of this. However, Senbei finds out that Gatchan is the one who ate everything!!


Residents of Penguin Village awaken to find that many of their belongings have either gone or are missing large components, like cars with only tires left behind. After the initial chaos and confusion, the reason behind the missing items is revealed when Senbei discovers a sleepy Gatchan returns home and spins a cocoon in their sleep.

Senbei, with the help of the narrator, deduces that Gatchan is like a caterpillar and needed to eat a very large amount of food before a metamorphosis would begin. Senbei and Midori speculate what Gatchan will look like after their transformation, and periodically study the cocoon as it incubates. 15 days later, Arale alerts Senbei and Midori that the cocoon is about to hatch, and the three gather around to watch. When Gatchan emerges from the cocoon, they are surprised that Gatchan looks exactly the same as before. They are again surprised and realized that the cocoon was not a method of metamorphosis, but a method of asexual reproduction, as a second, identical Gatchan emerges.


Spinning Cocoon

Gatchan spinning a cocoon.

Finished Cocoon

Norimaki family is surprised that Gatchan has made a cocoon.


How Senbei imagines Gatchan will look.

2nd Gatchan

Senbei surprised at seeing a second Gatchan.


How Midori imagines what Gatchan will look.

Arale celebrates

Arale celebrates with Gatchan's.