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How Adorable! The Lovely Middle-aged Trio
Dr. Slump Arale-chan episode
Episode №: 29
Airdate: November 11, 1981
Opening: Waiwai World (version 1)
Ending: Ale Ale Arale-chan (version 1)
Japanese Title: かわゆい! ラブリーおっさんトリオ
Rōmaji: Kawayui! Raburī ossan torio
Manga Counterpart: The Lovely Trio (second half)
Previous: Goodbye, Gatchan!!
Next: A Pounding Heart! Peasuke's First Love
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How Adorable! The Lovely Middle-aged Trio (かわゆい! ラブリーおっさんトリオ Kawayui! Raburī ossan torio) is the 29th episode of Dr. Slump Arale-chan.


Feeling mischievous? One day, Akane and Arale trick their dad's into coming to school in women's clothing...


Senbei hears a ruckus in the Norimaki Residence in the morning and checks it out. It turns out Arale, Gatchan, Akane, Taro, and Peasuke are playing war in a room filled with forest scenery.

Akane and taro playing war

Akane and Taro shooting at each other.

Taro and Akane shoot at each other with appropriate war outfits. Taro manages to shoot down Akane and Arale comes out to avenge her. Gatchan reveals themselves and they and Arale go into a little fencing match while they wear matching ninja-esque costumes.

Senbei watches the chaos ensue and intervenes grumpily. Peasuke is revealed as an Indian portrayal spinning an axe which he throws right into Senbei's mouth.

Snazzy kurikinton

Kurikinton in his war-game attire

He scolds the children for their noisy play and asks them where they think they are. Suddenly from some bushes emerges Kurikinton with a snazzy outfit and pistol. Senbei asks what he was doing there and Kurikinton tells him sometimes it's fun to play war games with the children. He loads his gun with Senbei's strawberries, to which Senbei angrily urges him to give back. Kurikinton obliges and shoots every single strawberry out of his gun into Senbei's mouth.

He swallows, enjoying the taste of the strawberries. Arale asks if he was good now and Senbei initially replies in agreement before shifting his opinion. He breaks the fourth wall about kids at home imitating their games.

Kurikinton confidently asks if he was a cool guy playing the "lone wolf" and everyone agrees. Senbei suddenly becomes envious and storms out to change his outfit so he can also be perceived as cool.

He returns donning a new look to everyone's impressions. Kurikinton realizes that Senbei's outfit looked familiar and took out a pair of hair cutting scissors to cut his hair. He makes Senbei have a resemblance to Joe Dunn and they have a brief flashback of Arale is Kidnapped!. Everyone laughs at Senbei for the coincidental resemblance.

Snazzy kon

Kon makes his debut.

Senbei madly retaliates with Arale's blade and he goes into a fencing match with Kurikinton. Suddenly the men are hit with a smoke-bomb and Kon reveals himself, also with appropriate war-game attire. Akane introduces her father to them and Kon boasts his heroic role in their game.

Kurikinton blows off Kon's glasses to have Gatchan grab and eat them. Kon tells them they'll pay for that and grabs Akane's gun, beginning to start a shooting spree. All three dads begin shooting at each other with bullets and strawberries. The kids are overwhelmed by their old men's game antics, so they leave outside.

The kids ponder what they can do while their dads are warring with each other. Taro glances at Gatchan and suddenly gets the idea to ride in the sky on a kite pulled by Arale due to her rocket speed. Arale ties a string around her waist attached to a sizable kite with an octopus on it (in Japan octopus and kite mean the same thing). She begins running and Taro, Peasuke, and Akane hitch a ride of it high in the sky.

Broken kite

Taro, Peasuke, and Akane being dragged on their broken kite.

Senbei, Kurikinton, and Kon look out the Norimaki Resident's window to see the kite approach. They assume the kite is new attackers in their little game and they work together to shoot down the kite. The kids end up hurling down to the ground to Arale's obliviousness as she continued running around.

Arale stops and apologizes. Akane reassures her that it wasn't her fault and they think of a way to get back at their dad's for that. Akane gets a devious idea suddenly and asks Peasuke for his pen and paper. She writes down "school information".



Character Name Voice Actor
Senbei Norimaki Kenji Utsumi
Kurikinton Soramame Kouji Totani
Kon Kimidori (Debut) Banjou Ginga
Mr. Pig TBA
Ultra Jiro-kun TBA
The Sun Toshio Furukawa
Godzilla TBA
Gamera TBA
Kenta Kuraaku Tesshō Genda
Alarm Clock TBA
Taro Soramame Toshio Furukawa
Akane Kimidori Kazuko Sugiyama
Arale Norimaki Mami Koyama
Gatchan Seiko Nakano
Peasuke Soramame Naomi Jinbo
Joe Dunn Shozo Iizuka
Akira Toriyama (Tori) Isamu Tanonaka
The Earth TBA
Delivery Rooster TBA
Midori Yamabuki Mariko Mukai
Bubibinman None
Gala Isamu Tanonaka
Pagos Masaharu Satō
Unnamed Hippo Villager TBA
Unnamed Rhino Villager TBA
Old Woman Spring TBA



Continuity Impact[]


Differences from the Manga[]

The first half is anime exclusive, while the other half covers the manga chapter. It plays out the same from the manga, except:

  • Kenta and Joe Dunn makes a brief appearance while in the manga they don't appear.
  • Kon is introduced earlier in the episode before the manga adapted half.
  • Arale falls from the airborne UFO to make an impact on the police car below her. In the manga, the UFO lands, and Arale proceeds to get out and wrecks the car from there.
  • When Kurikinton and Senbei show their cute costumes to each other, at first they pretend that they adore one another. In reality, they both believe each other's costumes are shameful and ugly. In the manga, they both bluntly show their disgust of each other's costumes.
  • Midori is simply shocked when the middle-aged trio approaches her. In the manga, she falls over.



Dr. Slump Volume 4: The Happy Doctor
Manga Bye-Bye Super Power! · The Lovely Trio · Penguin Village S.O.S.: Part 1 · Penguin Village S.O.S.: Part 2 · Gatchan Goes for a Walk · Yay Yay Wildland · The Happy Doctor · Zippity-Doo Doctor · The Dumbfounded Doctor · A Bittersweet Ho-yo-yo Date Special! · Parzan, King of the Jungle! · Sad, Sad Santa · Kick the Can
Dr. Slump Arale-chan Bye-Bye Super PowerHow Adorable! The Lovely Middle-aged TrioPenguin Village SOS!!Gatchan the CourierYay Yay Wildland (episode)The Great Space Date AdventureDumbfounded SenbeiArale's Hoyoyo DateParzan, King of the JungleSad Sad SantaThankies! The Kick The Can Celebration Party
1997 Anime