Midori Yamabuki (山吹みどり Yamabuki Midori) (later Norimaki) is one of the main supporting characters of the Dr. Slump series. She was originally Arale Norimaki's beautiful teacher at Penguin Village Middle School as well as Senbei Norimaki's dream girl. Later on in the series, she becomes Senbei's wife and Arale's surrogate mother.

Appearance

Midori has big curly blonde hair. One notable trait about her appearance is that she looks similar to Akane, a fact which Akane used to play a prank on Senbei by dressing up as Midori. During the Penguin Village Grand Prix race, Midori and Akane teamed up and attempted to cheat by taking advantage of their resemblance.

Midori's original design is based on Marilyn Monroe in both physical appearance and voice.[1] The remake's design is based on Jodie Foster.

Personality

Midori is a very friendly and kindhearted teacher who loves all her children. While normally sweet to everyone, she can get really angry on occasion. She also can be quite ditzy and scatterbrained, and this side of her personality is especially prominent in the second half of the series, after getting married.

History

Early Life

Midori as a child being adopted by the royal family of Planet Takeya-Saodake.

Midori's only known backstory is given in the movie Dr. Slump: Hoyoyo! Space Adventure. As a child, Midori went to an amusement park in Metropolis Island with her parents. She got lost and accidentally wandered into a private spaceship belonging to the royal family of Planet Takeya-Saodake. When the spaceship left off to planet, King Saodake and Queen Takeya, who had no children, adopted Midori as their daughter. Years later, they found Midori's real parents and returned her to Earth where Midori promised to succeed the throne for them in the future if they ever get old and fall ill.

The Birth of Arale

Main article: Volume 1: The Birth of Arale

Midori introducing Arale to her class.

Midori first appears in Here Comes Arale in a meeting with the Penguin Village Junior High Principal where she is introduced to her new student Arale Norimaki and her "older brother" Senbei Norimaki who falls in love with her. Midori is stunned during the class since Arale, secretly being an android, is extremely smart and instantly knows everything that Midori is already teaching.

Senbei's view of Midori through the See-Thru Glasses.

In Something's Missing!, Midori rides through town on a scooter while Senbei is wearing the See-Thru Glasses to see women naked and accidentally crashes into him when he gets on his way to try to see Midori nude through the glasses.

While not actually appearing in Dr. Monster, Arale is seen wearing a head resembling Midori that she can use as a replacement but Senbei immediately disapproves of it.

In Which Will It Be?, Midori smacks Taro Soramame on his head for smoking in the school halls after school. While clubs are lining up to get Arale to join them, the principal questions what is going on and Midori informs him about it.

Arale on the Loose

Main article: Volume 2: Arale on the Loose
In The Great Strawberry Panties Caper: Part 1 and Part 2, Senbei goes through the trouble of setting up a chain reaction involving many animals to end making a wind to blow Midori's dress up to see her panties when passing by his house but ended up failing twice because the first time she wore pants and the second time a farmer got in the way.

The Happy Doctor

Main article: Volume 4: The Happy Doctor
In The Happy Doctor, Midori goes on a date with Senbei which is a drive-in space with his flying car. Since the doctor had to poop in Zippity-Doo Doctor, they make an emergency landing on a star-shaped planet where Midori is kidnapped and almost eaten by a giant alien monster similar to an ape. Senbei attempts to save Midori by morphing the ape creature into an ant using the Ponpoko Morph Gun and smashing the ant. Unfortunately, Midori was also turned into an ant and the ant Senbei smashed was actually Midori, causing her to get mad at him when he morphed her back.

Monsters' Night

Main article: Volume 5: Monsters' Night
In The Great Arale-Eye Caper: Part 1 and Part 2, Senbei planted a camera into Arale so he could see what Arale sees, and lets her and Gatchan to the Midori's apartment to have a bath with her. Since Arale took her glasses off during the bath, Senbei could only see blurry images of Midori.

The Crazy Honeymoon

Main article: Volume 9: The Crazy Honeymoon

Senbei and Midori married.

When bringing some giant-sized carrots over to Senbei's house, Midori has to use the bathroom and as Senbei is walking past it, he talks to himself and says "will you marry me," to which Midori, who's within earshot, hears and immediately agrees, and their wedding happens.

While preparing for their honeymoon, which was going to be in space, Midori was kidnapped by some black cat-like creatures in a flying canoe and taken to an island where she was tied up as an offering to a giant ape. Once the giant ape gets her, she is taken to the top of a mountain where she gets stripped down naked and thrown into a pot to be cooked and eaten. Senbei, Arale, and Gatchan find Midori after following the signal on the Lost-N-Found badge she was wearing, and destroy the mountain and defeat the ape. However, Midori is still in the pot and is taken away by the ape's friend, who is a caveboy with a giant fork. She was taken to Torishima (an island that is also a giant flying bird) where she is now in a squash. She is rescued when Senbei flies to the island holding Gatchan and pulls her out of the pot while she is still wearing the squash. Midori ends up falling when Senbei lets go after she kisses him for saving her. After landing on the ground, Midori witnesses the battle between Arale and the caveboy, who has equal strength and abilities as her, and then the battle between Senbei and a giant crab. After the battle was over, Midori and the others get into Senbei's ship and fly off, but the caveboy wakes and blasts it down with a N'cha Cannon thereby forcing Gatchan to have to tow them back to Penguin Village.

Happy Birthday, Turbo!

Main article: Volume 15: Happy Birthday, Turbo!
After the marriage with Senbei, she has a son named Turbo.

Other Media

Dragon Ball

Midori in Dragon Ball.

While Goku was in Penguin Village looking for his Dragon Balls and getting his Dragon Radar fixed by Senbei, Midori made Goku some cookies. She witnessed General Blue being defeated by Arale.

Dr. Slump

Midori in the Dr. Slump.

In the remake, Midori's character design was completely changed in terms of hairstyle and hair color. She has brown hair instead of blonde. She also marries Senbei earlier in the series.

Video Games

Trivia

  • Her name is a reference to the Japanese version of the early-childhood show Romper Room, whose female host was always referred to as "Midori-sensei".

Gallery

References

  1. "Akira Toriyama THE WORLD SPECIAL" page 129
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