The Birth of Arale
Main article: Volume 1: The Birth of Arale
His first appearance is in Bearly Friends! where he was being held captive in a cage by a Cruel Owner and was discovered by Aoi Kimidori who showed Arale. Later that night Arale freed the bear and made a teddy bear to switch places with it. The bear lived at the Norimaki Residence for a while where Senbei Norimaki and Arale taught it survival skills so it could be released into the wild. When they released him, he was shot by a hunter. Arale defeats the hunter, but the bear was dying. Senbei uses the parts from Arale's body to turn him into a cyborg with super strength.