Old Woman Spring is an old lady that works at Tobacco, a cigarette store in Penguin Village.[1]


Dr. Slump

The Birth of Arale

Main article: Volume 1: The Birth of Arale
She first appears in 1980: Living For Tomorrow!, where she is stunned by hearing a robot passing by yelling that spring arrived in Penguin Village.

Arale on the Loose

Main article: Volume 2: Arale on the Loose


Old Woman Spring singing at the hostage crisis

She asks for Gyaosu's microphone to sing in "Barber Shop Panic: Part 2".

Earth S.O.S.!

Main article: Volume 3: Earth S.O.S.!
She is seen in her shop when Arale Norimaki asks her if she sells bra in "Arale Goes on an Errand".

Monsters' Night

Main article: Volume 5: Monsters' Night
The Old Woman Spring sells cigarettes to Kinoko Sarada in "Kinoko on the Loose", thinking it is for the little girl's parents.

Penguin Grand Prix

Main article: Volume 8: Penguin Grand Prix
She also appears in the chapter "Leave It to Akiko". The Old Woman Spring is seen cheering for Taro Soramame, a well known cigarette consumer, in "Penguin Gran Prix, Part 2".

Other Media

Dr. Slump Arale-chan

She appears much more frequently in the anime as a random cutaway in episodes where she is seen eating a rice cracker as a way of exposition.

Dragon Ball

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Old Woman Spring in Dragon Ball

In Dragon Ball, Goku asked her if she seen General Blue, but she shakes her head.

Video Games


  • Old Woman Spring was voted the 11th Dumbest character and 13th Coolest character in the "I'm Number One!" contest held in Dr. Slump volume 8.