The Brief Return of Dr. Slump (ちょっとだけかえってきたDr.スランプ Chotto Kaettekita Dr. Slump), aka Dr. Slump Returns, But Only For a Little While, is a 4 volume sequel manga to Dr. Slump that was serialized in V-Jump from 1994 to 1996.
The original author, Akira Toriyama, was not involved in the creation process and was rather a supervisor. The illustrator Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru and the novelist and screenwriter Takao Koyama are the two artists who created this manga.
This series is set at least over a year after the last chapter of the original series Grand Finale: Invention Explosion! Turbo Norimaki is now a child and no longer a baby anymore and Nitro who only briefly appeared in a future visit during the older series chapter Future Love is born at this point and a new main member of the Norimaki household. Kinoko Sarada is also grown a little bit and has a little sister named Retasu. A new family, the Karte, move into Penguin Village as well.
The series also has cameos from works that Toriyama's made after the original Dr. Slump ended such as Ackman from Go! Go! Ackman and Dub from Dub & Peter 1 as well as a few video game references most notably from the Dragon Quest series which Toriyama was a character designer for. The Dragon Ball characters Son Goku, Piccolo, King Kai, Son Goten, Majin Buu, Gil as well as the Dragon Ball GT versions of Pan and Trunks appear in this manga as well.
Though this series didn't get an anime adaptation like the original, Toei Animation did make four films loosely based on it:
- Dr. Slump Arale-chan: N-cha! Penguin Village is Swelling Then Fair
- Dr. Slump Arale-chan: N-cha! From Penguin Village With Love
- Dr. Slump Arale-chan: Hoyoyo!! Follow the Rescued Shark...
- Dr. Slump Arale-chan: N-cha!! Trembling Heart of the Summer
|Dr. Slump franchise|
|Manga||Dr. Slump • The Brief Return of Dr. Slump • Dr. Mashirito and Abale-chan|
|Anime||Dr. Slump and Arale-chan • Dr. Slump (remake)|
|Related Manga||Mysterious Rain Jack • Wonder Island • Today's Highlight Island • Tomato, Girl Detective • Pola & Roid • Pink • Dragon Ball • Hetappi Manga Kenkyūjo • Rocky • Oishii Shima no Ū-sama|
|Other||Slump Box • Harmony Gold Dub • Fansubs|