A while back it was revealed that a character known and loved by fans of Toriyama would finally be making her first appearance on Dragon Ball Super since 1997’s Dr. Slump animated television series: Arale-chan.
For those unaware of who this Arale Norimaki is, she is the main character of Akira Toriyama’s first breakthrough manga, Dr. Slump, which ran in Weekly Shounen Jump from 1980 to 1984. Arale is a robot created by the goofy scientist Senbei Norimaki (also known as Dr. Slump). They live in the fictional town of Penguin Village, which exists in our world, unlike “Dragon Ball’s” unique Dragon World. The series revolves around Arale and her friends’ antics in classic Toriyama-style situational and slapstick comedy, so this is not action-oriented like Dragon Ball Z is, but much more lax and humorous. Arale is a simple-minded eccentric, innocent and curious being who doesn’t understand the need to conceal her identity as a robot, so along with Senbei, plenty of hilarious and flat-out weird scenarios occur. Like Goku, she is also incredibly powerful and can easily defend herself when the need arises.
Arale and co. made appearances during the Red Ribbon Army arc of “Dragon Ball“, when Goku chased down General Blue, who possessed some of the Dragon Balls. His plane crashed and Goku became worried when he was unable to track him down. Arale, curious about the incident, runs to meet Goku, whose Dragon Radar is broken and thus cannot locate Blue’s location. Arale offers to help. The good scientist Dr. Slump can fix it! General Blue then tracks them down and goes to kill them all, but Arale launches him into the sky with ease! Goku admits that she is much stronger than he was, and that she should participate in the Tenka’ichi Budoukai.
So, Arale had a minor role in Dragon Ball, and now we’ll be seeing her again. Considering she is an android, her appearance should not have changed at all since the time she and Goku first crossed paths. Who knows what she can bring to the table this time around?
Arale is set to appear on episode 43 of Dragon Ball Super, which is to air on May 15, 2016. The first hint of the return came from actress Mayumi Tanaka’s (Kuririn, Yajirobe, Uranai Baba) blog, in which she posted a picture depicting her in the studio working on “today’s Dragon Ball” along with a few other “aged” actors joining her. Oddly enough, one of them happened to be actress Mami Koyama, the voice of Arale and Lunch.
Later on, Koyama confirmed on her website that she is indeed portraying Arale in the upcoming episode:
May 15th (Sunday) 9:00~
Fuji TV Dragon Ball Super: role of Arale
Translation by the Kanzenshuu Staff
Toei Animation announced the production of Dragon Ball Super (Japanese title; tentative for English release), the first all-new Dragon Ball television series to be released in 18 years. Dragon Ball Super began syndication on Sunday mornings on Fuji TV in Japan on July 5, 2015, with Norihito Sumitomo returning as its musical composer, and Tadayoshi Yamamuro as the series’ character designer. The first episode of Dragon Ball Super takes place exactly 6 months following the defeat of Majin Boo. Dragon Ball Super is being “overseen by Dragon Ball’s original creator, Akira Toriyama”.