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Dr. Slump (ドクタースランプ) Vol. 2

Dr. Slump by Akira Toriyama / DVD & Manga

The Characters of The Norimaki Family are as follows;
Names are in the Western order, with the family name after the given name.

Senbei Norimaki (則巻千兵衛, Norimaki Senbee, "Seaweed-wrapped Rice cracker")

Penguin Village's goofy and lecherous genius inventor. Arale calls him "Hakase" (博士, doctor). He can also transform into a more handsome, taller version of himself (for a very brief period of three minutes). When in this state he very strongly resembles Tony Stark, the billionaire inventor of Iron Man. His name becomes Senbee according to its kanji writing while a rice cracker is senbei (煎餅), and they are phonetically the same.

Arale Norimaki (則巻アラレ, Norimaki Arare, "Seaweed-wrapped Mini-rice cracker")
norimaki_arale1.jpg Arale Norimaki, from Dr. Slump image by Det-Chris

Senbei's myopic "sister," is actually a robot created by Senbei. Arale is very naïve but extremely powerful, with abilities like Chikyuwari (地球割り, Earth Chop) and Nchaho (んちゃ砲, Ncha Cannon)

Gajira "Gatchan" Norimaki (則巻ガジラ, Norimaki Gajira) / Gadzilla "Gatchan" Norimaki

A green-haired, cherub-like creature with wings, hatched from an egg brought home by Senbei from a time traveling trip; later s/he (it) inexplicably replicates into twins. Gatchan eats almost anything, except for rubber, and particularly likes to eat metal; s/he can also shoot rays from his/her antennae. Gatchan speaks in his/her own language consisting primarily of sounds like "pupipopipi" that Arale somehow seems to understand. In Volume 17, it is revealed that Gatchan is actually an angel sent by God to prevent further development of the human civilization. After seeing that other civilizations eventually destroyed themselves and the planets they lived on, God placed an angel's egg on Earth. Gatchan's ability to replicate as well as his/her fondness of metal should have ensured that humanity would remain primitive and innocent. Seeing that Gatchan failed in the mission (due to Senbei's time traveling intervention), God was about to destroy humanity. However, after seeing the life of Penguin village, he changed his mind and left the earth as it is. Gatchan's real name is a combination of the names of Gamera and Gojira, who is known as Godzilla in the West; hence s/he is known as "Gadzilla" in the English version. Oddly, she is not called this again until volume 16, being called Gajira before that.[clarification needed] Gajira's name is occasionally translated as "Gazira."

Turbo Norimaki (則巻ターボ, Norimaki Tābo, Seaweed-wrapped Turbo, "Turbomaru" was the name of the author's dog at the time)
Senbei and Midori's first son, who is nearly killed by aliens and then revived by them, in the process imbuing him with many super powers including teleportation, flight, and telekinesis. Also a genius surpassing his father.

Midori Yamabuki (山吹みどり, Yamabuki Midori, "Orange-yellow Green")

Arale's beautiful teacher and Senbei's dream girl. After a long period of unrequited love and nervous misunderstandings, Senbei proposes to her while thinking she is out of earshot. Surprisingly, she accepts immediately (while on the toilet, no less) and they are married in the next manga panel, becoming Mrs. Midori Norimaki.

Obotchaman (オボッチャマン, "Well-mannered boy raised in a good environment+Man")

Robot built by Dr Mashirito using the plans for Arale, but male. Arale calls him Obotchiman-kun (おぼっちまんくん). Extremely polite and well-mannered. He later becomes a love interest for Arale. Initially dubbed "Caramelman #4" by Dr Mashirito, his creator.

Dr. Slump by Akira Toriyama / DVD & Manga

By A.S. on Jun 11, 2009
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