Finally I finish reading the whole comic set (18 books) of Dr. Slump :) For almost one month plus, I totally stop watching my drama & movie just to read this... When I read comic, I don't like to rush, I love to read & imagine how it usually move from the way the author 鳥山明 Akira Toriyama trying to present in it. Comic books always give me more spaces to imagine than the cartoon animation.
As mentioned in my previous post, Dr. Slump came out way earlier than Dragon Ballz... The manga series were originally shown in comic magazine,
from January 1980 till August 1984. The author thought this manga series will only last for one year plus but Arale seems to be getting it fame that time and the comic become more and more popular :)
Dr. Slump is set in Penguin Village, a place where humans co-exist with all sorts of anthropomorphic animals and other objects. In this village lives Senbei Norimaki, an inventor. In the first chapter, he builds what he hopes will be the world's most perfect little girl robot, named Arale Norimaki. However, she turns out to be in severe need of eyeglasses. She is also very naïve, and in later issues she has adventures such as bringing a huge bear home, having mistaken it for a pet. To Senbei's credit, she does have super-strength. In general, the manga focuses on Arale's misunderstandings of humanity and Senbei's inventions, rivalries, and romantic misadventures. In the middle of the series, a recurring villain named Dr. Mashirito appears as a rival to Senbei.
Arale Norimaki 則卷阿拉蕾
Senbei Norimaki 則卷千兵衛
Akane Kimidori 木綠茜(玉)
Taro Soramame 空豆太郎
Peasuke Soramame 空豆嗶助 (三寸丁)
Midori Yamabuki 則卷綠(山吹綠)
Tsukutsun Tsun 摘突詰
Tsururin Tsun 摘鶴燐
Turbo Norimaki 則卷太平(小特波)
King Nikochan & Servant 尼可枪大王与随从
Dr. Mashirito 馬西里特博士
Tori (Author himself) 鳥山明
And not to forget Arale's toy
The animation's main theme song (HK TV version) was firstly sang by Anita Mui & subsequently by Sandra Ng in the new version of the animation. Enjoy the below from the beloved Anita Mui...