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Dr. Slump, Vol. 1 by [Toriyama, Akira]
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Starred Review. The creator of worldwide megahit Dragon Ball, Toriyama is one of the giants of manga. Dr. Slump, which debuted in 1980, is Toriyama's twisted Sesame Street, a slapstick romp with an endearingly oddball cast of characters. Dr. Slump is Dr. Senbei Norimaki ("little rice cracker"). He creates the "perfect" robot in Arale ("even littler cracker"), who looks like an adorable 13-year-old girl. Arale has her faults, though: she's nearsighted, so must wear glasses, and she has some strange habits (e.g., she talks to human waste). She's also strong enough to send a man to another planet with one punch. Dr. Slump, meanwhile, pines for Arale's hot teacher, Ms. Yamabuki. The action takes place in Penguin Village, a small town, which like the Simpsons' Springfield is the gateway to endless comedy. Toriyama has created his own demented sitcom, and his fantastic imagination and comic invention never let up. Simple ideas—Arale trying to rescue a bear from the zoo, Slump inventing a "Future camera"—spin off into unexpected comic directions, and Toriyama never stints on visual humor (e.g., Arale trying out for various sports teams, Slump trying on x-ray specs so he can see naked women for the first time). The translation is a bit flat, but the uncommonly good storytelling more than makes up for it. (May)
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Basking in the glow of his scientific achievement, Senbei scrambles to get Arale in working order so the rest of Penguin Village won't have reason to suspect she's not really a girl. But first Senbei needs to find her a pair of glasses and some clothes...

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d1c366c) out of 5 stars One of Japan's most popular manga Dec 5 2006
By Zack Davisson - Published on
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"Dr. Slump" is the kind of comic that is hugely popular in Japan, but not really well-known in the US. Probably because it doesn't fit people's image of what a "manga" is supposed to be. Its more like a newspaper-strip comic, full of short vignettes loaded with sharp jokes and puns. The humor is typically Japanese, full of body functions and naked girls.

Its kind of funny that Viz gives this a "Teen" rating, because "Dr. Slump" is targeted at the Elementary school level in Japan, which really shows the different level of body-comfort between the two societies. Even with the Teen rating, Viz has edited the series, removing most of the sexual references, nudity and alcohol humor.

This first volume sets up the series, with genius inventor Norimaki Senbei showing his skills by creating the perfect humanoid robot, Arale. But she isn't as perfect as he wanted. First off, she has bad vision and has to wear glasses. Second off, she has super strength, which isn't usually standard issue for little girls.

With the basic premise set up, they are off like a shot. A good example of the types of humor you will find is in the first story, when Arale takes a shower at school and notices that the other girls have something she doesn't. She instantly demands one from Senbei, who admits he didn't give her one because he has never seen one before, and didn't know what they look like. Off Senbei goes on a quest to see a naked woman for the first time, so he can perfect his robot girl.

The series is really devastatingly funny. Its too bad that Viz felt the need to edit the series, but I guess that's just the nature of the business. Pick up the first volume and you are going to find yourself hooked.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d1c36c0) out of 5 stars Funny, goofy and a littie insane. Aug. 28 2006
By Kenny J. Watson - Published on
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Befor he created "Dragonball Z", Akira Toriyama did something much different. "Dr. Slump" is a silly comedy where you won't find big strong bruts ponding each other, insted you get a little girl ponding big strong bruts... and loving every minute!

Mad inventor Senbei Norimaki (the "Dr. Slump" of the title) builds a robot girl to show the world how great he is, yet he masquerades her as a real girl. His "Perfect Humanoid Robot" has a few flaws, however. Having

been literally born yesterday, the little robot (named Arale) does not understand the world, and the world just can't understand her! She has very weird ways of having fun (loves to poke poop on the grond!) She is also super strong, and does not know her own strength. The good doctor has his work cut out for him if he whants to keep her from blowing her cover! Also the perverted senbei falls in love with Arale's new teacher, Midori Yamabuki. Can he win her heart?

Being the first book in the series, the art is a little different from later volumes (Arale looks older than she will later). Other than that this is a fun book with Looney Tunes like humer.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d1c3af8) out of 5 stars Cute cartoon manga from the creator of "Dragon Ball" July 10 2005
By Brian Camp - Published on
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"Dr. Slump" is a collection of comic book gag stories about a slew of eccentric characters including a brilliant scientist with a severe case of arrested development (Dr. Norimaki, aka "Dr. Slump"), the mischievous, super-powered robot girl he invents (Arale), her junior high school classmates, and a host of neighbors and locals. This first volume involves Arale's attempts to fit in at school (or, rather, get her classmates to fit in with HER) and figure out her place in Dr. Norimaki's chaotic household and the larger world. Several of the stories revolve around new gadgets invented by Dr. N, including a ray gun that can make things large or small, a time machine that takes them all back to a prehistoric age of dinosaurs and cavemen, and a camera that can take pictures of people as they'll look in the future. One story involves Arale switching places with classmate Akane, with each one dressing up like the other. All the stories are funny and charming and a delight to read.

The closest equivalent to an American comic of this type would be the old Harvey Comics characters of the Baby Huey, Little Lotta and Casper the Friendly Ghost variety, or maybe the Sabrina series from Archie Comics. "Dr. Slump" is a little more wickedly imaginative and has a harder-edged sense of humor, including various sexual references that will be funny to adolescent and teen readers but will probably (hopefully) go over the heads of younger readers--who should not be deprived of the opportunity to read this, especially if they already have an interest in anime and manga.

"Dr. Slump" was first published in 1980 and has finally arrived in English thanks to the extraordinary popularity of "Dragon Ball" and "Dragon Ball Z," two later series by Slump's creator, Akira Toriyama. Like DB and DBZ, "Dr. Slump" was adapted into an animated TV series (1981-86), but has yet to be shown in the U.S. Aside from a cameo appearance by Arale in the third Dragon Ball movie, MYSTICAL ADVENTURE, the only glimpse American viewers previously had of any of the Slump characters in animated form was in the "Dragon Ball" animated TV series in episodes 54-57 (found on DB Volume 20: "General Blue: Lost in Penguin Village"), where Goku pays a visit to Penguin Village and the Dr. Slump universe.

I own a tape of "Megapolis the Dream City" (1985), a 38-minute Dr. Slump animated movie (in Japanese with no English subtitles) and while I missed a lot because of the lack of translation, I still enjoyed its visual imagination, slapstick humor, and abundance of movie references. Let's hope that the manga proves successful enough to induce an adventurous distributor to release the "Dr. Slump" anime TV series and movies in English as well.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d1c3eb8) out of 5 stars "Dr. Slump" is a hilarious, crazy and just a delightful manga series that I highly recommend! Nov. 2 2013
By [KNDY] Dennis A. Amith - Published on
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Before there was “Dragon Ball” and “Dragon Ball Z”, for famous mangaka Akira Toriyama, there was “Dr. Slump”.

For Akira Toriyama who had published several one shots, in 1980, “Dr. Slump” would be serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump and with a total of 18 volumes which lasted from 1980-1984, an anime series featuring 243 episodes would be released from 1981 to 1986 and a remake of the series which would be released from 1997-1999 featuring a total of 74 episodes.

While many “Dragon Ball” fans would know of “Dr. Slump” as characters from the series would appear in the anime series of “Dragon Ball”, because the TV series was never released on DVD in the U.S., it’s still not as well known as his “Dragon Ball” related manga series. But in Japan, the series has sold over 30 million copies and in 1981, the series was awarded the 1981 Shogakukan Manga Award for shonen and shojo manga.

And now Viz Media will be releasing the manga series in May 2005.

For those not familiar with “Dr. Slump”, unlike “Dragon Ball” and “Dragon Ball Z” which have story arcs, “Dr. Slump” is a comedy manga series about the life of an unusual man named Dr. Senbei Norimaki (which like other Akira Toriyama manga in which characters are named after food, Senbei Norimaki means rice cracker wrapped in seaweed) who has perfected a female robot which he names Arale (which means small rice cracker).

Arale is a naive robot with bad eyesight. But for a robot, she is very naive and curious about everything. She has incredible strength and speed and she is able to socialize with others quite well.

In the first volume of “Dr. Slump”, Dr. Senbei Norimaki tries to integrate Arale into society. First, trying to purchase clothes for her, having her attend school, having to deal with questions about why she doesn’t have certain body parts like other girls and of course, her curiosity of male body parts and trying out the different inventions created by the doctor.


Having read and watched Akira Toriyama’s “Dragon Ball” and “Dragon Ball Z” series, I have been wanting to watch and read “Dr. Slump” for a long time.

I’ve known about the popularity of this series for years but accessing it was never easy. I have been able to play the character in various video games and read bits and pieces from the old “Mangajin” magazines but to finally read the manga series, I can see why this beloved manga series is such a big hit.

While not as action-heavy like “Dragon Ball”, it does manage to capture the same kind of innocence with its characters, primarily with Arale who is naive but also such a fun character because she is naive but also a quick learner.

Dr. Senbei Norimaki is your typical creepy scientist but it’s his scientific mind and his creations that play a big part in the manga series and adds to the fun for each chapter. From his small and big gun which he feels he can used to transport groceries much easily but what happens when Arale gets hold of the gun? Or his time machine and going back to prehistoric time and bringing back an egg, adding a new permanent member in the Norimaki home.

But of course, its the adventures of Arale that people want to read. From her ability to have awesome strength and quick running skills, to making friends and not knowing that they are a bad influence, she doesn’t know that and thus hangs out with them.

So far, this first volume is an introductory to the characters. Getting to know Dr. Norimaki and Arale but also learning about their quirks.

But for the first volume, I really enjoy the series thus far! All characters are fun and hilarious, while not a storyline that focuses on arcs like the “Dragon Ball” series, each chapter is a day in the life of the Normaki’s and we get to see these indviduals grow together but also see how Arale learns from her experiences and those around her.

Akira Toriyama’s “Dr. Slump” is a classic manga series that will continue to entertain fans for generations to come! Hilarious, crazy and just a delightful manga series that I highly recommend!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d1c3e64) out of 5 stars Hilarious beyond words! May 16 2005
By Kit - Published on
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Dr. Slump is a timeless classic, and it is Akira Toriyama's original big hit. Fans of the comedy found in his original Dragonball series (pre-"Z") will absolutely love the slapstick presented in Dr. Slump (in fact, hardcore DB fans might even recall a little cameo by Senbee and Arale!). If you enjoy a good laugh, don't hesistate to check this out.