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"Pipokupipo!"
— Gatchan

Gadzilla Norimaki (more commonly known as Gatchan for short) is an Angel that was adopted into the Norimaki family and split into two beings referred to as Gatchan #1 and Gatchan #2 with both having no distinct differences and often follows Arale Norimaki around.

They served as part of the main cast to Akira Toriyama's previous series, Dr. Slump but appeared as minor supporting characters in the Dragon Ball manga, anime and Dragon Ball Super.

Biography

Background

Gatchan is an Angel born from an egg placed on Earth by the Kami of the galaxy during the prehistoric ages, to prevent further development of the human civilization seeing that other civilizations eventually destroyed themselves and the planets they lived on. Gatchan's ability to replicate as well as its fondness of metal should have ensured that humanity would remain primitive and innocent.

Dr. Slump

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Gatchan is born

Gatchan hatched from an egg brought home by Senbei Norimaki from a time traveling trip. Later on, it inexplicably replicates into a second one. Gatchan eats almost anything, except for rubber, and particularly likes to eat metal. She/He can also shoot rays from his/her antennae.[1] Gatchan speaks in his/her own language consisting primarily of sounds like "Koo pee pee poo" that Arale Norimaki somehow seems to understand. However, in the manga, Gatchan has said a few words in Japanese/English. Being a baby, Gatchan also imitates what others do (most of the time, what Arale does). Gatchan does not physically age. Gatchan later splits into two beings.

When the Kami that placed them on Eath sees that Gatchan failed in the mission they were originally sent to do (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 Earth as it is.

Dragon Ball

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The Gatchans in Dragon Ball

The Gatchan's accompany Arale during the time Goku arrives in Penguin Village when trying to chase General Blue for the Dragon Balls. Goku who was amazed by Arale's strength when beating General Blue gets surprised when the Gatchan's demonstrate their strength as well by zapping a tree.

Interlude

Gatchan has split into at least 8 separate beings by Age 759.

The Gatchan's along with the rest of Earth's population was killed during the Majin Buu conflict but were all later resurrected by the Namekian dragon Porunga. They died again later when Frieza destroyed the Earth in an attempt to kill the Z Fighters, but their death was undone when Whis used his Temporal Do-Over technique.

Dragon Ball Super

Gatchan's #1 and 2 follow Arale to a world invention conference that Senbei was receiving an award at and they eat the entire building while Arale was fighting Goku outside.

Film Appearances

Mystical Adventure

The Gatchans appear in the movie Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure and during the General Blue Saga of Dragon Ball. In Mystical Adventure, they fire their Antenna Beam at General Tao, when the latter attacks Arale with his Dodon Ray.

Techniques and special abilities

Appearances in other media

Live-action commercial

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Live-action version of Gatchan flying

Gatchan appears in a live-action Dr. Slump themed commercial for GU clothing store flying next to Akane Kimidori and above Kinoko Sarada.

Video game appearances

The Gatchans appear in Dragon Ball: Daimaō Fukkatsu, Dragon Ball 3: Gokuden, Dragon Ball Z: Super Gokuden: Totsugeki-Hen, Jump Ultimate Stars, Dr. Slump: Arale-Chan, and Dragon Ball: Origins 2. One of the Gatchans can be seen in the audience of the World Tournament stage in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2. Gatchan 1 & 2 are featured in Arale's Ultimate Blast in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3, Playing Pro-Wrestling, shooting the enemy with their Antenna Beam after Arale says "The Gatchan are really strong too". Gatchan also appears using his Antenna Beam to attack for Arale in J-Stars Victory Vs. Gatchan is a supporting character in Dragon Ball Heroes.

Voice actors

Trivia

  • 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.
  • On the cover of the 11th chapter of the spin-off manga Dr. Slump Returns, But Only For a Little While by Takao Koyama and Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru, a Gatchan is shown dressed up as Piccolo and the other is dressed as Teen Gohan, while Arale is dressed as Goku.

Gallery

References

  1. Dr. Slump chapter 27, "Kids Gone Wild"

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