Akira Toriyama, manga legend and creator of Dragon Ball Z, is back with the quirky comedy Jaco the Galactic Patrolman! Retired scientist Omori lives alone on a deserted island while continuing his research into time-travel. His quiet life is interrupted when galactic patrolman Jaco crash-lands and decided to move in with him. Can Jaco get along with the old man long enough to save the earth from a dangerous threat? Includes a special bonus chapter introducing Dragon Ball Z hero Goku’s parents!
The 217-page manga debuted on July 13, 2013 in the Japanese Weekly Shōnen Jump #33 and on July 15, 2013 in the North American version. Jaco the Galactic Patrolman is one of the three manga in the 33rd issue of the Japanese magazine made to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Jump. The serialization ended on September 30, 2013, and the 11 chapters were later collected into a single volume planned to be released in Japan on January 4, 2014, but delayed to April 4, 2014. This latter also features a special manga, Dragon Ball Minus, in which Goku’s mother Gine appears. The limited “Super Elite” edition comes with a special packaging, a card, a key-chain, and a badge.
The collected volume was released in North America by Viz Media in January 2015. The voiced comic version (fully voiced manga scans with occasional motion graphics), by Ken Production, ran on the TV program Sakiyomi JanBANG! in 2014, and debuted online on February 6, 2014, with one of the four parts added each Friday to Shueisha’s vomic website. The vomic version is completely colorized, and features slight background music and sound effects.
The manga follows the story of a powerful Galactic Patrolman named Jaco who is stranded on Earth. Bulma’s older sister Tights is one of the main protagonist is, along with Jaco and an old scientist named Omori. Characters from Toriyama’s other manga series make cameo appearances as well; such as a Martian (who is the Galactic King), a Namekian, a Tech-Tech alien, Merlusa from Kintoki, Daigoro Kurigashira, Goku, Grandpa Gohan, and the Brief family.
The events are narrated by Omori, who starts his story ten years before the events of the first Dragon Ball chapter. In Age 739, Jaco was sent to Earth to stop a Saiyan from Planet Vegeta, but he crashes on the island Omori used to work on a Time Machine years ago. Omori decides to help Jaco in repairing his vehicle. On TV, the news show that soon the idol Ann Azuki will be on rocket to space. In the second chapter, Omori is visited by the government who comes to tell Omori that he has a week to vacate the place as they want to turn the island into a resort facility for politicians.
When leaving the island, using a telescope, the government inspector Katayude spots Jaco on the island. After talking with Omori about their visitors, an angry Jaco sinks their ship with a rock and forces them to use a life raft to return. Soon, it is revealed that Omori’s Time Machine works: it can control time by speeding up how much the user experiences, effectively pausing time for the rest of the world, but only very briefly. Omori wanted to return to the past in order to save his wife and assistants. Jaco was going to punish him for having a device that can control time, but since it only technically affects the user, he lets him slide.
Jaco (ジャコ) – An alien cop who came to Earth to stop a Saiyan invader.
Omori (大盛) – An old man who becomes Jaco’s first friend on Earth. He owns an island where his wife is buried and which served as his laboratory. His name literally means “a large serving” (of food) in Japanese, and his wife was named Īgo Ōmori (大盛飯子) according to the writings on her gravestone. In Jaco’s world, Omori means “booger that accidentally falls out of your nostrils.”
Tights – A young girl who befriends Jaco and Omori. Later revealed to be Bulma’s older sister, like the rest of her family, her name is an allusion to an undergarment.
Katayude – An agent of the Government who tries to export Jaco from Omori’s island. Katayude is somewhat effeminiate, shown to be a fastidious dresser, with a taste for fine wine, and a penchant for teddy bears and kitsch. His name is a pun on the word “hard-boiled” in Japanese.
Ann Azuki – A somewhat ditzy Pop Idol who has always wanted to go into space and will go on a trip on a rocket. It is later revealed that Ann did not actually go on the rocket, and Tights was used as a body double. Ann Azuki’s name is a pun on “Bean Paste” in Japanese.
The Galactic Patrolman Goes to Earth (Dragon Ball -11)
The Galactic Patrolman’s Discovery (Dragon Ball -10)
The Galactic Patrolman’s Spaceship (Dragon Ball -9)
The Galactic Patrolman Goes to the Capital (Dragon Ball -8)
The Galactic Patrolman’s Enforcement (Dragon Ball -7)
The Galactic Patrolman and Tights (Dragon Ball -6)
The Galactic Patrolman’s Failure (Dragon Ball -5)
The Galactic Patrolman is Deeply Touched (Dragon Ball -4)
The Galactic Patrolman on the Move (Dragon Ball -3)
The Galactic Patrolman’s Glory (Dragon Ball -2)
The Galactic Patrolman: Mission Accomplished! (Dragon Ball -1)
Dragon Ball Minus (Dragon Ball -)