Jun 12, 2015
Usually, I leave my opinion for the end. However, since I would like to make it clear: 'Ginga Patrol Jaco' is a great manga and it is worth a read!
I feel obligated to start with it, As many fans of Dragon Ball turned up their noses to the development of the story, and I’ve heard many say things like ‘they expected more’, ‘the story is weak’.
I think these expectations something epic like 'save the world’, have been created for the manga takes which place in the same universe as of Dragon Ball, however, the same said, it is a comedy manga with few chapters. Anyone
who has read other manga of Toriyama knows that the guy likes slapstick comedy, with nothing too pretentious and 'Ginga Patrol Jaco' it fills the slot! And it was what I expected, really. The manga is fun, with jokes 'silly' but plucking smiles from fans, charismatic characters and an adventure also over and there cliché (hehe).
The story takes place on an island where only a man lives, named Oomori. On any given night, while he was trying to sleep, a small spacecraft landed in the water near their island. It was an alien named Jaco. The ship in which he was gets broken so he had to stay there until it is repaired. He says, he came to Earth to defeat an evil Alien. Oomori does not like anybody, but still decided to help him.
Talking about the characters … We have Oomori, the grumpy old man with the look of all the old people Toriyama have drawn (hahaha). Oomori is angry at everything and does not like anybody, it makes him a funny guy (imo), Really, I can not help but laugh at his speculations and responses Jaco gives. The old man is a scientist who lives alone on an island and trying to build a time machine.
In addition to the old-man, we have the alien who takes the manga title: The space ranger Jaco! He is responsible for the bulk of the comedy in this 'slapstick' manga. Jaco loves to make an appearance, at every opportunity he makes his presentation as the 'big’ patrolman and so on. Jaco came to Earth to save her from an alien of a cruel race that would destroy the human race in a few days. Jaco is 'badass' and kind, but it's pretty stubborn too.
And finally we have the beautiful Tights. Smart, funny and always willing to help Oomori and Jaco. But I can not speak too much of it, I do not want to spoil the manga surprises.
While reading you will get the impression ‘I've seen these characters somewhere' and, in fact, this statement is not wrong! The characters are well within the clichés of Toriyama universe, but with that charisma and way that only the he can do. The work of Toriyama can be 'the same style forever,' but his dash and way of storytelling is unique. So positive point for the characters.
About art falls into the same issue of the characters ... It is the style of Toriyama (lol)! The same! Who’s fan will enjoy it. The only thing I did not like was the abuse of halftones (shades of gray) in the manga, liked it better when he solved most things in black and white only.
Final thoughts: 10/10
'Ginga Patrol Jaco' is a great comedy manga, simple and fun, but not for this time. Explaining, only fans of Akira Toriyama; who enjoy the 'root' of his work will like. Although young/new readers will be able to enjoy it if they look past the clichés.
The first few chapters were to kill the charade of, however, the last chapter is the one where everything is revealed (on connecting with Dragon Ball), and it will make fans (of Dragon Ball) shed tears!
Reviewer’s Rating: 10
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