Retired scientist Omori lives alone on a deserted island while continuing his research into time-travel. His quiet life in interrupted when galactic patrolman Jaco crash-lands and decides to move in with him. This agent from space claims to be elite, but sometimes it can a little hard to believe. Can Jaco get along with the old man long enough to save the earth from a dangerous threat?
Ginga Patrol Jaco was published in English as Jaco the Galactic Patrolman by VIZ Media under the Shonen Jump imprint on January 6, 2015. It was also published in Spanish by Planeta Cómic on March, 2015.
A VOMIC version of the first two chapters was broadcast in Sakiyomi JanBang! program in January 2014.
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!read more
I found Jaco: the Galactic Patrolman a great manga, not for his wonderful story or wonderful characters but for the feel of being thrown once again in the awesome (and for someones meaningful) world of Dragon Ball. The story is simple and enjoyable as the characters are. You should read this with the right attitude to enjoy it, i mean don't expect endless battles or any epic power up, nope. You should read it as the last creation of one of the best manga ever existed, Akira Toriyama. What i felt is the nostalgia of one of his stories, full of funny characters and bizarre situations. I suggest it to the fans of Dragon ball and to those who like short stories, plenty of funny gags.read more
Akira Toriyama's greatest strengths are his unabashed silliness and his quirky visual imagination, as seen in works like Dr. Slump. At other times, his stories are just straightforwardly wonderful, as seen in works like Dragonball (though none of his stories are ever short on silliness that way). Jaco the Galactic Patrolman sits in a rather awkward place between trying to be silly and trying to tell a straightforawrdly entertaining story. And in my opinion at least, it misses its mark here.
Toriyama attempts to draw us into the nostalgia of the Dragonball world (this is a prequel, after all). And to some extent, it does draw you in. But when you get to the story itself, it just feels so...unremarkable. He seems to be trying his usual tricks here with some of his trademark gags, except here they seem to fall flat, for some reason. I think the problem is that he's already done much better in every respect elsewhere - from the character designs to the world-building to the humour.
The one thing that did work, IMO, is the build-up of suspense, and the ensuing anticlimax. And that's because it had something to do with Dragonball. That's about all it has going for it, really.read more