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Manga Guide

Jaco the Galactic Patrolman


In July 2013, an 11-chapter new series from Akira Toriyama began publication from Shueisha with simultaneous worldwide distribution in English from Viz Media, running from the 2013 #33–44 issues of Weekly Shōnen Jump (print-only in Japanese, digital-only in English). “Jaco the Galactic Patrolman” (銀河パトロールジャコ; Ginga Patorōru Jako) was teased as having possible connections with Dragon Ball, and was soon-after described as the “shocking revival of Dragon Ball!!”

During the month of August 2013, the Jump LIVE! app for iOS and Android provided free-to-read digital versions of the chapters every Monday (for example, Chapter 1 arrived in the app on 05 August, as Chapter 4 was released in print). Accompanying Chapters 1 and 2 were bonus paid content in the form of special, lengthy comments from author Akira Toriyama about the development and production of the new series. Both author commentaries can be found in our “Translations” section (Comments #1 / Comments #2).

In early 2014, Shueisha produced a four-installment “Vomic” (“Voiced Comic”) covering the first two chapters of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman. Tsubasa Yonaga and Issei Futamata were cast as Jaco and Omori, respectively.

A collected edition of the manga was released Japan 04 April 2014 in both regular (tankōbon-sized) and “Super Elite” (kanzenban-sized) editions. A digital collected version was released 04 July 2014. Viz released the collected edition in English (both in print and in digital form) in January 2015.

A complete breakdown of all eleven chapters as well as the “Dragon Ball Minus” bonus chapter from the collected edition, each including detailed notes (name puns, in-jokes/references, etc.), can be found below.

Chapter List

Chapter 1 (DB-11)

銀河パトロール地球へ
Ginga Patorōru Chikyū e
The Galactic Patrolman Goes to Earth
Softcover | JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm) | 35 pages
Premiered: 13 July 2013 (Weekly Shōnen Jump, 2013 #33) (Shueisha, Japanese)
15 July 2013 (Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #33 / 13-07-15) (Viz Media, English)
Retail: ¥250 Print | ¥300-400 Digital | ¥0 Digital | $0.99 Digital
Publisher: Shueisha (Japanese)
Viz Media (English)
Jaco, a Galactic Patrolman, crash lands his spaceship on Earth. Jaco meets an old man and learns of his tragic past and failed experiments, along with discovering a bit about humanity. Jaco is here to protect Earthlings from an alien invader, but he can also eliminate all humans with the press of a button…?!

Chapter 2 (DB-10)

銀河パトロールの発見
Ginga Patorōru no Hakken
The Galactic Patrolman’s Discovery
Softcover | JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm) | 15 pages
Premiered: 22 July 2013 (Weekly Shōnen Jump, 2013 #34) (Shueisha, Japanese)
22 July 2013 (Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #34 / 13-07-22) (Viz Media, English)
Retail: ¥250 Print | ¥0-400 Digital | $0.99 Digital
Publisher: Shueisha (Japanese)
Viz Media (English)
Omori receives a visit from the government who demands he leave the island for good. Meanwhile, Jaco still tries to convince Omori to fix his spaceship.

Chapter 3 (DB-9)

銀河パトロールの宇宙船
Ginga Patorōru no Uchūsen
The Galactic Patrol Spaceship
Softcover | JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm) | 15 pages
Premiered: 29 July 2013 (Weekly Shōnen Jump, 2013 #35) (Shueisha, Japanese)
29 July 2013 (Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #35 / 13-07-29) (Viz Media, English)
Retail: ¥250 Print | ¥0-400 Digital | $0.99 Digital
Publisher: Shueisha (Japanese)
Viz Media (English)
Jaco and Omori start to plot a way to get the spaceship working again, but it is going to require a large amount of a special metal called “sky gold”.

Chapter 4 (DB-8)

銀河パトロール都に行く
Ginga Patorōru Miyako ni Iku
The Galactic Patrolman Goes to the Capital
Softcover | JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm) | 15 pages
Premiered: 05 August 2013 (Weekly Shōnen Jump, 2013 #36) (Shueisha, Japanese)
05 August 2013 (Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #36 / 13-08-15) (Viz Media, English)
Retail: ¥250 Print | ¥0-400 Digital | $0.99 Digital
Publisher: Shueisha (Japanese)
Viz Media (English)
Jaco and Omori head into the city for supplies, and after Jaco makes some cash by stopping a thief, he starts to wonder about ways to get more money.

Chapter 5 (DB-7)

銀河パトロールの制裁
Ginga Patorōru no Seisai
The Galactic Patrolman’s Enforcement
Softcover | JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm) | 15 pages
Premiered: 12 August 2013 (Weekly Shōnen Jump, 2013 #37/38) (Shueisha, Japanese)
12 August 2013 (Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #37-38 / 13-08-12) (Viz Media, English)
Retail: ¥250 Print | ¥400 Digital | $0.99 Digital
Publisher: Shueisha (Japanese)
Viz Media (English)
While Omori is busy purchasing supplies, Jaco gets himself into a fight with bad guys who are pestering a pretty young girl, and then the police get in on the action!

Chapter 6 (DB-6)

銀河パトロールとタイツ
Ginga Patorōru to Taitsu
The Galactic Patrolman and Tights
Softcover | JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm) | 15 pages
Premiered: 26 August 2013 (Weekly Shōnen Jump, 2013 #39) (Shueisha, Japanese)
26 August 2013 (Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #39 / 13-08-26) (Viz Media, English)
Retail: ¥250 Print | ¥400 Digital | $0.99 Digital
Publisher: Shueisha (Japanese)
Viz Media (English)
Jaco, Omori, and Tights make their escape back to the island, but the TV news coverage is detailing reports of a mysterious “Mask Man” wanted by the police.

Chapter 7 (DB-5)

銀河パトロールの失敗
Ginga Patorōru no Shippai
The Failure of the Galactic Patrolman
Softcover | JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm) | 15 pages
Premiered: 02 September 2013 (Weekly Shōnen Jump, 2013 #40) (Shueisha, Japanese)
02 September 2013 (Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #40 / 13-09-02) (Viz Media, English)
Retail: ¥250 Print | ¥400 Digital | $0.99 Digital
Publisher: Shueisha (Japanese)
Viz Media (English)
Tights returns to the island intending to move in, but she has also brought a special present: sky gold! Unfortunately, Jaco breaks the antenna on his ship.

Chapter 8 (DB-4)

銀河パトロール感激
Ginga Patorōru Kangeki
The Touched Galactic Patrolman
Softcover | JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm) | 15 pages
Premiered: 09 September 2013 (Weekly Shōnen Jump, 2013 #41) (Shueisha, Japanese)
09 September 2013 (Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #41 / 13-09-09) (Viz Media, English)
Retail: ¥250 Print | ¥400 Digital | $0.99 Digital
Publisher: Shueisha (Japanese)
Viz Media (English)
Katayude recognizes the “Mask Man” on the news as the weird guy from Omori’s island. Meanwhile, Tights heads to the rocket to go into space as a body double for idol singer An Azuki.

Chapter 9 (DB-3)

銀河パトロール発進
Ginga Patorōru Hasshin
The Galactic Patrolman on the Move
Softcover | JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm) | 15 pages
Premiered: 14 September 2013 (Weekly Shōnen Jump, 2013 #42) (Shueisha, Japanese)
16 September 2013 (Weekly Shonen Jump 13-09-16) (Viz Media, English)
Retail: ¥240 Print | ¥400 Digital | $0.99 Digital
Publisher: Shueisha (Japanese)
Viz Media (English)
Katayude arrives at the island looking for “Mask Man”, but the rocket malfunctions during liftoff and Jaco races off to save everyone!

Chapter 10 (DB-2)

銀河パトロールの栄光
Ginga Patorōru no Eikō
The Glory of The Galactic Patrolman
Softcover | JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm) | 31 pages
Premiered: 21 September 2013 (Weekly Shōnen Jump, 2013 #43) (Shueisha, Japanese)
23 September 2013 (Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #43 / 13-09-21) (Viz Media, English)
Retail: ¥240 Print | ¥400 Digital | $0.99 Digital
Publisher: Shueisha (Japanese)
Viz Media (English)
By using Omori’s “failed” time machine to temporarily stop the flow of time, Jaco is able to rescue Tights and save East City from destruction.

Chapter +1 (DB-1)

銀河パトロール任務完了
Ginga Patorōru Ninmu Kanryō
Galactic Patrol Mission Accomplished
Softcover | JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm) | 31 pages
Premiered: 30 September 2013 (Weekly Shōnen Jump, 2013 #44) (Shueisha, Japanese)
30 September 2013 (Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #44 / 13-09-30) (Viz Media, English)
Retail: ¥240 Print | ¥400 Digital | $0.99 Digital
Publisher: Shueisha (Japanese)
Viz Media (English)
Jaco’s story comes to an end, but a legendary tale is just beginning…!

Bonus Chapter: Dragon Ball Minus

ドラゴンボールマイナス
Doragonbōru Mainasu
Dragon Ball Minus
Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm) | 16 pages
Premiered: 04 April 2014 (print edition)
Retail: ¥475 (¥440 + 8% tax), ¥980 (¥907 + 8% tax) Print | ¥400 Digital | $0.99 Digital
Publisher: Shueisha (Japanese)
Viz Media (English)
Bonus Dragon Ball chapter included alongside the collected edition of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman.

Collected Volumes

All eleven chapters of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, along with the bonus “Dragon Ball Minus” chapter, were collected into a print version released 04 April 2014 in Japan and 06 January 2015 in North America.

Standard Version

銀河パトロール ジャコ
Ginga Patorōru Jako
Jaco the Galactic Patrolman
Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm) | 248 pages
Premiered: 04 April 2014 (print edition)
Retail: ¥475 (¥440 + 8% tax) Print | ¥400 Digital
Publisher: Shueisha
Contains all eleven chapters of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, plus bonus material. Published in Shinsho-ban (“New Book Format”) to match the Dragon Ball Tankōbon release, with a dust jacket resembling the pre-2009 covers.

“Super Elite” Version

銀河パトロール ジャコ 特装版スーパーエリートver.
Ginga Patorōru Jako Tokusōban Sūpā Erīto Bājon
Jaco the Galactic Patrolman Special Packaging Edition: “Super Elite” Version
Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm) | 248 pages
Premiered: 04 April 2014 (print edition)
Retail: ¥980 (¥907 + 8% tax)
Publisher: Shueisha
Contains all eleven chapters of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, plus bonus material. Published in A5 format to match the Dragon Ball Kanzenban and Neko Majin. Also comes with an “augmented reality” postcard, a “Jaco” key holder, and a Galactic Patrol badge.

English Language Collected Release

Jaco the Galactic Patrolman
Softcover | 5 x 0.9 x 7.5 inches | 248 pages
Premiered: 06 January 2015 (print edition)
Retail: $9.99 Print | $6.99 Digital
Publisher: Viz Media
Contains all eleven chapters of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, plus the “Dragon Ball Minus” bonus chapter. Standard “Graphic Novel” size.