Published by Hujio
16 July 2013, 6:28 PM EDT

In our most recent episode of the Kanzenshuu podcast, a possible tie-in was discussed between Akira Toriyama’s new series Jaco the Galactic Patrolman and the classic Dragon Ball manga. While there were apparent hints being dropped throughout the first chapter, which was recently published in this year’s 33rd issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump, we were left with nothing more than “fan theories” as to what, or even if this could tie in with Dragon Ball. Akira Toriyama went so far as to even mention in his author’s comment that some of the nostalgia would become clear as the story progressed:


The content seems a bit dated, but if you read to the end, you’ll understand why. (Akira)

While Toriyama merely hints at such connections and tie-ins, Shueisha has yanked the veil off the mystery and confirms what we suspected — Jaco the Galactic Patrolman is indeed tied to the legendary Dragon Ball franchise. A few key promotional lines on the digital and print announcement pages for issue 33 on Weekly Shōnen Jump’s official website lay it out pretty clearly.


The whole world’s long-awaited return of a “legend” is here!!

And to leave no lingering skepticism as to what they mean, they simply spell it out for us.


The shocking revival of “Dragon Ball”!!

There are also a few Japanese sites whose listings for this issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump contain what appears to be an official description of the series from Shueisha:

<鳥山明先生による13年ぶりの新連載『銀河パトロール ジャコ』とは>

Akira Toriyama-sensei’s First New Series in 13 Years is “Jaco the Galactic Patrolman”
The shocking revival of “Dragon Ball”! In celebration of the 45th anniversary, the superstar returns!
Jaco, a mysterious space alien comes from a far-off galaxy!! What’s his true identity?!

So if you’ve been holding off on reading the first chapter, which is currently available for free via Viz’s latest starter pack, now is your chance to start from the very beginning and follow along. Once you’re all caught up, join our on-going forum discussion and let us know how you think this all ties into the Dragon Ball universe. What are your theories, impressions, or general thoughts on the new series? Let us know!

  1. saiyanz

    This is startling, considering he’s said he doesn’t want to write Dragon Ball anymore

    16 July 20138:27 PM EDT
  2. Insertclevername

    “Who are you and what have you done with the real Toriyama!?!”

    16 July 20138:38 PM EDT
  3. TheDevilsCorpse

    But he’s not writing “Dragon Ball”, he’s writing “Jaco the Galactic Patrolman”…with a Dragon Ball tie-in. 😛

    16 July 20139:19 PM EDT
  4. Chuquita

    I think Shueisha just really wants more DB. X3
    My bets are still on this taking place 10 or 11 years before Dragon Ball’s plot begins and the only DB-esque stuff we’ll see is baby Goku and Grampa Gohan somewhere near the middle or end.

    I would not mind being proven wrong though. >_> (like if adult Goku pops up and it’s revealed this actually takes place post-Buu or something).

    16 July 201310:02 PM EDT
  5. supersayianprime

    Anyone remember that rumor from 2010 that said Toriyama would write new DragonBall manga and that it would be released globally? Hmm …

    17 July 20134:27 AM EDT
  6. trunkstrevelyan0064

    I would love it if Jaco was really Captain Ginyu. It would certainly explain the poses

    17 July 20134:54 AM EDT
  7. porungaswrath

    if that were true, that would be hilariously epic

    23 July 20138:54 PM EDT