When the first collected edition of Naho Ooishi‘s Dragon Ball SD hit Japanese shelves, it was accompanied by a digital edition. When the second collected edition saw its release earlier this year, no digital edition was announced. Similarly, while two print editions of Akira Toriyama‘s own Jaco the Galactic Patrolman saw a release that same day as Dragon Ball SD 2, no digital edition was revealed for it, either.
It seems Shueisha is finally catching up their backlog, however, as Dragon Ball SD 2 and Jaco the Galactic Patrolman now both have official digital releases, released this past Friday, 04 July 2014.
The digital editions are available on Apple’s iOS/iBooks platform, Amazon’s Kindle platform, and Shueisha’s own Jump Book STORE! app for iOS, Android, and desktop browsers. At least for now, Jaco stands at an even ¥400 across the board, while the second volume of Dragon Ball SD is advertised for ¥500. These appear to be the new standard prices for Shueisha’s digital black-and-white and full-color manga, respectively, with consumption tax having increased to 8% at the beginning of April.
Interestingly, within the “Dragon Ball Minus” bonus chapter of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, a specific mention of “Planet Freeza” was indeed corrected to “Planet Vegeta”. This correction was also present in the digital English release just a few days after the original Japanese print release.
Though the company released the individual chapters simultaneously with their original Japanese print serialization last year, Viz will release their collected edition of the series in English in January 2015. Dragon Ball SD, currently being serialized each month in Saikyō Jump, has not been licensed for release outside of Japan.