Manga: Jaco The Galactic Patrolman
From Akira Toriyama, creator of Dragon Ball, comes a new sci-fi manga. Jaco the Galactic Patrolman is an 11 chapter miniseries centering around Jaco, a Galactic Patrolman
who was sent to Earth in order to intercept a dangerous alien sent to the planet. However upon arrival he damages his spaceship, leaving him with Omori, a retired scientist who used to deal in Time Travel experiments. Together, Jaco and Omori have various mishaps involving their attempts to fix Jaco's spaceship, intercept the incoming alien invader and prevent an upcoming rocket launch with Idol Singer
An Azuki from ending in tragedy.
This manga provides examples of:
- All There in the Manual: The collected volume includes character profiles that include details that weren't mentioned in the actual manga, like the fact that Jaco's surname is Tirimentenpibosshi or that Omori's given name is Tokunoshin.
- Ambiguously Gay: Inspector Katayude. He's a fastidious dresser who cooks and cleans, loves fine cuisine, and decorates his apartment with teddy bears and kitsch. He also may or may not be wearing eyeliner and mascara.
- Amusing Alien: Jaco
- Child Prodigy: At only 5 years old, Bulma is able to solve all of the issues with Jaco's spaceship.
- Depopulation Bomb: Jaco has one of these he can use to wipe out humanity if he decides they're not worth saving.
- Dolled-Up Installment: Toriyama drafted the story while working on Jiya (another manga featuring a Galactic Patrolman named in the title) and originally intended for Masakazu Katsura to draw it. But when it came time for him to draw a series for the Shōnen Jump 45th anniversary, the story he had intended to use was coincidentally similar to Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods,* so he took the storyboard he had set aside and reworked it into something he could draw himself, tying it in to Dragon Ball along the way.
- Facial Composite Failure: Which Jaco simply cannot tolerate.
- Failure Is the Only Option: Though it is technically also Jaco's greatest achievement (that he never learns about).
- Innocent Bystander Series: This the story of the Dragon World, pre-Goku through the eyes of an ordinary human. And the alien, for all his abilities, might as well be one for his importance within the overall scheme of things.
- Insignificant Little Blue Planet: Jaco is shown to feel this way about Earth on a few occasions.
- Mythology Gag: Jaco's description of the invading alien race mentions that they have very long childhoods before quickly growing to adult size references how short Goku is even into his early teens.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Katayude, who spends most of the series trying to evict Omori from his island.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Subverted with Dr. Omori. Jaco calls upon him to fix his ship, but Omori's field is the physics of space-time. He can only manage rudimentary (and unnecessarily costly) repairs to the engine, and the radio transmitter is completely beyond him. On the other hand, it's played entirely straight with Dr. Brief and Bulma, as befits the family that runs Capsule Corporation.
- Pinball Protagonist: Jaco. Sent to Earth to intercept the alien threat, he fails in his mission as Kakarot's pod slips right past him and his only real achievement on Earth is saving East City from destruction. ... Which would end up being completely destroyed by Vegeta and Nappa a mere 23 years later anyway.
- Prequel: To Dragon Ball, as seen in the final chapter
- Retcon: The final chapter in serialization and the bonus chapter in the collected release challenge quite a bit about what fans "know" about Dragon Ball from the animated adaptation, although the only thing that really contradicts the manga itself is Bulma already being out of university by the time she starts her Dragon Ball hunt (this is partly fixed in the text of the collected release, but not entirely). Reactions thus far have ranged from Fan Dumb to a full-on Broken Base.
- Schedule Slip: An informed one, since it hadn't been announced yet, but Toriyama originally intended for the series to premiere alongside Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods (another production he had a hand in), but took himself out of commission after trying to keep the same back-breaking schedule he had 20 years earlier, during Dragon Ball. No longer a spring chicken, he wrecked his health and delayed the series by four months. Two hours of sleep per night isn't exactly a good idea when you're still in your 30s, let alone when you're pushing 60....
- Spiritual Sequel: Despite being a prequel to Dragon Ball, it actually has a lot in common with Sachie-chan Guu!! and Jiya, both of which were written by Toriyama and illustrated by Masakazu Katsura. Both stories feature members of the Galactic Patrol, whose emblem (if not their overall appearance) remains basically the same. The aliens from Sachie-chan also resemble the Galactic King, while their ship is of a similar design to Jaco's.
- Stunt Double: Tights was paid to be this to An Azuki for the rocket launch.
- "Super Sentai" Stance: Jaco seems to be fond of these. In the collected release, all the characters do a similar pose for their character profiles.
- Theme Naming: Ultimately revealed to be the case with Tights.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Milk and cheese for Jaco. He starts out with them simply because they're the closest thing Earth has to his usual diet, but he seems to have become quite fond of them by the time he leaves.
- Unobtainium: The Sky Gold Jaco requires to run his spaceship. In the final chapter, Bulma reveals that plain ordinary copper is just as effective.
- Wham Episode: The final chapter. This series is a prequel to Dragon Ball, and Tights is Bulma's older sister. Jaco's mission was to intercept Goku on his way to Earth and kill him.