Overview
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Jump SQ (ジャンプスクエア?), also known as Jump Square is a monthly shonen manga anthology published in Japan by Shueisha under the Jump line of magazines. The magazine premiered on November 2, 2007 as a replacement for Monthly Shōnen Jump, another manga anthology that Shueisha discontinued in June of that year. The magazine is a part of the Jump line of magazines. The manga titles serialized in the magazine are also published in tankōbon volumes under the Jump Comics label. The manga series within the magazine target young male readers and tend to be set in a fantasy setting with many action scenes. Like most monthly shonen manga magazines, Jump Square is aimed at ages 16 to 21. The current (2015) editor-in-chief is Kôsuke Yahagi.

History

Jump SQ, also called Jump Square, was created as the replacement for Shueisha's canceled Monthly Shōnen Jump manga anthology. The title has three stated meanings: public square ("a plaza where comic lovers and talented artists and writers come together"), algebraic square (Weekly Shōnen Jump), and "SQ = Supreme Quality" (referring to its "Supreme Quality Manga Magazine" motto). Four manga serials were temporarily moved to Weekly Shōnen Jump, until Jump Square's release. These four series, Tegami Bachi, Rosario + Vampire, Claymore, and Gag Manga Biyori were among the magazine's premiere series, along with debuting series, including Embalming -The Another Tale of Frankenstein-, Kure-nai, and Dragonaut: The Resonance.

Features

Jump Square's primary content is manga serials. In addition to the manga series, some issues include serialized light novel chapters from works published by the Jump j-Books label. One-shots from established manga artist are featured in a section of the magazine called the "Supreme Yomikiri Series" (SUPREME読切シリーズ Supurīmu Yomikiri Shirīzu?), while pieces from up-and-coming writers occasionally appear in the "Explosive Yomikiri Series" (Explosive読切シリーズ Explosive Yomikiri Shirīzu?) section.

Series

Main article: List of series run in Jump Square

There are currently nineteen manga titles being regularly serialized in Jump Square. Out of twenty series, one series is currently in hiatus.

Series Title Author Premiered
Blue Exorcist (青の祓魔師?) Kazue Katō April, 2009
Boku to Kimi no Nihu Tantei (ボクとキミの二重探偵?) Petenshi, Tsuda Honami March, 2020
Dark Gathering (ダークギャザリング?) Kenichi Kondō March, 2009
Desert 9 (第9砂漠?) Kei Deguchi February, 2020
Gag Manga Biyori (増田こうすけ劇場 ギャグマンガ日和GB?) Kōsuke Masuda December, 2014
Kawaisugi Crisis (カワイスギクライシス?) Kido Mitsuru October, 2019
Kemono Jihen (怪物事変?) Shō Aimoto December, 2016
Kono Oto Tomare! (この音とまれ!?) Amyū August, 2012
Meishisu!!! - Trouble Maid Sisters (めいしす!!! トラブルメイドシスターズ?) Shuu Nagata February, 2021
Moriarty the Patriot (憂国のモリアーティ?) Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes series), Ryōsuke Takeuchi, Hikaru Miyoshi August, 2016
Nazo o Tokumi no Bakuretsu Suiri (謎尾解美の爆裂推理?) Oginuma X January, 2021
New Prince of Tennis (新テニスの王子様?) Takeshi Konomi March, 2009
Prime Minister Club (総理倶楽部?) Hidekaz Himaruya January, 2021
Rurouni Kenshin: The Hokkaido Arc (るろうに剣心 -明治剣客浪漫譚・北海道編-?) Nobuhiro Watsuki, Kaworu Kurosaki September, 2017
Seraph of the End (終わりのセラフ?) Takaya Kagami, Yamato Yamamoto, Daisuke Furuya September, 2012
This Communication (Thisコミュニケーション?) Maruei Rokudai April 2020
Twin Star Exorcists (双星の陰陽師?) Yoshiaki Sukeno November, 2013
World Trigger (ワールドトリガー?) Daisuke Ashihara February, 2013

Special Issues

Jump SQ.II

Jump SQ.II (ジャンプSQ.II Janpu Sukuea Sekando?) short for Jump Square Second (ジャンプスクエアセカンド?), is a spin-off issue of Jump SQ of which three volumes have currently been published, beginning on April 18, 2008.

The first issue featured the collaborative effort between American comic writer Stan Lee and Hiroyuki Takei, called Karakuri Dôji Ultimo (using the Marvel Method).

A contest organized by Shonen Jump (a monthly English version of Weekly Shonen Jump) and Jump SQ., offered a Jump SQ II (Second) issue autographed by Lee and Takei to the random winner at the 2008 New York Comic Con. Three regulars: Sekai no Chūshin de Taiyō ni Hoeru, Tsumikabatsu, and Mahō no Ryōri Chaos Kitchen; were put in the SQ II magazine as their own SQ II exclusive one-shot, along with other one-shots like Missing Battery, Cross, or Alone Again.

The success of Ultimo led to the extra mini book named The Man Who Created "Spider-Man" and the "X-Men" - Stan Lee the book! (「スパイダーマン」「X-MEN」を作った男 スタン·リー the Book! "Supaidāman", "Ekkusumen" o Tsukutta Otoko - Stan Lee the Book!?) which is completely based on Lee's American comics, mostly Amazing Fantasy (first Spider-Man, Iron Man, and The Hulk.

Jump SQ.19

Jump SQ.19 (ジャンプSQ.19 Janpu Esu Kyū Ichi Kyū?) is a spin-off issue of Jump SQ, first published on May 19, 2010. It includes one shots and Jump SQ series' side stories, and a series that only serializes in Jump SQ.19. Initially, it was scheduled to release quarterly on the 19th of every February, May, August, and November.

On February 18, 2012, Jump SQ.19 announced a magazine changed to a bimonthly release. It was then published on the 19th of every even-numbered month

Jump SQ.Crown

Jump SQ.Crown (ジャンプSQ.CROWN Janpu Esu Kyū Kuraun?) is a spin-off issue of Jump SQ which started publishing on July 17, 2015. It follows a structure similar to Jump SQ.19, like: the series which only serialize in Jump SQ.Crown; the one-shots by newbies and experienced authors; and the side stories from Jump SQ. series. It ceased publication on January 19, 2018.

Jump SQ.Lab

Jump SQ.Lab (ジャンプSQ.LaB Janpu Sukuea Labo?) is a spin-off issue of Jump SQ, first published on July 15, 2011. Jump SQ.Lab follows same format as Jump Next; it includes the one shots by both the experienced and the newcomer manga creators, and the side stories for both Jump SQ and Jump SQ.19 series.

Jump SQ.Rise

Jump SQ.Rise (ジャンプSQ.RISE?) is a spin-off issue of Jump SQ which started publishing on April 13, 2018. It follows a structure similar to Jump SQ.19 and Jump SQ Crown.

Series

There are currently four manga titles being regularly serialized in Jump SQ.Rise.

Series Title Author Premiered
Bōken Ō Beet (冒険王ビィト?) Riku Sanjō, Kōji Inada, Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru Spring, 2018
D.Gray-man (ディー・グレイマン?) Katsura Hoshino Spring, 2018
Kekkai Sensen Back 2 Back (血界戦線 Back 2 Back?) Yasuhiro Nightow Spring, 2018
Mr. Clice (ミスタークリス?) Osamu Akimoto Spring, 2018

Circulation and reception

When Jump Square was launched, the initial printing of 500,000 copies quickly sold out. Over 70% of the copies released across Japan sold within three days. Shueisha printed an additional 100,000 copies to help meet the demand, something normally not necessary with Japanese magazines. The second issue also sold well, requiring a second printing of 60,000 copies. After the first issue excitement died down, circulation leveled off in the vicinity of 370,000 copies and by 2015 had declined to 270,000, mirroring a general drop-off in circulation throughout the industry.

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