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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.

HistoryEdit

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.

FeaturesEdit

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.

SeriesEdit

Main article: List of series run in Jump Square

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

Series Title Author Premiered
7th Garden (セブンスガーデン?) Mitsu Izumi #9, 2014
Ao no Exorcist (青の祓魔師?) Kazue Katō #5, 2009
Boxer's Blast (ボクサーズブラスト?) Atsurō Sakai, Akira Akatsuki #12, 2018
Dark Gathering (ダークギャザリング?) Kenichi Kondō #4, 2019
Dokyū Hentai HxEros (ド級編隊エグゼロス?) Ryōma Kitada #6, 2017
Gate 7 (ゲート セブン?) Clamp #3, 2011
Hōkago no Ōjisama (放課後の王子様?) Takeshi Konomi, Kenichi Sakura #12, 2008
Katsugeki Tōken Ranbu (活撃 刀剣乱舞?) DMM Games, Nitroplus, Honami Tsuda #8, 2017
Kemono Jihen (怪物事変?) Shō Aimoto #1, 2017
Kono Oto Tomare! (この音とまれ!?) Amyū #9, 2012
Majo no Kaiga-shū (魔女の怪画集?) Hachi #12, 2017
Masuda Kōsuke Gekijō Gag Manga Biyori GB (増田こうすけ劇場 ギャグマンガ日和GB?) Kōsuke Masuda #1, 2015
Mona Lisa Mania (モナリザマニア?) Yoshikage #11, 2018
Otome no Harawata Hoshi no Iro (乙女のはらわた星の色?) Yūra Ishito #1, 2019
Owari no Seraph (終わりのセラフ?) Takaya Kagami, Yamato Yamamoto, Daisuke Furuya #10, 2012
Parman no Jōnetsuteki na Hibi (PARマンの情熱的な日々?) Fujiko Fujio Ⓐ #12, 2007
Platinum End (プラチナエンド?) Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata #12, 2015
Rurōni Kenshin -Meiji Kenkaku Roman-tan Hokkaido-hen- (るろうに剣心 -明治剣客浪漫譚・北海道編-?) Nobuhiro Watsuki, Kaworu Kurosaki #10, 2017
Salaryman Exorcist Okumura Yukio no Aishū (サラリーマン祓魔師 奥村雪男の哀愁?) Kazue Katō, Minoru Sasaki #5, 2015 (moved from Jump SQ.19)
Shin Tennis no Ōjisama (新テニスの王子様?) Takeshi Konomi #4, 2009
Sōsei no Onmyōji (双星の陰陽師?) Yoshiaki Sukeno #12, 2013
World Trigger (ワールドトリガー?) Daisuke Ashihara #1, 2019 (moved from Weekly Shōnen Jump)
Yūgai Shitei Dōkyūsei (有害指定同級生?) Kuroha #8, 2017
Yūkoku no Moriarty (憂国のモリアーティ?) Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes series), Ryōsuke Takeuchi, Hikaru Miyoshi #9, 2016

Special IssuesEdit

Jump SQ.IIEdit

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.19Edit

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 Edit

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.LabEdit

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.RiseEdit

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 Edit

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 receptionEdit

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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